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teachatthebeach

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    Tampa, FL
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    Grand Cayman

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  1. La Xula Taperia in the Gracia neighborhood. Agua in the Barceloneta neighborhood. Can Majo also in the Barceloneta neighborhood. We ate at all 3 and loved them! We were in there in June. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. Hotel Arc la Rambla Great location. Close to the port. Friendly staff. Spent 4 nights pre-cruise here in June. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  3. We visited during the day. My husband wore jeans, a polo shirt, and sneakers and was allowed entry to the casino. The lobby is free, but it costs 17 euros to enter the casino itself. I had on capris, a tunic top, and sneakers and had no problems entering the lobby. As I understand it, the dress code becomes much more strict in the evening. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. Yes, boarding process was very easy. We arrived around 2:00. Ours was the only taxi there. We handed luggage over to the porters(just like in US ports). We walked directly to the ticket counter and there was no line. We onboard in minutes! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. We stayed at the Hotel Arc la Rambla which is located right on La Rambla. We loved it- safe, clean, affordable, great location near the port, and friendly staff. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. We didn’t go to this show, so I’m not familiar with the time. I didn’t save the dailies, so I can’t look it up. Is it listed on the entertainment options on the NCL website? You might be able to find some current dailies on the NCL forum. Safe travels! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. I couldn't find my list that I made on the ship, but I looked at trip advisor and I think these were the 3 on my list: Playa de Cala Mayor Illetas Beach Platja de Palma
  8. Palma! Because of all the tours we had planned, I knew we would be tired by this last port. I knew we just wanted a beach day, so I didn't do too much planning for this port. That morning I went to the internet cafe and looked up a few beaches. When we got off the ship, we approached a few taxi drivers with my list of beaches. These were all beaches right in Palma. Well, these taxis drivers all said these beaches would be crowded, touristy, rocky, or polluted. And, yes, one driver talked this weary traveler into an overpriced trip to a beach about 30 minutes outside of the city. Our driver stayed with us and drove us back. Our taxi driver's name was Santi and he took us to Camp De Mar. It was a lovely beach...soft sand and clear water. My only complaint-no loungers to rent. We had our beach towels and just sat in the sand. After taking a walk along the beach and soaking up some sun, we went to the restaurant at the beach. Illeta is located across a short boardwalk/bridge and sits over the water. We enjoyed a nice pitcher of sangria. DD had the tuna tartar, DH had the sea bass, and I had a salad. After our meal, we stopped for ice cream at one of the shops, got back in our taxi, and headed back to the ship. It was a lovely and relaxing day, just a bit pricey! Disembarkation! Our flight was scheduled for 6:30 PM, so I scheduled a tour to Montserrat with Barcelona Day Tours to help pass the time. Our guide was scheduled to pick us up at 8:30, so we walked off with our luggage and met her outside. For us, disembarking was quick and easy. Montserrat is about a 45 minute drive from Barcelona. It was an adventure on a narrow and winding road up the mountain. And there were plenty of people hiking and biking up the mountain! I was tired just watching them. The views from the top are breathtaking. The air was clear and cool. As it was a Sunday, we visited the church first as mass was scheduled to start at 11:00. The line to see the Black Madonna was very long, so we didn't wait. We also didn't take the cable car to the very top of the mountain. DH and DD are afraid of heights and the cable car went straight up the mountainside which was a little too much for me too! We walked through some of the exhibits, strolled through the gift shops, and grabbed a quick snack at the cafeteria. We rejoined our driver and began our journey down the mountain. We had time for a quick photo stop at the Saint Cecilia church. We arrived at the airport around 2:00. We had to wait in the ticket counter area for about 45 minutes as the check in lines were not open yet. Again, we flew Norwegian. Our gate was SO far away for the ticket counter. I felt like we were walking forever! Also, there were limited food options after the second round of passport control, so if you are hungry, you may want to stop before you get too close to your gate. Yours truly got chosen for "enhanced security" measures and had the pleasure of being swabbed down by Spanish security officers. Other than that, our time at the Barcelona airport was uneventful. We arrived back in the US around 9:00 local time and took a taxi to our hotel and collapsed into bed. We were back up bright and early for our 9:00 flight to Tampa. Our "Epic" European adventure had come to an end...just like this trip report! Thank you all for following along! Again, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!
  9. From my experience, I can say that you will "see" everything on the group tour in Rome. However, if you have any desire to linger anywhere, to explore any sight in more depth, shop, or find anything special to eat, than I would consider a private tour. If you do tour privately, decide what it most important for you to see and do that first. Even with skip the line tickets, lines for security can be very long at the Colosseum and the Vatican. My neighbor splits her time between Grand Cayman and Tampa. We had a cruise stop there 2 years ago and she gave us a tour of the island. It's lovely!
  10. I don’t think it’s considered fine dining, but we ate at Agua which is on the beach in the Barceloneta area of the city. Lovely meal in a lovely setting. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. The hop on - hop off buses allow you to see a lot of the city without all the walking. Also check out Barcelona Day Tours. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. We used Riviera Premium Tours in June and had a wonderful day. Highly recommend! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. We used Riviera Premium Tours in June and had a wonderful day! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  14. We used Italy EU Tours and Joe Bananas Limos in Italy and Riviera Premium Tours in Cannes. Great tours and much better prices than NCL. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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