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We stayed 4 nights and it was nice walking around without throngs of people.  

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On the days we spent there pre-cruise in 2011, there must not have been any large ships (course they're larger these days) in port.  At least I don't remember many throngs of people except for a few student groups.  We stayed very near St. Marks and visited a number of areas around the city including the Lido, which is a totally different kind of place.  The latter must be on somewhat higher ground (it's a barrier island) as there are handsome homes on tree-lined streets on the side facing the lagoon.  I didn't have time to go to the ocean-facing side where the beaches are.

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23 hours ago, gfkcruiser said:

We stayed 4 nights and it was nice walking around without throngs of people.  

 

Nice background, experiences and follow-up above from Barb and gfkcruiser.  Both are smart neighbors from north of us in Michigan.  Great sharing!!

 

From the Travel Section of the Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax newspapers in Australia two days ago, they had this headline: Venice, Italy travel guide: The secret Venice tourists don't know about” with these highlights about nearby and less crowded options near this historic city: “Here in Burano the streets are ghost-town empty this morning, it's an island at peace but for the urgent thud of those approaching steps.  Once that first vaporetto has cast off lines and chugged away, Burano will be quiet once again, its canals glassy, its old stone alleyways deserted, its charmingly wonky belltower silent in the pastel morning glow.

 

Here is more on another nearby option: "We'd arrived to begin our cruise in the town of Precenicco, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it village in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-eastern Italy. The town may seem obscure, but it provides ideal access to a network of canals, rivers and channels that eventually link up with the Venetian Lagoon some 50 kilometres south-west."

 

Full story at:

http://www.traveller.com.au/venice-italy-how-to-see-the-parts-most-visitors-dont-even-know-exist-h1fpne

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights.  On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings.  Now at 222,640 views.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

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On 3/11/2019 at 7:56 AM, TLCOhio said:

n July, for our first time, we will be seeing Jasper/Banff, doing the Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, having three days in Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, Denali, etc. After that on our priority list is a first-time trip for visiting Galápagos, etc. Just need people to send money and/or arrange for me to get commissions as my posts inspire your future travel plans. Or, need to win a big Lottery for more money to explore the world.
 

We also are looking into the Rocky Mountaineer trip.  A friend did it from Vancouver to Calgary.  Train and bus.  Looking forward to your review and tips.

 

Gail

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Terry,  thanks for all you do!  Enjoy cowtown and the Rockies!   When are you going?

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3 hours ago, gfkcruiser said:

We also are looking into the Rocky Mountaineer trip.  A friend did it from Vancouver to Calgary.  Train and bus.  Looking forward to your review and tips.  Gail

 

For Gail, I might offer an upfront "WARNING" that a friend has prepared me to consider before booking.  It's not cheap doing the Rocky Mountaineer trip.  Sorry!!  There is also a choice of Gold Leaf versus Silver Leaf.  It can add up quickly!!   BUT, the quality and value are there, per others who have done it.  We are just doing two days on the Rocky Mountaineer rail.  Others will do four days of rail trail, making a loop around from Vancouver with time in the middle for these two scenic National Parks.  

 

For BennyBear, appreciate your kind comments and this good follow-up: "Enjoy cowtown and the Rockies!   When are you going?"  Had not previously heard of Calgary being called "cowtown".  Fun!!  We depart the morning of July 16.  One night in Calgary at the Marriott near their 191 metres/626.64 feet high Calgary Tower.  Then pick up our rental car and have two nights each in Banff and Jasper.  July 21 and 22 will be riding the Rocky Mountaineer rail, two-level cars.  Yes, we are doing the Gold Leaf, allow more flexibility and an outdoor observation area to maximize photo opportunities. Will have July 23-25 in Vancouver.  Does this help as to our overall plan and timing?  Other suggestions, tips, ideas?

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

For latest live/blog, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East.  Connect at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/

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Oh you will miss the stampede and free pancake breakfasts!  Rodeo and chuck wagons, fireworks!  It ends the 14 th.   Make sure to eat some  Alberta beef,  the palliser hotel or charcut are near you.   Visit the Glenbow museum attached to your hotel.  

 

Overall a great plan,  visit Bow falls,  lake Minnewanka, Johnson canyon and walk by the river in Banff.   Across the bridge on the bow river is a lovely park.  Visit the Banff springs hotel,  have a drink or dinner.  We honeymooned there, ages ago!   

 

 Stop at Lake Louise, moraine lake, Peyto lake for its amazing colour on your way up the ice fields parkway.   Visit lake Annette, the Jasper tramway, Maligne canyon, spirit island.....

 

in Vancouver,  enjoy great fish, amazing sushi and some of the best Chinese food.   Walk along the harbour,  there is great gelato nearby.   Visit Stanley park,  take a water taxi by false creek.   There are some beautiful gardens,  Van Duesen,  bloedel conservatory.  

just a few highlights!  

Enjoy!  

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On 7/6/2019 at 4:54 PM, bennybear said:

Oh you will miss the stampede and free pancake breakfasts!  Rodeo and chuck wagons, fireworks!  It ends the 14 th.   Make sure to eat some  Alberta beef,  the palliser hotel or charcut are near you.   Visit the Glenbow museum attached to your hotel.  Overall a great plan,  visit Bow falls,  lake Minnewanka, Johnson canyon and walk by the river in Banff.   Across the bridge on the bow river is a lovely park.  Visit the Banff springs hotel,  have a drink or dinner.  We honeymooned there, ages ago!   

