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  1. It's a different take on a typical cruise ship wine tasting. If you like trying different wines it's fun, but don't expect to try any exclusive/rare vintages. The show is fun, and light-hearted like everyone has said. The meal is a set menu, that I thought was a bit lackluster. You're really paying for the wine and the show. The food is more of an afterthought. I saw it on the Getaway, and would go again.
  2. From the airport, assuming low traffic, I'd say about $35-$45. To the cruise terminal, it'll be less than that, $25-$30? It's been a few years since I've been so prices may have changed.
  3. I've stayed at Hotel Cram. It's pretty central, about a 10 minute walk from La Rambla, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo (2 of the famous Gaudi buildings). There's also a metro station about a block away so exploring the city from here is super easy. It's a clean, safe hotel/neighborhood, plus the prices are very reasonable considering it also houses a Michelin star restaurant. Like others have said, it's easy to grab a taxi from the airport to the hotel, and then a taxi from the hotel to the cruise terminal.
  4. I'm doing a 7 night Greek isles in August 2022 out of Venice on the Gem. I've sailed out of Venice before, and while pricey, is utterly gorgeous. In looking at Greek isle itineraries I also paid attention to the size of the ships on offer. The bigger the ship could mean more ports that require tendering, and longer waits to disembark. With the Gem being on the smaller side, my only tender port will be Santorini. I hope this helps.
  5. Thanks for the feedback. I'm curious to see what kind of social distancing restrictions they'll have in place, if any at all, come August 2021. I'd expect that would impede much of any solo traveler programming. We shall see. :-)
  6. Thanks. It sounds like I should expect a little bit of everybody, which is what I prefer. I was a bit apprehensive that I'd find myself in a room full of seniors, and me. Or, a room full of spring breakers, and me. I wasn't sure if there was a typical "solo cruiser" on NCL.
  7. Thank you so much for your response! I don't think the small cabin will bother me. I already live in a pretty tiny apartment as it is. Plus, I'll be on a very port-intensive itinerary. I won't be in my room, too much. It's also interesting to hear that 100+ people came to the initial solo meeting. I wasn't expecting there to be so many solo travelers on board. I guess I'm curious, what the typical solo demographic is going to be. I'm a male in my early 40s. Am I going to be surrounded by 80-something year old widows en masse? Which isn't a horrible thing. I just like to know what I'm walking into. :-)
  8. Hi everyone. I'm booked to sail on a 7 night Med cruise out of Barcelona on the NCL Epic in August 2021. I'm staying in a studio cabin. This is my first time cruising solo, and not sure what to expect with the studio and studio lounge experience. I'd appreciate hearing about other people's experiences in a studio, and what the studio lounge experience was like (how many organized activities were there and their variety, number of folks that participated, demographic make up of other solos, etc) I look forward to hearing back! Thanks!
  9. Thank you all for the advice! I'm thinking the thermal suite is the way to go, especially with all the different ports and walking tours I'll be taking. :-)
  10. Since studios don't have a separate bathroom, the shower is actually in the living space. I'd rather not have a stateroom full of steam from the shower and getting everything damp, especially in the space next to the shower. That's where I was coming from in regards to space-saving. Plus the showers in the thermal suite are larger with more room to move around....not that I'm an aggressive shower-taker :-) I've been in the thermal suite before, and have enjoyed it, but have never been to Vibe. I'm interested in hearing from folks who've done both, to hear pros and cons. Thanks!
  11. Hi everyone! I'm booked for the August 20, 10 night Italy and Greece itinerary on the Getaway. Here's my dilemma. I'm up in the air about getting a Vibe pass or a thermal suite pass. Being in the Med, I know it's going to be warm and sunny so being outside would be nice, plus having the private bar and a hot tub are added bonuses. At the same time, the thermal suite has a larger hot tub, plus I'm staying in a studio, so being able to use the spa's showers in the morning could be a space saver. Not to mention the Med in August is super hot, so maybe staying indoors isn't a horrible option. What do you think? I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks!
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