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Kate P.C

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    Caribbean Islands

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  1. I agree completely. If you are on a longer cruise and hitting beaches, you will need a good wax πŸ™‚ The spas are really expensive. Usually I try to find some on the ports priors to going on the cruise, but if nothing is to be found, then the spa wax will have to do, expensive or not πŸ™‚
  2. Congratulations! You will both enjoy it and might even get hooked on cruising. I bet your husband will mention next cruise first πŸ™‚
  3. Out of all ports mentioned I recommend Corfu and Argostoli for the best beach day. Don't even try Kotor or Dubrovnik for that, and Santorini and Mykonos are beautiful to enjoy and explore.
  4. Check out all mentioned agencies above. We booked a customized tour with Anastasia Travel. I have nothing but great words to say about the team who created a memorable trip for all of us.
  5. The prices on essentials are really high, I must agree. We always come prepared with medicine we think we might need, or medicine for "just in case". As for toiletries, we do bring our own in travel sizes, depending on how long the cruise is. We only pay for alcohol on the ship πŸ™‚ Everything else that we have forgotten and is desperately needed, we wait to get to port to buy it.
  6. There shouldn't be a problem, since you are covered for a visa. The first 2 days with your local tour, and the the 3rd with your cruise ship tour.
  7. Nothing really changes. As mrpayroll said, no other ships leaving will affect your freedom of walking in the pier.
  8. Same with the agency we used, Anastasia Travel. The whole procedure wen very smooth and fast.
  9. Princess excursions are sometimes great! We have booked quite a lot with them all around the world. But for places like St.Petersburg we were told there are many agencies for a better value and more private experience. And we did just that! No need to feel bad about it πŸ™‚ We booked with anastasia.travel back in 2015, for the ports of Stockholm, Berlin and St.Petersburg on our Baltic Cruise and we got more than we expected. Small groups, faster entrance to places, great communication with the guide and on top of that they customized the tour in St.Petersburg to our needs. Check them all out and see which one will suit you the best. Many posters here have experience with different travel agencies. You should make your choice based on peoples previous experience, the ratings on trip advisor and recommendations. Good luck and have fun!
  10. We paid Anastasia Travel in full, ahead of the tours too. Our communication was always clear and direct. Katherine, the manager, always replied fast to any questions that we had.
  11. We booked with Anastasia Travel back in 2015. The tour you are talking about https://anastasia.travel/tour/relaxing-st-petersburg-the-most-comfortable-tour/ was around $350 for a group of 8 (which is the best by the way), but we got a great discount for it because we booked with Anastasia again for Stockholm and Berlin. It came down to no more than $200 I believe. To answer your other question, it was a great tour because they were able to customize it for us and of course the advantage of a small group in front of lines in St.Petersburg. That is a big deal when you have limited time.
  12. Food in Greece is delicious and not super expensive. You can find a tasty giro for about 4EUR and you are done for lunch. Drinks like water and soda will cost you no more than 3EUR. Rome and Naples might be a bit more expensive, but 2500 EUR is way too much for pocket money, if you already have everything organized and paid for.
  13. There is no issue with the beer on tap. Don't worry about it πŸ™‚
  14. Nope, you should be fine. The ships are usually cleared in no more then 20 minutes.
  15. 10EUR per person per day should be fine, as long as you had a full breakfast on the ship πŸ™‚ If all your excursions are paid, some include snacks and drinks even lunch. I would mostly worry about water and food while I am out on a tour. With kids some treats would be nice too. So, if you want to stop somewhere for coffee and ice-cream, or croissants, 10EUR pp should be fine. If you want to buy souvenirs, tip, and additional expenses not covered by the excursion, then I suggest adding another 10EUR per day in total. Good luck and have fun!
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