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  1. @bearette Thanks for the advice. I have listened to a number of Rick Steves' stuff and it is good. I like his demeanor. Unfortunately the cruise that was going to take me to Dubrovnik is a no go. Perhaps I will get there in a few years. Either way, I appreciate the information.
  2. If is 700 days from my cruise on Allure OTS. Looks like it will be canceled now. That's cruise #2 canceled by the CV. Darn.
  3. I bought it through GetYourGuide.com and it is called the "Dubrovnik: Self-Guided Audio Tour". It's pretty good and it only cost $14. It's just a bunch of mp3 files (and a pdf map) and can play on any player.
  4. Hypothetical. I have an NCL cruise scheduled for September, so my final payment date is in May. What happens if May rolls up and, just before payment date, they decide to stop cruises into and out of Italy? If I don't pay, I lose my reservation. But can I pay for a cruise that, at the moment, is not going to occur? Just wondering. Steven
  5. Hey folks, I will be visiting Santorini on Sept 25, 2020 on the Norwegian Getaway. We arrive at 13:00 and leave at 22:00 and we will be tendering in. I have heard of the problems of long lines for the cable cars and I have a few questions. A little background. There will be three other ships in port that day Jewel OTS (~2500 pax, leaves at 19:00), AIDAmira (~1250 pax, leaves at 19:00), Oceana Riviera (~1250 pax, leaves at 20:00) and my ship, Getaway (~4000 pax, leaves at 22:00). Sunset for that night is at 19:10. I have a semi-private tour scheduled and we would like to end the evening by having supper (or maybe just wine) at a place overlooking the caldera and then head back to the ship. I am expecting a lot of people to want the same thing that we want and to head to cable car at 19:15, right after sunset. We may not be in Fira for the sunset but will be close, maybe at a winery. I am figuring that all the people for the other ships will be cleared out by then, so it should just be the Getaway passengers. Correct? In your opinion, do we have enough time to watch the sunset and then hot-foot it to the cable car? I really don’t want to walk down the donkey trail after dark, but I guess that is an option if absolutely necessary. And remember, there is a tender ride to account for. I am looking for the opinions of travelers with experience in Santorini. What do you think? Sunset viewing or not? I don’t want to be a pier runner. TIA Steven
  6. Hi guys/gals, I am looking for a good (or any) audio guide for the city walls of Dubrovnik. I have already bought a few and tried a few free audio tours for the city walk but have found none for the city walls. The only audio tours for the walls I have found have been for the ones they rent there, and those have mixed reviews. I would like to find one that I can download to my phone and play through my earbuds. It works well to have a earbuds where I wear the right one and my wife wears the left one. That way we are listening to the same recording and they stay in sync. TIA Steven
  7. Thanks @Budget Queen and @Port Power. That's what I wanted to hear. Great.
  8. From what I read in a few other forums there is no customs control in Civitavecchia. You just walk off the ship and you are on the pier. Is that true? If so, how far from the ship is the area where they put your luggage if you let NCL take the luggage off the night before? TIA Steven
  9. Hi all, I am probably going to book a RomeCabs transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome. They say that they will pick me up at my ship and drive me into Rome. How do I handle my luggage? Do I have to do the self-assist, where I carry my own luggage off or do they actually pick me up just outside of customs and I can let NCL handle the luggage? TIA Steven
  10. Thanks, all. That's kinda what I figured.
  11. My wife and I will be on a Italian / Greek cruise next year. During our port call in Livorno we will be taking a bus to Florence. Is is permissible to buy a bottle of wine and some cheese in Florence and eat / drink it on the way back to the ship? TIA Steven
  12. Thank you all very much. That is the information that I was needing, if not what I really wanted. You have been very helpful. Steven
  13. I am booked on the Getaway and will be in Santorini, Greece in September 2020. I am reading Rick Steves book and he says that passengers with NCL excursions tender to the new port whereas other passengers go to the old port. Is that true? I am thinking about getting the Norwegian's Priority Access, which gives me tender priority. If I do this, which port would I be tendered to, old or new? If I go to the new port, which apparently has bus access, will there be non-excursion buses to take me to one of the cities? From there I can figure out what I want to do. I know, a lot of questions. I am just trying to get a handle on what I want to do for excursions. I appreciate your answers. Steven
  14. @MasterCoachThat's too bad. We did the NCL air in Sept and got pretty good flights. Ones that I would have chosen myself but only paid $125 each. Much less than I could have gotten them for. And thanks for the spa info.
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