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Old 06-13-2006, 08:03 AM
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Posted 13 June 2006

My wife and I (two adults) will be touring the Mediterranean Sea by
Norwegian Cruise Lines (The Norwegian Jewel) beginning the week of July 2.


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We will be in the following ports on the dates and times below:

Naples Wednesday July 5 - the ship docks at 700 AM and departs at
5:00 PM (Capri Sorrento Pompeii Positano)

Cittevechia (Rome) Thursday July 6 - the ships docks at 7:00 AM and
departs 7:00 PM

Livorno Friday July 7 - the ships docks at 7:00 AM and departs
7:00 PM (Florence and Pisa)

Nice - Villefranche July 8 the ship docks at 7 AM and departs 300 PM


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We are interested in booking a car and English speaking driver - NO
separate guide - to take us on sightseeing tours for full day tours
for each of these four stops

In order to save money, we would like to go in a van and join other guests who would want to go on these tours.



We have made inquires of PortCompass tour agency and they have recommended we search on cruise forums for passengers who would like to

join us. Below are the cruises we would like to take. If you are interested in joining us to form a group of 4 to 8 passengers total

(with the two of us) send us an email and / or contact Port Compass directly via email and indicate that you want to join us

If you want to suggest other companies doing shore excursions that are similar, better and or cheaper, thats fine with us. We have NOT

yet booked with PortCompass as their rates for two persons alone are two expensive for us.

COntact us by email = we may not check the cruise forums on a regular basis

Paul and Sharma Schacknow IGNORETHISPARTpaul1@smofa.comIGNORETHISPART

See below message from tour company



From: "PortCompass Shore Excursions" portcompass@portcompass.com



Hi paul: Thanks for your inquiry. You've come to the right place for your shore excursion needs and we look forward to serving you.

Unlike other companies, we are a US-based company specializing in shore excursions and are fully insured for your peace of mind.



The prices below are for PRIVATE tours and offer an entirely different experience than the ship's bus tours (which usually comprise of

40-50pax sharing). Our tours are far more intimate and unlike the ship's buses (which are barred from entering some downtown areas), we

have the necessary permits to drop you closer to the sights in order to minimize walking distances. Unless otherwise noted, tours include

a driver who will provide basic information only but will not accompany pax into attractions. Lunch and entrance fees are not included.

Here are the rates for the tour(s) you requested:



Comprehensive Rome plus Return Transfer to Ship:

2pax sharing van $339pp

3pax sharing van $249pp

4pax sharing van $189pp

5pax sharing van $159pp

6pax sharing van $139pp

7pax sharing van $134pp

8pax sharing van $119pp

10pax sharing 14-seater minibus $139pp (with driver and tour escort who will provide basic narration only)



Pompeii and Sorrento/Amalfi Coast:

2pax sharing sedan $249pp

3pax sharing sedan $184pp

4pax sharing sedan (3 in back, 1 in front) $149pp

4pax sharing van $189pp

5pax sharing van $139pp

6pax sharing van $124pp

7pax sharing van $109pp

8pax sharing van $104pp

10pax sharing 14-seater minibus (with driver and LICENSED guide who can guide at both Pompeii and Sorrento) $110pp



Florence and Pisa:



2pax sharing sedan $299pp



3pax sharing sedan $219pp

4pax sharing sedan (3 in back, 1 in front) $174pp

4pax sharing van $189pp

5pax sharing van $159pp

6pax sharing van $139pp

7pax sharing van $124pp

8pax sharing van $114pp

10pax sharing 14-seater minibus $129pp (includes driver and tour escort who can give basic narration only)



Comprehensive French Riviera (from/to Villefranche):

2pax sharing van $359pp

3pax sharing van $254pp

4pax sharing van $194pp

5pax sharing van $169pp

6pax sharing van $149pp

7pax sharing van $134pp

8pax sharing van $119pp



The above tours are just a sample of some of our most popular tours. If they don't meet your needs, please see the full catalog of tours

on our website www.portcompass.com.
WHEN TO BOOK:



a) Because availability is very limited during peak season (especially for Rome), you may choose to book asap, even if you do not yet

have the desired number of pax to share with you. You would pay the higher price and will be assured of space. If others join you later,

we will try to upgrade you to a larger vehicle, and if successful, will refund any price difference due to a larger grp sharing the

costs.



b) Alternatively, you can wait till later to see if others wish to join. In this case, space is not held as there is no booking, so you

would run the risk of not having space when you decide to book later.



Our other grps on this sailing do not wish to share, so pls refer to the 2pax prices above. If you wish to GROW-A-GROUP to lower costs,

here's how:



i) Now that you are in our database, we will alert you if others contact us and indicate they wish to share.



ii) Try contacting your travel agent to let them know that you are looking for others on your sailing to share www.portcompass.com

excursions. Let them know we offer commissions to travel agents, as that may provide them with an added incentive to assist you. Most

travel agents have others on the same sailing, and many of our clients are able to grow their group this way.



iii) You may also want to try posting on cruise bulletin boards e.g. www.cruisecritic.com (click on "Boards"), www.cruisemates.com,

www.cruise-chat.com and http://www.fodors.com/forums (click on “Cruises”). Post under the specific Ports, Roll Calls, Cruise Line etc.

It's quite easy to get others to join you as informed cruisers are always looking for ways to save money!



Availability is limited during high season, so let us know if you wish to book to lock in availability. We look forward to your reply,

and stand ready to assist! --- Sue
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Old 06-14-2006, 07:15 AM
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Iopman, I will be sailing on the Jewel in late July. This company that you want to use is way........ overcharging you. It's also a company that I never heard of and I have been extensively researching my own private tours for this trip. For instance in Naples I am using a company called seesorrento that came highly recommended on the boards. They are charging us a total of $350Euros for 3 people, for 6 people it is $550 euros. Please do yourself a favor and go to cruisecritic.com, go to your roll call for your cruise. You might be able to find people to share a private tour with. Also, you will find tons of private tour info in the Ports of Call-Europe on the cruisecritic boards. Good luck in your planning.
 
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