(1) First of all, you do not want to fly in the same day as your cruise leaves (if at all possible). You want a day for your luggage to catch up to you if necessary. Also, you want an unwind day before your cruise. You don't want to baord and go to sleep.
(2) Take a look at the cost of your entire trip. The airfare from the US/Canada is a very big percentage. You are spending that much money to get there - why not see more when you are there (if you can arrange the time)?
(3) In the US/Canada we pay a penalty for open-jaw flights. The are flight that go into one city and departure is in another city. This is not true in Europe. You do not have to fly in and out of the same city to get the best prices.
(4) Consider flying into Pisa or Florence, spending a day or two there, and then going on to Civitavecchia or Venice. Train service is readily available, very easy, and very economical.
(5) On our last two trips we spent 1-3 days pre-cruise on-land and 4- days post cruise on-land. It greatly enhanced our travel time in Italy. We will do it again, hopefully in Sep/Oct this year. In the meantime, the Baltic awaits!
Jack (L) 10-1-1995 to 04/27/2010
Freckles (R) 8-24-1998 tp present
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