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KentuckyKat

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About KentuckyKat

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About Me

  • Location
    Kentucky - duh!
  • Interests
    Family, Bible Study, Operation Christmas Child and VACATIONING!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Disney, Princess, Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    anywhere
  1. My daughter (18) and I will be on Viking Ocean for the first time one week from today - yikes! We just learned last night that specialty coffees are free on board. That made me wonder what else we do not know. Please give us your "must-do" tips - from activities to favorite ship spaces to don't-miss foods. Any and all ideas appreciated ... I'm taking notes! TIA
  2. I have tentatively booked an evening gondola excursion in Venice for my daughter and I on the first evening of a Viking cruise. I know we are overpaying, but as two novices I really don't care as long as someone tells us where to go and what to do. So here are my fears: (1) will I get sea sick? I don't get sea sick on cruise ships but sometimes on tender boats and other small watercraft. I'd hate to get sick or embarrass my teenage daughter on the first evening of our trip. But we will have just arrived from the US that afternoon, so I'll probably be pretty medicated from the flight anyway (bonine, sea bands...) ;); (2) is it really cold on the water after dark this time of year? The ride starts around 8:00 pm at the end of March. Oh my gosh ... That's like one week from now! :o:eek:;p Any (and all) advice appreciated!
  3. Can anyone give me an estimate of the time it will take my daughter and I to get through customs in Venice and then travel from the airport to the cruise ship? Trying to decide if we could do an evening excursion on our arrival day for a Viking Ocean cruise. TIA! :)
  4. Thanks Pat. We may forego the opera and perhaps set out on our own - it's just such a late night. I'd like the flexibility of not having any commitments. Hdcmn - if we choose to go to the opera, we will definately poke each other! We are also doing the included tour on Easter and, like you, we plan to just explore from there. Maybe we'll meet up. I'm toying with the idea of a hop-on-hop-off valperetto pass for the day. It seems like there is so much to see. I was in Rome and some Southern cities years (and years) ago but I have never been to Venice and my daughter (18) has never been to Italy.
  5. My daughter and I are considering this same excursion our first night in Venice. Has anyone been on this excursion before? Would you recommend it highly? Or should we just wander through the city or St. Mark's that evening? Or just exploring the ship? My concerns are (1) it's the Saturday night of Easter weekend - would that change the crowd level in the streets? and (2) we are flying in from the states that day so we could be exhausted by the evening. Or we could be running on adrenaline - who knows? But I'd hate to embarrass myself falling asleep during the opera! :o
  6. Thanks so much for the information! Gosh, I never thought about having to go through customs in Paris on the way to Venice. Thanks for mentioning that. Yes, I am pouring over the boards every free moment and trying to take notes - now the question is when will I ever get to review all my notes? Probably not till I get on the plane! :o
  7. My daughter and I will be cruising Florence-Rome in a couple of months on the Viking Sky. We have never sailed on Viking and we have never travelled alone in Europe. She is young and excited. :hearteyes: I am older and starting to panic. :eek: I have so many questions and so little time to figure it all out. First things first ... If we make it to the ship I am hoping everything else will fall into place after that so we booked Viking air -- can anyone tell me what to expect (step-by-step) as far as transportation from the airport to the ship in Venice and vice versa in Rome? Thanks so much! :)
  8. We were going to book a OV porthole room and then saw this 7A navigator's verandah for not much more $$. I have seen pictures of the tiny verandah, but for not much more $$ than a porthole (and for $300-$400 less than a "real" verandah), I can't think of a reason not to book this cabin with my favorite aft view? What do you think -- Side porthole? Or absolutely tiny aft verandah?
  9. Thanks so much for all the replies and advice! We will definitely consider all your experiences in our planning!
  10. We have never cruised with Disney and I don't understand how the dining rotation works. Any information would be helpful because we know VERY little about it. We are thinking of a 7-night cruise on the Fantasy, here are some of my specific questions: (1) Are there 2 or 3 main/traditional dining locations on the Fantasy (seems like we have seen conflicting info.)? (2) Do you know your rotation in advance? (3) Is you rotation random? (4) Do you go to each dining location mutiple times on a 7-day cruise? (5) If you want to do a signature dining once, is there any way to make sure you aren't missing your favorite non-signature location? (6) what if you want to do a signature rest., but don't want to miss an elegant (or whatever it's called) night in a main dining location? (7) It's just DH and I on this cruise - in the past, we have enjoyed assigned dining at a large table where we get to meet and eat with the same group of people each night, is that just not something that happens on Disney cruises? Thanks again and sorry for being such a novice! KK
