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  1. We will be at port Catania June 8, 2020. I am looking for any advice from anyone who has been to Mt. Etna. The tour i am interested in will take us "just in front of Crateri Silvestri". Should i expect it to be cold in that area in June? How about the cable cars? Is that the area you can get on them to ride higher up? How much time would it take to go up in the cable cars, have a look around, then come back down? Is visiting just the Silvestri crater worth the trip? I should mention this is a 8 hour tour with the second part of the day being Taormina. Thanks!
  2. I laughed out loud with the Guys Burger comment. So true! They are the best!!!!
  3. What is the approximate taxi fare from BCN to a hotel on La Rambla? Also are taxi drivers NOT normally tipped in Europe? There is a long thread that discusses tipping and the majority say they are not tipped.
  4. We will be trying the YTD on our next cruise. We will be on the newly redone Radiance next spring. Is YTD in only one of the dining rooms? I’m thinking it’s in the centrally located dining room.
  5. We will be there next June 9am-6pm on our first Mediterranean cruise. Any information about Palermo would be great. I'm not finding much info at all on Palermo on the threads. Thanks
  6. I am looking at three different tours with both Stefano and ItalyTours.EU. Is one preferred over the other? Anyone with experience with both? Pros and Cons? Thanks!!!
  7. Yes at the top of this page. "Find your roll call!" There most likely are others looking for people to book group tours with. Good luck!
  8. Our last Carnilval cruise was last spring. This is new news to me. So we will find our sign and sail cards in a sealed envelope outside our door? And our printed out boarding passes have a folio number on them? Is there also a bar code on the boarding pass for them to scan or are they just charges our drinks to the folio number?
  9. We are looking at three tours that Stefano offers. Pisa & Florence, Rome in a day, and Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast. Has anyone done any of these tours with Stefano or used them for other tours? Thoughts?
  10. We prefer the port side because most of the time it will be the side facing the port when docked. (Not always but most of the time.) We enjoy looking at the land/scenery and the activity there. It also enables us to see how soon we’ll get the all clear to get off the ship. And we can watch the runners.
  11. We booked a cruise for next spring on Carnival Radiance. The ports being Barcelona, Livorno Italy, Civitavecchia Italy, Naples, Palermo, Kotor Montenegro, Corfu Greece, Catania Italy, and Vallette Malta. When i booked there were no available PORT aft balcony rooms, only starboard. (Pretty sure at this point Carnival does not open up all rooms at the same time!) So now some port side rooms have opened up. With a moderate increase in price. Which is the side we prefer. Question, anyone familiar with these ports, should i switch to port side room or does it not make much difference in the majority of these ports? I am aware port does not necessarily mean port when docked. And that some might even be tenders. Thanks!
  12. I read a comment yesterday about avoiding going to Florence on a Monday. As many things are closed on Mondays. Go figure, next spring our port day in Florence is a Monday, 7am-7pm. As i am in the very early stages of planning what should i expect to find closed? And what should be open?
  13. How does one go about booking tickets to attractions in advance? Were they mailed to you or you printed them out? We often do tours on our own. And I am learning a lot already from studying the different ports. But it’s a bit scary for me to go it alone when we don’t speak the language.
  14. We have a whole year till our first ever Europe cruise. How far out from it will Carnival put the excursions up to view and purchase?
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