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by SandyCoin » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:15 pm

satriales wrote:I'm off to Sicily in a few weeks. Staying in Taormina for 5 nights then a couple nights in Syracuse. We have car hire for the week and want to go up Etna on one of the days.
Anyone been? Any tips or suggestions?


I went to both of these places just over a month ago.

Personally, I'd say 5 nights days in Taormina is a bit too much. It's nice, but very small and kinda similar to Sorrento in terms of how touristy it is. We weren't hugely taken by it, but I can see why people like it. We went to the Alcantara gorge, which is about 40 mins away, which is a cool looking gorge. I'd recommend water shoes though. They will be handy for Isola Bella too, as that is also rocks not sand. To get to the beach you can get a nice little cable car down for 6 euro return. The Greek theatre was disappointing due to them having productions during the Summer. So lots of it was covered up with wooden seats, and lights and cameras everywhere, with works all around. Not really how I pictured it. Cracking view out to Etna though. Another trip from there is at Castelmola, but we didn't get there. Supposed to be nice though.

For food, we went to Bam Bar twice for delicious Sicilian granita (more creamy than normal granita). I suggest the almond flavour with cream and a brioche on the side :wub: . Our best meal there was at Ristorante RossoPeperoncino. Fresh fish and good service, and it wasn't too busy there. It's a pleasant town to walk around though, and a nice stroll at night down Corso Umberto.

We much preferred Syracuse. We stayed in the main land, but Ortigia is the more beautiful area and was only a 15 minute walk. Lots of small, narrow pretty streets. Not too touristy at all when we went, and very nice food. It was also nice bring our swimming stuff with us, so when it got too hot walking around the town we just jumped into the refreshing sea.

The archaeological park is very good, and well priced, although the Greek theatre was also covered up for theatre shows unfortunately. There is a Roman theatre in the park too which was still uncovered. Piazza Duomo is a very pretty square to stroll around at night. A few bars there too.

For food we went to Ortigia Fish Bar for a snack. Fried fish, calamari etc in a paper cone. Locanda Del Collegio for lunch/dinner. Nice place with lovely food. Wherever you eat go for a palermitana. Pine nuts, raisins, wild fennel and sardines. Verga Courtyard is a pretty courtyard we went to for cocktails. Good cocktails, not just standard ones. I went for a coffee based negroni which was tasty. It's a beautiful place just to walk around and get lost.

Etna is awesome. It's about 70 euros to get to the very top. You could walk but I imagine it would be a nightmare in this heat. 30 for the cable car, then 40 odd for a jeep to the top. Amazing landscape up there. It can get cold up there so maybe bring a hoodie or something. Worth taking your own food too.

If you have time I'd suggest going to Catania. Really cool place with a similar vibe to Napoli.

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PostRe: GRcade Travel Topic
by Tomous » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:16 pm

Curls wrote:I'm an open book really. I'm happy to try new things.

History is great, but I wouldn't want to spend the whole time going to museums and ancient sites, but a seeing a few would be a bonus.

I'm very happy to be active. I was looking at treks around Nepal, but the dates (on the particular website i was looking at) didn't match my leave. Beautiful countryside is a top requirement for me.

I'm happy to do adventure activities like White water rafting etc too.

Cities are great but I couldn't spend more than 2 or 3 days in a huge Asian metropolis.

As you can see I haven't much idea about the places I've mentioned so I'm looking for inspiration. Far east seems like where I'm currently thinking. With New Zealand as more of a back-up for if I don't get the VISA sorted in time.


If you want to go hiking, go to Nepal. November is a peak time for hiking in the Himalayas-completely dry weather, can get cold at night but completely bearable and blue skies and sun all day. I did Everest Base Camp (and posted from there on here when I made it 8-) ) 2 years ago and it was brilliant. Couldn't recommend it enough. There are other, longer/shorter routes you can do though if you'd prefer though. It will also be a lot cheaper if you sort it out when you get there rather than through a travel agency online too although you run the risk of places being fully booked as it does get busy at that time.

If you want adventure activities like white water rafting and the like, New Zealand has a lot to offer as well as amazing scenery.

In terms of visas for the Far East you will have no issue with Thailand or Cambodia (and can do on arrival I believe). Burma I think you will need to apply in advance.

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PostRe: GRcade Travel Topic
by CuriousOyster » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:26 pm

Going to Italy in week and a half for almost two weeks, 4 nights Rome, then 3 nights in each of Florence, Venice, Milan. Also doing Pompeii and Lake Como while there.

