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  1. Vaccines are a requirement now for ports where yellow fever might be present. If you don't have your vaccination certificate or a valid medical excuse, you cannot embark. It would be even more so for a pandemic.
  2. In summary: Shuttle bus Public bus Train to Rome Train to Naples Private transfer to Positano And a lot of walking and wrestling luggage. There are a couple of direct trains a day (you stay in the same train in Rome). All others you need to change trains in Rome. And don't forget, this will take a lot of extra time with all the connections and walking around the stations. The private drive is about 4 hours. The bus/trains/transfer route, even with ideal timing for connections, would be at least 6 hours. As it often is, the best is not the cheapest. As cruisemom pointed out, the private transfers meet you at the ship. If your driver will not, get another one.
  3. MJN and Zelker, We just got our FCD deposits refunded much to our surprise. I am glad SB intends to honor a 5% discount in the future. That is surely a very nice loyalty bonus. Thank you both for posting this.
  4. According to her bio on the book covers, Donna Leon now lives in Switzerland.
  5. Our refund was posted to our cc on June 12. JPH814 - thanks for starting this thread.
  6. We stayed at the Bauer for 4 nights after our cruise in 2018. It is a wonderful hotel. The location is perfect. Just a few steps to St Mark's. The view is spectacular. Breakfast at the restaurant terrace on the GC is wonderful. The outside terrace is ideal for after dinner drinks. We also had lunch there during the Historical Regatta. There is also a rooftop bar. I know I am running out of superlatives so I will stop. I see no reason to book elsewhere at several times the cost. I am sure the Danieli and the Gritti provide similar facilities and service and they do have somewhat grander buildings, but 3 to 6 times the price?
  7. This just in today. Greece will pay hotel accommodations for any tourist infected with COVID during their visit. https://www.ekathimerini.com/253288/article/ekathimerini/news/greece-to-pay-for-accommodation-of-infected-tourists
  8. There are a lot of good suggestions above for driving trips out of Barcelona. But, if you are really set on seeing Andorra, I would recommend your option 2. It's a little over 3 hours to Carcassonne, then over an hour to Toulouse and about 3 hours to Andorra. It would be great if you have 4-5 days for the trip. Say 2 nights in Carcassonne, 1 in Toulouse and 1 in Andorra. Plus there are interesting places in France along (or not far off) the route - Perpignan, Béziers, Castres, etc.
  9. The idea of flying from Rome to Florence and/or Naples is totally insane. 😉 Take the train. Suggestion: Go to Naples first from the port (change trains in Rome - 3 hours). Then go to Rome and while there take a day trip to Florence - by train. Another suggestion: if your cruise's last stop before Rome is Naples, find out if you can arrange to leave the ship there.
  10. Balcony. These days you are probably getting free upgrades to a veranda suite when you book.
  11. I hate to rain on your parade, but here is our timeline: Cruise departure date 4-22-20 (Med) Excursions refunded by SB 3-19-20 SB cancelled cruise 3-30-20 We cancelled 4-2-20 and requested a refund So, SB refunded our excursions and TK Grill before they officially canceled the cruise and before we requested the refund.
  12. Travel to the islands - 3 stages https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/05/10/greece-travel-greek-islands-restrictions-ferries-safety-rules/#.XrfoMJu1FJw.facebook And a comment on Greece's impressive handling of the pandemic: https://www.ekathimerini.com/252526/article/ekathimerini/news/no-new-covid-19-deaths-many-shops-to-open-monday
  13. Greece is planning to reopen July 1. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/greece-tourists-july-covid-19/index.html Some of the plans: https://www.ekathimerini.com/252430/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-pm-seeks-safe-corridor-for-tourism-with-seven-countries
  14. Booked cruise and air through SB Cruise 4-22-20 (Med) Excursions refunded by SB 3-19-20 SB cancelled cruise 3-30-20 We cancelled 4-2-20 and requested a refund TA advises 60 days for refund. Refund due 6-2-20 (or thereabouts)
  15. I did not try it. I decided to do a last round of asking for refunds first. All the tours I booked were refunded. The only one that provided a voucher instead of a refund is the Colosseum, so since I got something in exchange it doesn't qualify for a cc claim. Have you made any cc claims?
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