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  1. We just did a Rome to Venice via Southern Italy and Adriatic cruise in May/June. It was a WindStar cruise (tint boat in comparison to the huge cruise ships) and the water was like glass. Most of the ship, we never felt the boat move! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  2. None of the bancomats we used issued coins, only paper money. That being said, I recommend you don’t use the bancomats that are kiosks, but actually at a bank. We found that they may be outside the bank, but if we went together, we didn’t find any problems with these. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  3. I’m not surprised. We just returned from the Windstar cruise from Southern Italy and the Adriatic. We arranged our own tours and didn’t take any of WS’s. We did a 7-hour private tour of Mt. Etna and Zafferena with a really nice wine tasting. It was just the two of us and our guide. That kind of tour with the ship would’ve cost us over $500. We paid $275. In Hvar, Croatia, the tours were $100+ to be on a group tour. Again, my husband and I took a private bicycle tour with a wine tasting that lasted 4 hours and we paid $250 for an exclusive ride. I did this with Royal Caribbean years ago when we chose to take a private tour through St. Petersburg for 2 days rather than getting stuck on a bus with 40 other people. It cost a bit more, but we had a private guide and driver, and was able to see a lot more in a short amount of time due to having flexibility. Worth every penny. I think if you’re adventurous and able to go off the beaten path, you can find a lot of great adventures without depending on the cruise line. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Venice Advice

    There isn't a vaparetto that I know of that goes directly from P. Roma to Murano/ Burano. We just did this and took a vaparetto from P. Roma to Fte. Nova and then caught the #12 out to Murano/ Burano. There's a transfer involved. Overall it took about 45-60 minutes with the transfer wait Sent from my SM-G935V using Forums mobile app
  5. It was AMAZING!! Wish we were still on the trip... Enjoy your WS cruise...[emoji4] Sent from my iPad using Forums
  6. I seem to remember from the beer we bought in Dubrovnik that the bill came out to about $5 US give or take, which is about 30-35 kuna (if I’m doing my math right...still waking up). Much of Dubrovnik had tourist prices, but a whole meal still wasn’t expensive at the inner town cafes. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. We were just there and as we got off the ship, there were plenty of vendors vying for our business to take us on private tours. We had other, independent plans, so we didn’t give them any mind, but they were there in force. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. We had 2 ports in Croatia so we got a bit of Kunas upon getting into the first port. There are plenty of ATMs there. One cafe we went to didn’t take euros nor credit cards, so we were glad we had them. In our second port, we had a private cycling tour, so we wanted to make sure we tipped the guide appropriately, so we had thought about that when making our withdrawal as well Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Mt Etna tour

    We just came back from a Mt. Etna excursion. We used Journeys of Sicily with Salvo and it was AMAZING!! It was a private tour...me, my husband and Salvo in his Mercedes. He was a great guide and we got to see a lot, complete with a wine tasting in Zafferana, which was fantastic!! I put a full review on TripAdvisor for more details. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  10. We were just on the Surf and loved it! That being said, we did notice things, like deep scratches in the wood floor, thick layers of barnacles on the hull, and areas of frayed carpet. Many of the guests said the same during our cruise. A good dry docking would be helpful. All this said, we loved the understatement of the don’t need brass, neon lighting and flash. We loved the food, the service and the experience overall. We will definitely take another WindStar cruise!! The wear and tear of the ship didn’t deter us at all. We Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. We just left the Windsurf... Glasses of wine ranged about $8.50-$10.50 Gin & tonics were $10.50 Beers were about $8-12 depending on the type Obviously, I wouldn’t be able to give you all the drinks, but hopefully it’ll give you a jumping off point Sent from my iPad using Forums
  12. We found that our phones’ batteries drained rather quickly, even in airplane mode. Also, with all the tourists, it became hard to hear. I realized that the whole audio is also transcribed on the app, along with maps. We followed the map and then at each location, we read the transcript that coordinated with each point. It led us to the main points for the first 30-45 mins. From there, we explored the rest on our own. Make sure to see the amphitheater and then continue onto the necropolis towards the back gate. Once through there, follow the Scavi map and you’ll find the body casts nearby. Also, when you get off the train, don’t listen to all the huxters stating you need to buy tickets at the train station. Get off the train, go right and find the Scavi entrance. You can also get an audio tour form them if you want. It’s a wonderful experience! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. We took a private tour with Journeys of Sicily. I booked them through Viator, but Salvo was amazing! It ended with a wine tasting that was to die for!! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  14. We just got back and did a DYI to Pompeii from Sorrento. We grabbed a train and went to the Scavi office to get our tickets. I downloaded Rick Steves’ Pompeii audio/visual tour to my phone and we used that as our walking tour guide. It was a great way to enjoy the city ourselves at our own pace. Once we got thru the tour, we were oriented enough to the city to read the map they provide you at the entrance and we were able to get to parts of the city many of the guided tours miss. For example, the necropolis at the South Gate was virtually devoid of tourists. The encased body casts exhibit was also empty (which we were completely surprised about)!! We took the train back and returned to Sorrento with plenty of time to catch lunch before returning to our ship. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  15. We just returned from Venice and spent time in Burano. It’s one of my favorite islands. We walked around and grabbed lunch on a canal pizzeria. It was wonderful. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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