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  1. How quickly I forgot about managing my Irish twins and a moody teenager at the same time Also explains why I have maybe 3 pics in which I am included since I am the designated photographer. It is just the backgrounds w the locations that have me scratching my head, but that's just me. Families look so happy all dressed to the nines on formal night- sorry to be insensitive 🩵
  2. It needs to move to Pinellas County, agreed. That said, the Port of Tampa is very well run, IMHO.
  3. I am so confused by the draw to the photo packages w backdrops given what prints cost. Why not hire someone for an hour while in port? I'm not trying to be cynical, just want to wrap my head around the draw.
  4. Agree. I live in Tampa Bay. It would make far more sense to build a whole new port west of the Skyway.
  5. Half million? That doesn't sound like much. That can't be right. My 1,300 sq foot house is half a million in this crazy market Just for the blueprints maybe...
  6. I will be on this same cruise! Perhaps our paths will cross. Excellent advice given here, @MrTrendizzle- you came to the right place! 400 is plenty- that is my onboard spend w 2 teens in tow (excluding my secret trips to the casino ). All of our excursions are with 3rd party (thanks @FionaMG and @Plasticbrain for showing me the way!). I wouldn't worry about that. We go to the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch and the main dining room for dinner. Bring something to stash some late night snacks in for your room- I bring ziplock bags. And be sure to take advantage of breakfast/coffee and tea room service each morning (it's free!). Evening room service is OK, but I find it takes forever and arrives cold. May just be my luck
  7. Last summer, we did a Med cruise out of Rome and spent a couple of days there pre-cruise and it was perfect. We did a tour similar to the one you are talking about (I think, there are several similar options)- small group Positano, Sorrento, and Pompeii. It was fabulous! We hit Positano first, and it was perfect- spent the morning before crowds hit. Checked out some shops and had a leisurely breakfast. Then we spent an afternoon in Sorrento, which included a lunch with our tour group. We then spent the early evening in Pompeii. Our guide and driver were knowledgeable and personable. We are going back next summer and will do Capri then.
  8. If it's a Mediterranean cruise out of Rome, I enjoyed our sunset starboard sailaways from each port.
  9. I couldn't imagine doing that hike in the summer heat
  10. Great experiences with Tours by Locals, but they did not include transportation. Viator, Airbnb Experiences, and Get Your Guide are my go-to companies for booking shore and regular ground excursions.
  11. I love Moxy, but for 8 you are looking at 4 rooms unless you can book the coveted family rooms. I cannot speak from experience yet, but I booked room2 Southampton Hometel.
  12. In Venice, we are staying in an Airbnb off the main way but close to the action. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/43652666?source_impression_id=p3_1715307457_Bw6QKn%2B5h4tqOGAx Last summer while in Rome, we also stayed in an Airbnb near Vatican City and I would not hesitate to stay there again- it was perfect for my family of 3. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4848224?source_impression_id=p3_1677197712_DtSiKRbJxoTmR0zo
  13. I am traveling just three weeks later on Allure, same itinerary I managed to talk my sister and her family into joining us, so we will be a group of 9. It will be their first time in Europe as well. I can't wait to follow along as you and your friends and family plan out your port days- I may steal an idea or three
  14. I bought my two teens $25 in arcade credits each through the cruise planner during a sale... saved maybe $10. Glad I got a bit of a discount, because they didn't spend it. Some games were broken/down, and there wasn't much selection. This was on Odyssey. I would advise against pre purchasing credits for this reason
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