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We had a fabulous trip! Your organization was fantastic, Lindsay!

My Travel Consultant: Lindsay Paine

Alison and Phillip, Strathroy - (trip to Italy)

Your organization for our Mediterranean Cruise on the Royal Princess was fantastic.  Each stop and transfer went like clock-work, and that made for easier travel. 

The ship was great.  Very new and clean.  Our room was very spacious, the bed comfortable, the balcony lovely.  The location mid-ship likely helped with the movement.  I was more conscious of a constant vibration but I doubt most people would be aware of it.  Mid-ship also was a handy location from which to get around the ship.

For such a large ship we were pleasantly surprised at how cosy it seemed, we could get to everything easily.  And we were also surprised that it never ever seemed crowded with people.  Even leaving and arriving back to the boat after days/tours in port had minimal wait time and were organized very smoothly.  They did a tremendous job of the transfer to and from ship!

A few things of note though were a sense of being nickel-and-dimed. The drink packages, alcohol and non-alcohol were expensive (unless you are both very heavy drinkers which we are not) but to be constantly offered "water bottles for sale" began to be a bit annoying. Also many of the social activities throughout the day were geared  to promoting their stores and services.

As well everyone on the ship was very polite and we had a couple noteably great staff (our cabin manager, and our assistant waiter at dinner) but there was certainly a helpful but casual attitude from most of the staff.  Almost 30 dollars a day in tips was not reflected in the speed/attentiveness of service.  Casual seemed to increase with days at sea. 

Also we were surprised that all the "specialty dining places" came with a significant cost. We are used to Caribbean all- inclusive where everyone gets a certain number of specialty options.  Would be interested in how other cruise lines organize their services.

Itinerary - we loved Rome and could have used another day there, or gone to the ship much later on the transfer day.  The hotel was very well placed for us to get around easily from.  Vatican tour - our excellent guide made the experience!

We enjoyed all of our ports but as Philip comments, they began to look the same after a bit.   For me, I did find the 10 days at sea long, for a first time and not being the best traveler.  We might have found 7 days enough the first time around.  Or 7 plus a few days saved for the last port. 

We especially liked Italy, Pompeii, Dubrovnik, Montenegro.  We  found our later calls of port less different, or perhaps getting tired.  Sorry we missed out on Mt.Etna and Taormina. We ended up just striking out on our own instead of taking the tour in a couple of ports and our port time tended to dwindle in the later days.

 We had a wonderful time!!!  And we recognize that you had us organized to the moment which made our travel smooth and comfortable (I just grabbed your package and and was ready for the next adventure).

Thank you again for your time, your organization (and your hand-holding).  We had a very memorable trip and we will certainly come to see you again when we decide to plan another one.

 Regards,  Alison

I want to go to Italy


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