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jane moore - Answered a Question by Smith (16 Jul 08 19:04)

We will be on cruise same time as you, so if you need some one to share a taxi at some ports and split the cost that would be great. we always do our own things when we go on holiday as trips are often more expensive.

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macro - Answered a Question by Smith (24 Jun 08 22:01)

Yes there is one 3 pin socket above the dressing table so take an extension lead if you have a lot of appliances i.e. chargers. I have just done this itenery on OV1. Do Dubrovnic yourself. short taxi ride and you can pay to go up on the walls there yourself. Plenty to see and do all day just do your research on the net before going. Try Tripadvisor.co.uk for lots of info from fellow travellers. Corfu is a Sunday so the town is not really open so sightsee either by hiring a car or go on a taxi tour with others or choose a ship excursion. Katakolan - Olympic area is a must do by taxi to avoid crowds in the morning. Cephalonia - we took a ship excursion and it is well worth it, a beautiful island. Athens is doable by Taxi, train or underground then you can see what you want when you want and not at the same time as hundreds of others !! Do the research and you wont go wrong but make sure you are back on board in plenty of time. Have a lovely trip, we did.

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burns - Answered a Question by Smith (26 Jun 08 16:40)

Hi I am wondering is there hairdryers in the cabins or would it be better to take your own .

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macro - replied to burns (28 Jun 08 13:03)

Very good hairdryers in your cabin. The hair salon is also very good.

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Balderson - Answered a Question by Smith (28 Jun 08 14:29)

Beware we have just got back, from Ocean Village Two. ~We expected to get Shuttle Bus into Livorno from dock, but was not put on for us, as they said we were too close, but other ships berthed in other docks near us had the shuttle service. When I complained they said they were not responsible for the shuttle as was provided by the port, and we should have booked on to a trip. But we went earlier in the year and as my hubby is a retired Train Driver, he really enjoyed the trip by Train to Pisa, we both went return for less the 9 Euros total. On the journey, you pass by what appears to by their Air Force Base with loads of planes right next to the Train Line, very interesting. When you arrive at Pisa only about 25 min steady walk to tower, we went on a Sunday, and was a record market midway near to the river, and a very large market around the tower, very difficult to get good photo of anyone stood near to tower as so many people abo;ut. Lovely day if fine weather, we bused back to station 1 Euro each. As the taxis were all lunching at the pub, we asked at the taxi rank but said they all go for lunch together for about an hour on a Sunday lunch their siesta time!!in the pub next to the tower. Were horse drawn carriages also. Beware though, I know one person didn't make it back to our boat on one private trip and they had to fly to our next port. Also one person got left behind on Trip, and had to taxi back at their own cost to ship. We were told someone was charged £100 for a taxi from Pisa to the Ship. As they were only a couple. Most of the taxis wanted at least 6 people in them and would split the cost to be £20 return to Pisa, and £25 return to Pisa and Florence. So always agree your price in advance. We thought trips to be very expensive and although informative, not always as described. Some also complete rip - offs. Being met by a tour bus, after you had paid £32 to Ocean Village, to realise that other people were only paying £16 to the Tour operator direct their and then. Its just you know that the ship will wait for you if bus stuck in traffic if they have arranged the tour. Our ship was held back 1 hour in one port. Go and enjoy.

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