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  1. The castle area is very attractive. If you are confident using a local bus to get up to the castle and down again (and it wasn't difficult at all) you will be dropped back into the town centre which is easily walkable with the sights close together as you will see on the visitrijeka website maps and info mentioned above. Otherwise consider a shorex.
  2. You asked the same question back in December and received some replies, including from myself. When you log in, it should be easy to find your previous posts and read them again. Also when you are signed in, you can use the little SEARCH box under your user name. Insert the word Rijeka, and underneath it tick THIS FORUM. This will bring up all threads with the word Rijeka in them which you can read through. For now, here is what I posted to your December question: We bought a day ticket for the public bus and went up to a village above Rijeka (Kastav?) for views and a short look around, then came back down into town. We used the ticket again to go up to TrsatCastle and the immediate area around it, and once back down we strolled around town. Do not even think about walking up to the castle! The zoned ticket would have taken us further along the coast. Check websites. The visitrijeka website is very helpful and has good info and maps to look at. Start there, also Tripadvisor. We enjoyed our day there. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609843-what-to-do-in-rijeka-croatia/?tab=comments#comment-56242082
  3. Surely unusual not to know where on Crete you might go given that the island is very big (largest in Greece) and there are a number of potential towns where you could be docked or tendered probably on either the east or the west coast. I suggest you contact the company and ask them.
  4. We did the opposite to GradUT, by taking the local train the short journey to Rostock in the morning, snack lunch back on board, then spending the afternoon in Warnemunde (which is a suburb or Rostock) So easy as the train station was 5 mins walk from where we docked, as was Warnemunde as you walk through the station to reach it. It was one of our favourite days. Plenty info online on all your ports. EG try whatsinport, cruisemapper, toms port guides, and here on CC the destinations section. Click research (top of the page) and select from the dropdown.
  5. For Kotor, you could also consider taking the public bus or a taxi the short distance to Perast and take one of the little ferry boats across to Our Lady of the Rocks. (you pass this on the sail in and the sail out). You will also get views of the hill/mountain you might want to climb. It is daunting but some people do climb up if only as far as the first little chapel. Again, Tripadvisor, whatsinport etc for more. And Toms Ports Guides for info, maps etc https://www.tomsportguides.com/port-guides.html Kotor itself is small but lovely with a surprising number of sights and attractions and some interesting shops. You can easily spend a good three hours wandering. More if you add a cafe, bar or restaurant. As it is mostly pedestrianised with tiny narrow streets it is best explored on foot. Do get up early for the long scenic sail-in as the light is better first thing than it is later in the day for the sail-out.
  6. Sorry to give you even more info, but I should have recommended you look at the excellent Toms Ports Guides. Info, directions, maps etc taking into account where you will dock. Several of your ports are listed: https://www.tomsportguides.com/port-guides.html
  7. Most of these ports are easy DIY ports depending on your plans in each. So much asked for you may not get many replies with answers to everything you are asking about so you should probably start by reading easily accessed info. There are (as you have found) many options for each, and personal interests will come into it. This is why you need to read up on each place to help you decide what appeals to you. The more you read the easier the decisions. Town/city own Tourist Info websites, Frommers, Fodors, Lonely Planet, Rick Steves, Tripadvisor and many more are there to be accessed for "what to do/see, restaurants, hotels etc" to help you decide what appeals to you. Reading and getting info on each individually is easier than looking collectively and getting in a muddle. I start a document, with each port listed individually together with the day of the week, the date, number of other ships etc. What there is at the dock, location of the dock, transport, HoHos etc are also important. I then add places of interest (to us) opening days and hours etc as I find it. If public transport is needed to get there I add that info too, together with info on whether the tickets can be bought onboard or if must be bought before boarding. When I am finished, I print off the info for each and we take it with us. Only if we cannot do something ourselves, or if it is too complicated or too far from the port and out of our comfort zone do we book a shorex. Sometimes we have a private tour booked with others on our Roll Call. Have you looked for yours? Plenty of info on the web for cruise passengers giving info on dock location, distance to the town/city itself, transport, what there is to see and do etc. Try websites such as whatsinport and cruisemapper, but there are others. Also for the same info, go to cruisecritic RESEARCH (at the top of the page) choose DESTINATIONS from the drop down and search each destination. And on this France Ports board, go to the forum search box to find previous threads and posts for each place. You can pick up a lot of info by looking at these Q's and A's. It will finally all make sense but it does help to have it written down!
