Originally Posted by pappi
Hi fellow cruisers, my husband and i are first time cruisers, never been on a big ship before, hoping to do the 17 day Mediterranean Explorer in August 2010. Has anyone out there done this cruise before? can you give us some tips? cabins, tipping, what to wear? what optional tours are a must? etc. We also are thinking of disenbarking in Messina as we want to spend a week with friends. Is there anything i should be prepared for? we are thinking of getting an outside obstructed cabin, what are your thoughts?
i would appreciate hearing from experienced travellers, and also anyone booked on the 12 aug 2010.
We will be travelling from Australia to Rome via Air and then maybe spend a day exploring Rome.
Hi and welcome to this forum.
For a lot of answers to your questions: the search button is your friend (tipping, clothing, shore excursions).
What I was wondering: why such a long cruise as your first, and then halfway across the world. I would consider that quite a risk. We took a 7 day as our first just to see whether we would like it (turns out we do). It's a lot of money and a long time if you don't like it.
About disembarking early: I don't know whether that is allowed, talk to your travel agent.
Being European: One day in Rome is really not enough to see a lot.
On travel: As I understand you, you have 1 day between arriving by plane (24h travel??), and ships departure. That will probably be enough, but if there are problems on your flight, on those distances, a day is quickly lost. When we fly to the US for a cruise we ussually fly in 3 days in advance. Gives us also the time to get used to time-zone/weather etc. And start the cruise rested.
Good luck and have fun on your cruise