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  1. If it were me I would get the passport -- I'm an optimistic person but I always plan for the worst case scenario. The U.S. State Department is always my go to resource, their linked page includes context and the following statement: "However, we strongly recommend you obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires you to disembark and return by air." Also, if in doubt always check with the cruise line and U.S. State Department.
  2. +1 to staying the last night in Rome. However, give yourself plenty of time to get to the train platform in Termini, it's huge and we waaaay underestimated the time required. We ended up running with all of our bags, which attracted a young "helper", who followed us on to the train.
  3. Here is a link to a YouTube video from 2014 and in the comments section there is a link to a picture of the sofa converted to the bed. You may also want to ask the author in the comments section over there? Thinking out loud.
  4. This is the CC link to the other discussion, the focus of that discussion is specific to the Sagrada Failia.
  5. +1 for the stairs on the metro. Also note that the bus system is extensive, and in my opinion, easy to use.
  6. It's literally right there, we will be there at the end of the month on our cruise. From Wikipedia: "The base terminal of the tram is located on the cruise ship docks on South Franklin Street. The terminal building features a large main hall, ticket windows, loading platforms with waiting areas, offices, and maintenance facilities for the tram." A visual from Google maps:
  7. I posted a similar response in another thread but posting an edited version here. Someone let me know if I should just post a link to the other thread. Some ideas, grouped by themes:  Architecture: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila (La Pedrera) Food: Pintxos and sangria on Carrer De Blai (restaurants all along the street, you should go to several). Also ham tastings though the Jamon Experience is unfortunately closed! Hiking/photography: Tibidabo (we didn't do any of the amusement park rides) we did tour the church -- beautiful views. Parc De Montjuic is also an option (and castle). History/shopping: Gothic quarter.  Also worth mentioning though I don't know how much time you have is a day trip to Montserrat. It's gorgeous, you can take a cable car up, there are hiking trails, and it's just amazing how it's all situated on the mountain. Pilgrims also travel there to see Our Lady of Montserrat.
  8. I always ask the question of how something will be handled and unfortunately there are usually recent travel snafus in the news to help make the conversation with any provider "real". For example send a note to ask how a cancelled ticket booked on EVA Air (due to the strike) be handled. You'll see how timely they are, you'll see if they answer the question, and you'll learn more about their policies. You'll also have something in writing.
  9. Depends on your interests for the rest of the day. Our daughter dances so we spent a good chucnk of time in Barcelona two summers ago and we'll be there again with her for several weeks at the end of this summer. Some ideas, grouped by themes: Architecture: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila (La Pedrera) Food: Pintxos and sangria on Carrer De Blai (restaurants all along the street, you should go to several). Also ham tastings though the Jamon Experience is unfortunately closed! Hiking/photography: Tibidabo (we didn't do any of the amusement park rides) we did tour the church -- beautiful views. Parc De Montjuic is also an option (and castle). History/shopping: Gothic quarter. Also worth mentioning though I don't know how much time you have is a day trip to Montserrat. It's gorgeous, you can take a cable car up, there are hiking trails, and it's just amazing how it's all situated on the mountain. Pilgrims also travel there to see Our Lady of Montserrat.
  10. +1 for one of the flavors of car/taxi service. We are comfortable with trains and figuring out subway and bus systems when we travel but if you are going to and from the airport and the port then I would arrange some sort of car service. We spent time in Rome before our cruise and took the train to the port but for the return from the cruise to the airport we coordinated with a group of cruisers to take a minibus.
  11. Yes, Termini is HUGE. We took the train from Termini to the port for our cruise several years ago and thought we'd given ourselves plenty of time. We ended up running to catch our train with all of our bags!
  12. The Nativity façade was built by Gaudi -- this linked review site recommends the Nativity tower, the review provides great detail: https://www.peppylocals.com/qa/4/which-tower-in-sagrada-familia When we visited we did not go up in the towers, my wife is claustrophobic, though maybe I should have gone up alone!
  13. I agree, my interpretation of the community guidelines is that it's acceptable to mention air consolidators, or most other types of companies (except travel agents) by name, assuming they aren't your company. I think the biggest thing is that CC doesn't want the site overrun by advertising. These seem like the relevant parts of the "Advertising is Not Allowed" section of the community guidelines: "Cruise Critic defines advertising as an individual or company's attempt to generate business or other commercial enterprise, either directly or indirectly, by using our Cruise Board." "There shall be no third-party recommendation (whether positive or negative in tone) of travel agencies on any forums within Cruise Critic." Note no mention of companies other than travel agencies.
  14. I've never used the service but it seems like Freebird may be an good option for a situation like this. Seems like it would be less than paying for a second night at the hotel. Would love to hear feedback for anyone who has used Freebird.
  15. +1 I think it also depends on their interests and where you'd like to go, though I'm assuming you think both are great options!
  16. This is good to point out for folks who aren't frequent flyers. The Delta One page does a nice job highlighting the international suites but there is also the included wording in smaller grey font, "* Seat configurations may vary depending on aircraft type and size" When you click through to the booking pages on Delta you have the chance to expand the "Details" section to see the aircraft type for the flight options on your route. Make note of the different aircraft options. Armed with the aircraft type you can head over to Seat Guru and explore for the appropriate aircraft. Check to see if there are differences and if everything looks good then head back and complete your booking. Hope this helps!
  17. I agree that this is the best approach for most folks, but not everyone.
  18. Yes, both of the methods are available for a one way international flight. For example in the "Miles + Cash" option shown by @waterbug123 to get started you'd go to the Delta booking site, select "One Way" and click the "Miles" toggle button where it says "Show Price In"...
  19. @CruisingIGo what dates are you thinking? I picked random dates in May searching departures from LAX, SEA, SFO, or OAK and I'm seeing lowest pricing on ITA out of LAX. Multiple airlines. Fly to Rome, fly back from Athens.
  20. Yes, I was thinking of ITA for a reference point of comparison.
  21. The calendar function on ITA Flight Matrix is usually a pretty helpful starting point. If you haven't used it and want a click path let me know and I'll post the steps I use here.
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