Re: Questions about the Med
- From: D Ball <dianakball@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 15:07:41 -0800 (PST)
You tend to move fast, so by the time I write, you may have already
decided to take this one or gone in a totally different direction,
LOL. But I'll throw out a comment or two just for grins.
We've chosen port-intensive cruises for primo itinerary only, the ship
be damned. It's always worked out because of the minimal on-board
time. I'm pretty much in the "never again" camp when it comes to NCL,
but number6 is so right, on a busy Med cruise, you will love the
freestyle dining and dress concept for maximum flexibility. So IIWM,
I'd have to fall back on "never say never" and jump on that cruise, as
that is a fabulous itinerary, and the price is certainly right.
If you decide to go for it, get thee to Cruise Critic to see if there
is an active Roll Call. You might be able to luck into some good group
independent excursions. Otherwise, check the CC port forums for
recommendations of independent operators / taxis for hire in your key
ports. And definitely come back here and confirm your port line-up to
us for our recs. You might want to do a ship's excursion or two at an
early port just to maximize your chances for meeting some compatible
folks for fun throughout your trip, but all in all, I think your money
is far better invested in independent operators who will customize
your day to suit your interests and touring style. Some ports you
might even want to do on your own--as Rosalie said, Venice is a good
example if it's on your itinerary. As always, it depends on where you
Appreciating that everybody's different, our family of four spent a
week in Egypt and two weeks in Turkey (both land trips) eating with
gusto and never suffering a problem. If you don't have pre-ex health
concerns and aren't usually sensitive to GI upset, as long as you use
good sense, I don't see any need for taking extraordinary precautions.
Let us know what you decide to do to celebrate your birthday!
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