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  1. The Alilaguna makes stops and is a lot longer, depending on where you leave from. It is different than the Atvo water buses and different than the private water taxis. I would honestly prebook a car service for the quickest most reasonable transfer. There are also airport buses but you said you didn’t wish to deal with the people mover and schlepping luggage. Business class will help with checkin lines and Security as well.
  2. Yes the written note works! I am am glad you are having a good time besides these annoyances. On our last cruise it always took moments together to the right channel, wish they would do a warning chime and wait a few seconds as we always missed the beginning. interesting what is considered an emergency, People late Boarding caused an all call around 11 pm waking many up.
  3. We have used Treviso car service twice and they have been excellent to deal with and very reliable. As long as you dock on time and can leave at 7 you should be ok barring unforeseen complications, you need to arrive least three hours ahead at Marco Polo. Do you have an option for a little later flight? I know I am cautious but we have experienced water bus strikes, airline strikes, cancelled flights etc, I love Italy, but it can be chaotic. We find we breathe easier leaving early afternoon. The other option is a water taxi, right from the dock, although it will be very expensive, well over 100 euros, it is a beautiful way to leave Venice! But there is about a five or ten minute walk from the dock at Marco Polo. And I am not sure it will be any quicker.
  4. Good advice above! We love Chania, it is very pleasant and we also enjoyed Knossos but that is a very long day. Depends on your interests and stamina. I also wonder what time of year? There are some lovely beaches near Chania.
  5. On the Koningsdam, we had one of the best quickest most efficient drills inside. Princess and Cunard also have inside drills. They are far preferable to our last outside on Zuiderdam, complete with blazing heat, drunk passengers who kept talking so no one could hear. Though I am amazed at times by passengers. When we were adrift in the Mediterranean and the captain was speaking many people at the mariners luncheon just spoke louder!
  6. Wow, sounds like you were very unlucky. I have been fortunate in booking private tours and with others in Europe. I usually organize my own to see what I want to see. Prefer smaller groups. I think you will be fine a year out or even six months ahead. That worked for us recently in the Mediterranean.
  7. Floridiana, we must have been onboard at different times as we didn’t overnight in Malta.
  8. I understand that one and appreciate you sharing it, and that was done months earlier as was the change in Malta. Can you share the reason for all the other changes? But the one just weeks ahead flipping Kusadasi and Mykonos and shortening Athens was a real pain. I am unaware of the reason for that one. Yes, you can walk off the ship and wander. But if like us you have been many times and are planning an overnight to see Meteora, three hours less has a big impact. As does flipping ports to Kusadasi and rearranging a private tour to three ancient cities as was this was our fourth trip to Kusadasi. Just seems like an inordinate amount of changes on this cruise. Not to mention the dropping of a port in Malta, and last minute within hours timing change in Catania. Do you know why those were changed? So for me an actual explanation at the time would have been appreciated.
  9. Fortunately, we had visited Ravenna previously because the mosaics are incredible! I agree the small tours are totally worth it, and our tour guides rolled with the changes even less than 24 hours notice! Just made for a very intensive experience. Thanks for the understanding.
  10. I am sure you could, but it was interesting!
  11. True Sail, perhaps that’s the point🤔. I understand it happens, and it has happened to us a lot. I for one, would just appreciate an explanation, ie, so many ships in port, .... would soften the pain so to speak when things become inconvenient, especially after the fifth change to one cruise.
  12. Does this mean I can use the Canadian shop card at a US store at par? More difficult than cash but since we spend a lot of time in the US it would work for us.
  13. Not on a ships tour and maybe on other organized tours.
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