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  1. We’ve been to Dubrovnik several times, walked the walls and visit Ston. Would one recommend Konvale valley and Cavtat? Or Mostar? Or just Cavtat? Thanks!
  2. If it’s not too late, I would strongly advise flying in a day or two early even if it means paying a change fee. Planes are often delayed and IMO it’s worth arriving a day or two early to be safe as well as dump some of the jet lag. Plus you will get to spend time In Rome. No downside!
  3. Thanks for the chuckle, gotta laugh! Thank goodness the ship navigators know where they are going! Miss g. Tried three different cities in Canada!
  4. Tried again looking for flights after trying a month ago and sending feedback to HAL. Somehow HAL thinks Singapore is my home city in Canada! So it is impossible to access. Just frustrating when one wants to price flights to compare.
  5. We loved the area just outside of Bologna, Modena for Balsamic vinegar, Maranello for Ferrari’s, Parma... or Trieste with its beautiful castle and sea. Or north to Asolo or explore the gorgeous Palladian villas or...... so many choices
  6. We prefer the eixample district. Beautiful squares, great tapas and walking distance to most places. We liked the Best Western Dante. We also stayed near .Catalunya square and enjoyed that area.
  7. Wow! That is an awesome deal! We once had an aft wrap,Neptune and it was amazing! Only one problem., you will be spoiled and want to do it again! And how nice you got it after your emergency cancellation!
  8. We have found huge price increases in the Med in particular. Also Japan was our highest. These cruises appear to be starting high and going higher! I think there was a large cut back in number of ships in the Med a few years ago which has resulted in higher prices.seven years ago we had a per day cost of well under $100 Canadian per person. And we got an inexpensive upgrade to a Neptune! Those days are long gone, now we are looking at well over 250$ per day for a basic balcony. Same place and dates, both HAL. I think they they have moved all the ships to Alaska!
  9. Rome airport can be chaotic, I think you are cutting it very close. If you are flying business that gives you faster checkin and security usually. Sometimes it’s worth checking the change fee for a little later flight. I did this myself in Venice and was glad I had. Just another option.
  10. Thanks everyone! NCC is well rated, and I think we used Roma shuttle in the past successfully. So options! Just didn’t want to pick a dud!
  11. We usually book a private transfer with the excellent Rome cabs and share it. This time, we seem to be at an odd time so are looking at the shared shuttles from FCO to Civitavecchia. Does anyone have recommendations? We are looking at NCC. Thanks.
  12. Best advice, buy some Future Cruise Deposits, They are completely refundable, a lower deposit usually and give you on-board credit. The on-board credit is the same whether you book on board or within 60 days with the welcome home ZPM bonus. So so many people pass up the opportunity to have this on-board credit in addition to what perks they book. It has certainly been worthwhile for us. Pays for my wine!
  13. On the Westerdam, full ocean view had head of bed under window but obstructed ocean view on the Zuiderdam has the large window, with bed on the side. So depends on category where bed is placed.
  14. Mount cassino for WW2 history. It’s about an hours drive. We enjoyed the palace and gardens at Caserta. Easily reached by train.
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