I've pre-booked all the main touristy stuff - anyone got any other tips? First time in Italy, quite wary about getting ripped off so know not to eat or drink in the main squares etc. Any recommendations food or cool places outwith usual?

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by SandyCoin » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:46 pm

CuriousOyster wrote:Going to Italy in week and a half for almost two weeks, 4 nights Rome, then 3 nights in each of Florence, Venice, Milan. Also doing Pompeii and Lake Como while there.

I've pre-booked all the main touristy stuff - anyone got any other tips? First time in Italy, quite wary about getting ripped off so know not to eat or drink in the main squares etc. Any recommendations food or cool places outwith usual?


I used to live in Rome so can give you loads of info if you want when I'm back from work, especially regarding food. I have some for Florence too. Never bothered with Milan though and not been to Venice since I was a teenager.

But yes, main squares can offer terrible restaurants (though not always). Also obviously steer clear of restaurants with a tourist menu, photos of food, or models of food incase you don't know what pizza looks like. Avoid gelaterias with illuminous green mint or pistachio flavours, or ones with any blue colours as they are not made fresh.

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by Slayerx » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:10 pm

Has anyone done a cruise around the Caribbean?

Got a few quotes coming in about 2k PP for 8 night cruise and a week in Miami.

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by Chocolate-Milk » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:22 pm

Tafdolphin wrote:Just the one tip from me: Di Fara's pizza in Brooklyn. It's not the world famous 'best pizza in NYC' for nothing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Di_Fara_Pizza

It's already on my list! :D

You should see all the pins on my Google Maps, it's like something out of Hellraiser! :slol:

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PostRe: GRcade Travel Topic
by satriales » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:27 pm

SandyCoin wrote:
satriales wrote:I'm off to Sicily in a few weeks. Staying in Taormina for 5 nights then a couple nights in Syracuse. We have car hire for the week and want to go up Etna on one of the days.
Anyone been? Any tips or suggestions?


I went to both of these places just over a month ago.

Personally, I'd say 5 nights days in Taormina is a bit too much. It's nice, but very small and kinda similar to Sorrento in terms of how touristy it is. We weren't hugely taken by it, but I can see why people like it. We went to the Alcantara gorge, which is about 40 mins away, which is a cool looking gorge. I'd recommend water shoes though. They will be handy for Isola Bella too, as that is also rocks not sand. To get to the beach you can get a nice little cable car down for 6 euro return. The Greek theatre was disappointing due to them having productions during the Summer. So lots of it was covered up with wooden seats, and lights and cameras everywhere, with works all around. Not really how I pictured it. Cracking view out to Etna though. Another trip from there is at Castelmola, but we didn't get there. Supposed to be nice though.

For food, we went to Bam Bar twice for delicious Sicilian granita (more creamy than normal granita). I suggest the almond flavour with cream and a brioche on the side :wub: . Our best meal there was at Ristorante RossoPeperoncino. Fresh fish and good service, and it wasn't too busy there. It's a pleasant town to walk around though, and a nice stroll at night down Corso Umberto.

We much preferred Syracuse. We stayed in the main land, but Ortigia is the more beautiful area and was only a 15 minute walk. Lots of small, narrow pretty streets. Not too touristy at all when we went, and very nice food. It was also nice bring our swimming stuff with us, so when it got too hot walking around the town we just jumped into the refreshing sea.

The archaeological park is very good, and well priced, although the Greek theatre was also covered up for theatre shows unfortunately. There is a Roman theatre in the park too which was still uncovered. Piazza Duomo is a very pretty square to stroll around at night. A few bars there too.

For food we went to Ortigia Fish Bar for a snack. Fried fish, calamari etc in a paper cone. Locanda Del Collegio for lunch/dinner. Nice place with lovely food. Wherever you eat go for a palermitana. Pine nuts, raisins, wild fennel and sardines. Verga Courtyard is a pretty courtyard we went to for cocktails. Good cocktails, not just standard ones. I went for a coffee based negroni which was tasty. It's a beautiful place just to walk around and get lost.

Etna is awesome. It's about 70 euros to get to the very top. You could walk but I imagine it would be a nightmare in this heat. 30 for the cable car, then 40 odd for a jeep to the top. Amazing landscape up there. It can get cold up there so maybe bring a hoodie or something. Worth taking your own food too.

If you have time I'd suggest going to Catania. Really cool place with a similar vibe to Napoli.

Thanks so much for this it's really helpful!

