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Forum: Europe Port Chat 06-29-2013, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 961
Posted By Hank
There are no guarantees about Oct (we were in...

There are no guarantees about Oct (we were in Europe just this past Oct). You might have wonderful weather or it can rain, rain, and more rain. Regarding Venice, we were in the city in late October...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 10-06-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,380
Posted By Hank
Having spent more then a year cruising and...

Having spent more then a year cruising and traveling in the Med we will not make any recommendation. The reason is that this part of the world is very diverse and different ports/itineraries will...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 09-19-2012, 04:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,487
Posted By Hank
Shuttle bus is a no no

I want to add to the above post based on substantial experience. For those going to Florence by train, a taxi from the ship is the way to go! There will often be some resistance on the part of...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 09-18-2012, 02:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,507
Posted By Hank
We have never been big Hop on Hop off fans for a...

We have never been big Hop on Hop off fans for a variety of reasons but you are right that many travelers do love the things. But in the case of the OP the HoHos are not much help. For example, the...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises 09-09-2012, 11:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,733
Posted By Hank
We also enjoyed the Hideaway....especially on sea...

We also enjoyed the Hideaway....especially on sea days when we would just relax with a cup of coffee and read our books. The only negative was that they would often have dance classes in the Atrium...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 09-08-2012, 11:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,507
Posted By Hank
Guess we could take a wild guess and assume your...

Guess we could take a wild guess and assume your son is connected with the military. Since your son (and family) will be living in the area they are going to be a good resource for info..since its...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises 08-20-2012, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,733
Posted By Hank
Absolutely agree! We have been blessed to have...

Absolutely agree! We have been blessed to have cruised on more then 60 different ships (truly lost count) of 12 cruise lines and we thought the Silhouette was about as close as we have seen to...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 08-14-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,797
Posted By Hank
A couple of thoughts about the topics. The...

A couple of thoughts about the topics. The weather in the Med (which covers a huge area) varies considerably from place to place. For example, Rome can be very hot and humid on a summer day wheras...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 08-06-2012, 03:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 902
Posted By Hank
Good? Probably no better then what you would get...

Good? Probably no better then what you would get on your ship for less money :). There is a well located restaurant/cafe right on the water (just walk off the pier and turn right) but we normally...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 08-01-2012, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
Posted By Hank
It all falls under the category of giving back. ...

It all falls under the category of giving back. When we first started doing international travel (over forty years ago) there were some people that were very kind and took the time to give us a lot...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 07-21-2012, 08:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
Posted By Hank
A valid US drivers license is all you need to...

A valid US drivers license is all you need to rent a car in Greece. We have rented many times in Greece with no problems. Technically, you should have an International Drivers Permit (available at...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 07-18-2012, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
Posted By Hank
There will be a few taxis at the port, but keep...

There will be a few taxis at the port, but keep in mind its first come first serve. Depending on a taxi is always a bit risky since there is no guarantee you will even get a taxi and the fares are...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 07-11-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,138
Posted By Hank
You two seem to be comfortable discussing the...

You two seem to be comfortable discussing the subject with each other so we are a bit hesitant to jump in and offer some services, but let me toss out some ideas. If you are are limiting yourself to...
Forum: Holland America Line 07-07-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,004
Posted By Hank
We salute HA for putting some healthier optons on...

We salute HA for putting some healthier optons on their menu (and we are not vegetarians). Now, if they would just take a similar postion on smoking and ban it in all indoor areas as well as on...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 06-10-2012, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,642
Posted By Hank
This may be too late to help Janfred but nearly...

This may be too late to help Janfred but nearly all ships dock at the cruise ship complex located near the Piazale Roma. It is possible to get the Alilaguna Line boat from the port over to St Marks...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 06-06-2012, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 841
Posted By Hank
Capri is an island quite a few miles off the...

Capri is an island quite a few miles off the coast of Italy (Sorrento is about the closest and is still a 20 min fast boat ride from the island) so you cannot take a taxi from Naples to Capri unless...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 05-15-2012, 09:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,208
Posted By Hank
Pickpockets are all too common throughout Europe...

Pickpockets are all too common throughout Europe and not just in Athens. If you are goin(g to get all worked-up about this kind of thing you might want to either stay home of spend the big bucks for...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 05-15-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 983
Posted By Hank
I will post a primer on taking the train to Rome....

I will post a primer on taking the train to Rome. You can take the free internal port shuttle bus from your ship to the Civitavecchia port entrance. From the port entrance you simply walk down the...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises 03-07-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,435
Posted By Hank
Surely you jest :)

Surely you jest :)
Forum: Celebrity Cruises 03-05-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,435
Posted By Hank
We agree with Dave on every item (it's Dave's...

We agree with Dave on every item (it's Dave's lucky day :)) As to your ports there are 3 basic ways to handle ports in Europe (and just about everywhere). You can, of course, book the cruise line...
Forum: Holland America Line 03-05-2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,119
Posted By Hank
We are going on the Prinsendam this weekend and...

We are going on the Prinsendam this weekend and just chatted with a friend that is bringing 2 cases or wine (this is not unusual on longer HA voyages). I believe that the current corkage fee on HA...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 03-04-2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,373
Posted By Hank
Good question and despite having spend nearly a...

Good question and despite having spend nearly a year (total)in Italy I am not sure of the answer. The train ticket you buy to Florence does have a time limit (I thought it used to be about 2 hours)...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 03-04-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,962
Posted By Hank
Well, you need to consider that you can easily do...

Well, you need to consider that you can easily do some of these places on your own (and save lots of money). In the case of Ephesus, we strongly recommend booking a private excursion with a...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 03-04-2012, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 470
Posted By Hank
Not sure why you want to eat in Plaka (many of...

Not sure why you want to eat in Plaka (many of the cities best restaurants are not in this touristy neighborhood) and you also do not say whether you are talking about lunch or dinner. But for...
Forum: Europe Port Chat 01-11-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,658
Posted By Hank
Getting "robbed" by taxis is really not a major...

Getting "robbed" by taxis is really not a major problem at FCO. All the taxis that queue at the airport are properly licensed and would risk their livelyhood if they ripped off customers and had...
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