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pukekolive

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    Venice to Istanbul 18 March 2016
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    Viking Oceans
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    Mediterranean
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  1. We were on Preziosa in Aug Sept for 23 days and the dailies said food was complimentary in the Sports Bar but in the event we never ordered there. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  2. No we didn't really go down the Rugby trail - we did get quite a bit of insight into current SA politics - the SA couple were seriously considering moving to OZ or NZ! They say that a lot of people are not feeling safe at the moment ...They are from Pretoria area Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  3. Per my other reply the waiters hand out the menus when you get there then take all the orders at the same time. They will sort out your drinks if you arrive first of course. You need to ask to be served your main with the other mains if you opt to skip entree. Portions may appear to be quite small but you can ask for more of the same or an additional dish if you want to. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  4. Usually the Main Dining Room doors shut 10-15 minutes from the scheduled time. Usually 2nd dinner is 8.30pm but depending on All Aboard time and special Theatre performances it can be different. So everyone who is coming for dinner should be there by 8.40 to 8.45pm. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  5. We were on Preziosa for 23 days in Aug Sept 2018 and had 4 dinner companions however on several occasions the others did not come to dinner and sometimes we did not either, it was a good balance. The Maitre D' seems to try and group people by language so we had Australians, Americans and South African couples, we are from New Zealand. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  6. On our recent stay at Hotel Lleo checkin was 2pm and we got a late 12 noon checkout as part of our booking. Breakfast is 7 to 11 am. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  7. The only time we did not have data was at sea and in Russia Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  8. Remember that you are only paying for internet onboard and when you are on the ship in port. We thought that was very expensive and opted to buy sim cards in Europe to 'Euro roam' instead. However we are from New Zealand and were cruising for 23 days. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  9. Hotel Lleo close to Placa Catalunya - rooftop swimming pool, very close to La Rambla and also quiet. We stayed there on 18 September 2018 for Euro 157 booked a few months in advance. We walked everywhere for 2 days. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  10. Corte Ingles is in Placa Catalunya. By the way we never felt unsafe anywhere in Barcelona and walked everywhere for 2 days. One of our highlights was a free walking tour of the Gothic Quarter with Runnerbean from 4.30pm to 7pm followed by a 30 min Flamenco performance at Los Tarantos at 8.30pm the same night. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  11. Rooftop swimming pool and terrace overlooking the city. Also please don't miss going to the cafe on the 9th Floor of the department store Corte Ingles for the most amazing 180 degree views across the city and the fantastic food! Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  12. Not close to the port but the very best location about 300 m from Placa Catalunya and a quick stroll down pedestrian streets to La Rambla. Great for the airport bus and Metro. We stayed at Hotel Lleo on Carrer de Pelai on 18 September 2018 and it was really good. We paid Euro157 but this was booked a few months in advance. There are mixed reviews but we had no issues - they have a really good breakfast buffet too. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  13. This old article does raise a lot of the points I have of not advertising yourself as a tourist and dressing less like a tourist. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  14. We enjoyed Betanzos on 14 September 2018 from A Coruna even though we did not get much time there. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
  15. Yes exactly what I was saying. My partner and I are in our 60s and had a great couple of days in Barcelona last week including several jaunts down the Ramblas in the day and at night plus visiting the Boqueria. Be sensible, aware of your surroundings but don't fall into the trap of being a nervous nelly and drawing the wrong kind of attention to you. Sent from my SM-A320Y using Tapatalk
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