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Old 07-28-2010, 10:03 PM
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Hi there,

Thanks for the feedback, we really appreciate it. We are embarking from Rome, we're going there 2 days ahead of the cruise so we do more site seeing then we take the cruise and head out first to majorca...barcelona etc...My husband and I we want to do see and do things by mostly walking around if it's possible...so Majorca and Monte Carlo I think will be good choice specially that we love the seashore;for Barcelona, yes you're right, it's not a small place, and we'ld rather get the hop on/off bus to get us where we want to go and check out the places
Did you have any language problems in Spain? I can manage with French and I foudn out that Italians have picked up English as well..
Will trainers do for walking?? I think our feet will toast a bit more in Italy but we've got all night to energize again. Anyone shopped in Majorca and Monte Carlo?

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Part 1 of this thread is located here. To keep everything in one place, I locked the first one and ask everyone to continue in Part 2.


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We had no language problems in most places, as English is understood in the tourist areas. Note that the main language of Barcelona is Catalan... still, our English was understood perfectly. The only issue we had was actually in, of all places, a McDonald's in the Madrid airport, but it was not due to language as I speak Spanish (at least enough to get by). I asked for a cup of milk for my son, in Spanish, and was given a cup of very hot milk. Apparently, this is customary. So, I made mental to note to ask for "leche frio" from then on.

I wore my trainers for walking, and was glad I did. You're right -- your feet may still yell at you later, yet it's temporary.

Interesting that you're embarking in Rome. We embarked in Barcelona. What will you be doing in your other ports?
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:50 AM
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Taline, just to let you know. All you have to do is click on the reply tab at the lower right hand corner and type. It will connect your answer to LisaP's or anyone elses answer.
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Taline, just to let you know. All you have to do is click on the reply tab at the lower right hand corner and type. It will connect your answer to LisaP's or anyone elses answer.

Thanks, I am still learning around the applications here
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Taline, just to let you know. All you have to do is click on the reply tab at the lower right hand corner and type. It will connect your answer to LisaP's or anyone elses answer.

Thanks, I am still learning around the applications here

Just a quick question regarding dinner time and table, is the seating fixed from day of embarking or it's a free sitting i.e. we sit where we find place? And is it preferablet o take the early dinner or late dinner..in our last cruise to the Greek islands, we had picked the late dinner..also, is the menu fixed or is it a buffet dinner?
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:27 AM
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NCL doesn't have any set dining times... that is, there is no early or late seating. Instead, the main dining rooms are open from about 6:00pm-10:00pm (at least on our Med cruise), and you go whenever you want, or you can make a reservation. You can even request the same waiter, if you'd like. The main dining room menu changes every night, and is posted outside the dining rooms that morning.

Reservations for the extra-charge venues aren't necessary, but suggested, particularly the Teppanyaki Room (which was always filled).

A buffet dinner is also available (no extra charge) from 5:30-9:30pm.

There are TV screens in various places throughout the ship that give you an idea as to the wait time for all of the dining venues. On our cruise (which was a bit out of the ordinary as we were sailing at 75% capacity), there were no waits for the main dining rooms and several of the extra-fee dining rooms.
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NCL doesn't have any set dining times... that is, there is no early or late seating. Instead, the main dining rooms are open from about 6:00pm-10:00pm (at least on our Med cruise), and you go whenever you want, or you can make a reservation. You can even request the same waiter, if you'd like. The main dining room menu changes every night, and is posted outside the dining rooms that morning.

Reservations for the extra-charge venues aren't necessary, but suggested, particularly the Teppanyaki Room (which was always filled).

A buffet dinner is also available (no extra charge) from 5:30-9:30pm.

There are TV screens in various places throughout the ship that give you an idea as to the wait time for all of the dining venues. On our cruise (which was a bit out of the ordinary as we were sailing at 75% capacity), there were no waits for the main dining rooms and several of the extra-fee dining rooms.
I completely forgot, we dock at Naples as well,anyone passed from Naples can let me know what we can during the day while we're there, I did some web search loads of places to see, but which is a must so we don't lose time and be late to be at the port again Thanks. Friday we fly to Athens and after a few days we fly to Rome to catch the cruise next week.
  


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Old 08-04-2010, 01:21 PM
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Wish I could help with Naples, but alas I've not been there. I did want to wish you a Bon Voyage, though
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Wish I could help with Naples, but alas I've not been there. I did want to wish you a Bon Voyage, though
Thanks Penny, tell me were there any pool towels on the ship or better I bring with me?
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:56 AM
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Hi Taline. The ship provides pool towels, so no need to bring them with you.

I've heard Naples described as a starting point to do more interesting things...people tend to pass through rather than spend time there. And, there is so much to see, as you know from your research. You can take the train to Pompeii, the hydrofoil to Capri, for example. There are several posts in our Europe Port Chat section regarding Naples, as well as a great thread on train travel in Italy.

We did an NCL tour in Naples -- Flavors of Sorrento and Pompeii. It was pretty extensive -- in addition to time in both places, we had lunch at a family-owned farm near Sorrento. It was a great day and we saw and did a lot. Loved Sorrento! Pompeii is amazing, and somewhat overwhelming. Should you go, definitely read up on it before your visit.
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