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  1. If you purchase a spa treatment is access to this area included for that day?
  2. Our cruise out of Southampton will leave on a Sunday. We will arrive at LHR on the Wednesday morning before and are thinking about spending the days before visiting Bruges, Belgium. We recently spent a week in London so were looking for something different than staying there and we have not been to Belgium before so it looks pretty doable. We flew into LHR instead of Brussels because we got really cheap airfare from JFK->LHR for the summertime. So we need to figure out the best way to get to Bruges from LHR and then we need to figure out how to go from Bruges to Southampton to get on the cruise. I imagine that the choices are buying a 1-way flight from LHR->Brussels or taking the Eurostar to Brussels. Does anyone have an opinion on which would be easier/less headache? On the way back, I'd probably feel better leaving Belgium in the late afternoon on Saturday to make sure that we are in London at least by Sunday morning to get down to Southampton. Has anyone tried the overnight ferry as an option from Belgium to the area east of London? Not sure if that would be a logistical nightmare as an option? Thanks for any tips or suggestions, Cindy
  3. We are already here in Europe and have non-refundable days on Amalfi Coast after the cruise. We are stuck and I need to figure out a plan for 2-weeks last minute. All of that planning for nothing - we are devastated and don’t know what to do!
  4. We will be in Monaco from 8am-5pm and would like to visit Nice in the morning and come back to Monaco in the afternoon. We have 9 people (4 senior citizens) so I am trying to keep the amount of walking/stair climbing to a minimum. I would prefer to take public transportation, either bus or train, to Nice. Which mode of transportation would be easiest getting to with our group? I know the bus ride is longer than the train but if the time it takes to get to the station is much less, than maybe it would be the better way to go. Anybody know which is less painful to get to from the port? I was thinking of staying in Nice through lunch with the idea that maybe food is cheaper there than in Monaco? Thanks for any tips!
  5. Hi- I want to make our 8am-3pm day in Corfu be at a beach in Paleokastritsa. We don't want to do sights here - just lay on a beach. What would people recommend for transportation from the cruise port to/from Paleo? We have 9 people so we are too big of a group for a taxi. Has anyone used good, reasonable priced transportation similar to this? Thanks for any advice, Cindy
  6. I was thinking about taking the train from Messina to Taormina. I am going to be on a cruise stop there on a Sunday from 8am-5pm and I see there is a train leaving Messina at 9:15am that arrives in Taormina at 10am. The return leaves Taormina at 3:22pm and gets back to Messina at 4:20pm. Is this doable? Will I be able to get off the boat early enough to make the 9:15am train? Will I be cutting it too close to get back at 4:20pm if we leave at 5pm?
  7. So our final destination is Vico Equense which is the town just before Sorrento. We are staying there for 3 more nights after our cruise. With all of this hassle would it just be better to rent a van and drive down? We are going to need to get back to the Rome FCO airport anyway.
  8. I am looking for a way to book a transport for 9 people (yes, 8 would be better for a minibus but we have 9) from Livorno cruise port to Lucca. We could just be dropped off there in Lucca. We plan to spend a good part of a day there and then we could just take a public bus to Pisa. The we would want to be picked up in Pisa and taken back to the cruise terminal in Livorno. Anyone done such a thing? The all-day tours seem too expensive since we really just need transportation. The train would be fine except it seems like a pain getting from the cruise terminal to the train station - a lot of wasted time. I am also considering renting two cars or a minibus but I have been to Pisa before and I know it is a pain in the car and you can easily land somewhere that you can't drive through or park. Trying to make this easy... Thanks for any advice!
  9. Hi- Following our NCL Pearl cruise, we plan to take a train to Naples. I can't get a feel for what time to schedule the train because I have no idea how long it will take me to get to Rome Termini after I disembark. We would like to have one last breakfast on the ship before we leave. I know once I can get to the Civi train station, I will be okay but I can't figure out how long it will take me to get off the ship and then how to get to the train station. It seems that you can walk but we have 7 people (including my senior citizen parents) so I don't think that will happen with luggage. Something I read made it sound like taxis only want to take you to Rome or the airport and not to the train statin? Is this true? I am hoping there is just a taxi that can take us but does anyone know if I need to schedule a shuttle to just take us to the Civi train station or did you ride a bus or what? Any advice appreciated so I can figure out when I can book the train trips. Thanks so much!
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