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moki 05-20-2012 09:07 PM

Newbee..
 
Will be traveling with my mother on Solstice on Sept. 8, 2012. A little anxious about the trip. Any good advice?

Wheels87 05-21-2012 04:06 AM

1. Make sure you have your required proof of citizenship (passport preferred or required).

2. Book any shore excursions you are interested in early.

3. Don't over pack.

4. Be prepared to have the time of your life!

Have a great cruise!

Brad

Dave 05-21-2012 01:54 PM

Welcome to Cruise Reviews!

Very exciting itinerary for your European cruise aboard Solstice. You will love the Solstice. The ship is so restful and well laid out. Great food too.

I do hope you plan to arrive in Barcelona at least a day or two early so you can get rested up for the cruise as well as see a bit of Barcelona.

Brad's advice about packing is so true. Most new cruisers tend to over pack.

moki 05-21-2012 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wheels87 (Post 293737)
1. Make sure you have your required proof of citizenship (passport preferred or required).

2. Book any shore excursions you are interested in early.

3. Don't over pack.

4. Be prepared to have the time of your life!

Have a great cruise!

Brad

Thanks Brad,


Great advice. Have passports on hand. Researching all excursions.. Will try not to overpack. Will have a great time.

Maria

moki 05-21-2012 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave (Post 293744)
Welcome to Cruise Reviews!

Very exciting itinerary for your European cruise aboard Solstice. You will love the Solstice. The ship is so restful and well laid out. Great food too.

I do hope you plan to arrive in Barcelona at least a day or two early so you can get rested up for the cruise as well as see a bit of Barcelona.

Brad's advice about packing is so true. Most new cruisers tend to over pack.

Thanks Dave,
Will definitely enjoy the food!!!! Planning on arriving in Barcelona at least a couple of days before so we can get use to the time change. Would like to do a tour in Barcelona before going on the ship. Any suggestions?

Maria

LisaP 05-22-2012 05:27 AM

Hi Maria. Look into the Hop-on Hop-off bus in Barcelona as something to do the first day. That will help give you the lay of the land while showing you the highlights.

Welcome aboard, and congratulations on your upcoming cruise!

billybuzzy 05-22-2012 07:15 PM

Maria....Barcelona is a wonderfully clean and efficiently run city with many things to see and do. Taxis are quite inexpensive and tipping is minimal. English is spoken in many places in the city. Consider staying in a B&B such as Barcino 147 (On the Grand Via) which is the best section of Town (L'Eixample) and near to the center of all things (Placa de Catalunya)....The HoHo's are located there. Try Viator.com for Your tour planning in Barcelona and any other ports You are going to...they are worldwide, reasonable, reliable and well run....they are very cost effective!
Above all...Relax and enjoy!!!

Bon Voyage!!!!

BillyBuzzy

moki 05-22-2012 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by billybuzzy (Post 293769)
Maria....Barcelona is a wonderfully clean and efficiently run city with many things to see and do. Taxis are quite inexpensive and tipping is minimal. English is spoken in many places in the city. Consider staying in a B&B such as Barcino 147 (On the Grand Via) which is the best section of Town (L'Eixample) and near to the center of all things (Placa de Catalunya)....The HoHo's are located there. Try Viator.com for Your tour planning in Barcelona and any other ports You are going to...they are worldwide, reasonable, reliable and well run....they are very cost effective!
Above all...Relax and enjoy!!!

Bon Voyage!!!!

BillyBuzzy

Great Advice... Thanks so much for the tips. Will look into the hotels and Viator.com for info.

Maria:)

moki 05-22-2012 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LisaP (Post 293753)
Hi Maria. Look into the Hop-on Hop-off bus in Barcelona as something to do the first day. That will help give you the lay of the land while showing you the highlights.

Welcome aboard, and congratulations on your upcoming cruise!

Thanks LisaP. Read about the Hop-on Hop-off bus. Is it appropriate excursion with Mom? She is not as fast on her feet as she use to be, but able to walk ok without and help.

Maria:)

perleLucinda 06-07-2012 10:29 AM

Im also new around here and thinking on gonig on my first cruise, there's some good advice here.


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