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  1. There is a ferry that runs a set schedule between Mykonos and Delos; it only runs a few times a day and less often in low tourist season. The ferry offers the option of just transportation over and back OR transportation plus a guided tour. I have no idea whether you can pick up a guide on the fly if you do not pre-book. I don't recall seeing guides hanging around the dock but then I wasn't really paying attention. The ferry site is here: https://www.delostours.gr/en/ I don't really think there are a lot of private options for transport -- either ship or ferry.
  2. Definitely -- that's why I travel alone. No one else would be willing to spend as much time as me looking at some rocks and dirt. (Okay, there may be the occasional bit of sculpture or fresco involved....)
  3. The OP wants to be dropped off closer than the port entrance.
  4. Possibly the most condescending post I've read in 15 years on Cruise Critic -- congratulations. While there certainly are a number of inexperienced travelers who cruise as an introduction to travel (and some never progress beyond that), I'd say the ones participating in this discussion do not meet that criteria. However I'm sure our collective experience pales in comparison to your own...
  5. I have read that some cruise lines offer such an excursion, but whether you do it through the ship or (if available) a private tour, you would only have the briefest look at Petra with these time limitations. I believe it is a more than 6 hour drive from Ashdod, not including have to go through the border between Israel and Jordan which can also take some time. I took a 4 day private tour from Jerusalem after being on my own there and it was very rushed although we did a few other things as well. Here's a good discussion from Tripadvisor about the idea (you might also get some feedback if you post this question on the Ports of Call forum for Egypt and the Middle East here on Cruise Critic -- there are some local experts who sometimes answer questions. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293983-i2582-k4165196-Petra_from_Ashdod-Jerusalem_Jerusalem_District.html
  6. There are a couple of lines mentioned above. However, for most Baltic cruisers, a stop in St Petersburg is considered a "must" so you are going to have limited choices. Also keep in mind that 2021 itineraries are not all released yet.
  7. Do you want/need a package versus just heading down there and getting a hotel and sightseeing on your own?
  8. My favorite hotel in Rome! I've stayed in almost a dozen Rome hotels over the years, as I like to try out different hotels and locations, but I always hold the Albergo del Senato to be the best. I got an awesome rate for my upcoming November stay and will be there for 10 (!!) nights.
  9. I don't doubt that you had a good experience. I just think it is worth noting that a number of others have experienced this bait and switch tactic with reservations at this particular hotel, only to be informed shortly before arrival of this 'overbooking' situation which can cause a lot of anxiety and dissatisfaction. I just wouldn't want to play the odds that everything would be okay and want to ensure others have all the info to make the best decision for themselves. As we often say here on Cruise Critic, a few bad reviews should be enough to warn others off! It has impacted at least 30 people by reports I have personally read and deem credible. As for the cabs, perhaps they were unlicensed? I've sailed out of or into Civi at least once a year for the past 10 years and what I stated is the port's official policy.
  10. So you can only reserve for lunch once on board?
  11. I highly suggest taking a look at this thread from the Italy forum about Hotel Giorgio before booking there. Several recent bad experiences (and more reported on Tripadvisor): Also, any taxi with cruise passengers can enter the port to drop off. (As well as every well-reviewed shuttle service.) The issue comes into play when it's the other way around -- not all taxis are allowed to enter the port to pick up passengers, unless they can prove they have a pre-reserved fare waiting....
  12. If you are near the Spanish Steps, there is a handy metro station (entrance just beside the actual steps, station name is SPAGNA) that will take you in three stops to OTTAVIANO station, which is close to Saint Peter's square. The basilica itself is open from early in the morning until 7:00 pm (6:00 pm in off season), so you could certainly see the impressive interior of it. You cannot see anything of the Sistine chapel from the outside (well, except the famous chimney vent, if you know where to look), and the Museum entrance itself is unimpressive. But do go see San Pietro. (You can also take a taxi, the cost won't be exorbitant and there are generally some around the piazza at the bottom of the Spanish steps as well, though it can be hit or miss....)
  13. There is really no need to up sticks and move from Rome to Civitavecchia. It's only about an hour from Rome to the port via a car or shuttle. Why spend time packing up, checking out, checking in again, etc. Plus Civitavecchia is a pretty pokey place. I'd highly recommend (and have, many times) staying in Rome. Stay somewhere in the historic center (centro) and have a magical last evening, instead of being in Civitavecchia...
  14. Indeed, your driver must have been a wonder since the Parthenon is in Athens which is almost 800 miles from Rome...!
  15. I am pretty convinced it is a minority who eat two meals ashore per port stop as alleged by chipmaster above -- most aren't going to eat breakfast ashore and by dinner, most ships have sailed or are about to sail... That said, I am one who does not tend to eat lunches ashore when cruising. Not because I rush back to the ship and not because I am "cheap" -- rather, I am usually not willing to take the time out of my sightseeing to stop for lunch and/or I am often not near a restaurant (e.g., at an archaeological site). I love eating local and do it on land trips, but on cruises not so much. So I think it's quite true to say that between those who just skip a meal to maximize their time ashore, those who want to eat on board because they feel they've already paid for the meal, or those who feel "safer" eating food from the ship than local food, there are MANY who do not eat many meals ashore.
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