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Shelledpea

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    Hyde, Manchester UK
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    Looking for cheap cruises, then booking them, then researching the ports ~ Sad I know!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    MSC
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Eastern Med

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  1. Thank you all, As my mum has limited mobility I think we will take the safe option and book a private transfer especially as we need to be at the airport for 11.10am. I have taken the cheaper option of the train into Santa Lucia for our outwards journey and we shall take the rest of the journey at a gentle pace as we are in no great rush to get the ship as we have an extremely early flight
  2. All I saw of Khor Fakkan was the port area ~ It was a day of torrential rain when we docked and as I'm from Manchester I have enough of rain at home! We used the day onboard chilling out and listening to the thunder. Sorry I'm no more help but on the upside hat was their one day of rain for the year so you should be ok..
  3. Hi, In Abu Dhabi the ships shuttle drops you right in the centre of town next to the world trade centre. From there we walked down to the Corniche and went to the public beach. It felt extremely safe and was very easy to navigate ~ the HOHO buses are very expensive. We disembarked in Dubai so I am not sure where the ships shuttle takes you to but again the HOHOs were available and again they were pricey, we used the metro from our hotel. It is approx £4.50 per person for a day pass and you can ride it all the way out to the Atlantis on the Palm past all of the sights and just get off and on as you choose. As for Muscat it was a beautiful we booked a tour independently before travelling that combined a dolphin watching boat trip, a sea tour of the area where we saw sea eagles, herons and the beautiful scenery and then afterwards we went snorkelling for an hour in a secluded cove that was rich in Corals and marine life. It cost 22 Omani Rials per person and included drinks. Muscat was the highlight of the cruise for me.
  4. Hi, I mainly sail MSC also so this was a change for me ~ as I've said previously go with an open mind. The buffet was open from approximately 6.30pm till 9pm each evening and only one half, but the food is replenished quickly and it is always hot. There is generally a carvery station, a food of the world section, pasta station, grill and vegetables and then bread, cheese, fruit desserts etc. There are no drinks waiters in the buffet you have to go to the counter and get your own drinks (none of the handy "press for service" buttons that I have become accustomed to...) Of an evening we found the outside bar at the aft of deck 5 (Through the Teodora Lounge) extremely pleasant and the music was never loud enough to obscure your conversation ~ it has comfortable rattan furniture and was our favourite place onboard. No the pools aren't heated but it was so warm that they were refreshing. They also made a couple of the jacuzzis on deck 5 cool as the pool decks were so crowded so it was nice to have the extra space and relative quiet of the loungers there.
  5. Hi Gerry, Sorry for the late reply but life got in the way Yes all visas were sorted by the ship including the Jordanian, we just had to present ourselves onboard at an allocated time to meet the Israeli authorities. This was done by deck and took less than 5 minutes as queues were not long. We met probably 20 brits onboard but the rest were mainly italian with a smattering of other Europeans and a few Indians. It was mainly an older crowd and less than 10 children (all very young).
  6. Hi Jakob, I'd say go with an open mind. The main dining has none of the quality or the flair of Celebrity and but you'll never go hungry. Sometimes the descriptions were extremely wide of the mark. We found the food in the buffet of an evening hotter than that served in the dining room and I feel that Costa have done the right thing in reducing the number of buffet serving stations as you can see the the food being replaced on an extremely frequent basis. The serving staff did an extremely good job when you realise they had 30 - 40 people to serve, top up drinks for and take orders from on their own which I found odd... They have a busser but that person does nothing but run food from servery to station .... If you look at Costa on a pppn it is extremely cheap ~ we did 19 nights with basic All Inclusive for £864 each and you get exactly that. If you do your port excursions wisely ( Book your own and do your own thing!) then it can be an extremely cost effective way to travel. Make sure you sign up for Costa Club ~ the benefits are myriad and it costs nothing plus we found the pizza at pummo D'oro areally really good and with discount they were €4.50 each with a dessert. As we had booked a premium cabin various item on rroom service were also free ~ I can recommend the chicken sandwich . FYI I mainly sail MSC but have also cruised with RC, Carnival, P&O, Celebity, OV, Marella/Tui & NCL plus a few non mainstream brands
  7. Hi all, Looking at options and I was wondering if anyone had any idea how much a taxi would cost from Venice Cruise Terminal to Treviso Airport ~ the private companies I have looked at are coming in at around €66 ( £56) Many thanks in advance Shelley
  8. HI all, OH & I sailed from Dubai onboard Costa Diadema. We experienced the highs and the lows of the Costa service style. We visited: Palermo Pireaus Heraklion / Iraklion Haifa Transited the Suez Canal Aqaba ( & Visited Petra ) Salalah Muscat Khor Fakkan Abu Dhabi Dubai We overnighted in Dubai before returning to the UK Ask anything you need to know Shelley
  9. Hi all, Just looking for some advice on how you found the service and any other relevant information you may have. We are disembarking Costa Magica at some time after 1.30pm (It docks at 1pm) and our flight is not until 10pm so we were looking at the collection and drop off service at €12 per bag. If any one has used the service recently could you tell me how your experience and the ease of use please Many Thanks Shelley
  10. Hi all, Just looking for some advice on how you found the service and any other relevant information you may have. We are disembarking Costa Magica at some time after 1.30pm (It docks at 1pm) and our flight is not until 10pm so we were looking at the collection and drop off service at €12 per bag. If any one has used the service recently could you tell me how your experience and the ease of use please Many Thanks Shelley
  11. No, I'm not but thanks for mentioning it ~ I'll go & take a look!
  12. I'll rephrase my question ~ I don't fancy paying for the Piu Gusto upgrade on a 19 night cruise when I know I'll probably only drink 4 or so cocktails, but if I fancy the cocktail of the day would it be included? (Only asking because it would be on MSCs Easy package) Yes I'm happy to pay as as I go and I also know that there are a few non alcoholic cocktails on included on the Brindiamo package...
  13. Hi All, We've booked our upcoming cruise with the Brindiamo package and I feel that should be enough for us without upgrading to the Piu Gusto package, but I was wondering if the Cocktail of the day would be included (Only because MSC do include that with the easy package). If not there's plenty of choice without, but if it is then I'd be extremely happy! Any ideas??? Many Thanks
  14. Thankyou for all the info. I'm now thinking of looking at ships tours and seeing if there is anything interesting
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