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Wilba - Answered a Question by Baker (08 Feb 08 14:23)

You didn't say which Cruise Line but generally drinks are fairly expensive & most lines add on 15% gratuity on top. Historically, excursions on all cruises have always been a rip off price, but bear in mind every taxi/van driver in every port knows all the cruise excursions backwards. So negotiate, walk away then negotiate again. Whichever cruise you take........enjoy it.

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BAKER - Answered a Question by Baker (08 Feb 08 15:27)

Thanks Wilba. It looks like we will be on the MSC Line (Italians) on the Musica. Venice/Greek Islands/Croatia etc. Just eight days as a trial as I'm not sure it will suit me. We have only been on a small dive boat in the Maldives before and I missed my car their !!!!!! (Not really but I get fidgety. Regards Ale.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Baker (08 Feb 08 16:19)

Hi MSC do NOT charge 15% on their drinks so your off to a good start. You can find my review on this site, Musica Xmas 200.

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Ida and Neil Down - Answered a Question by Baker (08 Feb 08 16:33)

Hi Alex All I want to say is that there really is no comparison between a cruise ship and a holiday in the Maldives and I cannot imagine you are going to miss your car. There is so much to do on board and if you study your ports of call you can do some really good shore excursions using your new found information and initiative and heading out into the unknown and unexperienced is part of the fun. I have always found the drinks to be about the same price as a quality pub but more expensive than an ordinary boozer. One word of warning cruising is addictive so be prepared to be thinking about your next before you've even finished the first....regards Nei.

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Johnstone - Answered a Question by Baker (08 Feb 08 19:42)

Well since you are going on MSC, you will be pleased to know that they don't add on any gratuities to the costs of drinks. Others ways you can save on the cost of drinks 9also dear to my heart being a Scot!), theyy have a cocktail and martini of the day every day. Check your daily programme for details - these are quite a bit cheaper than the usual price. They also do a wine package - which is good value and has a good range of very good wines. They also do other drinks promotions - like you can buy a card for beer which works out that you get one or two free. If you fancy treating yourself though, they do a fabulous Armagnac and their valpoicella de Amarone is to die for (at about 50 euros a bottle, not cheap but absolutely brilliant). As far as shore excursions go, they are pricey and usually leave between 8.00 and 8.30am - so can also be a bit too early (well for me it is as I like second dinner, then the show, then an armagnac or 2). Not sure in Croatia if you stop at Dubrovnik or Split but both are just a short walk to the city centre. In Split there is a tourist bus that costs about 5-10 euros and takes you through the city centre and out along the dalmatian coast for some fabulous views. Not sure what your other prots of call will be but i agree with Wilba, doing your own thing is much cheaper and you get to go where you want and for as long as you want. Just make sure you check your daily programme for the latest time for all aboard and leave yourself plenty of time to get back before then. if you are on one of their excursions and are late back they will wait for you, if you are doing your own thing and late back, they will sail without you. have a great time. There is masses to do onboard so i doubt you will have time to start missing your car or anything els.

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