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Book tickets for the Vatican online before you...
Book tickets for the Vatican online before you go. I was amazed at the line for those who didn't while we just walked right in to redeem our voucher for tickets.
I suggest you just book direct and do lots of...
I suggest you just book direct and do lots of research, which you are already doing. The Mariner is a very nice ship, so you are obviously making good choices. Many TA's aren't all that helpful...
Lots of great advice, but I will add: Booking a...
Lots of great advice, but I will add: Booking a last minute cruise may get you a great deal, but then you have so many things to plan and research in a short period of time. Which tours, what hotels,...
If you go to my website, I have reviews, articles...
If you go to my website, I have reviews, articles and suggestions/advice on Australia and New Zealand. We were there in October and November and LOVED each minute!

www.DonnaGawell.com...
We were in Sydney in Oct and stayed at Potts...
We were in Sydney in Oct and stayed at Potts Point because of the prices of the hotels near the port. I have a lot of suggestions on my website under "Travel to Europe and Australia." I wrote some...
What's the scoop on the Grandiosa?
We booked the inaugural week of the Grandiosa in Nov 2019. We are new to MSC and have never been on a Mediterranean cruise. We've been to Rome and Barcelona, and some other Spanish ports.

I...
We got stuck with late dining on our one and only...
We got stuck with late dining on our one and only Carnival cruise. We waited in line to ask the Maitre de to change us to anything else. No luck. Late dining was sparsely attended and our "other...
No one can predict the weather, but I wouldn't be...
No one can predict the weather, but I wouldn't be packing many pairs of shorts for a March cruise. You are lucky to need them and have some nice pool weather on an April cruise.

Be open to...
I agree with JB but will add that Europeans are...
I agree with JB but will add that Europeans are accustomed to traveling with people who don't speak their own language. Americans who are not experienced in travel outside of the US might just expect...
I'm Platinum NCL and was upgraded to the Black...
I'm Platinum NCL and was upgraded to the Black status on MSC AND received a 5% discount on top of their lowest cruise price. I've heard great things about MSC and we are anxious to give it a go.
Be sure to check your end of cruise bill. We were...
Be sure to check your end of cruise bill. We were charged for laundry even though we put in the voucher. Now we do that AND mark "Platinum" on the bag.
The person at MSC said that our Rome departure...
The person at MSC said that our Rome departure was Grandiosa's second day! Thanks for your feedback. I feel encouraged.
I heard within a day that I needed more proof of...
I heard within a day that I needed more proof of my NCL status. The match was issued within a day and I have booked a cruise with the 5% discount!
New to MSC on Grandiosa's first sailing!
We just booked the Nov 24, 2019 sailing on MSC RT from Rome. As reasonably experienced American travelers to Europe, we are not expecting a huge shock but wondered if you could predict what...
Thanks. Ready to book today!
Thanks. Ready to book today!
MSC cancellation policy
I have read the cancellation policy, but it doesn't state that you can cancel before the 90 day window with no penalty. I suppose it is implied as you lose your deposit at day 89 before the cruise.
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While the OP's gift is a bit unusual, I think it...
While the OP's gift is a bit unusual, I think it is a very nice gesture. I am an author (but certainly not famous) and appreciate hearing from my readers. Also, I would think it great if someone...
What I have learned is to NEVER book online as...
What I have learned is to NEVER book online as there are likely better cabins available. When I was searching for this latest cruise, I noted many cabins in my designated category seemed to have...
Thank you. All my observations point to the fact...
Thank you. All my observations point to the fact that CC members like you are correct and I need to call.

The customer service rep (Barb) who would have booked my cruise was of the opinion that...
Does NCL "roll out" cabins?
I'm trying to research for a cruise 16 months away and NCL only lets you view cabins within a specific category, not all of the open cabins.

For example, looking at IE, the only cabins they have...
I've been on five transatlantics and two of them...
I've been on five transatlantics and two of them were with NCL. NCL's activities aren't like some of the other cruise lines. RCL offered dance classes in the afternoon that were hosted by a comped...
Yes, I would jump on the RCL cruise in a...
Yes, I would jump on the RCL cruise in a heartbeat over the NCL experience, but that time period interferes with a major commitment. After my last NCL cruise in Europe, I put them close to Carnival...
NCL and Israel
Does anyone have any experience with NCL and cruises to Israel? I see there is one in 2019 and 2020 and they have Turkey on the itinerary also. I would brace myself for that port to be canceled.
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Kusadasi, Turkey
NCL has Kusadasi on the schedule for Dec. 2019. I was surprised as I thought most of the mainstream cruiselines were not going to Turkey. I realize it could be canceled at any time, but was wondering...
We flew on a dreamliner from AMS to FLL in May....
We flew on a dreamliner from AMS to FLL in May. The experience was great. The attendants know who paid for dinners/meals and so serve only them, but others may purchase food if they wish while...