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  1. 19 hours ago, M First said:


    if you are going to use Air2sea they do have a shuttle to Ravenna at 109.50 per person provided that you go directly from the air port to the ship - Our family tried this but we wanted to tour Venice before the sailing and they were not able to accommodate us. We are going to use a private taxi from the hotel on July 3rd  approx 2.5 hrs.

    Is that cost R/T or just one way?

  2. On 10/11/2021 at 1:16 PM, JennP said:

    This is my question as well - it’s been suggested to wait until closer to the cruise, RC may offer transportation/shuttle from Venice to Ravenna? But this is a 4 hr drive, I highly doubt they'll offer this free of charge. But if they do offer some sort of shuttle between the two for reasonable price we will for sure fly into Venice - I’d love to spend a day there!

    If no shuttle, transportation, nothing offered, most likely fly into nearest international airport closest to Ravenna and spend the night before in Ravenna to be sure we get to port in time.  

    What’s your thoughts?

    Closest airport is in Bologna about an hour from Ravenna. Depending on flight costs, we are considering flying out of Bologna to cut 1.5hrs off the bus ride back to Venice. 

  3. 29 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

    My last cruise one woman was complaining to the concierge about two different issues that there's absolutely no way a concierge could ever do anything about (and even if he could, there was no reason he should). He took it all in stride though.

    All a part of working with the public. You've got to have some thick skin. I'm sure he's used to it.


    Happy Cruising!

  4. 5 minutes ago, KLA said:

    I'm speculating that part of the problem is the number of people who may not be aware of current cruising protocols or considered a vacation and unable to book at short notice with the re-start. Less of an issue of capacity and more of an issue of 'able to book'. I suspect going in to next spring/summer is when some of the real big increases happen. What's happening now is the marketing story of how Royal took care to bring cruising back safely. 

    I think you're right. I think RC is counting on it looking at current bookings and prices next year. I feel people thoughts are it's still too early to cruise given the whole Covid situation and another 6mos to a year will improve that situation. After 2 L&S we are getting a pretty good deal for next Oct over current pricing. Currently, although there is a bigger inventory of JS on our cruise, GS are actually $400 pp cheaper. Crazy!

  5. 1 hour ago, M First said:


    Our family travel from Venice is July 3, 2022 we are considering private travel to the port from our hotel quoted 320 euros approx $380.00  any advice for a more economical options for a family of 5 - we will be taking the train to Florence when we disembark on July 10, 2022


    Ideas please. 

    I know there are trains and busses available right from Venice proper.  You can try using Rome2rio website for some options. There seems to be quite a few train options the quickest being about 1.5hrs and should be much cheaper than the 320 Euros quoted for your private travel. The busses are much cheaper, but with about a 2 to 3 times more travel time.


    Happy Cruising!

  6. First off @MicDay, thank your husband for his service! We'll be flying to Venice next Oct and after checking probably every flight and airline option will probably go with Lufthansa in business class. Seems to be the best fit for us. Price, reviews, etc. A lot will still depend on flight times and such, when it comes booking time. I'm going off current flights, but who knows what will happen by next year.

    I know I have more options, flying directly out of Chicago, where as you will have to fly through I'm guessing NYC to get overseas. You can always check with your TA about flights out of NYC on whatever major overseas carrier you like. That would be the biggie as far as your husband is concerned. Its a short flight from either Charlotte or Greensboro to NYC, so you could fly whatever airline was the cheapest or fit your flight schedule. 


    Happy Cruising!

  7. We will be doing the Greek Isle next Oct out of Venice(Ravenna) as well, spending 3 nights in Venice. Ravenna is actually about 2.5 hrs south of Venice. So transportation is definitely a challenge. As posted on another thread RC says you can only use their shuttle service if you fly in the day of. My TA has informed me that it is possible to get around that. She has in the past. I'd talk to your TA. 

    Another option would be to fly into Bologna, about 1.25hrs from Ravenna the night before. I've been looking into this as an option as well. The cost of transportation to Ravenna would be cheaper than coming from Venice, if you had to pay out of pocket. I'm talking strictly about hiring a car service. There are buses and trains from Venice that would be cheaper, but involves a lot of 4+ hours of travel. 

    Then on embarkation you could buy the shuttle service from Ravenna to the Venice airport and get transportation from the airport into Venice City Centre. You'd just be doing Venice on the back end of the cruise. 

    Looking into the various flight options for us, arriving in Bologna and flying out of Venice and vice versa, didn't really change the cost that much. Just the arrival and departure times would make a difference. I'm actually having my TA Kathy G from MEI looking into the possibility of shuttle service from Venice to the port and then from the port on embarkation day to Bologna, if that's an option. 

    We'll be staying at The Hotel Moresco. It's smaller boutique hotel close to the Piazza Roma. 

    Having had the cruise postponed twice, 2020 and 2021, I've been doing a lot of research on stuff from the time I first booked the cruise in Apr of 2019. I'll try and be a resource if I can. Let me know.


    Happy Cruising!

  8. I've been emailing with my TA Kathy G at MEI about this. She said that she has been in this scenario before and has secured shuttle transportation for clients on embarkation day, even though they arrived early. She contacted RC and said she was upfront with the RC rep as to what she was doing, which the RC rep acknowledged, and was able to secure transportation by supplying a flight number that arrived that day. Sneaky? Yes. Great customer service? Definitely! 

    I'm not sure if you are going through a TA or booked directly with RC, but I guess the answer is that it's possible to secure airport transportation same day. I'd talk to your TA, if you booked with one and see what they can do. Kathy was going to inquire a little more with RC and get back to me. When she does, I'll post what info she gets here.


    Happy Cruising!

  9. 23 hours ago, M First said:


    Our family of 5 is looking for the best and budget friendly way to travel from our hotel in Venice July 3rd 2022 to the cruise terminal port in Porto Corsini, Ravenna Italy.
    All suggestions welcome - we check with RCCL and they said that they can  not help us as we were arriving three days before departure and that they shuttles were only available to those guests arriving at Marco Polo Airport on the day of embarkation. I spoke to our hotel and was quoted 320 euros which in us dollars is $380.00

    All Ideas are welcome 

    Thank you 




    They said you could not use that option, even if you paid? I don't understand why not? I'm interested in finding out what you are going to do, as we are in the same situation next Oct.


    Happy Cruising!

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