ItaVero

ItaVero
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Hometown: Seattle
Joined: 03/03/2017
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About ItaVero

I've traveled pretty much all my life - starting out in the Merchant Marines at 16 (Guam, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam) - had an interesting discussion with my high school vice principal when I returned late for the school year from my first trip. Didn't discover cruise ships until 2000 - and am making up for lost time.


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ItaVero's Past Cruises

Regatta

June 2018 - 10 Night Glacial Adventures (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Regatta

Seabourn Ovation

May 2018 - 10 Night Iberian Gems & Morocco (Barcelona To Lisbon) Cruise on Seabourn Ovation

Emerald Princess

September 2017 - 6 Night Pacific Wine Country Southbound (Vancouver To Los Angeles) Cruise on Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess

May 2017 - 1 Night Pacific Northwest (Vancouver To Seattle) Cruise on Emerald Princess

Ruby Princess

May 2017 - 1 Night Pacific Northwest (Vancouver To Seattle) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Tahitian Princess

September 2007 - 13 days on Tahitian Princess

ItaVero's Tips

Seattle, Washington - Lots to see and do - even with all the waterfront construction going on.
Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Infinity - Although there have been a few corporate mergers since this cruise - the kitchens are still great.
San Diego, California - Didn't spend much time in San Diego - but the town is worth a day all by itself.
Ryndam Ryndam - The Ryndam was built in the mid 1990s - when cruise ships still looked a little like ships (sweeping pointed bow, elegant lines, and nautical stacks). Cool. I understand she underwent major renovations in 2004.
San Francisco, California - What's not to like about San Francisco (other than the politics)? Cable cars, water front, China Town - all neat.
Acapulco, Mexico - I think it was off-season for the divers - but they put on "second stringers" for us - still cool.
Cozumel, Mexico - Cozumel was bright and cheery. Sipped cocktails and watch the swirl.
Coral Princess Coral Princess - The Coral Princess was younger then (she's older than that now...)
Venice, Italy - Explore the back roads (canals) - don't bother with "Harry's" unless you absolutely have to say "'been there."
Grand Princess Grand Princess - Things have surely changed since this trip - but the buffet and MDRs were top quality - no need to pay extra for the specialty restaurant(s).
Cartagena, Colombia - My general motto is - if it doesn't come from there - don't buy it there. Bought some high karate emerald ear rings - gorgeous and affordable (considering).
Oslo, Norway - Take the Hop on Hop off bus. See the Vigeland Sculpture Park (incredible) and the Thor Heyerdahl museum.
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany - Explore Warnemunde (an easy walk) - buy a fish sandwich and walk to the lighthouse/beach (brrr). Then take a "cruise" to Rostock - bravely shaking off the last vestiges of the cold war hammerlock.
Emerald Princess Emerald Princess - Mid ships - and even a lower deck may be advisable if facing rough seas.
Willemstad, Curacao - Tour the distillery (I was disappointed to learn that all those different "flavors" of curacao are the same exact liquor - with food coloring).
San Juan, Puerto Rico - We came a day early and stayed a day after disembarkation and enjoyed seeing the town (waterfront, Moro castle - and beaches). Great restaurants.
Caribbean Princess Caribbean Princess - I have heard she hasn't aged well - but we have fond memories.
Venice, Italy - Touring the Madonna del Salute (sp?) baroque church.
Valletta, Malta - Book early if you can - and get a tour of the Hypogeum incredibly ancient Neolithic bronze-age temple (they only allow a few visitors per month). Failing that - hop on hop off bus will get you a lot for a little.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - This was just for disembarkation and a bus ride to the airport - short of time - rush hour traffic and hectic. Not the best end to an otherwise great trip.
Kotor, Montenegro - Lots of cool tours into the interior and the "old capital" but - book these through the ship.
Pacific Princess Pacific Princess - It's been a while (November of 2012) but we absolutely loved this ship and everything about her.
Seattle, Washington - Seattle has GOT to be the best place to embark/disembark. Build in extra time to explore Seattle - on both ends of the trip.
Skagway, Alaska - Study up a bit on Gold Rush lore to get the most of this stop.
Victoria, British Columbia - Victoria BC is often "sacrificed" due to weather - even at the best of times, the port is often at the commercial port and not conveniently close to the town proper. Stops are inconveniently short.
Celebrity Solstice Celebrity Solstice - Build time on either end to enjoy Seattle. Spend some time in the library - plan to enjoy their formal nights - don't count on too much quality time in Victoria BC.
Juneau, Alaska - Juneau is the capital but we failed to take advantage of this in any meaningful way.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Really fun town - but don't pay extra for tourist King Crab or Salmon (you'll do better on board ship).
Ensenada, Mexico - Enjoyed the old town - bought some fake Cuban cigars - which was fun (but don't pay too much - try to get a box of phony Montecristo No. 2s - for $20 or $25 - the box is cool - the cigars are crap)
Grand Princess Grand Princess - POSH - port side out, starboard in still works - particularly down the coast to Mexico and back.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina - Great access to wildlife tours (Tombo National Reserve) etc. Town itself is worth an entire day.
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile - We were only in port for embarkation and it was a MESS. Use your smart device to track Port union strike activity
Puerto Montt, Chile - All scheduled tours were cancelled due to a small but vocal "union strike." We sat on the bus for over an hour until Cruise ship staff explained the bad news. I walked into town to take photos.
Punta Arenas, Chile - Gateway to Chilean Patagonia. Be sure to book wildlife tours - penguins and seals/sea lion colonies. Optional tours to Antarctica are prohibitively expensive - but after all - for me this was a bucket-list trip.
Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina - Walk the town (it isn't that big but is fascinating) - work up an appetite and go all the way to the east end and feast on all you can eat gaucho-style lamb, beef and grilled "king" crab.
Montevideo, Uruguay - Great, clean, friendly (and SAFE) town to walk around in. If you haven't bought your herba mate paraphernalia souvenirs, now is the town (leather case, thermos, silver "straw" and silver brimmed gourd) - go native and eschew the "tourist" versions.
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands - I LOVED Port Stanley. For a special and unique "souvenir" I stopped in at the local police station and asked for a driver's license. The license itself is a big sheet of paper with photo and vitals - for a bit extra they throw in a wallet-sized version (all-told around $50). It took around 30 minutes and is good for life. Warning: the local banks won't accept U.S. dollars that have been "defaced" (that's ANY marks, ink pen scribbles, stamps, etc.). This causes local stores trouble - they want your dollars but don't want to get stuck with bills the banks won't accept.
Crown Princess Crown Princess - Princess Cruise's loyalty programs keep their passengers loyal. All else being equal, I'm pretty locked in (going for the Black Card) - River Cruises excluded.

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