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Old 03-01-2014, 02:18 PM   #1171
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I posted this on my cruise meets thread, and thought others might find it helpful. The flight mentioned was a domestic flight on American Airlines. We typically travel with just carry-ons, including cruises. For those thinking of packing light, here's a heads up. Check the size of your carry-on and make sure it meets your airlines' carry-on limits. Yesterday my DW had a flight on American Airlines out of LAX. At the gate, the agents were having each passenger place their carry-on in the bag sizer. If it didn't fit, or if it fit but stuck out above the rim, the passenger was denied boarding and had to return to the ticket counter to check their carry-on (and pay the baggage fee). There were some very upset passengers. Woody
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:11 AM   #1172
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shore excursions - 5N Med cruise

Hi lilpooh,

Thanks for the links! Very comprehensive.

I've booked the 5N Med cruise departing Barcelona on 11 Aug 2014. I'm not sure if shore excursions are doable with my 5 year old, i'd love to go for the full day ones to see rome/florence but looks like i may only go for short cinque terre tour off the la spezia port. Tempted to just lug the stroller along just to let her sit in when she gets tired but i've read that the light travel friendly strollers do not do so well on cobblestone streets.

We're planning to take it easy and just walk around the little towns where we're docked. Any families here have taken the free and easy route to explore the ports on their own at villefranche, la spezia and civitavecchia?

Thanks,
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:03 AM   #1173
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Hi lilpooh,

Thanks for the links! Very comprehensive.

I've booked the 5N Med cruise departing Barcelona on 11 Aug 2014. I'm not sure if shore excursions are doable with my 5 year old, i'd love to go for the full day ones to see rome/florence but looks like i may only go for short cinque terre tour off the la spezia port. Tempted to just lug the stroller along just to let her sit in when she gets tired but i've read that the light travel friendly strollers do not do so well on cobblestone streets.

We're planning to take it easy and just walk around the little towns where we're docked. Any families here have taken the free and easy route to explore the ports on their own at villefranche, la spezia and civitavecchia?

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my recap posted on the first page of this page shows how we did some things cheap and easy
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:25 PM   #1174
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Can anyone tell me if there is a lot to do around the port of Epheseus? If we don't do an excursion there, will we still be able to get a taste of the culture and foods?

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Old 03-28-2014, 10:05 PM   #1175
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Can anyone tell me if there is a lot to do around the port of Epheseus? If we don't do an excursion there, will we still be able to get a taste of the culture and foods?

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We did an excursion but at the end of the excursion, they let us off near the port and there was a bazaar (ugh...the people were desparately trying to get us to go into their shops), and some cafes (including .. Starbucks. LOL).

Hopefully somebody who actually explored the area can answer you better. I'd just stay clear of some of those shops.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:13 PM   #1176
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We did an excursion but at the end of the excursion, they let us off near the port and there was a bazaar (ugh...the people were desparately trying to get us to go into their shops), and some cafes (including .. Starbucks. LOL).

Hopefully somebody who actually explored the area can answer you better. I'd just stay clear of some of those shops.
Thanks. I was reading about some of the shops in Rick Steves' book and thought it actually looked like a fun way to get some inexpensive souvenirs. Thanks for your information.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:52 PM   #1177
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Thanks. I was reading about some of the shops in Rick Steves' book and thought it actually looked like a fun way to get some inexpensive souvenirs. Thanks for your information.
Last year my wife and I dropped the kids back at the ship after Ephasus and went shopping at the bazaar in Kudasai. The shop owners were aggressive by our standards but I never felt threatened. I let my hair grow to shoulder length for the first time in my life last summer. When we got to the top of the bazaar a barber started shouting at me that I needed a haircut right there and then. I said no and he started chasing me down the street with his scissors and shaving knife. My wife couldn't stop laughing. Really one of my favorite vacation memories ever. But we did pick up some cheap souveniers and a beautiful scarf for my daughter.
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I have another suggestion for a Rome Excursion. Last year, my husband and I did the Rome by Segway excursion http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cr...ome-by-segway/ We'd been to Rome previously and this was perfect for us. Train to and from the ship, a couple of hours hitting the highlights of Rome by Segway, the rest of the day on our own. We walked back to the Vatican and then back to the ship by train.
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Can anyone tell me if there is a lot to do around the port of Epheseus? If we don't do an excursion there, will we still be able to get a taste of the culture and foods?
We've been to Kusadasi twice. Near the port, there are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. You could easily spend hours visiting the bazaar, trinket and carpet shops, and trying the local cuisine.

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Old 03-28-2014, 11:33 PM   #1180
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We've been to Kusadasi twice. Near the port, there are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. You could easily spend hours visiting the bazaar, trinket and carpet shops, and trying the local cuisine. Woody
Awesome. That's the affirmation I was hoping for. But Il also let my kids know they need haircuts before the cruise...😏
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Last year my wife and I dropped the kids back at the ship after Ephasus and went shopping at the bazaar in Kudasai. The shop owners were aggressive by our standards but I never felt threatened. I let my hair grow to shoulder length for the first time in my life last summer. When we got to the top of the bazaar a barber started shouting at me that I needed a haircut right there and then. I said no and he started chasing me down the street with his scissors and shaving knife. My wife couldn't stop laughing. Really one of my favorite vacation memories ever. But we did pick up some cheap souveniers and a beautiful scarf for my daughter.
hahahahahahahahahahaha... oh, I wish I could have seen that. LOL
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A tip to get the best price in Turkey.

Haggle on price.

Whatever they offer first, seem disinterested and halve the price they say,

Stick to that price and see what they do,

If they do not reduce by a lot, then start to walk off.
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Hi lilpooh,

Thanks for the links! Very comprehensive.

I've booked the 5N Med cruise departing Barcelona on 11 Aug 2014. I'm not sure if shore excursions are doable with my 5 year old, i'd love to go for the full day ones to see rome/florence but looks like i may only go for short cinque terre tour off the la spezia port. Tempted to just lug the stroller along just to let her sit in when she gets tired but i've read that the light travel friendly strollers do not do so well on cobblestone streets.

We're planning to take it easy and just walk around the little towns where we're docked. Any families here have taken the free and easy route to explore the ports on their own at villefranche, la spezia and civitavecchia?

Thanks,
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Hi there!

Wow, I haven't checked back into this thread for a while now

For La Spezia we actually did an "easy" DCL excursion to Portofino & Santa Margherita that was very kid friendly. The town of Portofino had a lot of cobblestones so the stroller was a hassle, but you can easily leave it at the bottom of the hill and I really doubt anyone would take it. The town had probably a few hundred people in it. Santa Margherita was a larger town, and pushing the stroller was easy. My daughters were 4 and 1 at the time and we only brought 1 umbrella stroller between them on this excursion. They rotated when tired and it wasn't a problem. More details in my TR.

For Rome we hired a private van transfer for pick up from the port and the Forum had elevators. It wasn't easy to push the stroller b/c of the cobblestones, but not exactly hard either. Stroller was easy to push inside the Colosseum. No strollers allowed in the Vatican. We hired a private guide, and she took care of taking the stroller outside and picking it up for us after the tour was over.

We skipped Florence since it was such a long van ride to Florence from La Spezia. That was our "easy" day to give the kids a break.

We also brought a cheap $15 Target umbrella stroller that we threw away on our last night in Europe before flying home. This really helped us out since (1) we didn't care much if we ended up losing it/trashing it while touring and (2) decreased our baggage/hassle load when flying home.

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