It was our first cruise ever. We headed to Venice three days prior to the cruise;We wanted a B&B which was close to Piazzale Roma and the port. We found one clean and romantic little B&B. If some one is looking for a local feel, this is a perfect place. The staff is great. Easy to reach from Piazzale Roma (gateway for land transportation and you'll arrive if you come by four-wheel taxi or airport bus). Take a Vapereto no' 1 (Taxi boat) and get-done in Santa Stae and follow the Map(download the map from there website) which will take you 4 to 5 minutes to reach this place by walk. You can also walk from Piazzale Roma which will take you 15 to 20 minutes but not easy if you are carrying heavy luggage.
Embarkation - It easy to reach the Port from Piazzale Roma. On the day of the cruise Tag you luggage before you leave from your hotel. Reach to Piazzale Roma by 10am (not nessary, at this time there will be not much of crowd). There will be transfer couch waiting, RC will be written on it. This is free of Charge (the only).Carry you seapass and passport with you. Once you reach to the port they will take care of your luggage and guide you to register.This will not take much time. Regarding you luggage it be delivered to your cabin around 2 PM. Stateroom info: We had a balcony cabin on deck 7. We took the port side and mid ship location as per the review. For this Route its better to take the StarBoard side. the view is better from the cabin. We could feel the vibrations, It does not matter were the location is.The whole ship Vibrates. In some location it vibrates more. We got used to it. The room was a comfortable size, plenty of storage space. Excursion: We book 2 Excursion online from RC. Ephesus (KD1) and Cofu (CG05). Epheses is worth it but Cofu not so grt. We have seen better Palaces and Church. I felt the old city is much better to walk around and to do local shopping. Dubrovnik, Croatia and Santorni we did it ourself. Dubrovnik: You can buy ticket for the RC transfer couch or walk directly to the couch and show you RC card (which they will give on the first day, this card is you entry to you cabin, CC, ID) .They will debit 5 USD per person one way. This is more convenient or you can walk. It will take 45 mins to reach the gate. The old city is beautiful you can walk within the wall, a great place to wander around yourself. Walk top of the Wall ( you need to buy ticket for this) if possible. Great View of the city. Santorni: We did this on our own. Down load a map of Santorni. this will help you understand the Island. It very easy to move around with local transport. The ship reaches early in the morning. So you get enough time to see around. Here the ship is in tender mode. You will have to collect your tender tickets (you don't have to Pay). You can collect it in the morning from the desk (try to leave early).You will be given nos, once called you can head toward the small boats which will take you to Santorni. Once you reach here you can either walk the stairs or take a cable car or take the donkeys. We took the cable car and went up to the top. You will reach Fira, We were off-loaded. We walked around Fira and took a local bus to Oia (pronounce IA) .this is more beautiful than Fira. We head back to Fira and took another Bus to Akotori to see Red Beach. Remember to head back to the port on time. If your late you will miss the Cruise. Over all it was a great experience. It would have been great if it was not raining. It continuously rained the whole time.