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About lamchops

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    Vancouver, BC Canada
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    Will cruise where the deals are
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Eastern Mediterranean

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  1. We have done many 10-12 night European cruises the last few years because I love port days. Lots of planning is involved to make it fit the experience that you want. We never miss going to a port even if it’s just a stroll down the Main Street or promenade. I’m in Europe to see sites and will save the cruising for North America. Because we’ve done it so many times, we typically don’t get off the ship till after 10 and get back to the port area at least a hour before all aboard. We generally choose 1 must see site and consider any extra as gravy. We diy or use private excursions that meet our time requirements when ever possible. We have only booked ships excursions if the travel time to the site is over an hour. The only time we stay up past 11 is if the next day is a sea day.
  2. I’m not crazy about taking a bus for 3 hours each way to Paris for a few hours at the louvre. Combine that with it being a Saturday, I would cancel. I just got back from Paris last week and spent the Saturday at Disneyland Paris before going into Paris on Sunday. The demonstrations have been along the seine and champs élysées and the louvre is near both. I personally prefer the D-day experience over the louvre.
  3. I also stayed at the hotel traghetto and it’s the worst hotel (actually tied with one in London) we’ve ever stayed in on our 7 trips to Europe. It’s convenient but it’s a 1 or 2 star hotel at best. The feeling was mutual for our group of 10.
  4. I paid less than 2£ for the bus and 10£ for the tour.
  5. I have used TuscanyBus to Florence for 30€ from the town plaza. NCL charged $15 for the shuttle to and from town. This was in September 2017.
  6. I’ve been to both and would spend the day in Cinque Terre, La Spezia and the area. Lots to see and do without spending time travelling to Lucca. I did Lucca from Livorno as I’ve been to Pisa a few times.
  7. I rented a car with full insurance from Avis (1block from pier) for about 50€ and drove to Taormina and Castelmola. It was an easy drive on a highway which you cannot get lost on. Just make sure you drive in the right lane and not the left passing lane. It was a pretty cheap outing for 4 people.
  8. We took the local bus to Highland Park distillery and had a tour and tasting before exploring the area around town. I suggest prebooking the tour online as many were turned away. There’s plenty of stuff to see in town as well.
  9. I have used both the train and bus from Gatwick to London. Even though it takes longer, I prefer the bus after an 8 hour flight with a 7 hour time difference. (From western Canada) The luggage is in the hold while I nap to Victoria coach station. The cost is as low as 4£ if booked far enough in advance. The nap helps me to stay up longer and adjust to the local time. To be safe, I would book the bus/train for 2:00 though I’m pretty sure 1:30 would be okay if you knew where to go and if your flight was on time. The Gatwick Express cost is much more than the normal train and there’s the hassle and stress of dealing with your luggage on possibly a full train.
  10. Sorbet contains no dairy and sherbet contains very little. Just read the menu carefully.
  11. I just finished our cruise in Barcelona on Thursday and there were many cabs even with multiple ships in port. Dock workers move the lines and organize the Taxi’s efficiently. It was a 39€ flat fee from the port to the airport.
  12. I have yet to go on an european ships excursion where there was a washroom on the bus. It doesn’t mean there aren’t any but I’m betting it’s doubtful.
  13. Why don’t you look into taking the train from Florence to Civitavecchia via Pisa instead of Rome? Friends took the train to Civitavecchia from La Spezia via Pisa. I went from La Spezia to Florence via Pisa. I rented a car from Europcar in Florence and drove to Civitavecchia with a stop in Siena for about 50€ and the Europcar in Civitavecchia was 100 yards from the shuttle stop at Largo Della Pace.
  14. I just got off the Spirit 3 days ago and there were plenty of opportunities to book reservations at the specialty restaurants. The reservation screens showed “green” (available) most of the day and didn’t turn to “yellow” (filling up) till the late afternoon. “Red” (full) sections only started being displayed after 5:00pm. Europeans tend to eat later than North Americans.
  15. I’m a Canadian and have been averaging $100-$150cdn “all in” on my last 6 cruises in Europe. I booked inside or sail away cabins. I just got off the Spirit 3 days ago for a 11 night Canary Islands cruise for $975cdn per person “all in”. I cruise in the spring and fall due to work commitments.
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