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  1. Hi Sharon. I grabbed a taxi for four people in Barcelona last month. I was really worried about all luggage but I didn't had any problem First trip in taxi, it was a taxi for disabled people. This is, It was a van where in the trunk they have enabled an area to go in a wheelchair without having to get out of it. Full of space Last day, I asked a taxi driver if all our luggage fit in his taxi (I pointed all the baggages). He said no problem. Enough space too. There aren't extra fees for over baggage Airport to port is a fixed fee too
  2. Call to any "radio taxi". There are different ones, all of them are enough for travelling. Just say exact address and they will say you in how much time you will have your taxi (it could be in less than one minute, it could be several minutes no more). It has an additional fee to your fare but it really deserves for you. In this thread I posted several phone numbers to call but enough to google "radio taxi barcelona"
  3. You can book any time, never mind where you live. For which ship are you looking for?
  4. Hello Podie you can ask for a taxi to your hotel. Never mind distance to the taxi stand. Ask frontdesk people to call for a taxi and it is enough. Quite fast to the cruise terminal
  5. When coming back in Palma, taxi driver told me he took some holidays by those weeks. Maybe hard to find a taxi. Masks... in those dates they were mandatory in Spain everywhere everytime except in your home But... it is weird but they remained obligatory in public transport (and a few more places) till February 2023!!!!!. Soller train is public transport thus mask obligatory until Feb'23.
  6. To be clear Gala dinner, fine but below my expectations Mediterranean dinner, over my expectations My wife asked for cheese every night. She's a cheese-lover. Very good. Three different ones every night. Desserts... add two pastries to cheese and some ice cream more. Very good all of them If you go to the buffet you will surely have the Entree soup and pastries available at least
  7. and here about moving within Barcelona
  8. Hi please, read here about Gothic quarter
  9. ***************************** ****************************************** We will be stopping in Barcelona on our cruise next year. I do not wish to take a tour. I would like to visit the Sagrada, what would be the easiest way to get there from the port? Are taxis’ easily available at the port? Roughly how long to get there, as I would be requesting tickets beforehand? From Sagrada, is it easy to get to Las Ramblas, is it a long walk or easier to get a taxi, and again, would they be easily available from the church? From the bottom of Las Ramblas, is there much to see around the area, and is it far from the port? Neither my husband and sister in law are great walkers, so I am trying to be somewhat mindful of that, me I can walk and walk. We are all in our late 60’s, although I hate for that to stop us. Thanks very much for your help! ******************************************** If you love walking, have a look to this thread information. I wrote about a 5 km walk around Barcelona city centre. I know Sagrada Familia is world wide known but.... I would visit Gothic quarter. It is for a full day cruise (and more)
  10. ****************************************** We will be stopping in Barcelona on our cruise next year. I do not wish to take a tour. I would like to visit the Sagrada, what would be the easiest way to get there from the port? Are taxis’ easily available at the port? Roughly how long to get there, as I would be requesting tickets beforehand? From Sagrada, is it easy to get to Las Ramblas, is it a long walk or easier to get a taxi, and again, would they be easily available from the church? From the bottom of Las Ramblas, is there much to see around the area, and is it far from the port? Neither my husband and sister in law are great walkers, so I am trying to be somewhat mindful of that, me I can walk and walk. We are all in our late 60’s, although I hate for that to stop us. Thanks very much for your help! ******************************************** Hi, I disembarked at Barcelona, Terminal A last month. It just took me 30 seconds to grab a taxi. I though there was some queue but.... they were looking foward an 8 people taxi. I was the only customer for a regular taxi so just arrived, just got in. You can search in this thread about fares. I took a taxi because we disembarked and had a lot of baggage. If you do not mind to walk... Port bus from the terminal to Barcelona WTC 600m walking to Drasssanes underground station Line 3 and Line 4 to Sagrada Familia station. If you have moved in any other underground it will be very easy I always think knowing and using a transport system in these cities is part of visiting them.
  11. Hi did you read this post? as always - if the menu is translated it means they are focused on international customers. If not translated, focused on local customer. If only in Catalan.... that's a bonus - the smallest, the best. Remember it is normal to entry into a bar, ask for a drink and something and change to another bar. Sitting down is just an option if going on tapas.