I had suspected 5 nights might be a bit too much for Taormina but we've got a hire car for the week and plan on doing a couple of day trips, so it should be fine. We're staying at the top of the (700!!) steps above Taormina (apparently it's a 10 minute walk down) and definitely plan on walking into Castelmolo at some point. Another friend also recommended Alacantra Gorge, I think we'll try and visit it on the way back from Etna.

We are actually staying in a B&B in Ortigia rather than Syracuse so good to hear it's a nice area. Wandering the town and then going for an impromptu swim sounds perfect!! We were thinking of visiting Catania on the last day as our flight isn't until 8pm.
Thanks for all the food recommendations too.

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PostRe: GRcade Travel Topic
by SandyCoin » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:17 pm

satriales wrote:
SandyCoin wrote:
satriales wrote:I'm off to Sicily in a few weeks. Staying in Taormina for 5 nights then a couple nights in Syracuse. We have car hire for the week and want to go up Etna on one of the days.
Anyone been? Any tips or suggestions?


I went to both of these places just over a month ago.

Personally, I'd say 5 nights days in Taormina is a bit too much. It's nice, but very small and kinda similar to Sorrento in terms of how touristy it is. We weren't hugely taken by it, but I can see why people like it. We went to the Alcantara gorge, which is about 40 mins away, which is a cool looking gorge. I'd recommend water shoes though. They will be handy for Isola Bella too, as that is also rocks not sand. To get to the beach you can get a nice little cable car down for 6 euro return. The Greek theatre was disappointing due to them having productions during the Summer. So lots of it was covered up with wooden seats, and lights and cameras everywhere, with works all around. Not really how I pictured it. Cracking view out to Etna though. Another trip from there is at Castelmola, but we didn't get there. Supposed to be nice though.

For food, we went to Bam Bar twice for delicious Sicilian granita (more creamy than normal granita). I suggest the almond flavour with cream and a brioche on the side :wub: . Our best meal there was at Ristorante RossoPeperoncino. Fresh fish and good service, and it wasn't too busy there. It's a pleasant town to walk around though, and a nice stroll at night down Corso Umberto.

We much preferred Syracuse. We stayed in the main land, but Ortigia is the more beautiful area and was only a 15 minute walk. Lots of small, narrow pretty streets. Not too touristy at all when we went, and very nice food. It was also nice bring our swimming stuff with us, so when it got too hot walking around the town we just jumped into the refreshing sea.

The archaeological park is very good, and well priced, although the Greek theatre was also covered up for theatre shows unfortunately. There is a Roman theatre in the park too which was still uncovered. Piazza Duomo is a very pretty square to stroll around at night. A few bars there too.

For food we went to Ortigia Fish Bar for a snack. Fried fish, calamari etc in a paper cone. Locanda Del Collegio for lunch/dinner. Nice place with lovely food. Wherever you eat go for a palermitana. Pine nuts, raisins, wild fennel and sardines. Verga Courtyard is a pretty courtyard we went to for cocktails. Good cocktails, not just standard ones. I went for a coffee based negroni which was tasty. It's a beautiful place just to walk around and get lost.

Etna is awesome. It's about 70 euros to get to the very top. You could walk but I imagine it would be a nightmare in this heat. 30 for the cable car, then 40 odd for a jeep to the top. Amazing landscape up there. It can get cold up there so maybe bring a hoodie or something. Worth taking your own food too.

If you have time I'd suggest going to Catania. Really cool place with a similar vibe to Napoli.

Thanks so much for this it's really helpful!

I had suspected 5 nights might be a bit too much for Taormina but we've got a hire car for the week and plan on doing a couple of day trips, so it should be fine. We're staying at the top of the (700!!) steps above Taormina (apparently it's a 10 minute walk down) and definitely plan on walking into Castelmolo at some point. Another friend also recommended Alacantra Gorge, I think we'll try and visit it on the way back from Etna.

We are actually staying in a B&B in Ortigia rather than Syracuse so good to hear it's a nice area. Wandering the town and then going for an impromptu swim sounds perfect!! We were thinking of visiting Catania on the last day as our flight isn't until 8pm.
Thanks for all the food recommendations too.


We stayed quite high up too in an Airbnb. It was a gorgeous place with a balcony looking out over the sea, but the return journey was horrible. Literally 45 degree paths to walk up (we didn't rent a car). The walk back at night was also full of mosquitos and I got bit 60 times in one evening! So maybe have something to warn them off.

If you fancy seeing some ancient Greek temples you can drive from Taormina to Agrigento in under 3 hrs where there is the valley of the temples. There is also a really cool looking beach nearby there too called the Turkish steps.

