The Expat Children's Author, wife, professor, and momager. I love travel, languages, and life! I started cruising young and single and now my cruising has evolved with my family.
December 2019 - 8 days on MSC Grandiosa
December 2019 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Grandiosa
July 2019 - 8 days on MSC Meraviglia
July 2019 - 14 Night Northern Europe (Copenhagen Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Meraviglia
April 2019 - 5 days on MSC Poesia
April 2019 - 15 Night Northern Europe (Copenhagen Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Poesia
December 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Symphony of the Seas
July 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Mediterranean (Venice Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Lirica
A bit underwhelming but a relaxing vacation nonetheless
August 2017 - 7 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Copenhagen Roundtrip) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas
August 2011 - 10 days on Coral
December 2004 - 5 Night Western Caribbean with Grand Cayman (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Enchantment of the Seas
Convinced me that 7+ night cruises are the way to go!
September 2004 - 7 Night Western Caribbean with Belize (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Explorer of the Seas
Belize me, it's fantastic!
September 2003 - 7 Night Alaska Hubbard Glacier (Vancouver roundtrip) Cruise on Vision of the Seas
Best glacier experience
June 2001 - 7 days on Carnival Destiny
Sail Date: April 18, 2019
Enchantment of the Seas
Sail Date: December 11, 2004
Sail Date: July 27, 2018
Serenade of the Seas
Sail Date: August 12, 2017
Vision of the Seas
Sail Date: September 07, 2003
Enchantment of the Seas
Sail Date: December 06, 2004
Explorer of the Seas
Sail Date: September 12, 2004
Really nice city. Historically preserved. Large museum. Convenient shops and mall in city center's transit drop-off area. Open train tour through city. A lengthy transit ride from port to city center and back but not uncomfortable, worth the wait to arrive to city.
Historic city, friendly people. No excursion taken. Docked there on a holiday so probably not the best reflection of a typical day but quite nice and calm. Great views!
Convenient to get train from port. There is a playground at the port while waiting for your embarkation time. On the other sode of the train station, bought a 14€pp buffet breakfast in one of the hotels with no vacancy.
Uneventful, used it as transit in & out. Convenient to get a train from port and there is a playground during the wait to embark. Taxi driver couldn't even recommend a hotel, he said there is nothing around that is close to port. On the other side of the train station, we did find hotels that were already fully booked. We also bought a 14€pp buffet in one of the fully booked hotels.
If you're a Game of Thrones fan...King's Landing! It was pretty cool.
The excursions sent tickets to our room for the shuttle service without our asking. We were going to take it easy on the boat as we didn't see that there was much to the city. We ventured out anyway and it was great. We caught up with a tour agency and they had a train that took us through the city, to 2 important and beautiful churches, met some local tradespeople and saw how some sun-dried pasta was made, and then we were off to play music with a local musician of traditional music to the region. The musician asked for help from the audience, so that was fun. We also went into another store to taste local wine and 3 different types of olive oil, from normal to spicy. I don't recall the third.
Too much to see and do. I will continue on my next visit to Venice in about 4 more cruises when I take RCCLs Rhapsody of the Seas in August 2019. The water taxis are just great. I had visited Venice on a spring break in high school and remembered it being wistful....over 20 years later, it still is! The preservation of cities in Europe is astoundingly amazing.
This was my second trip to Mykonos and still unimpressed. You tender in and there are nothing but shops and restaurants, nothing of particular "Greek" culture like Iraklion (Heraklion) and Corfu. Just a different ambiance than other Greek islands I've visited. I have heard that the nightlife of Mykonos is quite good but our ship left around 8pm and we needed to be back on board by 7 or 7:30.
It's a cool city, learned it is near Albania based on picking up cell towers from Albania not Greece :) It's good to learn something new every day!!
Bring magnets to have the daily itinerary available to all. I forgot mine this time, so used my packing tape that I had on liquids to post it on the wall -- and it worked!
Went scuba diving and took pics underwater. The rubber band snapped or something and the camera went surging to the top! So someone got lovely pics, but not me :)
It is important that cruisers know you have to book an excursion to leave the ship due to Visa/customs control. I knew this but those who didn't know either couldn't purchase one last minute or were forced to purchase one of disinterest. The sooner one knows, the better excursion one may obtain.
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