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Update – November 24, 2010:
Just wanted to let you know information will be sent soon via email
on new upcoming cruise adventures for fall 2011 and fall 2012. . .
So, please stay tuned to your email, this web site, the CT Yahoo
group page or the CT Facebook page.
Update – September 16, 2010:
Well – finally – here it is! The start of the process to
send you all your upcoming cruise information and E-tickets.
To explain the process and for ease of disseminating all the information,
you will have two eMails delivered to you over the next few hours. This first
one contains two PDF files as explained below. These will be sent all at one
time to all passengers. Then the second eMail will contain your actual E-ticket
which will be sent on an individual basis.
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Firstly is attached our traditional Document letter that is written and
designed to inform of the important issue and nuances. So I would suggest
reading this before going very far on your actual E-ticket. . . Yes, it is wordy
and cumbersome – but there are good and informative points to be
had. Some of these points are from personal experience of my inspection trip
Secondly attached is a Barcelona tour flyer. . . It really speaks for itself.
Both of the above items are PDFs and produced in legal size. . . Sorry
there was just so much to say. . .
Again, please be on the look-out for your E-ticket coming next. . . Please
have patience with us as this will take time to get all of these sent out. And I
may need to take a break in between.
Lastly – please remember that more items will be eMailed and/or
Please, for those of you that have already traveling or left for Europe
– let us know that you have received these eMails. . .
Please print all these informational pieces, flyers and E-tickets out as
we will not have further copies available. . . Bless those of you who make
an extra copy or two to bring along!! :-))
See you in a very few short weeks!! :-))
Update – September 1, 2010:
We have a bunch of new information for you below. . . and good news,
Picturesque Portofino is just a short train ride from our
“home base” of Genoa, Italy – Portofino and the
Italian Riviera are certainly worth an afternoon trip . . . and the train stop
for same is Santa Margherita – a beauty all by itself . . . no
worries on getting there – the airport, information booths, train
stations and/or your hotel will have maps and/or info. Then if you have
more time, Cinque Terre (See Mediterranean Gateway Itinerary page for
photos) is also another option of picturesque beauty – these
“five towns” are reachable by train, boat or hike. . .
although please be aware the hikes between them while beautiful can
certainly test one‘s physical abilities.
First point of information has been mentioned before, and that is the
transfer from the Genoa airport a hotel – taxi is easy. But, the
Volabus is easy as well. . . See the following site (or type in Volabus on a
search) for more info on Genoa airport transfers: Public Transport – Volabus.
There is an ATM in the small airport of Genoa – but, if you have
a chance – bring with you some Euros – this will simply make
the first steps in Italy/Europe much more relaxed.
On embarkation day (Tuesday, October 19) the transfers from our Grand
Savoia Hotel to the pier in Savona are available at $39US per person. And
on disembarkation day (Thursday, October 28) we will also have a transfer
back from the pier which will stop at the Genoa airport and secondly at the
Grand Hotel Savoia – cost is the same.
On both days, we will NOT have an
“official” luggage pull. . . You will need to bring your own
luggage (or have brought) to the “Cruise Trek” bus. This is to
ensure no lost luggage. This transfer is not provided by the cruise line, and so
they will not be in the coordination loop at all. We have recommended that we
all travel light – especially as we have airline limitations and limited
space on the bus – not to mention it is just so much easier to travel
light! So, please advise if you are bringing more than one suitcase per
Plus, it is VERY IMPORTANT to be ON TIME (see voucher for
exact times after receipt of same) for this transfer – as we
don’t want to leave you behind.
Also, if you have not done so already – please request and
forward payment for transfer(s) ASAP. This organized transfer seems very
popular if just for the convenience. . . not to mention just being together. . .
The even better news is that we will now include with this transfer a
3-hour walking tour departing our Grand Savoia hotel at approximately
8:30am. Upon finishing this tour, we will leave for the pier and the Costa
Magica. So, let’s share an early hotel breakfast (included &
very good for those staying at our Grand Hotel Savoia), a walking tour, then
very shortly thereafter a transfer to Savona. Those of you who enjoyed our
motorcoach trip from Prague to Nuremburg on CT 2008 will surely reflect on
the camaraderie enjoyed!
Please let us know if you will join us on the optional and
complimentary walking tour. . . and be forewarned, there may be a
bunch of us!! :-))
We are also very happy to offer a CT family Portofino Tour which
includes an English-speaking guide, a motorcoach to the port of Santa
Margherita, and then a short ferry ride to Portofino. We will depart from our
hotel at approximately 2:00pm on Monday, October 18 (day prior to our
cruise), and return at approximately 7:00pm. This is really the most scenic
way to see Portofino. You can certainly do this site on your own –
but it is really hard to see the true beauty of this area by any other means
(other than perhaps by private car). . . arriving by boat into Portofino is just
gorgeous and then to leave at or after sunset offers an even more dynamic
beauty. When you come all the way to Italy and are so close to Portofino
– you really don’t want to miss it. . . and I am hoping
we’ll have some of our special guests join us!! It is possible for the
Rome Contingent of the CT family to train down to Portofino if they arrive
with plenty of energy!
And we’re not done yet!!
