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    Newcastle
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    Still undecided
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    Panama

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  1. Hi, I agree with the previous comment. It was a busy day but I didn't feel rushed at all. The guide will drop you off at each location and say 'right, meet back here in 25 minutes'. At the Trevi fountain, we had 45 minutes to have a walk round, get some lunch etc. Plenty of time to be honest.
  2. I was moved back to my original allocated 'Fantastica' room (at my request) so didn't find out whether I was eligible for any extra perks. By the sound of other threads, the answer would have been 'no'. I had a good cruise though all the same.
  3. In Genoa we went to the aquarium. It's massive and very good, albeit quite expensive. Two adults and child over 4 is about €80 (we booked on the acquarium website and got tickets online) but worth it in my opinion. It's a 15 minute walk from the ship and easy to find with other amenities around. We didn't walk into the centre of Genoa; bit too far and 4 year old isn't interested in impressive architecture to be honest!
  4. La Spezia is a lovely port. There is a very short shuttle from the ship to the cruise terminal, and then you can walk along the promenade. Adjacent to the promenade is a park with a decent play area too, so nice to walk through. We did not visit the cinque terra villages, but we did get the public ferry that goes from La Spezia to Porto Venere first (about 35 minutes) and then onto the five villages of cinque terra if you wanted to stay on. We got off at Porto Venere and it's a lovely harbour, with an old church and lovely views out across the Mediterranean. Porto Venere is a UNESCO world heritage site. A return ticket is €13 per adults and I think €8 for 5 and over. The small ferry dock is only 10 minutes walk from the cruise terminal, turning left and walking along the promenade. This is Porto Venere
  5. I got off the Seaview last week, and did not have a drinks package. The Easy drinks package is any drink up to €6. It will get you draft Heineken lager (€5.50 for 40cl), glasses of red and white wine (I think there are two of each at that price point), prosecco, and then spirit + mixer drinks like rum and coke etc. Any other lager/beer is bottled and over the €6 Easy limit. Any 'cocktail' (as opposed to spirit and mixer) is €8 to €12, so would not be covered by the Easy package. And you don't pay the difference, you pay the full amount + 15% service charge. It depends what and how much you drink. The Wine and Cocktails bar always did an hour of 2 for 1 cocktails normally from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, and this included the €12 'smoking' cocktails. Something to bare in mind, especially considering what dinner siting you have.
  6. I got off the Seaview last week. You could be at the airport by 9.30am no worries, but the delay will be at the airport checking in bags, going through security etc. Take a later flight if you can get one to lesson any risk.
  7. I went with my wife and 4 year old daughter. Let me know if you want any ideas of things to do whilst your with your little one. Or any information about the ports (presume Barcelona, Ajaccio, Genoa, La Spezia, Civitiveccia, Cannes and Palma)
  8. I have just come off the Seaview, so can answer your questions no bother. You can get off the ship about 15 to 20 minutes after it has docked. With regards to disembarkation, you can either take your own luggage off from anytime disembarkation opens. If you want the cruiseline to take off your big bags, you have to leave them outside your cabin by 1am, and collect them in the cruise terminal just like collecting bags at the airport. You will be given a time to disembark (mine was 8.45am) and be told to wait in the theatre 15 minutes beforehand. I have to say that enforcement of the disembarkation time is non existent - the cruiseline only does it to try and stagger people and avoid a mass exodus. I got off at the appointed time, but on reflection could/should have stayed on until around midday and used the ships amenities for longer (although everyone had to vacate their cabin by 8.30am if I remember rightly)
  9. I should have added that my daughter is 4, and she was made very welcome in the Pan Asian restaurant.
  10. I have just come off the Seaview. Each of the specialty dining restaurants, except the Tepenyaki restaurant, offers an 'experience' menu. The cost individually is €39 per person, and includes a starter, main and dessert from a set menu. Each restaurant has al a carte dishes too, but are quite expensive. The trio (so three 'experience' sittings) was €109 I think. This would give a slight saving. My wife and I went to the Pan Asian restaurant and actually had an amended package called 'Dinner and Bubbles', which was two experience menus and a bottle of champagne for a total of €115. Each specialty restaurant does a set menu for under 13s at €12 a child. Hope that helps. Oh, and add 15% service charge too.
  11. Well we turned up at 11.30 and we were on the ship within 30 minutes. No issue at all that we were early.
  12. I went on the Best of Rome tour on 5 June 2019. I had not heard of Italy Tours EU before, but joined an excursion after reading about them on CC. It was a brilliant tour and I would thoroughly recommend them. The email communication when booking was very quick and answered all/any questions I had. We were picked up promptly from the ship, and had a Mercedes 8 seater take our tour of 6 to Rome. The cost was €123, which did not differ depending on the numbers. Laura the driver dropped us off at various locations around the city to see all the sights, and we saw so much in one day that just could not be seen if we were just walking. We saw ALL the major sites, and had 20 to 40 minutes at each one to walk round. We were then taken to The Vatican, where we met our knowledgeable guide Lia, who gave an excellent tour of Vatican City for a couple of hours. We were then taken back to the ship. It was a long day (got picked up at 7.30am, and we got back to the ship at about 5pm) but I saw so much. I would not hesitate to use Italy Tours again.
  13. I am due to sail on the Seaview on 1 June 2019. My ticket has an embarkation time of 2.30pm. Now, I am staying the night before in a hotel that has a 'cruise package' that includes transport to the port. However, the transport is at 10am, so I'll probably get to the port at about 10.30am. Does anyone know the earliest I can board? I fear I may have a lengthy wait!
  14. Hi, I will be in a party of 3 (2 adults, 1 child) and will be docked in Ajaccio on Sunday 2 June 2019. We want to head to the tortoise sanctuary for a couple of hours. The ship excision is over €160, which is OTT when the cost of entry is only €24! Does anyone know if the taxi supply is plentiful on a Sunday, and what the appropriate cost would be getting to and from the sanctuary (which is about 22km from the port) Thanks
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