 Stop at Lake Louise, moraine lake, Peyto lake for its amazing colour on your way up the ice fields parkway.   Visit lake Annette, the Jasper tramway, Maligne canyon, spirit island..... in Vancouver,  enjoy great fish, amazing sushi and some of the best Chinese food.   Walk along the harbour,  there is great gelato nearby.   Visit Stanley park,  take a water taxi by false creek.   There are some beautiful gardens,  Van Duesen,  bloedel conservatory.  just a few highlights!  Enjoy!  

 

WOW!!  Super wonderful tips, ideas and insights.  Yes, have copied and saved this great list of suggestions to my laptop trip file.  So much to see and do in these scenic areas.  Just one week from tomorrow morning when we take off for Calgary.  Let me know any other potentials to consider.  Good or bad, we will miss the crowds connected with the famed Calgary Stampede.  Maybe at a later time we will get to sample that event.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 247,797 views.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

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Your photos are beautiful!!!!

 

Could you comment on how much I should expect to pay for a flight to Venice from the U.S.? We are cruising in June 2020 and I am anxious to book a flight but I am not certain when I can expect the best fares. Any experience you can share would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Sher

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On 7/31/2019 at 12:13 PM, sherin65 said:

Your photos are beautiful!!!!   Could you comment on how much I should expect to pay for a flight to Venice from the U.S.? We are cruising in June 2020 and I am anxious to book a flight but I am not certain when I can expect the best fares. Any experience you can share would be appreciated.  Thanks,  Sher

 

Appreciate Sher's very nice follow-up, positive photo comments and good question.  For air flights into Venice, it is not easy and simple.  Sorry!!  Venice is a "secondary" airport compared to the "biggies" at Milan and Rome.  Not as many options and good flight potentials.  What airport would you be flying from?   Therefore, it can be more challenging to find good "deals" and flights with the best, quickest connections.  Just keep searching and planning.   For us, a number of years back, we flew into Milan, got a rental car and went up to Lake Como and spectacular Bellagio for some excellent R&R time before driving to Venice and dropping our car.  Do your checking and research.  Consider the many options for pricing, timing, number of connections. No sure timing as to when to buy that ticket versus waiting till later.   If it seem challenging, that is not you.  It's just the "REALITY" for Venice's relatively small airport and their limited number of ideal options.  

 

Just completed yesterday, for our first time, flying into Calgary, seeing Jasper/Banff National Parks, doing the Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, having three days in Vancouver, then sailing up to Alaska, doing a post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc.  After that on our priority list is a first-time trip for exploring in early 2020 various South Pacific islands, including Fiji, Samoa, Bora Bora, etc.   Would commence this 18-day cruise in mid February from Auckland.  We plan to get there a week ahead in order to explore more of New Zealand's North Island and be escaping from the Midwest winter cold.  In 2014, we did Wellington, Napier/Cape Kidnappers, Tauranga/Rotorua and Auckland/Waiheke Island, etc.  Will welcome all good suggestion for other exciting opportunities and fun locations in NZ's North Island.  More good photo opportunities??

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Just completed Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc.  Lots of visuals and details!!  That live/blog is at: 

www.boards.cruisecdritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/

 

Or, you could simply do a quick Google search with these terms: 

“Live Terry/Ohio Muse Alaska”

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Posted (edited)

Terry, there's a typo in the link you posted:  a "d" in the midst of cruisecritic in the link.

 

I'm just now catching up with your travels.  Have skimmed through your posts and photos.  Many brought back memories from our 2 trips out to Banff by car).  Thanks for posting.  I look forward to "completing" the journey.

 

When we did a cruise from Venice in Oct 2011, we flew on USAir from Detroit to Philly to Venice.  Must have arranged through Princess since we usually fly Delta.

Edited by BarbinMich

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9 minutes ago, BarbinMich said:

Terry, there's a typo in the link you posted:  a "d" in the midst of cruisecritic in the link.  I'm just now catching up with your travels.  Have skimmed through your posts and photos.  Many brought back memories from our 2 trips out to Banff by car).  Thanks for posting.  I look forward to "completing" the journey.

 

Appreciate so much you catching of this "goof".  Have corrected and will update the other post with this better link.  Sharp eye and smart brain!!  Glad that I was able to bring back memories from Banff, etc. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

CORRECT LINK

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/

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Glad you had a good time in Canada and Alaska!   We will follow you around and do South Pacific in the fall.  Welcome home!  

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On 7/31/2019 at 12:13 PM, sherin65 said:

Your photos are beautiful!!!!

 

Could you comment on how much I should expect to pay for a flight to Venice from the U.S.? We are cruising in June 2020 and I am anxious to book a flight but I am not certain when I can expect the best fares. Any experience you can share would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Sher

I booked airfare and hotels for this year through Delta Vacations.  I had a very difficult time finding affordable flights from North Carolina to Venice.  I knew I wanted Delta flights.  I tried something new and that was calling the Delta Vacations line listed on the airline website.  I am impressed.  I was able to book 2 nights in Venice pre-cruise, the exact flights I wanted in comfort seats, travel insurance and 2 nights in Barcelona post cruise for about the same amount of money I would have paid just for the airline tickets.

 

Through the Delta "bundling" of hotels with the airfare, they are able to present a very favorable price point.  I will most certainly use them again next year for our Europe travel.

 

 

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