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  1. Thanks a lot! Didn't think about the compasses. Found some cruise compasses quickly....got some ideas now. Thanks for your help.
  2. Hi, just came back from a Cruise on the Rhapsody (Greek Islands), after we loved the Rhapsody so much the year before. We already booked a Cruise on the Allure for September 2020. 7 Nights Mediterranean (from Barcelona to Mallorca, Provence, Pisa/Florence, Rome, Naples and back). The last time we've been on the Allure was back in 2011, so I'm excited to revisit her after her upcoming overhaul in November. But now for my real question. We booked the unlimited Dining package this cruise and were happy about it (except Chops Grille was closed for a private event the last night!). Too bad though we only had one cruising day and we only could spend one lunch at Izumi. So now I really wonder about the Allure and I hope somebody who was there recently can help me out: Do the specialty restaurants on the Allure close on port days as well for lunch? Or can I use may unlimited Dining package as well on some port days for lunch? Because I've been to Pisa, Florence and Rome several times and I might just wanna stay on the ship and enjoy the Allure to its fullest. But if all specialty restaurants close as well for lunch, I might have to rethink buying the unlimited package or not. It's also quite bad that when purchasing an unlimited package, you can't make reservations before the cruise online. That means some restaurants might be booked out when boarding. Happened to some passengers on this cruise. Thanks for any help!
  3. Hi guys, came back a week ago from the Rhapsody (Greece& Croatia Cruise). Loved it and already booked for next year. Just wanna give some feedback and forgot one of the Bartenders name. Did a great job at the Pool Bar. Anybody remembers his name? Must be between 45-50 years old, wearing glasses. African-American or maybe Dom. Rep?? Thanks for any help.
  4. Hi, came back from our cruise and just wanted to give you some feedback about our experience. The shore excursion we booked on the ShoreBee website worked out perfectly. Did cost us 15 Euros each. Departure on time at 8.30am with a boat directly from the port to the Oia port. From there a quick bus ride up to Oia. Arriving at around 9.45am. Then we had time to explore the town completely on our own. Buses back were at 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. No reservations needed, just show up about 15' before time. They have enough seats and busses ready for the transport to Fira (about 20'). From Fira back to the port you are on your own though (cable car or walking). We walked....took about only 30' and there weren't many donkeys around - it's end of season soon I guess. Great experience all around, well organised and on time. And for that price a real steal.
  5. @Traveler Thanks for the additional info. That's very helpful.
  6. @Matt Hi Matt, thanks for you reply. Yes, I'm referring to the official embarking time I got on my check-in papers. They gave me a time-window (11.30 - 16.30). But in Ft. Lauderdale it was always possible to show up earlier than the official time (window) - but it's been a while, maybe that changed. I just wonder if it's possible to do that in Venice as well.
  7. Hi, going on a cruise with the Rhapsody this month on the 29th. The last few times we embarked in Ft. Lauderdale and were always able to get on the ship early. I wonder if that is also possible in Venice. Officially it starts at 11.30am. I really like to get on the Rhapsody as early as possible, even though Venice is very nice (but we'll stay here for a few days after the cruise). Maybe anybody has some experiences with the embarking process in Venice? Thanks for any help!
  8. Hi, going on a Cruise in September / October this year. Not our first cruise, but it's been a while. And it'll be our first time in Santorini. Arrival is at 7am, departure at 5pm. I checked the shore excursions with independent time in Oia. But it will only give us 90min in Oia. And we really wanna spend more time there. There are busses and of course taxis from Fira to Oia. Which is the better option? Any company I could (or should) book in advance? I know the cable car up to Fira will take lots of our time, so I wonder if it is worth to travel on our own or is the shore excursion still the better option? Thanks for any help and advice!
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