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  1. HI all, I've never booked air directly with a cruise line before, so i'm a bit a of a novice at this and trying to understand how it all works. We're booked on a mediterranean cruise next year. Cruise sails from/back to Rome. While there are many cities we won't get to see, one city we'd really like to not miss that the cruise does not sail to is Venice. I know we can pay the deviation fee and fly out a couple days after debarkation, but does anyone know if it's possible to change the departure city? Will they let us fly out of Venice instead of Rome? Still looking at all possibilities but wondering if going direct from port to train, to Venice, and then flying home from there a couple days later is a possibility. Air through the cruise is $399, which seems a really great price, otherwise we'd look at just booking our own air and staying several days either before/after or both. TIA!
  2. Thank you again - I will definitely look at Windstar. MIL did a James Beard cruise with them around Spain and Portugal a couple years ago and raved about it. I'd completely forgotten about them until you mentioned it. 😊
  3. Thank you for your response. I know we won't be able to see both Spain and the ports east of Italy....just putting some cities we'd like to see out there as possibilities. I'm thinking you might have misunderstood the figure I gave - I stated we'd like to keep the cruise only portion to around $2K each. We know there is no way to do the whole trip for $4K. Just getting started, the figure in our heads is more in the $7K-$10K range all in. Thanks again!
  4. Thank you everyone for all your input. As a couple of you stated, for us this is most definitely more about the ports than the ship, so we're open to almost any line...even Carnival though we didn't love our trip a few years ago on the Summit.😊 Off to research some more.
  5. Hi all, Hubby and I are looking to celebrate our 20th anniversary next October in Italy. Originally, we thought we'd do a traditional land vacation, but thought a cruise might be a better option. We've sailed only twice before, both times from the Northeastern US to the Caribbean, once on Carnival with the kids and an adults only (for us) trip on Celebrity. We're looking for suggestions, if anyone recommends an amazing cruise they've loved. We would like to do mostly Italian ports, but it's always been my dream to go to Barcelona, and would love to visit Croatia or Greece as well. We'd like to stick close to 7 nights, and do a couple/few days before and after, for a total trip of about 2 weeks. As much as we'd love the luxury lines, we need to keep the cruise only price in the $2K/person range all in (or less ) in a balcony or above. Is that reasonable? Any suggestions you can offer would be great!
  6. Thank you, Carol...I saw another thread that mentioned the pay by the day plans...and wondered if that was how things were on her ship now. I will tell her to look in to it. Thanks!
  7. Hi all - I have a girlfriend who is sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam next month. She hasn't cruised much and has a couple questions regarding internet. She owns a pretty successful Etsy store and needs to be able to access her Etsy store daily. She has customers asking questions, artwork that needs to be uploaded or emailed, etc. She saw that she can buy a block of internet minutes, but she's wondering how that works as it relates to uploading or emailing artwork. Do the number of minutes it takes to upload a file simply come off the block of minutes she's purchased? What if she uploads multiple files at the same time? I was thinking that her best option might be to simply get an international plan with her cell provider and use that to access her store. There are only 2 sea days in their itinerary. Just looking for some more detailed info on how the internet plans work and any suggestions everyone might have for her. TIA!! 🙂
  8. Hi everyone - we are on the Celebrity Summit repo coming into San Juan on the 27th. We currently have a Celebrity excursion booked that takes us on a tour and then drops us at the airport. I've read a few reviews recently that seemed to indicate that our luggage would not come on the vehicle with us, but be loaded in a separate vehicle for us to collect when we arrive at the airport. From what I've read, there have been issues actually locating the luggage when you arrive at the airport, causing major headaches....not really what we want to deal with. If we cancel the excursion with Celebrity, are there local tour people at the port when we disembark that will take us and our luggage on a tour and then drop us at the airport? Or any recommendations of something we can book ahead? We arrive in San Juan at 6:00am. We'd love a rainforest tour, but a tour around the city would be great as well. Our flight is at 4:35, so I assume we should be at the airport by 2:00. I've heard of long security lines. TIA!!
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