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  1. Back in 2017 we used Smiths for Airports. Cost was 74 GBP at that time. We docked at 8:00am and were picked up at 9:30am and we were far too early for a 4:00pm flight. I would allow at least 2 hours for the journey as you never know what traffic will be like especially if it is a week day.
  2. I don't know the answer to your question as I am not sure where Azamara normally docks in Venice. However MSC Opera actually crashed before reaching the main cruise terminal. The ship has now been moved to the main part of cruise terminal. If you look at a ship tracking website such as MarineTraffic you can see where it crashed into the dock and river boat that was docked there.
  3. Has to be Venice but Geiranger is also great.
  4. I had this hotel booked through Expedia for my recent cruise and after reading about several instances of this happening, a few weeks before travelling, I cancelled and booked a hotel in Rome and took the train to Civitavecchia in the morning.
  5. We used Trapani Tours, the owner is called Aldo Trapani. Erice is quite close to Trapani, if you only want to visit Erice then you could possibly just get a taxi from the port, I know one couple from our cruise who did this.
  6. Hi Mary, Thank you. Erice seemed really nice but when we went it was in the clouds in a thunderstorm which was very atmospheric but ruined the views of the surrounding countryside that we were told were fabulous. At Segesta, there are 2 parts, the temple was within walking distance from the ticket office although all uphill and was quite impressive but only warranted a 15-30 minute visit. The amphitheatre has a bus service to reach it because it is 1.2km away and over a hill but it only ran every 30 mins when we were there and we didn't have time to visit before we had to head back to Trapani. If it was my choice I would choose Erice but keep your fingers crossed that it is not in the clouds.
  7. You board the bus by deck number from 8 down to 4 so the time you leave and the time you get back will depend on your deck. There were 15 buses last week and when they returned to the port there was not much room for turning so it took a bit of time to offload people at the ship.
  8. I have not received one and finished my cruise on Monday.
  9. Hi Mike, I just completed my first Azamara cruise on Journey on an Italy Intensive itinerary. I am 50 and although there were some people who looked younger than me on the cruise there was not many, I was definitely at the lower end of the age range. I found that after 11pm there was not much happening apart from a few people in Spirits/Casino area but it was a very port intensive cruise so maybe that was a contributing factor. On a couple of nights we went to the Living Room after the show in Cabaret and it was almost empty. It will depend on the length of cruise and the number of ports.
  10. I wasn't aware of the Sunset Bar, I saw the bar outside and assumed that this was just part of the Windows Cafe and only open at the same time. We did try to sit outside when at the Windows Cafe but typically the tables closest to the rail were occupied and it was a bit awkward to stand there between the tables.
  11. I have a Nikon D5500 and a couple of different lenses that I switch between.
  12. I attended the 1 hour session with Eric in Cabaret and agree with what you have documented in this thread although this was my first Azamara cruise so I have no experience of what the entertainment was like previously.
  13. Thank you. We took a private tour in Trapani, we didn't actually go into the city on foot, we drove through it to get to Erice, but we were in the clouds in a thunderstorm for most of the time in Erice but it was very atmospheric although we missed out on spectacular views. We also visited San Vito, Scopello, Castellanmare del Golfo and Segesta during the tour.
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