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yoolykeme

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    chicago
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    cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    ncl
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean

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  1. You're acting like an old person. You're letting anecdotal stories color your view on something that many people, even at your age, enjoy very much. Just had to call you out. That being said, the bigger ships will just offer more options of everything. It's not the worst thing in the world that you have the option in life to enjoy a cruise on one of them. Enjoy. 🙂
  2. Make a friend that is CAS. Order 10 bottles of water from the server, and tip $5. Bring water to the room. You get water for cheap, and server is happy bc people don't tip on cruise ships as much as they should. Enjoy.
  3. Is this a thing? Rather than taking organized tours, are there options to rent a scooter or a quad as transportation through the island/town? I'm specifically going to Mykonos, Corfu, and Santorini. If so, would this be a preferred way to see these destinations? For reference, I'm a seasoned cruiser/traveler. Taking my mom, who has been on 18 cruises with me, and I'm pretty adventurous. Last year, rented a sporty jeep in Ko Samui, and was able to drive stick on the opposite side of the road. Admittedly, my trip is in November, and I don't know much about these ports to have reference, but just thought that I would ask. Thanks!
  4. lol, you'll be fine. If you really want, you can put alcohol in a mouthwash bottle. No one is going to open your luggage for energy shots. They are the same size as most cosmetic bottles.
  5. Walk outside and there will be a bunch of cab drivers. Or, take an Uber. Have them drop you off at Plaka, which is the restaurant area. It blends into the Monastiraki, which is the market area. The akropoli/Parthenon is right there too.
  6. So funny....I was picking between those two also, except I ended up booking the 11 day Greek Isles option, which includes Athens. I wanted to do the Baltic one, but the restrictions for being able to stay in STP overnight were too expensive. But my needs are different from yours. I can probably see Greece, Italy, and France pretty easily, and the Baltic region is less likely, so whichever one is less "accessible" to you might be the one that you want to choose.
  7. It's no different than anything else, except that the travel to sites can be further from the port, so a lot of time is eaten up by travel. I guess this also leads to higher excursion prices. Like Rome is 90 min from Civi. Florence is the same from Livorno. Positano requires a drive up Naples. When you are in the Caribbean, whatever you want is always 10 min away.
  8. yoolykeme

    Pope in Rome

    So I think you have lot of time to do stuff. I got a private transfer to the Trevi Fountain, took pics and threw in a coin backwards, then cab to Vatican Square, saw the address, got a selfie when the Pope-mobile drove by, then direct walk through Vatican Museum, followed behind a tour group and got into the Sistine chapel, then quick pics inside St. Peters. Then walked to the train. Had pasta at tourist trap, and made it back to the ship by 5.
  9. I know that this is an easy question that someone knows.... Last time I went to Civ on NCL, I had a private transfer get us from the port to the Vatican. Of course, it picked us up right at the ship. On the way home, we too the train from Rome to Civ. We just started walking, until we were deep in the port and didn't know how to get back to the ship. We thought that there would be a shuttle inside that rounded all the docks, but I guess not. I went into an office, and no one spoke English. Mom and I ended up walking all the way back to the ship, and Mom got really mad at me lol. So the question is.....when you get off the train at the Civ station, how do you get back to the ship? is there a shuttle or something? TIA
  10. Yea, take a taxi to the acropoli. Walk outside to the street and grab a taxi out there. I think I got there for 15 or 20E, and the driver was able to go through alleys and stuff, and drop us off by the Plaka, where we got coffee first. The entrance that the taxi drops you off at is also not the tour bus one, which makes it quicker. You can take an Uber back....that is if they still have it. i went 3 years ago.
  11. I had this tradition of keeping the towel animals intact and building a zoo by the end of the cruise.
  12. lol, this is hilarious. I don't know that there is a bad cabin on 12 when in the Greek Islands. You probably have a balcony.
  13. If it were a deck 3 cabin, that might suck, just bc it's far away from everything else.
  14. OMG FINALLY! I do this too, primarily bc I'm Filipino and I know how much the employees make. I've gotten in too many arguments with people that think that not having to tip means that tipping doesn't have purpose. I've been on NCL ships a couple of times where I didn't have a beverage package and a bartender would make drinks for us, just because i was throwing around singles and fives
  15. I'm obv exaggerating bc it feels like 2%, compared to the other lines that can get crazy. I think that the max # of people I've ever stood behind at CAS was 4. 😄
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