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Old 06-29-2013, 06:01 PM   #766
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In La Spezia what time were you at the terminal. We want the 9:19 train. Is this doable with a 70 year old and 8 year old?
Great question Did anyone see any taxi stands near the port area to take to the train station?
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In La Spezia what time were you at the train station. We want the 9:19 train. Is this doable with a 70 year old and 8 year old?
I think that's the train we took, or one right around that time. Tough to predict how it will go for anyone else though, because of the randomness of tenders. I kept hearing the Magic might start pulling into port there instead of using tenders, so stay tuned on that.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:10 AM   #768
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:32 AM   #769
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Could you tell us more about these programs? In July, we are flying US/France/Spain and returning Spain/Amsterdam/US. We are trying to figure put where we will have to go through customs and how to get through airports most efficiently.
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Could you tell us more about these programs? In July, we are flying US/France/Spain and returning Spain/Amsterdam/US. We are trying to figure put where we will have to go through customs and how to get through airports most efficiently.

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If it is this July don't bother. It is not instant. You have to submit an application and after it is accepted go to a participating airport for an interview. Takes several weeks

Also TSA percheck has randomness to it. My last two flights I did not get selected for precheck I always arrive in plenty of time just in case, but Monday I got to watch a businessman have a melt down because the normal line would make him miss his plane.
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[QUOTE=thndrmatt;48818592]I think that's the train we took, or one right around that time. Tough to predict how it will go for anyone else though, because of the randomness of tenders. I kept hearing the Magic might start pulling into port there instead of using tenders, so stay tuned on that.[/QUOTE]

I hope that wasn't just random luck and that they really will start docking every time. That would be awesome!
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I think that's the train we took, or one right around that time. Tough to predict how it will go for anyone else though, because of the randomness of tenders. I kept hearing the Magic might start pulling into port there instead of using tenders, so stay tuned on that.[/QUOTE]

I hope that wasn't just random luck and that they really will start docking every time. That would be awesome!
Agreed. The slow unloading in La Spezia was threatening our plan.
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Hi ... thanks to all the DIS'ers who provided info on this thread. I have only had a few short months to research and plan while not feeling well so this thread has been a lifeline for me.

Lilpooh108 - love, love, love all the details that you have shared. Especially loved the potty report as I have a boy with a chicken bladder.

I hope that the Magic is docking in La Spezia as well. Our tour won't give us a start time any later than 8:30am to do Pisa/Florence.
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La spezia tenders are slow.It took us 2 hours from the boat to Pisa on the DCL climb the tower tour.We had to climb the Tower right away.The guide had to look after the bags because there was no time to put it in lockers.
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In La Spezia what time were you at the train station. We want the 9:19 train. Is this doable with a 70 year old and 8 year old?
We docked in La Spezia on the June 27th sailing and it was further away from where the tender boats left you off, but it was quick to get off, so I would think you should be able to make the 9:19.
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We docked in La Spezia on the June 27th sailing and it was further away from where the tender boats left you off, but it was quick to get off, so I would think you should be able to make the 9:19.
Hi Cindy,

Do you remember seeing taxis along the port promenade? I didn't take the time to look myself and was hoping someone can comment. My parents (who are older) are considering doing the Med next year by themselves and they'd need to taxi to the train station rather than walk. Thanks!

BTW--- weren't you on back-to-back Med cruises this year?
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Tons! There were many many taxis at the La Spezia port. Take a right down the promenade and signs say 'taxi stand'. It was a 15 euros flat fee to the La Spezia train station. (Don't walk it, it's uphill!) We easily made the 919 train, although we were on the first or second tender - had arrived in the theatre at 745 for a tender ticket.
Returning to the train station we again took a cab to the port, again 15 euros.
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Tons! There were many many taxis at the La Spezia port. Take a right down the promenade and signs say 'taxi stand'. It was a 15 euros flat fee to the La Spezia train station. (Don't walk it, it's uphill!) We easily made the 919 train, although we were on the first or second tender - had arrived in the theatre at 745 for a tender ticket.
Returning to the train station we again took a cab to the port, again 15 euros.
Thanks! That makes a huge difference.

Where did you take the train to, and how did you like it?
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Hi ... thanks to all the DIS'ers who provided info on this thread. I have only had a few short months to research and plan while not feeling well so this thread has been a lifeline for me.

Lilpooh108 - love, love, love all the details that you have shared. Especially loved the potty report as I have a boy with a chicken bladder.

I hope that the Magic is docking in La Spezia as well. Our tour won't give us a start time any later than 8:30am to do Pisa/Florence.
Let us know if you have questions. I totally understand the chicken bladder. That was me after 2 babies
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Has anyone used Whats App using the ship's WIFI? We are hoping it works so we can text home without international fees. We aren't worried about on the ship, because we can text on the wave phones.

We are also planning to use Whats App and free WIFI in ports to text each other in case we get separated.
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