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    Ontario, Canada
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    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Greece

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  1. We had lunch at Da Costa at Fira. This was our view. Not sure about the view at sunset though.
  2. Thanks. This is helpful. We have cruised HAL 4 times and are getting to love it more but will be venturing out to NCL for the first time on the Spirit this fall .... just can't resist those Greek Isle itinerary.
  3. Thanks for the review. My kids did their first HAL cruise 8 years ago when they were 10 and 8, and last year we did an 11-night cruise on the Koningsdam. Their conclusion: HAL is great for a port-intensive longer itinerary. Pinnacle class ship has the family oceanview cabin that is spacious for families. Deck One? No problem at all! We spent 11 nights there and won't hesitate to book it again. The 1.5 bath (one with a sink and shower, the other one with a sink, toilet and bathtub), the extra storage space and queen-size sofabed are all very nice. Only negative on the Pinnacle class is their wrap-around promenade deck - a disappointment comparing to other classes of HAL ships.
  4. Yes indeed. There is a water taxi just right next to the cruise port that will take you directly to the old town. This is from youtube:
  5. The picture below was taken from the X80 bus stop that would take you back to Piraeus. So when you took the bus at Piraeus coming to Athens, you will be dropped off where the 3 flag poles are. Just walked across the street at the traffic light and you will see the pedestrian-friendly area. This is the "entrance" to the pedestrian-friendly area that goes to The Acropolis. Just follow the sign, or simply follow the crowd as everyone is going to the same place basically. Then after "some" walking and lots of sweating (we went in the middle of August) ...
  6. Whereas in Mykonos, you dock and then a 10-15 minute boat ride to the old town... more relaxing here.
  7. At Santorini doing a trip to Oía can be considered a DIY excursion. And there are many other options too.
  8. We took the X80 bus, 4.50 euro per person for unlimited trips within 24 hours.
  9. We stayed at the Le Quattro Dame Suites for 3 nights prior to our Holland America cruise last August (Rome roundtrip to Greece and Turkey). The suite was spacious for my family of 4. The location was perfect - within reasonable walking distance to The Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Step and all the shops in that area. There was a taxi stand just across the street and it was a short taxi ride to The Vatican. The hotel offers shuttle services to/from airport and the port at Civitavecchia. This is the view of the street just outside of the entrance. Walking up to the front door. One of the room Bedroom area of the suite (it has another queen-size sofa bed) The view looking out from the room. 20190807_194321.mp4
  10. We took the X80 bus for us family of 4 and it was easy.
  11. We like Royal Caribbean and Holland America for different reasons: entertainment and onboard activities on RCI mega ships; itinerary, service, relaxation and value for money on HAL ships.
  12. If you think that is the same, then your experience in a library on a HAL cruiseship is different than my experience in a library on a HAL cruiseship. Have s nice day.
  13. OP, ask yourself which are the top 3 ports you want to visit out of these: St Petersburg Venice Barcelona Copenhagen Santorini Istanbul Amsterdam Rome Athens London This should help narrow down a little bit.
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