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  1. HI all, I've never booked air directly with a cruise line before, so i'm a bit a of a novice at this and trying to understand how it all works. We're booked on a mediterranean cruise next year. Cruise sails from/back to Rome. While there are many cities we won't get to see, one city we'd really like to not miss that the cruise does not sail to is Venice. I know we can pay the deviation fee and fly out a couple days after debarkation, but does anyone know if it's possible to change the departure city? Will they let us fly out of Venice instead of Rome? Still looking at all possibilities but wondering if going direct from port to train, to Venice, and then flying home from there a couple days later is a possibility. Air through the cruise is $399, which seems a really great price, otherwise we'd look at just booking our own air and staying several days either before/after or both. TIA!
  2. Thank you again - I will definitely look at Windstar. MIL did a James Beard cruise with them around Spain and Portugal a couple years ago and raved about it. I'd completely forgotten about them until you mentioned it. 😊
  3. Thank you for your response. I know we won't be able to see both Spain and the ports east of Italy....just putting some cities we'd like to see out there as possibilities. I'm thinking you might have misunderstood the figure I gave - I stated we'd like to keep the cruise only portion to around $2K each. We know there is no way to do the whole trip for $4K. Just getting started, the figure in our heads is more in the $7K-$10K range all in. Thanks again!
  4. Thank you everyone for all your input. As a couple of you stated, for us this is most definitely more about the ports than the ship, so we're open to almost any line...even Carnival though we didn't love our trip a few years ago on the Summit.😊 Off to research some more.
  5. Hi all, Hubby and I are looking to celebrate our 20th anniversary next October in Italy. Originally, we thought we'd do a traditional land vacation, but thought a cruise might be a better option. We've sailed only twice before, both times from the Northeastern US to the Caribbean, once on Carnival with the kids and an adults only (for us) trip on Celebrity. We're looking for suggestions, if anyone recommends an amazing cruise they've loved. We would like to do mostly Italian ports, but it's always been my dream to go to Barcelona, and would love to visit Croatia or Greece as well. We'd like to stick close to 7 nights, and do a couple/few days before and after, for a total trip of about 2 weeks. As much as we'd love the luxury lines, we need to keep the cruise only price in the $2K/person range all in (or less ) in a balcony or above. Is that reasonable? Any suggestions you can offer would be great!
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