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    Pre or post cruise mini breaks.

    In order to get good flights we often have a few days pre- or post- cruise. We like to look for somewhere to stay within easy reach of the embarkation port, but somewhere different than a cruise port. It makes a cheap mini-break, often less than the cost of a direct or weekend flight on the cruise day.

    For Barcelona we have stayed near Tarragona, this year we will stay at Nice Airport (Coach to Monte Carlo) before taking the train to Genoa and later this year we will have a couple of days in Syracuse after disembarking at Messina ( A MSC 5 day special cruise from Genoa).

    Does anybody else make a mini-break before/after a cruise?

    Cheers

    Tony B

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    Almost always because we always have to fly to a cruise so maximize the value of our air fare. We have enjoyed time in Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and more. Generally the more distant the destination, the longer we will spend there because it is unlikely that we will visit the area again. I was surprised when we cruised with a UK friend that she took cruise line air, arrived in Rome on the day of the cruise and left Dubai the day we docked. We enjoyed four days in each city.

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      #3
      We have stayed in lots of places combined with a cruise. We prefer to arrange our own flights so always safer to allow plenty of time to get there. In June we are staying 4 nights in Lloret de Mar before sailing out of Barcelona. We did consider travelling by train to Spain, stopping over in France on the way but the cost was more than having a seperate holiday so have booed flights from our local airport. We had a few nights in Dubai before sailing around the Arab Emirates last year. We are sailing out of Suthampton next month and will be staying overnight in Newbury. We had a few days in Bournmouth last time and have also had mini breaks in the New Forest, Portsmouth and Winchester before sailing.

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        #4
        All the major cruise lines allow flights to be any day before or after and often they are cheaper if booking closer to the cruise date when you add a day or two each end.

        in some cases you can use alternative airports, eg. we have taken a TA cruise to Florida but used the cruise line air back from Boston

        When checking cruise line air you sometimes have to pick hotels to get the flight prices but you can book flight only if happy with the flight options/price.

        We always try to add on something, last year we only wanted 1 night pre cruise ex Civitavecchia ended up try Fiumicino which was nice for a change, plenty of places to eat and have an evening stroll around.
        We have been wanting to try a 2n-3n in Civitavecchia but it never seems to happen.

        Our Suez we had planned 4 nights in Instanbul which ended up as 4 in Athens and we did 3 night post in Dubiai

        Our ex Southampton trips even though only 2 hours away we have been adding a few days before, after never feels right for UK based trips.

        With Fred,TUI and C&M using regional ports(Cardiff Bristol,Newcastle) this opens up more opportunities to combine a UK visit and cruise

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          #5
          Originally posted by smtcan, Scarborough View Post
          Almost always because we always have to fly to a cruise so maximize the value of our air fare. We have enjoyed time in Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and more. Generally the more distant the destination, the longer we will spend there because it is unlikely that we will visit the area again. I was surprised when we cruised with a UK friend that she took cruise line air, arrived in Rome on the day of the cruise and left Dubai the day we docked. We enjoyed four days in each city.
          We think along similar lines. My mini breaks can be as long as 14 days.

          Annie

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            #6
            I seldom fly in or out on the same day as embarkation or disembarkation, except Barcelona when I take the train.
            Usually I have two days at either end of a cruise, booking into two different hotels in the city.
            Im flying to Birmingham in a couple of weeks before going on an escorted tour to Romania.
            Overnight in an hotel at the airport and then two nights in a city hotel when we come back.
            I have never been to Birmingham so now it's my chance to see it.

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              #7
              With few exceptions, I consider a cruise is just part of a holiday package. If it's short haul I would normally stay in the port of departure for a few days prior. If it's long haul I might stop off en route for a few days/week pre/post or both sides of a cruise.

              How many times do you read, "My flight home is not 'till late in the day, can I see New York/Bangkok/Singapore/(insert your own) before I leave?"

              Why do people not think this through before they book?...........Wilba
              Wilba

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                #8
                We usually have overnight in a hotel on a long haul, but since I don't settle we'll in a new bed, I don't really feel any benefit. I much prefer straight to the ship. On our last trip we had an over night on board in Rio at the beginning and in Cape Town at the end. That was ideal. The only time we have had a coupe of days in a hotel was at Holland House in Phillipsburg when we flew with AirFrance and wanted to give them time to find the luggage and get it to us.

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                  #9
                  We enjoy either pre or post cruise extensions, even cities like Rome/Barcelona and in the past Istanbul have so much to offer we can find new places to visit and restaurants to try.

                  We are planning 4 days pre cruise in Barcelona in October and have found lots of new ideas for trips etc.

                  John

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                    #10
                    No post cruise stop overs as our take is after a great cruise, we're ready for home.

                    We never fly within Europe in order to meet a ship, preferring to cruise from Southampton so no mini breaks there but long haul pre cruise stopovers allow us to de-jetlag for a couple of days, make sure we actually make the cruise as air travel cannot be guaranteed to arrive on time these days and also, like Judith, make sure our luggage arrives as we usually have quite a few cases with us.

                    It's nice to start a cruise already in relaxed mode.

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                      #11
                      Mostly do cruise only therefore we have to be in port a day before. If there are things we want to see will have 3 nights to do sightseeing. 4 years ago Hong Kong as we hadn't been there for nearly 40 years also Bali to explore. Then good to relax on the cruise. When it's over like to go straight home to plan the next escape.

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