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by Curls » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:03 am

Tomous wrote:
Curls wrote:I'm an open book really. I'm happy to try new things.

History is great, but I wouldn't want to spend the whole time going to museums and ancient sites, but a seeing a few would be a bonus.

I'm very happy to be active. I was looking at treks around Nepal, but the dates (on the particular website i was looking at) didn't match my leave. Beautiful countryside is a top requirement for me.

I'm happy to do adventure activities like White water rafting etc too.

Cities are great but I couldn't spend more than 2 or 3 days in a huge Asian metropolis.

As you can see I haven't much idea about the places I've mentioned so I'm looking for inspiration. Far east seems like where I'm currently thinking. With New Zealand as more of a back-up for if I don't get the VISA sorted in time.


If you want to go hiking, go to Nepal. November is a peak time for hiking in the Himalayas-completely dry weather, can get cold at night but completely bearable and blue skies and sun all day. I did Everest Base Camp (and posted from there on here when I made it 8-) ) 2 years ago and it was brilliant. Couldn't recommend it enough. There are other, longer/shorter routes you can do though if you'd prefer though. It will also be a lot cheaper if you sort it out when you get there rather than through a travel agency online too although you run the risk of places being fully booked as it does get busy at that time.

If you want adventure activities like white water rafting and the like, New Zealand has a lot to offer as well as amazing scenery.

In terms of visas for the Far East you will have no issue with Thailand or Cambodia (and can do on arrival I believe). Burma I think you will need to apply in advance.



So I'm thinking more and more about the accupurna range in Nepal, a few treks on offer there. Has anyone done this? So many options for different companies and treks. A friend has sent me a local nepalese one that is half the price of intrepid and a few others, but I wonder if that'll mean a drop in quality. I'm very tempted by the whole thing now though. I may just preliminary book something.

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by SandyCoin » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:07 pm

CuriousOyster wrote:Going to Italy in week and a half for almost two weeks, 4 nights Rome, then 3 nights in each of Florence, Venice, Milan. Also doing Pompeii and Lake Como while there.

I've pre-booked all the main touristy stuff - anyone got any other tips? First time in Italy, quite wary about getting ripped off so know not to eat or drink in the main squares etc. Any recommendations food or cool places outwith usual?


I'm not sure where you'll be staying, but I'll assume quite centrally. You say you've booked the main tourist things, so I'll guess Vatican, Colosseum? Some other sights that I really liked that weren't as hugely touristy as the other are;
Nero's Palace (Domus Aurea). It's recently been reopened, and I think now they offer a VR choice. It's a giant complex that was originally buried, until it was rediscovered during the renaissance by some of the artists at the time.
Also, I really recommend this http://www.viaggioneifori.it/en/ . It's a late night tour of two of the forums - forum of Caesar and Augustus. I suggest the Caesar one. Basically it's a really well done light show/tour. You get access to the forum that you normally can't get into, and as it's late at night, they use projections etc to show how it looked before, and what was there. It's really well done and worth seeing if you have an interest in that kind of thing.
The baths of Caracalla is an impressive structure. A huge Roman bath with some mosaics and signs of where they used to play games during their relaxation.
Also, Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore is a very impressive structure, with an amazing golden ceiling.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle then you can go to Appia Antica. It's an ancient Roman road that goes on for miles and there are plenty of bike rentals. Along the route there are lots of ruins. Nearby is also the Parco degli Acquedotti (aqueduct park) and Villa Quintili. Another tranquil spot is the protestant cemetery by Piramide station. Named for the ancient Pyramid tomb found there.

There's plenty more but as it's your first time you will probably want to do the usual as you don't have much time.

Neighbourhoods
There are lots of lovely neighbourhoods to explore and get lost in.
Trastevere on the west of the Tiber is very pretty. Not a great deal of good restaurants as it's very touristy, but it's still worth going to. Especially going onto the island to cross over.
Monti is another beautiful neighbourhood. Lots of nice restaurants and vine covered houses. Boutique stores etc.
Testaccio ,where I used to live is full of Offal restaurants. It is the offal capital of Rome. It also has a good market with some cracking food and a pyramid. It also feels a lot more authentic and local than other areas. Pigneto or San Lorenzo are good for evening drinks. Formally quite shitty areas, but now lots of bars, but still local enough.

