Posted October 5th, 2011, 06:44 AM
We're spending 5 days in Venice, 4 in Florence, 5 in Rome and then taking the Mariner to Galveston. Woo hoo!
Ooh, I am jealous! Is Captain Johnny still the captain on Mariner? His noon "comments" are so funny, it is one of the few times that people actually listened to the noon updates - they would even poke their heads out of there cabins to listen!
Best pizza in Venice: Antico Forno, close to the Rialto bridge. Wish I'd gone there a second time instead of a sandwich shop recommended by Rick Steves. Where are you staying in Venice? If you haven't been there yet, one word about clothes: cotton! It was more humid than I expected (probably because there was no breeze) and cotton-poly blend was not a great idea. Of course it will be cooler then so it might not matter.
Have a wonderful time!
Kathy, congrats on the ellipitical! Keep it up and if you have extra energy, go an extra minute or two for me... Are you coming down to BG for HallowScream? I don't know if I will go, I'm a fraidy cat when it comes to haunted houses and such (but I am not afraid of clowns... yet...) but it would be fun to see how they have decked the place out for the event.
I couldn't resist and booked a WOW sale, Vision in June. I already had a NextCruise for 6/16/11 (repo from Oslo to Stockholm, stopping in Copenhagen, Warnemunde for Berlin and Visby) so added the next leg (Stockholm roundtrip with stops in Tallinn and St. Petersburg). Who knows what will happen between now and then but reservations can always be changed... my TA knows that too well! I wish the rates for Jewel were a bit more solo-friendly but it is what it is.
Have a great day, all -
5/15 Golden and Grand Princess, California Coastal and Alaska B2B
3/15 Norwegian Epic, Sisters Cruise v3.0, cruising with our cousins
10/14 Norwegian Getaway, not quite as nice as Breakaway
6/14 Norwegian Breakaway, brought me back to NCL, and I loved Bermuda
4/14 Freedom of the Seas, Sisters Cruise v2.0, quilting through the Caribbean
9/13 Norwegian Star, the Baltics are amazing, too bad NCL wasn't...
3/13 Celebrity Summit, Sisters Cruise in the Caribbean, what a blast
5/12 Brilliance of the Seas, my first B2B: a terrific repo cruise and an amazing week in Norway
1/12 Jewel of the Seas, a long weekend break to Cozumel and back
9/11 Voyager of the Seas, an awesome week cruising the Adriatic Sea on one of my favorite ships
2/11 Celebrity Summit, Southern Caribbean for a wonderful week
12/10 Radiance of the Seas, a relaxing weekend with new friends to Cozumel
9/10 Caribbean Princess, Canada/New England, beautiful scenery but not completely sold on Princess...yet...
4/10 Celebrity Solstice, time to try something new
10/09 Mariner of the Seas, checked out the Mexican Riviera, since I'd never been there
5/09 Radiance of the Seas, back to Alaska, what a way to go!
11/08 Grandeur of the Seas, Western Caribbean, because I really needed to get away
5/08 Voyager of the Seas, the ONLY way to cruise the Western Med!
12/07 Navigator of the Seas, Western Caribbean, happy birthday to me
7/07 Norwegian Jewel, Western Med, loved the itinerary, but NCL... not so much...
1/07 Inspiration, Western Caribbean
10/06 Adventure of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
9/05 Inspiration, Western Caribbean
11/03 Sensation, Western Caribbean
10/00 Royal Olympic Voyager, Greece and the Eastern Med, best cruise ever!!
5/98 Norwegian Wind, Alaska with the family
6/97 Nordic Empress, Bahamas with the family
9/74-8/75 Bon Vivant, multiple trips, Mom was the ship's nurse!
... and about 20 more that I can't remember, back in the days of last-minute deals from Miami