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  1. I think you are on the Nieuw Statendam transatlantic sailing. If so be aware Mont St. Michael is closed on May 1 due to a holiday. (International laborday). From their website: The abbey complex is open year-round except on December 25, January 1, and May 1. Opening hours are 9:30 am to 6 pm from September to April and 9 am to 7 pm from May to August. Last admissions are an hour earlier.
  2. We stay in Puerto Vallarta each winter and with us thousands (!) of canadians and americans. Many come back each winter. We shop localy, often take a public bus, but also have a car and we visit many of the surrounding places. We never had any problems. Use common sense. Leave valuables on board, donot drink too much and go where the tourists go. Cruiselines take you to the safe areas in Mexico so donot worry too much.
  3. We used this company for transfers, but I know they also offer various tours from Civitavecchia. Check their website and tours: https://www.civitavecchiashuttleexpress.com/
  4. https://www.schiphol.nl/en/page/by-taxi-to-and-from-schiphol/
  5. Some do, some donot. Change will be in Pesos and donot expect a good exchange rate. Cabs at the cruiseterminal charge in US$ but they cannot bring you back.
  6. Near the cruise terminal there is not that much to see, apart from Walmart, Sams and the Galeria Mall. A bit out is the local Aramara market, mostly with food etc.. Around the Marina, a short cabride away, you can walk and visit some restaurants. However best is to take cab or bus to old town. Walk the Malecon and have a drink or meal at Playa Los Muerto.s You will find much inforamtion and maps in this website: https://vallartainfo.com/ Plenty of cabs around, but always make your price before entering. The ride should be around 100 Pesos.
  7. Cab will indeed by far the easiest to get there. You can get there also by Uber, but they donot pickup right at the cruise terminal, so walk outside to get one. Public transport is possibe but you need at least 2 different buses (sometimes even 3) with a walk in between in old town.. Of course due to many stops the bus will take much longer. You need a bus to Centro, get off at Plaza Lazaro Cardenas and walk to Aquacate/V. Carranza to take the bus to El Tuito. That one stops in front of the botanical gardens. Sometimes bus to Centro needs another transfer at the stadium. https://vallartainfo.com/botanical-gardens/ https://www.vbgardens.org/visit-us/ Malecon is a short walk from Plaza Lazaro Cardenas on the way back.
  8. Much depends why you need a private driver. Is it just Amsterdam or do you want to go more outside? In Amsterdam itself you better take either public transport or cabs. Parking etc. is a big problem there and restrictions are getting stricter and stricter. It might be difficult to find a driver in the city nowadays. In case you want to know more contact this guy: http://dagtoertaxi.nl/
  9. Lots of Restaurants right at the beach at Playa los Muertos, old town, Puerto Vallarta. Our favorites are a.o. Cuates y Cuetes, Langostines and the more upscale Daiquiri Dicks and La Palapa. Get a cab to get there or use the local bus. Also closer to the cruise terminal are some Restaurants at the Marina area like Victors Cafe Tacuba, Los Alcatraces, Porto Bello. Just a short cabride away.
  10. Ine


    OK thanks for telling this! Indeed there are 3 more ships docked that day.
  11. Ine


    Do you know any reason why Puetro Vallarta is canceled? Is that definitive?
  12. Donot stay at the airport, stay in town. Why bother with a shuttle to/from the airport and then train or bus to go to town? It takes time and costs extra. Lots of hotels in town at various prices. I am sure if you use the search function many hotels will come up. Traintravel in NL is easy, use the https://www.ns.nl/en and you will see many frequent trains between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Some fast and some stoptrains. Buy tickets through the app and for a small surcharge at the window. Tickets are valid for a day not for a special time. However some fasttrains have a small surcharge.
  13. I donot know about hiking. However we made a trip with this touristic train in Ajaccio. http://www.petit-train-ajaccio.com/
  14. Can anyone give me some ideas what to see and do there. This is on the island of Terceira. Our ship will dock for the day end of April 2020.
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