  11. DH and I usually cruise on the Fantasy-class ships. We enjoy the smaller layout, but we are getting a little bored with the limited evening activities. I want to try an aft balcony for 6-7 nights for a 50th Birthday cruise. We have no preference on ships or destinations, but our dates will be limited. What class ships have the best aft balconies? I would like sun and I remember hearing about ash being a problem on some of the afts. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
  12. In the car driving home from Jacksonville and the Fascination - here's the short report of our cruise. A little background first - DH and I are in our 40s and this was our 5th cruise - 4 on CCL and 1 PCL. We sailed this same cruise on the Fascination the same week last year with our 3 children - this year we cruised childless. Last year we had a balcony, this year had interior cabin. We decided the balcony wasn't worth the extra money for us, especially since last year our neighbors smoked pot and cussed each other loudly at all hours! I have thought about what kind of review I would write of this cruise and, quite honestly, I could write two very different reviews. I could focus on the negative, be picky, overreact to minor problems and write a pretty depressing review. Or I could overlook the minor hiccups and say it was a great trip - which it was! So which review will I write? Hmmm... Why not both? I'll give three negatives, 3 so-so and 3 positives. The negatives - like I said these are picky and did not change our overall cruise experience - but they may have meant more to us if we had paid more for the trip. 1. We were not impressed with the live (and lack of live) music - but we expected this from last year. The lido deck duo sang a lot of slow Lionel Richie songs - I like Lionel Richie, but not on the lido deck. And I don't know why they refuse to put any music in the Passage to India lounge - I think the band would be better received in a real lounge instead of the Stars Bar hallway. But this was the same as last year, so we didn't really expect anything different. 2. The back-up comedian was horrible. I hate to say that but really he was really horrible. It was just bad for all concerned. But the headline comedian was better - not the best we have seen but okay. 3. the "fun staff" or whatever those guys are that lead the games, etc. were the worst we have seen. DH plays a lot of trivia so we get a fair amount of exposure to them and they were really not good. Couple of Examples - they played 80s music trivia around the pool area but after 20-25 minutes of song snippets they never went back and gave the answers except to the people sitting right down front so if you listened from upstairs you got all the music bits but no answers; the guy leading the movie trivia in the lounge drug it out for 40 minutes while he literally talked to himself; the others just didn't have much life to them. But no big deal. The so-so: 1. Lido deck food. It was fine but nothing special. The lines seemed longer at the grill so we never ate there. We ate breakfast and lunch at the buffet and the deli. 2. Room location. We were aft Upper (191). We liked being interior - dark for napping - but the room staff woke us up making a ton of noise right outside our room every day when we were napping (around 5:00-6:00 pm) and this morning at 5:45 am!! That was just unlucky room location where the steward setup cart was right outside our door. 3. Weather - no storms, etc. So that's a blessing in Oct. But it was very windy and seas were choppy the last two full days. The positives: 1. Dining room - Our tablemates were great once again (we have always requested large tables and had great tablemates). The food was good for the most part - soups were great, every appetizer I had was really good, best lobster I remember having on a ship, .... 2. Excursions. We have been to these ports (key west and Nassau) three times in the last 15 months. In key west we rented a scooter and just rode around - it was fun - even when it poured rain for about 30 minutes, DH did a standup paddle board and snorkel excursion through CCL in Nassau and he had a great time. I stayed on board and had a good time too. 3. Got just what we expected. We had a relaxing, fun and great trip. Just what we expected for the $$. (all total including room, tips, tax, sail & sign, excursions, photos... $1000-$1050). So there you have it - the good and the not-so-good. Would I do it again? I would not have changed anything this year, but our next cruise will be to different ports and maybe on a larger ship ... Maybe.
  13. Boarding tomorrow - I bought the whipped cream chocowine and a madria sangria (which autocorrect just changed to "marriage sanctuary" four times LOL!!) ;) Thanks for the advice. I will try some of the moscato listed above when I get home - didn't have much selection where we were today. Sent from my Kindle Fire using Tapatalk 2
  14. Thanks - passion fruit wine - that sounds like a good idea too!! I have had a good apple wine from TN before. Problem is we board on Monday - sitting in the car on interstate 95 now - so no time for tasting! But the good news is that DH and I have such opposite tastes that everything will probably suit one of us. Going shopping tomorrow - thanks again!
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