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  1. Italian TV is currently showing video of water cannon being fired at protesters.
  2. I would suggest planning on being onboard no later than 9.30 am. The crew will probably still be doing deep cleans before the next batch of cruisers arrive and those cruisers will still expect to be onboard by 11am!
  3. When we were checking in to the hotel there was a couple checking out who had Eurodam luggage labels. I asked them what time their checkin was and they said 4.20pm! I suggested that they not wait until then and go earlier. But if people were scheduled for 4.20 check in and then testing etc plus drive to Trieste, it makes sense that some are still in transit. This has been very poorly thought out by HAL
  4. This evening I offer some land based food porn. Actually can you call Venice 'land based'?? We are staying in Hotel Santa Chiara in Pza Roma tonight and had a late lunch/early dinner in Restaurant Poveledo, just past the railway station, on Lista Spagna. Good food, great service. We shared bruschetta and lasagne as a first course and then I had Sole in lemon and wine sauce as a main.
  5. @Vict0riann What is happening in Trieste? Eurodam is still moored and I thought she was due to sail at 8pm
  6. I remember that there used to be a place (either booking or checkin) that asked if you were celebrating a special event during the cruise, but that option appears to be no longer available. If you are going to eat in PG/Tamarind etc, I would suggest contacting the manager a few days previous to arrange the celebration. If you are going to use MDR, then again a visit to the Maitre D' may solve the problem. Happy anniversary!
  7. @Florida_gal_50 Here is the notification that we received on Eurodam in Europe. As you can see they offer the opportunity to request a PCR test. A PCR test was also verbally offered to us depending on where we were flying to. I think they have it covered!
  8. Really depends on your choice of wines. You could buy a medium to good wine, pay the corkage and still be coming out ahead of the wines offered onboard.
  9. We were very sad to say goodbye to Ann and Pat this morning. Disembarking itself was smooth but not silent! Carlyn, the CD was on the PA system from about 6 am as she started to organise those with early disembarkation for flights from VCE. Our slot was between 8am and 8.20 and at about 8.15 we were called and we were then bussed from the gangway across Trieste to the cruise terminal. There did seem to be a lot of protests underway at the commercial port area. I hope that the protests do not impinge on the latest passengers boarding experience. There was only about 20 passengers on our bus, but it was still 11.30am before we arrived to Venice Cruise Terminal, where we were dumped unceremoniously at the watertaxi/taxi stand and left there. Not a very pleasant morning and the 'End of Term' report for HAL would say 'Must try harder!'
  10. The standard test was antigen, but they did offer PCR if you required it for onward travel.
  11. We are currently on Eurodam in Europe/Med and we needed an antigen test to re enter Italy. When we went for the test we were asked if an antigen test was ok or if we needed a PCR test. Both were available and there was no charge.
  12. We stayed in Mestre and took a taxi to the terminal. Depending on your hotel's location in Venice you can use the People Mover and distance to the terminal from People Mover is about 500m (only working from memory!) Remember to bring a bottle of water and snacks.
  13. Depends on ship. We are currently on Eurodam and the fridge in our SY cabin could easily take 4 bottles. The top shelf is removable.
  14. Continuing in the Balanced Diet thought process, we could not decide on Dive Inn Burger or New York Pizza for lunch so compromised 😋 on both! (and wine!)
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