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Old February 21st, 2009, 03:16 PM
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I have tenatively booked a Grand Mediterranean Cruise in Sept. that includes Barcelona, Italy and Greece, with 3 days post cruise in Rome. Am a little concerned that I will "miss out" on Italy by cruising since most ports are just for one day. Any advice as to whether a land tour is a better option than crusing. Seems like the time is too short to really get the feel of the country.
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Is there a cruse line that does both?

I booked a cruise/land tour in Alaska for August.

Alaska was on my bucket list and is somewhere I have always wanted to go and spend time. Knowing I would want to go back, I felt it was cheaper to do 'more' there and all at once instead of going back again (more airfare).

I still have other places on my list. Australia is next and I'm already looking at those cruise tours.

My advice is to search around and see what's available.

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We did the Alaska cruise and land tour this past August and it was just fabulous. I think you really need the land portion to get the real exposure to Alaska. You will be happy with that choice. Princess does offer a land option with their cruise but it is terribly expensive. I just don't want to miss out on really seeing Italy and am a little leary about the cruise giving us enough time to do so.
Thanks for your response.
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I did an 20 day Med cruise last year and loved it. I was hesitant at first because I wasn't sure if a cruise was the best way to see Europe but I really enjoyed myself and found it was an excellent way to see a lot different places with the idea that I may go back some time and spend more time there. My favorite was Santorini followed by southern Italy.
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If you have the budget and time, land tour of Italy any time. I have been fortunate enough to have visited Italy 19 times in 30 years and there are too many gems in Italy that cannot be accessed easily by a cruise. Italy's rail system is fantastic
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I did a land trip to Europe in the 80's before the internet, and booked all hotels and trains myself -- geesh, how did we ever do that? And I have done two med cruises. To me, it all depends on how much you are squishing in to what amount of time. You are doing a post cruise stay in Rome -- great idea, as that city cannot be done in a day figuring in the train ride from the port. Three days is adequate -- one alone just for the Vatican.

On a cruise, we did the Amalfi coast and Pompei in one day. We did Sicily in a day excursion. We did Florence in a day excursion. We did Venice in a day and 1/2, pre cruise. For me, that was fine -- I just want to breathe in the atmosphere more than anything else. I did have to choose between Florence and Pisa, but I saw Pisa in the distance from the bus.

Now, if you want to hang out in the countryside rather than do the major cities, a land trip affords you more opportunity for that. Train rides will give you the scenery. I have found, for me personally, organized land tours have too much of something someone else wants me to do/see -- I am either going to cruise, or take a self planned/directed land vacation, but not an organized land bus/tour.

Just an added thought -- I really hate schlepping luggage, and on that trip in the 80's, I hauled an excessive amount of luggage clear across Paris because we couldn't get a cab. I saw ALOT of that city, but I was also much younger. I like unpacking once and having a "home" base from which to head out, and at the end of a long day of sightseeing, I don't want to have to figure out where to find a decent restaurant, or hail a cab, or worry about walking in a neighborhood after dark, so cruising works for me.
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Thanks so much. You really helped solidify my decision. We will cruise and stay the additional days in Rome. I basically seem to think the way you do!
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Thanks so much. You really helped solidify my decision. We will cruise and stay the additional days in Rome. I basically seem to think the way you do!
I will throw in my 2 cents. We stayed in Rome a couple of days then took the train to Venice. It was very easy to do and I'm glad we did. We took a Eurostar train, 2nd class seats, with a flex fare. It was much cheaper and more comfortable then flying. Termini is the station in Rome and Santa Lucia is the station in Venice. We found a great budget hotel in Venice a short walk from the train station so our bags weren't an issue. Remember no cars in Venice, which is what I loved about it. It's a nice city to walk around in. Here is a link to the Italian train system. http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/inde...0080a3e90aRCRD
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