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About mkgal

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  1. Thanks so much for your replies. That helps me a lot.
  2. My hubby and I took a Med cruise on Celebrity 16 years ago and used their airfare. To our surprise, we had a chartered flight from NY to Venice. It was great as all the passengers were going on our cruise so it was nice to make friends on the flight. They also showed videos of the cruise ports. Best part was that we didn't touch our bags from NY to the room. We literally got off the plane, got on a shuttle to the ship and our luggage was in our room. We are looking at another Med cruise with our kids this time on NCL and we may consider the airfare option again. I know there are many options to consider before choosing to go that route but my question is how often do airlines charter planes these days? We had such a good experience. How can I know if the flight will be a charter?
  3. Great idea, thanks for suggesting it, Sauer-kraut.
  4. I'm looking to book a Med cruise beginning in Rome and ending in Venice in October of 2020. I typically fly in just in time to get on the ship and get off the ship and head straight for the airport. This time I would like to add at least a day in Rome and a day in Venice to my trip. I'd like a service to take me from airport to hotel, then hotel to ship the next day and from ship to hotel, then hotel to airport on return. Should I try to book this myself, go through a travel agent (which I have only done to get cruise on board credit), does the cruise line offer this type of service or do you have other suggestions? Family of 5 - me, hubby, 15, 13 and 9 year old.
  5. I know that NCL does freestyle dining. We've sailed with them before but I also know that 1 or 2 of the restaurants (Jefferson??? Liberty???) on POA require that men wear a collared shirt, long pants and closed toe shoes. Which restaurants are they? Specialty and/or Main???? Any requirements for women? Trying to pack accordingly and efficiently. I have packed sundresses or dressy capri pant outfits for the girls and dress shorts with polos/Hawaiian shirts for the boys. Any other dress code rules that I am forgetting?
  6. We are going to be on the POA and are considering renting a car in Maui to drive to Lahaina. I have found (not yet purchased) a package that includes a submarine ride and luau for much less than the ship is offering for the sub ride alone. We would have a couple of hours between the sub ride and luau to do some shopping and tour Lahaina. My concern is that I keep reading not to leave ANYTHING in your rental car so I'm at a loss as to what to do with my shopping bags when we go to the luau. I don't have time to drive them 45 minutes back to the ship. Any advice? Also, how long would you say the whole rental car process takes? From getting off the ship, onto a shuttle to the airport, rent the car and get back to the ship to pick up the rest of the family? Trying to decided if the cost savings is worth it by the time I rent a car, pay for overnight parking, taxi from airport at night and the loss of time. Would it be easier to just take a taxi or car service when needed and possibly skip the Maui luau and do the one offered by NCL in Kauai? We are a family of 5 with 3 children ages 7-12.
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