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  1. Thoughts /opinions of this shore excursion from Rijika from anybody been there. 6 hour excursion to villages of Krk and Vrbink. Stop in Vrbnik ncludes tasting of wine with ham, cheese and bread.
  2. Thoughts/opinions from anybody self toured Rijeka, Croatia and Trsat Castle....go it by self or on a shore excursion?
  3. Having second thoughts on a shore excursion in Slovenia...Koper to Lake Bled to Ljubljana. Looks like beautiful scenery! Now wondering if it will be a long "on-the bus" day. A wooden boat ride on Lake Bled seems nice, but might there be time allowed for a short walk on the shore and a visit to its castle? Lunch at a Slovenian Inn. Tour / free time in Ljubljana. Would like to hear opinions from anybody who may have done this excursion.
  4. I have booked this all day shore excursion...when it was on sale! Now second guessing myself over the length of on-a-bus time! Info says it includes a "scenic cruise on the lake in a traditional wooden boat". That is fine, but I am wondering if we will be given the time to walk a bit along the lake's shore and also visit its castle. Visiting Ljubljana and lunch at a Slovenian Inn sounds nice as well. Anybody done this excursion?
  5. Thinking of this shore excursion from Naples in June. Your thoughts / opinions:
  6. I think we will take the train from the port into Rome...taxi to our hotel, or even Metro as it looks close to our hotel...I am not expecting to be overloaded with luggage.(carry-on with wheels and midsize with wheels.) Not expensive and hopefully a relaxing ride watching the countryside go by. Thoughts? Anybody taken this route?
  7. Comments from anybody’s stay at this hotel ?
  8. Wondering how exciting/interesting the shore excursions from Catania, Sicily are these days....or will be in a few months! 😲
  9. In Catania from about 7AM-4PM. Approximate travel time to Taormina is an hour. Would like any opinions /info on shore excursions you may have taken to Taormina and / or Mt Etna. Supposedly the walk at Mt. Etna is no less than 300 yards...not bad for senior couple with pretty good mobility? (Have seen the Haleakala crater in Maui, Hawaii so wonder if this is greatly different and worth the excursion to include Etna.) One excursion to Taormina includes a brief visit at a winery. Thoughts?
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    Venice hotel?

    Thank you all. We are a party of two seniors...pretty mobile. Hopefully we will have easy/portable luggage ( I am learning to pack lightly these days!) Not looking for tip-top luxury, just someplace with character, clean and hospitable. Will possibly arrive from airport via alilaguna waterbus then head to the cruise port on the "people mover" we have read about.
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    Venice hotel?

    Looking for pre cruise hotel suggestions...3 nights, end of May.
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    From port to Rome

    This will be at the end of our cruise. We will be heading to Rome for a three night stay before heading to the airport. The train seems to be the best alternative...convenience /pricewise...which will encourage me to not overpack!
  13. Looking for options/suggestions for getting from the cruise port in Civitiavecchia (sp?) to Rome in June.
  14. Looking for suggestions on getting from ship to Rome ...staying there for 3 nights post cruise in June.
  15. We are looking at a long day in the port ('til 10 PM)….have heard there is a HOHO bus that will include Valletta and Mdina. Info /suggestions / opinions?
  16. Always among the first on board in order to totally unwind from pre-vaca preparations...skip the mad rush for food and grab a coffee, or booze!, and relax (basically alone) in the Solarium or a top-of-the-ship lounge/lookout. Once the cabin is ready, we are ready to say hello to our little oasis . This first hour or two is like getting a message!
  17. Asking for thoughts / opinions / info on a shore excursion I am pondering from the cruise port of Kotor, 7AM-9PM. 7 hr excursion ---visiting Njegusi (wine, bread, meat tasting), Budva (town with lunch), Kotor at leisure
  18. Looking for suggestions for a port day in Rijeka in early June.
  19. Maybe a day or two precruise in Venice on May 31. Itinerary suggestions?
  20. The $7 shuttle van to Hoeseshoe Bay is easy and convenient. But if you like to explore a bit...and get away from the crowd!... go left (facing the water) and walk away from Horseshoe. You can stick close to the shoreline or go thru paths a bit off the shore. You will eventually get to LONG BAY (maybe about a mile), but detours to other little bays/ coves along the way just might keep you from the Long Bay destination. Jobson's Cove is one of the names I recall...beautiful and shallow with colorful fish. Take along a few crackers to draw them out of their hiding places. Take a snack and water for yourself. Just don't lose track of time if you have a schedule to keep! Enjoy the adventure rather than just doing the routine " beach-sit."
  21. Info/opinions on the free tours of Venice offered by LaBussola Free Tours.
  22. First time cruising out of a foreign port: Cruising out of Venice and back home from Rome in the spring. The cruise line offers to make flight arrangements. I am looking for opinions / experiences on booking thru the cruise line vs making arrangements independently. I get nervous about "missing the boat", and the cruise line assures me that it will be their responsibility to get me on board should there be any sort of flight interruption.
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