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  1. It's hard to believe that Marella are the only cruise line I know which hasn't specifically banned irons.
  2. My mother and I stayed at Hotel Continental near Placa Catalunya. We walked down Las Ramblas and took the port shuttle bus without any problem
  3. I dont know the Park hotel but we stayed in Hotel Lleo just round the corner from Las Ramblas. We loved the fact it had a rooftop terrace with sunbeds (can't remember if there was a pool as we didnt use one) The hotel was clean and breakfast adequate. We had previously always stayed in Hotel Continental on Las Ramblas but much preferred Lleo. They were very strict on check- in time but allowed us to store our luggage in a locked room. I thought it strange they didn't check us in when we arrived post cruise even if the room wasnt available till the official check in time. They made everybody return at the same time which made for queues at check in. This was the only downside at this hotel
  4. I was wondering that too, so will be interested to see any replies
  5. I found Marella but can't "compare prices from multiple sites with one click" My click brings up only one price from one site.
  6. We've been on Discovery and Discovery 2 multiple times in their Royal days and never saw any porthole cabins on deck 2, and the photo above appears to bear that out. I'd still pay £48 to get mid ship though
  7. The aft balconies are mega hot and humid in the Far East as they get no breeze. We got a fan from reception (when the ship was Royal Caribbean) but our neighbours were unable to use theirs as it was so uncomfortable
  8. Thank you campolady. I hoped that would be the case
  9. We've had Palma as a port call on other lines and have docked in two places. One near the main road to the cathedral and one further away near the naval base and Porto Pi fortress. Which terminal is used by Marella? TIA
  10. Sorry, cant help with hotels. Most people seemed to do a temples tour, but we hired a tuk tuk to take us round the town for a couple of hours calling at a (very) local market. Most people agreed the port had very little to offer, but we enjoyed seeing local life. I even bought an unusual broom from the market( but then forgot it when we got off the tuk tuk) We could just imagine the driver going home and saying to his wife "I've bought you a present, darling"😀
  11. I'd take the EU adapter for hair dryer and curling tongs. I "think" the US sockets are 110v so would take longer to heat??
  12. I've been on many ships and every one without exception had US and European plug sockets. I also found this on the Tui website which confirms it https://www.tui.co.uk/cruise/onboard-experience/your-questions
  13. I've done a very similar itinerary three times, not with Marella, but with Royal Caribbean and Costa. Its perfectly safe in those ports during the day, and Dubai/Abu Dhabi in particular are safe at night, in fact busier than during the day after the sun goes down. The weather is perfect at that time of year, so nice to feel that sun on your body in November! We've not yet been on Marella, but sailed on Discovery three times when it was Splendour of the Seas . It's a lovely ship ( looking forward to going on it/her next summer) and Im sure you'll love both the ship and itinerary
  14. Did you query it with them?. I've never had a problem getting the cashback on Tui holidays, in fact it's paid before we go, so I assumed it would be the same with cruises.
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