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Old 04-28-2014, 07:16 AM   #1
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Past MED cruisers what ONE piece advice would you give?

Want to gather as much info as I can to prepare

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Old 04-28-2014, 08:20 AM   #2
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pack lighter, you can pretty much buy anything you need but forgot to bring and then it will be a great reminder of your trip in the future. And please read this Rick Steves article about currency exchange.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:10 AM   #3
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With planning you can do many of the ports on your own for a fraction of the cost.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:20 AM   #4
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Pack necessary items including a change or two of clothing and a few pair of undies in your carry on because you won't want to spend your time shopping for the things if your luggage is somehow gets "misplaced"!
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:23 AM   #5
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Have a carry on bag with necessities because the luggage may not get to your room until 7 that night and with all the flights and travel you've been doing before you embark on the ship you look a little rough and a shower and a change of clothes would be nice but if your luggage isn't there when you can go to your stateroom you have to wait.

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Old 04-28-2014, 10:13 AM   #6
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Do your research and make a list of must sees.

There is so many options of things to see and you can't do it all.
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:27 AM   #7
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Arrive a couple of days early to get over jet lag and enjoy they departure city.

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Old 04-28-2014, 10:46 AM   #8
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Good walking shoes and gelato in every city!!
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:51 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by stlouismickey View Post
With planning you can do many of the ports on your own for a fraction of the cost.
Agree. Book private tours rather than ship's excursions. Use other travel resource sites to research ports of call. Decide what you want to see, then customize. Use you roll call to get others to join you to help keep costs down.
Rick Steves also has great tours you can download to your MP3, free on his site.
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:48 AM   #10
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Book private tours!
I have personally, seen it, done it, 106 days on DCL ships, wrote the Blogs got the Mickey T shirts.
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Spend as much time as you can afford before/after in Europe exploring. There is so much to do away fro the coastal cities!
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Spend as much time as you can afford before/after in Europe exploring. There is so much to do away fro the coastal cities!
I so agree with this. Since you are already in Europe, spend some extra time exploring. Transportation within Europe can be very reasonable by plane and/or train. Short term apartment rentals can be very inexpensive plus you get the bonus of immersing yourself in a local neighborhood instead the touristy areas.

My other tip is try not to do too much. Pick a few must see sights at each port and take the time to truly enjoy them.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:07 PM   #13
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Personally I prefer just doing a tour through DCL. I'd say choose the tour that will work best for you. Consider length of the tour and material covered, then consider your interests and also your physical mobility. Make sure to have a solid game plan for every port. This will make things less stressful because you will know what to expect. And make sure to live it up in each port!

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Old 04-28-2014, 03:21 PM   #14
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Do some homework. I always feel bad for people who think they can walk from the ship to see all the sights. Know where the ship is going to let you out and figure out if you will need a taxi or tour to see what you want to see. You are paying too much for this vacation to go home without having seen what is important to you. Enjoy. Oh, and I know you asked only for one, but here's another. If you are cruising out of Venice, be sure you are out on deck. It's fabulous to cruise out of this amazing city.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:30 PM   #15
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Sleep on the sea days. Get up EARLY every day you are coming into port because the views are incredible. I remember our first Med cruise the excitement coming into ports like Malta, Corsica, Tunisia, Naples and La Spezia. In Malta they set off fireworks because it was the first DCL sailing that was coming to that port - we thought we were being attacked!!!! In Corsica, they shot off fireworks when we left because it was Napoleon's birthday. Those early mornings are among the most endearing memories i have of that trip. Enjoy!!!!
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