Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by lilpooh108, Jan 12, 2013.
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Thanks! I've bookmarked their covent garden location for our shopping day.
I don't remember any shuttles at all. I think we walked from the ship all the way to the train station, which took about 15 minutes, tops. I'm cheap.
Would anyone recommend Lucca?
Florence is 2.5 hours away from the port. My kids can't sit that long in a car. They'll go nuts and drive everyone else nuts. Lucca is closer. Is it worth the trip? There's a DCL combo excursion for Lucca and Pisa...
There is a Disney Store in Covent Garden... At least there was in 2010.
Although I have never been to Lucca (or anywhere else in Europe for that matter), I hear Lucca is beautiful! I feel the same way...although I would love to go to Florence, my kids would never be able to deal with the travel time. We also have a big day in Rome right after that.
So we are planning on doing the Pisa/Lucca tour through DCL too.
This might be helpful for some...
I thought the rates were determined by each bank. It's actually Visa that sets the rate so the Capital One card really is a good deal. I read somewhere someone said that even though CO has no transaction fees, their exchange rate is worse than other banks. It could only be different if the other cards were Amex or a MasterCard.
Ooops! Sorry I misread that part.
We did Lucca in 2011 and it's still one of DDs favorite days. Absolutely beautiful town. We did a private driver guide to Pisa and Lucca. In Lucca, we rented bikes and rode on top of the fortress walls that have been made into a bike/walking path. We also walked through out the town, had a fabulous lunch and the best gelato ever. On our way back to port our driver took us to a gorgeous private villa where thee owners allow tours of the main level and gardens.
Thanks! The tour of the private villa sounds amazing!
We are looking into Lucca and appreciate your opinion....
When my girls and I did Rome on our own in 2007, we walked from the ship all the way to the train station, too . . . didn't want to take the time to wait for a shuttle. The dock area is less than scenic, to say the least, but it's perfectly walkable.
I was just in Italy this past March (non-cruise!) and spent one day in Lucca and definitely said it was a place I want to go back to. Very beautiful and walkable, lots of little shops and cafes. BTW, Pisa is fine for the obligatory pic in front of the leaning tower, but there's not much to do outside the tower area. The surrounding area is just full of little touristy shops and vendors.
Ok, this really intrigued me
I have often thought about "what if I don't make it back to the ship on time?" and I confess to thinking it actually sounded exciting...as long as I had my passport.
My DH's first thought was it would be too expensive, ...so I started looking on Trip Advisor for Rome hotels.
Did you do this and if so where did you stay?
'm also wondering if this would allow us to see the Vatican museum as our cruise arrives on the last Sunday of the month (entrance is free and thus no reservations) and we had thought we would never be able to get into the Vatican without wasting several hours in line.
Trying to crunch the numbers to see if this is doable for us
We plan to do Pisa and Lucca on our own. From what I've read,the train is very easy to use out of the La Spezia port and I'm sure there will be many DIS cruisers on it heading to Pisa.
The Lucca stop is on the way, but I plan to go to Pisa first and look around, take the obligatory photo with the tower and get back on the train heading back the direction of the ship, but get off at Lucca and rent bikes for the day.
I have 11 and 13 yr olds so the bikes sound much more fun for them than Disney's 2 hr walking tour. Lucca's Guinigi Tower is said to have a great view and is less of a hassle to climb than Pisa so we will do that in Lucca and hopefully find some little pizza places, gelato, and take some photos of stray cats. I think my 11 yr old is more interested in the stray animals than the any of the architecture or history so I hope we actually spot one.
Then it's back on the train to the ship. Fingers crossed it goes as smoothly as I am envisioning it in my head!
Well, we used www.hotwire.com for a hotel in Rome. It was inexpensive because it was off the beaten path. It was a four star hotel and probably deserve five stars. I can't remember the name!! Still, www.hotwire.com always comes through for me; I trust their star ratings, and I am always pleased with the hotel and the price.
It should go very smoothly. Just remember to time/date stamp your train ticket as you head to the train!
You know me Joa, happy to share.
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And something I didn't know until my DS was too old kids under 11 travel for free on London Public transport http://www.visitlondon.com/travelle...d-london/kids-travel-free-on-london-transport
We did all of our ports on our own in 2011. My trip report is in my blog linked below. If you go to July and August 2011 you'll find it pretty easily.
But I see a lot of questions about La Spezia. We went to Pisa and then Vernazza that day. Here is a link to that particular day. I learned a trick beforehand about where to get off on the train for Pisa to make walking to the tower easier and it was seriously one of the best tips of the trip. However, be sure to purchase your roundtrip tickets in La Spezia
I also want to add that we managed to do Capri through lunch, then Sorrento very briefly then Pompeii. It was a very long day (two hydrofoils, two trains and a shuttle thing). We were wiped, but I was so glad we did it!
I can't remember whether we were bused to the port gates or walked, but just around the corner is a ticket booth that sells the train tickets, turn left as you come through the gates. You will see all of the crowds there. Then continue on the road keeping the sea on your left, you will see the station on the opposite side of the road. This is the info I used. http://www.roninrome.com/ transportation/cruising-come-to-rome-for-the-day-2. It takes around 10 mins to walk to the station and it's on the flat, no hills. The shuttle was free if we had one. We never had to pay for a DCL shuttle.
Get off at the Vatican Stop first when going to Rome and coming home I was advised to get on the train at Tremini (main station) to make sure we got a seat. We were there early, we got a seat, but there wasn't even any room to stand the train was chock a block. Make sure you are on the 4.00 one at the latest in case of delays. Our train was delayed around an hour on our visit. I am sure we just walked to the boat on the return.
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