  12. Hi on board, only cruise card. You must give a credit card, debit card or prepaid in cash. In case of credit card, they will "block" 250 euro and they will release 20 days after cruise In case of debit card or cash, you have to pay 250 euro and adjust final bill in last night. Currency - America (North America, Caribe and Brazil) but not departing from Antilles: US DOLLAR - South Africa: US DOLLAR other cruises: Anywhere in Europe (Norway included), Antilles, Red Sea.... EURO Japan, I do not know Grand voyages, depending of starting currency. This is. Europe to America in Euro, America to Europe in Dollar
  13. About dishes, as main ones every evening we had - pasta. I think only one relative asked for pasta but very well cooked. Everyday one different pasta and one different sauce. fish and seafood; Nerano style (with vegetables): shrimps and tomate; asparagus and cuttlefish... or Lasagna - rice. My wife commanded two rices. She said they were quite good. (but do not ask for paella, please. Ask for it in a small restaurant in Spain. In Valencia preferible) - fish. I asked for fish in the Mediterranean night and it was 10/10 as food.... maybe they had to improve dish presentation (but everyone would prefer food over presentation) My mother asked for fish almost every night and she said it was super. - meat. I would just said "fine" only. There were several ones very good, several ones just only normal There are two meat dishes every night - vegan. one relative asked once for it.... good. the worst... snails. I love them but with French style (or other local styles I know), not as presented in the cruise
  14. I visited Mallorca in July 2020!!!!! We decided destination just one month before. As you can guess, an international flight was unexpected by those dates. We wanted to go again by plane. We had a direct flight to Mallorca from our small airport in this city. Mallorca just came to be opened to tourism but all was really quiet. We were in a village inner Mallorca. We drove to Soller and got into the tramway to Port de Soller and return. I remember there were only TWO daily trains Palma to Soller, morning and evening (nowadays eight daily trains) and one tramway every two hours (nowadays every 30 minutes and with a lot of additional wagons). This time we remembered those days and later, we compared pictures. In 2020 we had to take out our masks for 15 seconds for a photo and "hide them".
  15. I saw the menus as consistent with a reasonably priced restaurant. Don't expect anything fancy but pretty good. As I say, it's a matter of menus and customs. The accompaniments of the dishes are not what I was used to (it can make you like it more or less). Cultural issue. It must also be said that cooking for 1800 people every 2 hours is not easy. Even so, I saw some grilled or pan-fried dishes, which increases its difficulty. Ah... on Mediterranean cuisine day I had a hard time deciding. I would have repeated several different dishes and I would still like them But don't even think about ordering "paella". The son of someone I knew from Valencia (the area where this dish comes from) asked for it and said it was terrible. What's more, it is a dish that I recommend you order at a restaurant when they prepare it for very few people.
  16. I had wanted to go to Rome for a long time. I had been to "almost all" Italy but I was missing Rome. With some trips and others I have been to Venice three times, I have visited Milan, the Alps and several ports with cruises. I was missing Rome and some other important city. When I was 14, I remember a world history teacher who made me have a real passion for this city. The visit has been very short. We'll have to go back. There's a reason it's called "the eternal city."
  17. As I said... I could be strange because there are a lot of MSC reviews departing Florida (or NYC), in YC, people who do not ask about excursions because all of them are done with the cruise, people who ask about mobility or some other problems... kids... In my case, the cheapest, the best, single interior cabin for 4 people, easy pack only, all excursions on DIY (some of them absolutely free or very cheap, some of them were expensive) and I have a young and a teenager daugthers. I hasn't read about teens in these cruise, nor with youngs. My daughters met friends there and they really enjoyed all the week. They arrived quite late in the night, they wake up early morning to visit anything, they said they would sleep after cruise. You are 18 only once in life!!
  18. Most of my friends do not want to have a cruise because.... there's no time to visit cities. You can stay in Rome for a week and there will be pending monuments to visit. I just stayed half a day. There's a premise.... in Mediterranean, the ship is not the destination... destination are ports of call. People decide one or other cruise partially after their ports of call. My family and me have said.... we will return to Rome
  19. Please, ask so many questions you could have. I have been in Palermo and Marseille with MSC but it was a long time ago.
