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  1. Absolutely agree! We also used Alla Tours on several visits and had a fantastic time. The major independent companies all offer more or less the same tours at the same cost. It is wise to contact several and see which company offers the best "feel" for you.
  2. You might have better luck if you post these types of questions on the NCL forum.
  3. I have visited Schwerin Castle but not via NCL. The castle setting is gorgeous! From Warnemunde, it takes about an hour to reach the castle by car - a little longer via train as you must change trains in Rostock.
  4. No fixed rate but your fare should not exceed 35€ if your hotel is located in the city center. Remember, there are supplements for luggage, airport & cruise port. Make sure that your driver uses the meter. Info here: https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/airport/transport/barcelona-airport-taxis.html Last year, our fare from El Prat to Las Ramblas was 30€ (including our luggage)
  5. Duh - I'm a moron - didn't even think of that. Regarding Gdansk - ships cannot dock in Gdansk, they dock in Gdynia. One would require transportation to get to Gdansk - the old town is about 15 miles from port (options are: train, bus, taxi/uber, booked excursion). It takes only about 35 minutes to reach Gdansk via train (haven't used other options).
  6. I would suggest posting on the roll call for your sailing. If you check TripAdvisor, you will find many good independent companies recommended. Contact a few and see which best meets your needs. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g298507-Activities-c42-St_Petersburg_Northwestern_District.html
  7. Great info on hotels here: https://europeforvisitors.com/venice/venice-hotels.htm Staying near Piazzale Roma is quite convenient for catching the airport bus.
  8. Agree - you should be able to get by with your credit card. For some local currency, use ATM for the best rates.
  9. Oh, I see that you are docking in Brussels? I have not taken the train from Brussels to Bruges - hopefully someone will chime in on how to DIY.
  10. I would recommend getting your hands on a copy of Rick Steves Northern European Cruise Ports. Great tips for first time visitors including instructions on DIY in your ports of call. Tallinn is extremely easy to DIY - short walk from your ship (about 10 minutes) to the old walled city. Regarding Copenhagen & Stockholm, much will depend on your docking location. You can find this information on the port website for each city. Bruges - assume you are docking in Zeebrugge? We took the train into Bruges but there were others on our roll call that organized a taxi (check your roll call). Helsinki - easy to DIY but will need transportation from cruise terminal to town (market square).
  11. We take the train - it is easy and inexpensive. Info can be found on the link below: https://cinqueterre-travel.com/getting_there/train/
  12. Yes, La Pergola is lovely but it is pricey. There is also Imago at the Spanish Steps : https://www.hotelhasslerroma.com/en/restaurants-bars/imago/menu-and-wine-list
  13. No wine purchased in any ports - we bought wine in Munich because we arrived 5 days prior to our cruise (couldn't go 5 whole days without wine). We did purchase Apricot Liqueur for which the Wachau Valley is noted. It is delicious! We stayed in Budapest for a week at the conclusion of our cruise. If you are into wine, I highly recommend booking the Faust Wine Cellar. We enjoyed a marvelous evening here - reservations are a must! http://budacastlebudapest.com/faust-wine-cellar-buda-castle/
  14. We were on the Monarch Baroness - same itinerary with Gate 1. Loved it! Are you spending any additional time in Budapest at the conclusion of your cruise? If you wish to tour Budapest's Parliament, make sure to book your tickets online now.
  15. Great idea - IMHO, the independent tours provide a superior experience over the cruise ship tours. I have toured with Alla in the past and enjoyed a fabulous experience. Enjoy your cruise.
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