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hunter - Answered a Question by Balderson (07 Mar 08 21:52)

Hi i was on island star oct 2007 for my 40th birthday was brill and they do play bingo every night but is very expensive but rest of cruise was great we did 2 excursions one to sicily and one to st tropez and port grimau.

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mcguire - Answered a Question by Balderson (30 Jan 08 15:34)

We have done both ships you will olve every thing about star they do offers at night try steak house its a must they do bingo cant remember if its anight or during day more places to go big 2 teir thearter you will enjoy your holiday and you can get on ship and go back off dont know if cabin will be ready that early if not you will still get something to eat hope ive been of some hel.

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Ida & Neil Down - Answered a Question by Balderson (30 Jan 08 16:44)

I'll have a go at one or two of the answers but I must admit to never having been on Island Cruises. Each cruise line give its permission to one franchise to operate throughout their line so I imagine that the system in the shops will be the one that you encountered before. I cannot believe that any cruise line will let the opportunity of raising money so the lucrative, for them, game of bingo will almost certainly occur but how often will depend on the amount of long port calls. As an aside, I never play bingo but I have never heard of the big prize going earlier than the last night. Has anyone known differently? I take it that you mean an obscured view from your cabin. This is where a lifeboat or some other obstruction is outside your window. To find out how much can be seen would mean looking at the ship's plan and knowing the cabin number but generally it means that you will get very little view but you will get light although if it's partially obscured that will be a lot better. There will be a marketing reason why the price is lower. It could mean that a large number of insides have been sold and they need passengers in that area or that none of your cabin type has been taken so again they need to fill them or it could be just a way of saying look what a bargain your getting so that you book. Too many reasons to mention really but just believe it will be for marketing reasons. If I were you I would book the bus offered by the ship which just takes you to Pisa and drops you off and picks you up there. Livorno, or as we used to call it, Leghorn, is the pits. It is a coal bunkering area and a container port and is awful. Just get the ships bus and leave it alone. In all probability you will not be allowed to board, or embark, the ship until 11am at the earliest. Remember that they have to get people off and they don't want mix ups so they will do one thing at a time but you can, of course, go to the embarkation area and wait your earliest opportunity. Once you are on the ship and have completed all the formalities then, yes, you can go ashore again and enjoy Palma just remember to be back at least a hour before sailing time......I just know you are going to enjoy this one.....Neil .

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Balderson - Answered a Question by Balderson (30 Jan 08 23:22)

I would like to thank both Ida & Neil Down, and I believe it is Mr McGuire for their quick replies, I have seen your names in quite a lot of places on this web site, you are very supportive to this site, and a great deal of help to people like me who are very excited about their future holidays. I would be grateful to hear from anyone else who has any information about this ship from their experience. Thank you.

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mcguire - Answered a Question by Balderson (31 Jan 08 13:37)

Thank you its good people apprecite our info mr dow n has answered some of my ouestions.

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johnson - Answered a Question by Balderson (04 Feb 08 15:01)

Hi , we went on the Island Star last August and after an early flight had lunch on the ship and went off into Palma. We walked but my advice would be grab a taxi as it takes longer than you think up to the cathedral but you can do it by walking. We did the trip to Pisa/Florence combined and can fully recommend using their excursions. Pisa is further than you think although I know some people did do it themselves but not sure how they arranged it. If memory serves me right i think they have a coach to pisa and back without a guide and then you can do your own thing. Check the excursions on the website of Island Cruises. I think there was bingo but we never saw it. You will have a great time , we did and are going on the Med Islands tour in July. Enjoy!

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