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Forum: Greece Ports Today, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By cruisemom42
Most banks are associated with specific ATM...

Most banks are associated with specific ATM "networks" -- these should be listed on the back of your ATM card (e.g., PLUS, Star, Cirrus, etc.). These networks are very widespread and most ATMs work...
Forum: Cruise Fashions & Beauty Today, 10:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,146
Posted By cruisemom42
Your bag reminds me of my tried and true...

Your bag reminds me of my tried and true Patagonia bag with a similar size/style. If you pack smart, you can fit a lot in a bag like that. (Problem is that it is then very heavy if you have to carry...
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 09:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 122
Posted By cruisemom42
It's worth noting, however, that Tickitaly adds a...

It's worth noting, however, that Tickitaly adds a surcharge over and above what the museum charges.

Most people have had no problem going directly through the museum. You can actually call them...
Forum: Greece Ports Yesterday, 10:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 179
Posted By cruisemom42
As Hank says, it depends on your interests. ...

As Hank says, it depends on your interests.

I've long been keen to see Akrotiri (so much so that I avoided cruises that visited Santorini while the ruins were closed for necessary work to shore up...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 09:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 130
Posted By cruisemom42
Per Cruise Critic rules, you are not allowed to...

Per Cruise Critic rules, you are not allowed to post for tour shares on this board, only on your roll call. (And fair warning that your post will likely be removed.)
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 09:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By cruisemom42
You'll need to do Topkapi on Monday (it's closed...

You'll need to do Topkapi on Monday (it's closed on Tuesdays).

Similarly Haghia Sofia is closed on Monday, so it will need to be on your Tuesday agenda.

I'd suggest doing Topkapi first...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports January 24th, 2015, 09:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,279
Posted By cruisemom42
I think this last sort of sums it up. One...

I think this last sort of sums it up.

One can get scammed by the occasional "bad apple" anywhere. I've read reports of rip-off taxi drivers in Rome, Athens, Paris and many other places. Just keep...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question January 24th, 2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,570
Posted By cruisemom42
Never have had a terrible experience ashore,...

Never have had a terrible experience ashore, other than some really disappointing shore excursions through the ship which basically led to my avoidance of the same.

The worst of these involved a...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question January 24th, 2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 851
Posted By cruisemom42
Sounds like you considered all the angles and...

Sounds like you considered all the angles and made what sounds like a good choice. Enjoy!
Forum: Holland America Line January 24th, 2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 87,058
Posted By cruisemom42
I wonder if the heavy smoke isn't partly a result...

I wonder if the heavy smoke isn't partly a result of the banning of balcony smoking; e.g., smokers have relatively few places to smoke, so the concentration of smoke in those places is going to be...
Forum: Cruise Fashions & Beauty January 24th, 2015, 12:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,309
Posted By cruisemom42
I love my Kipling "Europa" cross body bag. I've...

I love my Kipling "Europa" cross body bag. I've had the black one for several years and then last year was able to pick up one in brown on a great sale.

It's light, comfortable, and seems to be...
Forum: Italy Ports January 24th, 2015, 12:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By cruisemom42
Not having used any private providers I can't...

Not having used any private providers I can't recommend any.

I would just do it on my own, depending on what you want to do/see. Train to Florence from Livorno is cheap and easy. And if you want...
Forum: Italy Ports January 23rd, 2015, 11:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By cruisemom42
While they have had some good reviews, I've read...

While they have had some good reviews, I've read of enough problems and bad reviews here that I would definitely not book with them. Especially when there are other providers that consistently get...
Forum: Italy Ports January 23rd, 2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 687
Posted By cruisemom42
If you like the place and it seems otherwise on...

If you like the place and it seems otherwise on the up-and-up, why not at least ask them first if you can simply provide your passports on arrival. If they say no, then you haven't lost anything.
Forum: Italy Ports January 23rd, 2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By cruisemom42
Be sure to note that the Naples Archeological...

Be sure to note that the Naples Archeological Museum is closed on Tuesdays. This is somewhat unusual for European museums, which are generally closed on Mondays.
Forum: Italy Ports January 23rd, 2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 2,851
Views: 350,872
Posted By cruisemom42
Tipping is a very different proposition in...

Tipping is a very different proposition in Europe. Cultures vary, but in most places in the Med "tipping" (meaning 15-20%) as we know it in the US is simply not done. Keep in mind that they pay...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question January 23rd, 2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,664
Posted By cruisemom42
When I first read the title of your thread, I...

When I first read the title of your thread, I thought you were referring to something like the "Slow Food" movement....

Now that is actually something I'd like. The opportunity to sail on a small...
Forum: France Ports January 23rd, 2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By cruisemom42
Rick Steves has excellent directions in his...

Rick Steves has excellent directions in his guidebook on Paris, along with how to get to Versailles once exiting the train station. We followed these directions and had no problems at all. The ride...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question January 23rd, 2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,201
Posted By cruisemom42
Most of the tender ports I've recently...

Most of the tender ports I've recently encountered have been on a small ship (~300 passengers), so waiting and delays are not usually a problem, and I do enjoy an occasional tender ride.

HOWEVER,...
Forum: Greece Ports January 23rd, 2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 237
Posted By cruisemom42
The old walled town of Rhodes is very accessible...

The old walled town of Rhodes is very accessible from where the ships dock -- it's one of the easiest ports to DIY. Be sure to look online, I remember running across a nice self-guided walking tour...
Forum: Holland America Line January 22nd, 2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,038
Posted By cruisemom42
If they are Sitmar, sell them to me to complete...

If they are Sitmar, sell them to me to complete my set. ;)
Forum: Greece Ports January 22nd, 2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 78
Posted By cruisemom42
I was on a cruise last October with scheduled...

I was on a cruise last October with scheduled stops at Thessaloniki and Skiathos.

Unfortunately, due to rough weather, we were not able to make the call at Skiathos, a tender port. From...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports January 22nd, 2015, 04:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 197
Posted By cruisemom42
I would keep your (his?) expectations modest....

I would keep your (his?) expectations modest. While you'll find some local beer in Turkey, it is a predominantly Muslim country and more conservative Muslims do not drink alcohol. Wine, beer and...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question January 22nd, 2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,454
Posted By cruisemom42
Why? I'd want to travel all over, not stay in...

Why? I'd want to travel all over, not stay in the same area.
Forum: Greece Ports January 22nd, 2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By cruisemom42
It's about 2 miles from the port to Corfu Town....

It's about 2 miles from the port to Corfu Town. You can walk or take a taxi or bus. Some ships offer shuttles -- you'd need to check with your particular line.

Here is info on the "must sees":
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