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    Vancouver, BC Canada
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    Will cruise where the deals are
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    Eastern Mediterranean

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  1. I’m going to suggest a Baltic in August. It’s on the NCL Spirit from August 17 till September 1. It is a 15 night cruise with only one sea day so level of accommodation doesn’t have to be that high. It leaves from Stockholm and ends up at Southampton. It has an overnight in SPB and hits all the Baltic stops. On the way to Southampton, there’s stops at Amsterdam, Zeebrugge , and LeHavre. https://www.ncl.com/ca/en/cruises/15-day-scandinavia-russia-and-amsterdam-ultimate-baltic-from-stockholm?itineraryCode=SPIRIT15STOHELLEDTLLRIXKLJGDYRSKCPHOSLIJMZEELEHSOU I think there’s a little something for everyone on this cruise. The Spirit only carries 2000 passengers so it’s not overwhelming.
  2. There was a sign on the Spirit that said taking away food was prohibited.
  3. It’s about 1.5 hours to Florence from Livorno. I think a 3 hour cab fare would be cost prohibitive. You can check out TuscanyBus as they charge 30€ for a return trip to Florence from Livorno with a return stop at Pisa.
  4. We have booked sailaway cabins and guaranteed cabins linked to the same booking and have never been side by side. Usually we are on the same deck or different decks but the same section (front or aft) separated by 1 or 2 floors.
  5. I have shown up at the mdr with dress pants, polo shirt and nice leather flip flops and have been turned away while the guy in front of me wore a t- shirt, shorts and 20 year old sneakers was let in. I was told no open toe foot wear for Men while my wife had bejeweled sandals on.
  6. We have done many 10-12 night European cruises the last few years because I love port days. Lots of planning is involved to make it fit the experience that you want. We never miss going to a port even if it’s just a stroll down the Main Street or promenade. I’m in Europe to see sites and will save the cruising for North America. Because we’ve done it so many times, we typically don’t get off the ship till after 10 and get back to the port area at least a hour before all aboard. We generally choose 1 must see site and consider any extra as gravy. We diy or use private excursions that meet our time requirements when ever possible. We have only booked ships excursions if the travel time to the site is over an hour. The only time we stay up past 11 is if the next day is a sea day.
  7. I’m not crazy about taking a bus for 3 hours each way to Paris for a few hours at the louvre. Combine that with it being a Saturday, I would cancel. I just got back from Paris last week and spent the Saturday at Disneyland Paris before going into Paris on Sunday. The demonstrations have been along the seine and champs élysées and the louvre is near both. I personally prefer the D-day experience over the louvre.
  8. I also stayed at the hotel traghetto and it’s the worst hotel (actually tied with one in London) we’ve ever stayed in on our 7 trips to Europe. It’s convenient but it’s a 1 or 2 star hotel at best. The feeling was mutual for our group of 10.
  9. I paid less than 2£ for the bus and 10£ for the tour.
  10. I have used TuscanyBus to Florence for 30€ from the town plaza. NCL charged $15 for the shuttle to and from town. This was in September 2017.
  11. I’ve been to both and would spend the day in Cinque Terre, La Spezia and the area. Lots to see and do without spending time travelling to Lucca. I did Lucca from Livorno as I’ve been to Pisa a few times.
  12. I rented a car with full insurance from Avis (1block from pier) for about 50€ and drove to Taormina and Castelmola. It was an easy drive on a highway which you cannot get lost on. Just make sure you drive in the right lane and not the left passing lane. It was a pretty cheap outing for 4 people.
  13. We took the local bus to Highland Park distillery and had a tour and tasting before exploring the area around town. I suggest prebooking the tour online as many were turned away. There’s plenty of stuff to see in town as well.
  14. I have used both the train and bus from Gatwick to London. Even though it takes longer, I prefer the bus after an 8 hour flight with a 7 hour time difference. (From western Canada) The luggage is in the hold while I nap to Victoria coach station. The cost is as low as 4£ if booked far enough in advance. The nap helps me to stay up longer and adjust to the local time. To be safe, I would book the bus/train for 2:00 though I’m pretty sure 1:30 would be okay if you knew where to go and if your flight was on time. The Gatwick Express cost is much more than the normal train and there’s the hassle and stress of dealing with your luggage on possibly a full train.
  15. Sorbet contains no dairy and sherbet contains very little. Just read the menu carefully.
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