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How about our traditional Bon Voyage banquet dinner (the night
before our cruise) back in Genoa after our Portofino tour at approximately
8:00pm??? So far, we are planning to do so very near or at our hotel with
great views of the Port of Genoa. . . it is sure to be a very pleasant
Please send us a check or authorize us to charge your credit card for
your choice of any of the above. . . Transfers are $39US per person each
way – please specify round-trip or one way. The Portofino tour price
is $85US per person and our Bon Voyage dinner is $85US per person.
Please let us know ASAP on all the above. We need to get back to our
suppliers in Italy ASAP.
Hoping to get all E-tickets (with cabin & booking numbers) out by
mid-September and other items, logistics, information, tour and dinner
vouchers will be emailed and/or snail-mailed subsequently.
We are working on some organized tours in our various ports –
but please let us get through the above before we answer questions or
comments on those details – it would be really appreciated!
The above are subject to modification – your vouchers (to be
sent) should have closer and more finalized times, etc.
Update – March 24, 2010:
Been a while since I have posted . . . but below is a good amount of
info for you to ponder.
The statue of Christopher Columbus in Barcelona, Spain.
All the postings to Facebook and the CT Yahoo Group regarding
travel plans look and sound so very cool!!
Now I am getting excited for this trip!!!
There is still space on our sailing although some cabins are very
limited or sold out. . . so, if you have additional friends or family wanting to
go – please have them send in a booking form as soon as
To help a little more – Booking discounts have been extended
through April – but, space is certainly more limited.
On a personal note my back/neck is still not so great so my computer
time is a little limited. Very strange how just sitting at the computer hurts
so. . . amazing for someone so right hand oriented that I can now use my
left for the mouse!
Plus, I have been busy. I just started a fixer project for my RE biz that
needs an absolute ton of work – seems the Real Estate economy is
improving at least in one very small, modest and almost central coast town I
found. I just have to have more helpers to do the actual work :-( Oh, well
– that’s ok to help the employment base and more selfishly I
really enjoy the home/fixer projects. :-))) Then on top of that I am finally
completing my basement guest bedroom. . . so, more and better room for
visitors! Endorphins and adrenaline flows do seem to help body pains. :-))
Oh – so you don’t miss it – Please notice
below my signature the new mailing address we’ll be converting to
over the next month.
Also to let you know – and as Dee mentioned we are working
on hotels. We do have hotels in mind for Genoa, Italy. Details are forthcoming.
However, please just let us know what you need and we’ll make it so!
Sending us your air and/or any itinerary will help us to understand your full
needs. As space is limited and well – since we are working with
Italy – please no offense to my Italian ancestors is intended –
but, they just do things differently if not simply romantically there!) –
we will book/reserve hotels on an individual basis . . . . letting us know of
your needs asap will help us help you.
We can also help with hotels in Rome if needed. Please contact Aaron at
Speaking of hotels – we found the best hotel for the best
location in Genoa. . . it is just a few steps from a train station and bus stop
for the airport bus drop off. The airport bus is called the
“Volabus” which costs only about 4 Euros pp and is a 20
minute ride. Plus, the same ticket gives you local transport for 24 hours.
Then the forty minute or so train ride to the pier in Savona costs less than
the bus ride pp. The taxi from the Savona train station to the pier is about
10 Euros per taxi. . . so if we all join up at the train station or hotel, the
transfer by itself could be “adventure”!! And we can share
taxis where possible :-))) Otherwise a bus transfer from Genoa to Savona
from the cruise line is $39us. Please reserve the latter through the CT office
beforehand. For those of you not on so much of a budget – taxis are
very doable as well. But, wow, more than 100 euro from Genoa to the
Savona pier. . . Plus, the cruise line can supply a reasonable hotel option
as well. All in all – a ton of options and not really that complicated. . .
It may seem slightly so – but, again it really is not. We will be there
in Genoa to help direct as well. And please feel free to call us for a verbal
explanation if needed. . .
OH and one way or another, we’ll have a gathering for dinner
the night before the cruise. So, hopefully the Rome CT Family contingent
will get to Genoa on time for same!
A big recommendation for your stay in Genoa before the cruise is to
train (45 minutes or so) down to Santa Margherita/Ligure Italy for a short
bus ride to Portofino – just do lunch – it is so beautiful!!
The trains and buses while certainly not as nice as Spain’s train
service – but, they are very inexpensive. If you stay more time in
Genoa – Cinque Terre is also just beautiful as well!! These options
are very nice to do in small intimate groups. . .
Anyway – all this info will certainly be sent to you all again and
with your ticket packet.
Right now, please just get back to us on your hotel needs and also let
us know if you are interested in dinner the night before the cruise –
cost details to follow.
Remember – better to travel light.
Another thought to ponder – how about a block party on board???
How much fun would that be!! ?? Just trying to figure if we do that in
PJ’s ??? Hmmmm Well, we are still working on scheduling and
events – those are all impacted by the cruise line and its fluid
way. . . but, needless to say we'll have it all set well before we sail!!
Oh – Rene, John and more are interested in sailing –
just have to make sure of film contract possibilities won’t get in the
P.S., As of March 15, 2010 – Please note the changed
“mailing” address (from the PCH address to PO BOX) below
which is to be phased in over the next couple months. Phone number has not
changed. Please contact us first for UPS or FedEx shipments.
Charles C. Datin
PO Box 4277
Malibu, CA 90264
Phone/fax – 310-456-7544
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