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  1. You’re right. I let them get to me and I’m better than that. She said some rather mean things to another mom on the board. I saw her profile pic and went back and checked and sure enough it was the same snarky person from another post. I don’t like bullies nor do I want to be one.
  2. https://www.vovconcierge.com/service/easy-luggage-service/ Found a company!
  3. We stayed in an AirBNB near the Canal. It was charming and perfect. Made us feel Italian! As as far as luggage, there are porters you can hire with carts that will move your bags over the many steps and cobblestones pathways. We saw them as my poor husband dragged 3 suitcases while I pushed/carried 2 kids. Next time we will find those guys!
  4. Depends where you go. Just booked our 2nd cruise with MSC to the Med. Kids are free($56 in port fees) and for my husband and I it’s less than $1500. Flights to Europe are just a little more than a flight to Miami. There’s a reason I tell people it’s cheaper to go to Europe than Disney!
  5. Which hotel did you choose? Just booked for 2020 and am starting the search.
  6. I love this post. I hope people read this and take it to heart while traveling. My rule of thumb for Europe is to plan what you would wear here say “casual” and bump it up a notch or two to “business casual” or “dressy casual.” *looking at you in the white socks, white sneakers and shorts!
  7. Kid friendly bug spray! I prob post this on every kid packing list post. Who knew Venice had nasty mosquitoes?
  8. A little harsh... A lot of unsolicited advice on here moms! 🙄 We have a 3 and 5 year old. The girls are almost done with strollers but on long travel days they are a must. We have used 2 options. First is a Joovy umbrella stroller with an universal boogie board attached to it. Depending on who is more tired they are happy to trade riding standing or sitting. The second option we use is a Joovy Caboose(essentially a Sit N’ Stand) that I bought used for $40 on Craigslist when the boogie board got broken on an airplane. I didn’t want to fork over a few hundred for a new stroller but knew I needed one for the trip. Secondhand is a great option in that case. I hope that helps!
  9. By now any MSC cruisers should of seen your email. Georgetown and Ocho Rios instead of Havana. Here is ours:
  10. Here is a screenshot from the MSC page. We are booked for November but will choose a different cruise.
  11. Go with the lightest option since you will have to move it around from ship to tinder to bus to street quite often. We opt for an umbrella(Joovy Groove) and this stroller board (Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi, Universal Ride-On Stroller Board, Fits More Strollers Than Any Other Board Using The Patented Universal Adapter, Quick Connect and Disconnect, Holds Up To 66 lbs., Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZSP72G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_jS29CbWWT06DR) which fits on 99% of strollers. We carry the baby if the older one wants to sit. Made the mistake of buying a Lillebaby toddler carrier which my kids were not used to. Was hoping to push the 4 year old and carry the baby. Nope. She hated it. Make sure they like it before hauling it around the world. So I would choose option 1 but modified.
  12. Our cruise is in November. We have not paid in full. Should we do that today and cross fingers that we go?
  13. We are only taking a one day tour our second day in Cuba. What sites did you or did you not see on the first day? Trying to plan ahead what we should do the first day.
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