  20. And that's where those cruise adventures end. What started with the desire to celebrate my parents' golden anniversary (50 years of marriage) with all the children and grandchildren. A cruise reservation more than a year in advance where the requirements were - departure on Saturday from Barcelona - visit Rome and the only ship of all the companies that complied with it was MSC Seaview For almost a year I have been asking you many questions, both about excursions and how the boat works. It has been very useful for me to have so much information to plan the day. My relatives already knew that I had searched for everything and did nothing but ask me. Even more things than I could answer (sometimes I told them to call 99 while laughing). A week of excursions where I think the only "normal excursion day" was.... navigation. It started to rain, we wanted to go to two different places, we got lost at the disembarkation, we missed the train, we got lost in the Roman forum, etc... What could NOT happen if so many of us went together? I will answer all the questions you have. As helpful as receiving answers was for me, I hope it will be helpful for everyone else. Simply when writing, quote me (@alserrod) so that I can receive notice and I will visit it. In a year, on this forum, I have seen few reviews about cruises in the Mediterranean. Looking at the boat, very little difference with the rest of MSC. In fact, the crew spends six months in the Mediterranean and six months in Brazil and I don't know if they ever realize which continent they are on. However, I hope that (in addition to menus and activities to do) the port information is useful. As you can see, in some we took a ride that was completely free and in others it cost us a higher price. The important thing is to take ideas of what you can do and remember that the boat excursion is not always the best. Thank you very much for reading me
  21. MSC Seaview Bar menus This is main bar menus 2024 Bebidas - carta genérica .pdf and some bars can have their own menu (with less drinks or some special drinks. For example, Venchi with coffee and chocolate, Sports bar with beer, Champagne bar with... champagne, etc...) Venchi bar 2024 Bebidas - Vencchi bar.pdf Pool bar 2024 Bebidas - Pool bar.pdf Sports bar 2024 Bebidas - Sports bar.pdf Panorama bar 2024 Bebidas - Panorama bar.pdf Seaside bar 2024 Bebidas - Seaside bar.pdf Champagne bar 2024 Bebidas - Champagne bar.pdf Bar at buffet 2024 Bebidas - Bar Buffet.pdf Bar at Atrium 2024 Bebidas - Atrium Bar.pdf
  22. MSC Seaview port maps Barcelona Puerto de Barcelona.pdf Cannes Puerto de Cannes.pdf Genova Puerto de Génova.pdf La Spezia Puerto de La Spezia .pdf Civitavecchia Puerto de Civitavecchia.pdf Palma Puerto de Palma.pdf
  23. MSC Seaview, Dinner menus on restaurant (All menus aren't in English but I have tried and it is easy and possible to translate them with Google translator) Day1, Barcelona (casual) Cena D1 Barcelona.pdf Day2, Cannes (casual) Cena D2 Cannes.pdf Day3, Genova (white) Cena D3 Genova.pdf Day4, La Spezia (casual) Cena D4 La Spezia.pdf Day5, Civitavecchia (fancy) Cena D5 Civitavecchia.pdf Day6, at Sea (elegant) Cena D6 Navegación.pdf Day7, Palma (tropical) Cena D7 Palma.pdf
  24. MSC Seaview, Breakfast and Lunch menus on restaurant BREAKFAST Desayuno D1 Barcelona.pdf (It is every day the same menu) LUNCH Day1, Barcelona Comida D1 Barcelona.pdf Day2, Cannes Comida D2 Cannes.pdf Day3, Genova Comida D3 Genova.pdf Day4, La Spezia Comida D4 La Spezia.pdf Day5, Civitavecchia Comida D5 Civitavecchia.pdf Day6, at Sea Comida D6 Navegación.pdf Day7, Palma Comida D7 Palma.pdf
  25. MSC Seaview DAILY BOARD Day1, Barcelona Day1 Barcelona - diario de a bordo.pdf Day2, Cannes Day2 Cannes - Diario de a bordo.pdf Day3, Genova Day3 Genova - Diario de a bordo.pdf Day4, La Spezia Day4 La Spezia - Diario de a bordo.pdf Day5, Civitavecchia Day5 Civitavecchia - Diario de a bordo.pdf Day6, at Sea Day6 Navegación - Diario de a bordo.pdf Day7, Palma Day7 Palma - Diario de a bordo.pdf
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