Food & drink - I could reel off about a billion but I'll stick with my favourites.
Breakfast
Head to Cafe Roscioli. Great coffee (Italy coffee is very cheap, but not always good). Awesome little cakes too. Then head to their nearby bakery for some pizza rosso . Thin and crispy slices of pizza with a simple tomato sauce on. Delicious.
Regoli Pasticceria
Pizza, snack places and other restaurants I recommend are;
Pizzeria Ostiense (my old local). Classic Roman thin crust pizza in a really nice, local atmosphere. If they have it, get the puntarella magherita :wub:
Sbanco is a relative new comer, but is great. More neapolitan style crust, but with interesting flavours. The cacio e pepe tasty, but hard going even for two. They also have a great selection of Italian craft beer.
Pizzarium is roman tray pizzas which you pay for by weight. Usually a big queue, but there is a newer one that opened in the new market hall at Termini station (also Trappazino there too).
Trapazzino is one of my favourite places to eat. Fluffy pockets of pizza dough filled with amazing fillings such as chicken cacciatore, burrata and anchovy, or classic meatballs. Lots of locations these days and a steal at 3.50.
Mordi e Vai in Testaccio market makes delicious sandwiches using old, forgotten Roman stews.
Or grab some rolls and meat, cheese and olives and have a picnic
La Tavernaccia da Bruno (one of our most visited). Great service, and they do amazing suckling pig from a wood fired oven. Amazing value too.
SantoPalato - lovely Roman dishes such as cacio e pepe and Pajata (this is veal intestines filled with a creamy cheese in a toamto sauce. Amazing!)
Retrobottega - a new breed of Roman restaurant. No reservations though.
Colline Emiliane

Bars
Open Baladin - One of the original craft beer places in Italy.
L'Osteria di Birra del Borgo Roma - Another craft beer place, with beer cocktails
Hopside
Stavio
4:20
Cafe Barnum
Tram Depot
Wine bars are everywhere, so just see what takes your fancy. Or buy a bottle and go up Park Giardino degli Aranci for a sunset view over the city.

Gelato - Some are pretty dreadful, so I would suggest these.
Fatamorgana - great ingredients, multiple locations. I suggest the pecorino and orange peel flavour.
Neve di Latte
Gelateria del Teatro - pumpkin and chocolate or the sour cherry
Gelato San Lorenzo - pistachio

Scams and other tips
It's a pretty safe city so just act as you would in any other big city. Pick-pocketing is common, so just don't show off your money, and on the metro be careful.
Drink coffee at the bar, as sometimes if you sit down and drink you will get a harsh service charge. You hear stories of tourist getting hit with 20 euro bills just for sitting at a cafe.
When handing over cash to a taxi driver, say out loud the note size, in case they try and say you gave them less than you thought and get no change.
Just tell beggars to go away as they can be persistent.

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by CuriousOyster » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:57 pm

Wow, thanks very much man :D

Definitely doing the baths and the Cesar forum show looks amazing, fancy that as dont have many plans for night. Was wanting to do some cool neighbourhoods as well, sound ideal.

All the food you described sound incredible :lol:

Thanks again, going to add these to my lists/folder 8-)

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by SandyCoin » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:48 pm

CuriousOyster wrote:Wow, thanks very much man :D

Definitely doing the baths and the Cesar forum show looks amazing, fancy that as dont have many plans for night. Was wanting to do some cool neighbourhoods as well, sound ideal.

All the food you described sound incredible :lol:

Thanks again, going to add these to my lists/folder 8-)


No worries. I like giving recommendations for Rome. I don't live there anymore but I still have a lot of love for it, and discovered so many new places (I visited a lot as a kid). There is way too much to do for a short stay, but if you know what you want you can have an amazing time.

I always get sad when people I know go, ignore my recommendations, then complain about the bad meal they had in the middle of a tourist piazza.

If I think of anything else I'll add it. I was going to recommend Ostia Antica, which is a really well preserved ancient roman coastal town about 30 mins away, near the ostia beach. But as you are going to Pompeii it might be too much. Oh I forgot the Pantheon! You sadly have to pay to get in nowadays, but it's an incredible building. An architectural wonder.

Night time in Rome was my favourite. Walking around the old forum at night down the main road with the colloseo lit up is such an amazing sight. I never tired of it. Then grab a bottle of wine or beer and chill in a square like in Monti. If you go to Trevi fountain then go early morning, say... 1am? It's packed during the day and genuinely an unpleasant experience. When it's night time and quiet it's stunning.

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by CuriousOyster » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:26 am

SandyCoin wrote:
CuriousOyster wrote:Wow, thanks very much man :D

Definitely doing the baths and the Cesar forum show looks amazing, fancy that as dont have many plans for night. Was wanting to do some cool neighbourhoods as well, sound ideal.

