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We are thinking about doing the RCCL Splendour Cruise 11/20/10--leave Venice and ends in Barcelona.
Only ever having done US ports where you purchase Dock/Port Transfers from the Airport to the dock....is this the same with the European ports?
Actually, there are a few options here.
>> 1. If you purchase a pre-cruise or post-cruise hotel package through the cruise line, it includes the transfer between the pier and the hotel. You may be able to upgrade these transfers to "transfer tours" that include guided visits to some attractions en route.
>> 2. If you purchase your flights through the cruise line, the air package includes transfers to and from the respective airports. These transfers will operate to or from the hotel if you also purchase a hotel package in the respective city, and otherwise operate to or from the pier.
>> 3. If you do not purchase your air fare through the cruise line, you may purchase transfers between the respective airports and piers, but only on the respective day embarkation and debarkation. Since flights to Europe arrive very early, these transfers sometimes include minitours that visit an attraction or two en route.
If you purchase a hotel package through the cruise line but do not purchase your flights through the cruise line, you will have to arrange your own travel between the airport and the hotel. This is quite easy, as taxis are readily available in all major cities, but also check to see if your hotel offers a complementary airport shuttle.
If you decide to book your own flights and purchase transfers between the airport and the pier through the cruise line, be sure to check with the cruise line regarding required times of arrival and departure of your flights and then book flights that conform to these times. Royal Caribbean International also requires submission of your flight itineraries before the line will confirm these transfers.