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  1. Ashland- I am sure you had a great trip that covered at least 4 countries and had many enjoyable sea days. But I was replying to the OP who wants to do a Greek island cruise. There are cruises that just do Greece and others that do mostly Greece, like CruiserBruce's great itineraries, which just start or end in a neighboring country. Being shortchanged or not depends on whether your cruise met your expectations. Someone who wants to visit many Greek islands and spend time in them would feel shortchanged by a cruise with a lot of sea days and short port times. There is no best cruise line or itinerary. It just depends on what the OP wants to do and she should consider all the options.
  2. 12 nights and 7 ports means 5 sea days. Anyone interested in Greek ports should not be sailing out of Barcelona, they should be doing a round trip Athens or a one-way Venice-Athens or Athens-Venice cruise. Check out the itineraries and the amount of time spent at each port. With short port times you will really be shortchanged in value.
  3. Make sure you check the time each cruise line spends in each port. MSC is notorious for short port days. That makes them somewhat cheaper, but you really miss out on sightseeing time.
  4. I think you will find that fashions are very similar across the Western world. If you remove the cameras, multiple bags, hats, water bottles and maps you will pretty much look like a local. But keep the cell phone!
  5. I believe the train station has facilities. If you rent a car, leave everything in the trunk and back up the car against the wall in the parking garage.
  6. Kids dress like at home. Shorts, Ts, etc. And yes, dressing is much more relaxed in the heat wave. I am spending the month in Spain. Last week I saw tourists being turned away from the Sagrada Familia for wearing spaghetti strap tops and short shorts. On the other hand, the ushers couldn't keep up with everyone and plenty of people wearing shorts got in, especially those in outside guided group tours. Those in guided tours offered by the SF were asked to cover up the shoulders. A woman in our tour was so asked. I also saw some being turned away from a fancier restaurant in Madrid at dinner time. Other than that, casual is fine everywhere. Just be appropriate for the situation like you would be at home.
  7. Strange is the spice of life....😉👍 Enjoy!
  8. A small correction to Hank's rare mistype - it's the Flower Matket, not Museum 😁 Also, if you rent a car, the most convenient parking is the underground carpark in the Quai des Etats-Unis (which is the name of the Promenade des Anglais in the Old Nice area) You will see the "P" sign on the street. The pedestrian exit is a very short block away from the Flower Market. [Hi, Hank. Enjoy your next cruise. Hope to read your comments. We are traveling in Spain for a month. And planning our next cruise.]
  9. Search for 4-wheel drive tours in Mykonos. You go to out of the way places on the island, a castle, some ruins too. Best of all, you stop at a couple of beaches with time to swim and lunch. Little walking involved. It's a lot of fun, especially with kids.
  10. Just so to make it clear that euro cruiser and I are talking about the same place. Castello Orsini-Odescalchi is on the shore of Lake Bracciano in the town of Bracciano. The lake is beautiful. The castle is great and it is open on Mondays! Tom Cruise had one of his weddings there and so did Christiane Amanpour. There are a few lovely towns by the lake. Anguillara Sabazia is just a little ways down along the shore and it has nice restaurants on the water. There are nice restaurants in Bracciano too. Here is a map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Castello+Orsini-Odescalchi/@42.0945402,12.2205532,6459m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x132f4e8f0680de25:0x780b13bf83e0f44a!8m2!3d42.1045118!4d12.1770392?hl=en
  11. Europe is in the middle of a heat wave right now. So cool cotton clothes is the way to go. Wear sandals, but not flip-flops. Dress like at home, but remember that short-shorts are not appropriate in the cities unless you are a teenager. (Yes, you will see people wearing them, but . . .) Churches still require covering knees and shoulders, but crop pants and a short sleeve top will do just fine. Anything goes at the beach.
  12. There are a number of places that are very good options. Look them up and also search this board for more info. I would also suggest plotting them on a map so you can see the distance from the port. If you have enough time, you can combine a couple of places in your excursion. Many of them are closed Mondays. For most of them you need a private excursion or renting a car. Here they are: Ostia Antica Cerveteri (Necropolis, museum) Castello Odescalchi Tarquinia (necropolis and museum) - this one is easy to do by public bus Civita di Bagnoreggio - further afield, but very popular
  13. Of the two original cruises you mention, Cruise #2 would be my preferred itinerary. But, let me add something else in favor of September like Chairsin says. Do you like to swim? If so, the sea will still be warm in September. It will definitely be cold in May. BTW- we took the first half of the cruise mentioned by Mighty Quinn last year and it was great. They replaced the one port that was less interesting this year. I have been to most of the other ports in previous cruises and I think that is a great itinerary.
  14. If you are looking for alternatives from Cannes, look at the Lerins islands. Search this forum for info. Also, does your entire group need to tour together? The teenagers and an adult or two can go to the Lerins and then walk around Cannes after you return. The rest can go to Monaco. BTW - the train is really easy, especially if you don't have to deal with the larger group.
  15. They even iron the underwear!
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