All the food you described sound incredible :lol:

Thanks again, going to add these to my lists/folder 8-)


No worries. I like giving recommendations for Rome. I don't live there anymore but I still have a lot of love for it, and discovered so many new places (I visited a lot as a kid). There is way too much to do for a short stay, but if you know what you want you can have an amazing time.

I always get sad when people I know go, ignore my recommendations, then complain about the bad meal they had in the middle of a tourist piazza.

If I think of anything else I'll add it. I was going to recommend Ostia Antica, which is a really well preserved ancient roman coastal town about 30 mins away, near the ostia beach. But as you are going to Pompeii it might be too much. Oh I forgot the Pantheon! You sadly have to pay to get in nowadays, but it's an incredible building. An architectural wonder.

Night time in Rome was my favourite. Walking around the old forum at night down the main road with the colloseo lit up is such an amazing sight. I never tired of it. Then grab a bottle of wine or beer and chill in a square like in Monti. If you go to Trevi fountain then go early morning, say... 1am? It's packed during the day and genuinely an unpleasant experience. When it's night time and quiet it's stunning.



Yeah we are doing Pompeii ourselves one of the days, pre-booked train tickets to Naples then onwards sounds easy enough.

Pantheon is one of the places looking forward to most!

Love walking about abroad at night (especialy after a few vodkas), can only imagine how good Rome looks at night. Trevi crowds look horrific during day :slol: so I will also be doing this as only 15 minutes away from it too.

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by Kezzer » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:32 am

Slayerx wrote:Has anyone done a cruise around the Caribbean?

Got a few quotes coming in about 2k PP for 8 night cruise and a week in Miami.


Which cruise line you planning on going with?

Seems about the right kind a price, but I guess it depends on what kind of state-room you have opted for

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by SandyCoin » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:33 pm

CuriousOyster wrote: Trevi crowds look horrific during day :slol: so I will also be doing this as only 15 minutes away from it too.


I think a day after I mentioned how horrible Trevi is, this happened....

https://news.sky.com/story/selfie-row-ends-in-trevi-fountain-brawl-11470834

:fp: :lol: :dread:

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by Slayerx » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:00 pm

Kezzer wrote:
Slayerx wrote:Has anyone done a cruise around the Caribbean?

Got a few quotes coming in about 2k PP for 8 night cruise and a week in Miami.


Which cruise line you planning on going with?

Seems about the right kind a price, but I guess it depends on what kind of state-room you have opted for


Looking at Royal Carribean.

We are looking at a week in Florida then the cruise or vice versa for our honeymoon next year.

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by Kezzer » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:53 am

Royal Caribbean are ace. It will be well worth it in my opinion, and to be honest i think on average it coast about £100 per night or something which is cheaper than staying in the UK :dread:

One thing to note, is that even though some of the ship are massive, you won't feel as if you are surrounded by people. I think there was only one part that was mad busy and that was when we were in and around Grand Cayman ( there were six cruise liners in at once)

Another note, is try and get a 'guaranteed suit' you might pay a tad more but you will be placed in any of the suits from the basic ones all the way up to the insane 'penthouse sorts' ( if available / you are lucky)

Also look at celebrity cruises - they are operated by Royal Caribbean but are essentially their next tier up.

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PostRe: GRcade Travel Topic
by Kezzer » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:54 am

On a side note - I am planing on going to Madrid later this year if anyone has ideas / recommendations for a city break.

Want to get a flavour of the place as I might have the option of working out there... :shifty:

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PostRe: GRcade Travel Topic
by Slayerx » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:00 pm

Kezzer wrote:Royal Caribbean are ace. It will be well worth it in my opinion, and to be honest i think on average it coast about £100 per night or something which is cheaper than staying in the UK :dread:

One thing to note, is that even though some of the ship are massive, you won't feel as if you are surrounded by people. I think there was only one part that was mad busy and that was when we were in and around Grand Cayman ( there were six cruise liners in at once)

Another note, is try and get a 'guaranteed suit' you might pay a tad more but you will be placed in any of the suits from the basic ones all the way up to the insane 'penthouse sorts' ( if available / you are lucky)

Also look at celebrity cruises - they are operated by Royal Caribbean but are essentially their next tier up.


Thanks for the reply :)

We've found the cruise we want in April instead of May and its 11 nights instead of 8 but cheaper so with flights and tips paid upfront it's just under 3.5k


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