Wilba - Answered a Question by Manley (10 Jan 09 17:33)

Have you ever considered a B&B. I've not done one in Venice but if you google venice b&b you may be pleasantly surprised at some of the canalside places on offer.....Regards Wilba .

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by Manley (10 Jan 09 17:32)

I use the Holiday Inns when abroad for just an overnight stay http://www.holidayinn.com/h/d/hi/925/en/hotel/vcerr?&sitrackingid=52204156&sicreative=2640998091&dp=true&sicontent=0&siclientid=1935&cm_mmc=Google-PS-HolidayInnUK-_-G+BN-EMEA-_-ITA-Venice-Marghera%2BVenezia-_-hotels+in+venice|-|100000000000172591438&cm_guid=1-_-100000000000172591438-_-2640998091 this linke will tkae you to the one in Venice and there is a UK phone number to contact, but perhaps someone wil come up with a better idea for you.

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Dyer - Answered a Question by Manley (10 Jan 09 18:23)

Hi this is extremely do-able, as fairly novice travellers we managed this very well, there are buses from Marco Polo airport every half an hour, quite cheaply, that will take you into piazzale roma in venice, we stayed at a very small, not too expensive, and therefore no frills, hotel allogi marinella, within easy walking distance of the piazzale roma, the family four bedded room was in fact two rooms with an adjoining bathroom and the childrens bed was a sofa bed, but all quite comfortable and clean, there are plenty of transport links at piazzale roma if you wanted to explore Venice, and St Marks square is walkable from the hotel, when we went on the cruise, there was a free shuttle bus from Piazzale Roma to the ship, after your cruise, I expect you will have to leave the ship fairly early, and this may not coincide with your flight home, however, there is a left luggage shop in piazzale roma, have a great time we did.

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Vincent - Answered a Question by Manley (11 Jan 09 10:57)

Hi, all is possible if you have the will to do it. 2 ways to get to Venice, 1 Direct into Marco Polo Airport (the closest) which has regular coach or water bus direct into Venice. 2 Budget on Ryan Air into Treviso about 45 mins by coach, which is direct from the airport and timed to meet the scheduled Ryan Air flights. You buy the return ticket at the airport kiosk before boarding the coach. This too goes direct to Piazzale Roma the main (and only) bus and coach station. We flew there (not for a cruise) but do not expect the luxuries of a large modern airport. It is part commercial / part military but gets you in and out very reasonably. As for accommadation as already stated check out the web for small B & B but if you want a reasonable stay over for the one night check out Meastre which is the other side of the 'bridge' from Venice it's self and a short bus or train ride across but given the movement of luggage etc would recommend a stay in Venice direct. Everything is in walking distance or by Vaperatto (the local waterbuses). When booking the accommadation you may find that they need a credit card for booking but cash payment on arrival. Also if arriving late in the evening some may want an additional 'out of hours' payment.

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Abela - Answered a Question by Manley (11 Jan 09 17:04)

We will be having a cruise next April on Msc Poesia and we have found a very good hotel - 3* category - near Piazzale Roma - Best Western Olympia ; actually even 1* hotels are expensive in Venice but this is moderately priced and the hotel is very convenient to those going on a cruise. Also we have read very positive reviews about it and it is really the venetian style. hope this helps!!!

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Kennedy - replied to Abela (11 Jan 09 21:50)

Hi Abela - I have stayed in the Olympia and enjoyed my stay very much. Its just over a small canal at the bottom of Piazzale Roma and an easy 20 minute walk to San Marco.

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Kennedy - Answered a Question by Manley (11 Jan 09 21:54)

The Olimpia (as booked by Abela) is a great choice. Also adjacent to Piazzale Roma is the Santa Chiara. Its possible to walk to the cruise terminal from both hotels. However, if the cruise line does not provide a transfer, the hotels will arrange one for you at a reasonable rate.

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STREETS - Answered a Question by Manley (18 Jan 09 19:37)

Hi, did this exact cruise 3 months ago.. I always book as a package, dont waste your time searching for something you are never gonna find, the cruise companys charter the whole flight and provide a transfer, only thomson fly direct from man once a week.

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Hughes - Answered a Question by Manley (20 Jan 09 21:05)

I've taken the plunge and done booked the same cruise (departing on July 4th). There are three of us travelling and the quote for the flight inclusive was £1100 more than the cruise only. What's more, they could not offer us flights from Glasgow but only from Edinburgh. Thanks to Expedia and the British Airways sale that is on at the moment I booked the three of us from Glasgow to Venice via Gatwick and two nights at a lovely looking hotel, the Antiche Figure, and still saved £300. Being Venice there will be some walking involved but a hotel near the Piazzale Roma should keep this to a minimum. The Airport bus drops you off there when you arrive and you should be able to pick up a taxi from there to the cruise terminal or there might even be a minibus laid on by RCI. After the cruise you can do the trip in reverse or simply get a taxi all the way to the airport. Just be sure to book a flight that departs at an appropriate time - ours goes at 11:25 which is, apparently, OK for our cruise. Venice hotels are expensive but it would be a shame to miss such a unique city.

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Everson - Answered a Question by Manley (08 Feb 09 19:52)

We have just booked on Splendour in August. We have booked a double room at Casa Sant'Andrea a 2 star hotel we found on the easy jet site. Its only £77 for B 7 B for 1 night and its near thje Piazza Roma where buses from airport n free shuttle to ship goes from. Obviously I can't say how nice the hotel will be but for 1 night the price was right!!

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