  8. It is also an item on the cruisecritic news section: https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/3853/ Best plan to visit when there is still a bigger choice of lines and ships.
  9. It is also an item on the cruisecritic news section: https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/3853/ Best plan to visit when there is still a bigger choice of lines and ships.
  10. Some good advice in the above posts. We only did one river cruise, a 14 night one, and a small number of times we "rafted" with not one but two other river boats. Quite an effort if you are on #3 and need to cross not one but two others on temporary makeshift type walkways on different levels. Re ocean cruising. There is also the question of space for storage of the wheelchair as my understanding is that they they must not be left in corridors. And whether or not crew assistance is given for gangway use, or is there an alternative crew access area for wheelchairs. And if your mother cannot manage steps without a chair, would she be able to get in or out a tender boat if one is used? We have seen different types of tenders, some would be easier than others. Three suggestions. You might want to ask on the disabled boards, and/or on the Celebrity Board if your itinerary is with them: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/114-disabled-cruise-travel/ And read this article which gives info on mobility issues with different lines. https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/articles.cfm?ID=1959 And before booking anything, contact the cruise line and ask about the varies issues you might have.
  11. Had a thought only today that you mentioned Amsterdam and that you are sailing with C and M. If this is Cruise and Maritime, be aware that this line is one of those which cancelled all or some of their 2019 Amsterdam calls in protest at the new Tourist Tax. There have been cruisecritic news reports and further updates since December. As you didn't mention the possibility of not being in Amsterdam in your original post, you should probably read this news item all the way through as C and M are mentioned several times: https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/3619/ According to the above, you may be in Rotterdam instead. This you would need to check with C and M before making any plans for Amsterdam, especially if this involves pre-purchasing tours, entrance tickets, canal tours etc which may not be refundable. You might also be interested to check eg whatsinport where cruise lines and alternative ports are mentioned.
  12. My apologies. You asked on the N Europe Board so you already found it! In addition to the general info found as advised in the previous post, use the SEARCH on this forum for each city or town to bring up previously asked questions and the replies. Lots of useful info can be found there. Noting you are thinking of a shorex in SPB you could look at comments and recommendations for private touring before booking anything with the ship.
  13. So much asked for you may not get many replies with answers to everything you are asking about so you could probably start by reading easily accessed info. Plenty of info on the web for cruise passengers giving info on dock location, distance to the town/city itself, transport, what there is to see and do etc. Try websites such as whatsinport and cruisemapper, but there are others. Also go to cruisecritic RESEARCH (at the top of the page) choose DESTINATIONS from the drop down and search each destination. Also try the EUROPE BOARDS. Go to the threads by country or region, and use the forum search box to find previous posts and threads. And Tripadvisor, but not only the main section reviews with "what to do/see, restaurants, hotels etc" include the individual forums as many cruise pax ask on these.
  14. OP said they had only a half day there which is unusual for Marella as it is usually a very long turnaround day. I just now looked at the port website and Explorer 2 is showing two calls in May, both quite short. Discovery 2 is showing with early arrivals and late evening departures, more indicative of a turnaround.
  15. Bus no 95 goes from close to the port and stops outside the Aquarium. You can find info on the routes, fares etc on the Valencia Bus Transport website. You can also ask at the port where they will give you a copy of the walking route to the bus stops. Initially they were marked on the ground but when it came to crossing the main road the markings stopped. The bus stops were in a side street on the opposite side. We took the #4 into the Plaza Ayuntamiento, walked through the Old Town and took the #95 back to the port from the stop at the Serrano Tower. On our way back, the #95 route passed alongside the modern buildings near to the Aquarium and the Aquarium itself. You could easily do this yourselves, and if you go on to the bus website you can pull up the #95 route, and if you zoom in enough you can see the individual stops marked where you might want to get off next. If eg you wanted to see some of the Old Town you could come back on the #4 from the terminus at Plaza Ayuntamiento.
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