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  1. Valencia - too long to walk to town. There will be a Princess shuttle bus, or if you walk past the shuttle buses, there are free local buses which will take you out of the port to the main road. From there you can get the local bus into town. Taxi, when I was there recently, was EUR 12. Malaga - yes you can walk into town. It's about 20 minutes, via Muello Uno, which is part of the port and is a lovely complex with shops and restaurants.
  2. There is a new cruise terminal in Valencia, which is not near the local bus stop for the number 4 bus. Outside the terminal to the left, after the ship's shuttle buses, are free local buses which will take you to the main road for the regular bus. When I was there a few months ago, taxi fare to centre was EUR 12.
  3. I also did this itinerary on the Royal Princess (sister ship to Regal) last year and it was fabulous. Agree with every point in post number 2 above. Everyone on the Royal Princess was really friendly, the same as on a small ship. In my opinion Princess are far superior to Royal Caribbean, with better entertainment and food. (Though I do like Royal Caribbean's cabins better).
  4. Both are cruises, apart from that they are very different. On a Princess cruise you are in the US, and on an MSC cruise you are in Italy, everything is done the Italian way, very different from the American way. I have cruised both and much prefer Princess, but you pay more. The food is WAY better on Princess. Everything on MSC ships is announced in 5-6 languages, but you get used to it. Having said that I have enjoyed the Princess cruises and the MSC cruises I've been on, they're just very different. The rooms are much nicer on MSC though.
  5. I was on the ship last year and loved just about everything about it, didn't want to get off at the end of the cruise. I don't mind the smaller balconies everyone moans about - if I can sit on the balcony, it's fine. I make a point of falling in love with each ship when I cruise on it, makes for an enjoyable cruise :)
  6. As the Orkney Islands is a tender port, you should take into consideration that sometimes the sea is too rough to tender and it gets cancelled. In May or September the weather will be cool, It can even be cold in the first half of May or second half of September.
  7. Did this cruise last year. We had a cabin on the starboard side, which was the "land" side most of the voyage. Nice views sailing around the north of Scotland. By late May the weather will have "warmed" up. You will still find it cold after Florida. British weather is completely unpredictable and can change at any time during the day. Typical average daytime temperatures in the south would be around 65-70 deg F and in Scotland 10 degrees less. It can rain at any time, so take umbrellas. PS I was originally from the UK.
  8. Do not wait until after final payment, that will be too late. You can put in the request now, either through the travel agent you booked with, or directly to Princess if you booked with them.
  9. We did this last year. You have to get permission from Princess to disembark in Le Have and the French authorities only allow a certain number, so put in the request to Princess as soon as possible. We hired a car from Le Havre, toured around Normandy with it, drove to Paris and returned the car on arrival in Paris in the evening. The one day hire was not expensive, around EUR 70 for an automatic transmission. Manual transmission was much cheaper. There are a few car hire companies a five minute taxi ride from the port.
  10. I have used Whatsapp in the past on ships to make calls. You have to pay for the wifi on the ship, but the calls are free! You can ask on the ship which of their programs supports Whatsapp. Before you go, download Whatsapp to your phone, and ask everyone you intend to call to download Whatspp to. It only works if both parties have the Whatsapp app.
  11. It's the 2 round pin European style, not the flat-pinned British type. If I remember rightly, there's also another similar 220V in the bedroom.
  12. Coming from Florida you will be cold in London. Late September/October is already winter temperatures. Take sweaters and a warm coat, and of course, an umbrella. As you cross the Atlantic, the weather will gradually get warmer until you reach Florida, so you need some clothes for all seasons. Hazel (ex-UK)
  13. Do you have the names of the relevant companies as I am in the same position and couldn't find them in a Google search?
  14. We disembark our ship at Port Everglades and our flight home is from MIA at 5.45 pm. We would like to do something during the day and not go straight to the airport. Does anyone have suggestions, which include where to store our suitcases and reasonably price transport options. Thanks in advance for your help.
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