Travel Tool + Apps

We are both really into Apps. I am always the person assuming “there is an app for that”. So naturally I like to find all of the travel related apps and test them out! Here are a few I have tested, or plan to try!

# 1   Travefy

Joey and I flew to Puerto Rico in February with another couple. We used Travefy an app that is helpful for building out an itinerary as well as breaking down the expenses over the group. It was really easy to use and came in handy when trying to assess who owed what! It is FREE to use as well!

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# 2 SleepMachine (iPhone App)

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I am a light sleeper so I always need white noise in order to fall asleep. Fortunately, I can use the Sleep Machine App and get the same benefits of the sound machine I have at home. There are several different sounds you can use, and you can customize your own blend. I am not one to judge, but if the sound of whales and a truck idling are what gets you to the Z’s, you will find them! They have a FREE and Paid version.

 

 

 

# 3 Converter 

Convert

 

There are multitudes of FREE Apps that can help you with conversions. I always make sure to have one, especially for currency, but it’s also helpful with distance. KM to MI anyone?

I use Globe Convert from iPhone store and have used it for years. It has never let me down!

# 4 Jet Lag Rooster

I don’t have prior experience using this App. The goal is to reduce jet lag by helping shift your body clock. You plug in the time of departure, the time of arrival and how many days prior you want to begin prepping yourself.

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#5 City Maps 2Go

CityMaps 2Go

This gives you the ability to download maps and use them OFFLINE. That is a huge plus when traveling internationally. It also gives you insight into local spots, events, architecture and history. I will let you know more about its usability upon our return. I have already downloaded the maps for Athens and Sicily !

We hope you find some of these features helpful! What tools are must haves when you are traveling? What do you wish you had?

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Celebrity Equinox

Joey and I are sailing on Celebrity Equinox. This is our first time with Celebrity, so we are looking forward to checking them out! They are the higher end version of Royal Caribbean, think Gap to Old Navy.

She is currently on her 14 Day Transatlantic repositioning cruise. She left Ft Lauderdale Friday, April 15th and will arrive in Barcelona this Friday, April 29th. (Via Sea Scanner) This begins the Summer European Cruising for the vessel. Many cruise lines send their ships over to Europe for the summer. Naturally, Joey and I have a Transatlantic cruise on our bucket list. Our cruise will be her 3rd European cruise for the season.

Celebrity Equinox Facts: 

Celebrity Equinox

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We are on Deck 10 in Room 1124, which is considered a Hump Cabin (ha.ha right?) It means we get a really cool balcony! It is also Concierge Class, so we get a few additional perks such as:

  • Priority Check In
  • Express Luggage Delivery
  • Exclusive Concierge Class Pre-Departure Lounge
  • Expanded Room Service Menu (with 24-hour access at no additional charge)
  • Twice Daily Room Service
  • Complimentary Tote Bag
  • Pillow Menu
  • Golf Umbrella and Binoculars
  • Massaging Showerhead
  • Welcome Sparkling Wine

We have 3 days at Sea to explore the ship! I will be sure to give more detailed updates throughout our cruise.

We are sailing on the 12 Day Eastern Mediterranean cruise. The longest sailing other than the Transatlantic Repositioning Cruise. The itinerary is as follows:

  • Day 1: Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy
  • Day 2: Amalfi Coast (Salerno) Italy
  • Day 3: SEA
  • Day 4: Athens (Piraeus) Greece **We overnight at this location, a first for both of us in cruising!**
  • Day 5: Athens (Piraeus) Greece
  • Day 6: Mykonos, Greece
  • Day 7: Chania (Souda) Crete, Greece
  • Day 8: Kusadasi (Ephesus) Turkey
  • Day 9: Santorini, Greece
  • Day 10: SEA
  • Day 11: Messina, (Sicily) Italy
  • Day 12: SEA
  • Day 13: Barcelona, Spain

Feel free to follow our journey starting May 19th, 2016 : Sea Scanner – Celebrity Equinox

 

UPDATE: We were able to do an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the ship while aboard. We will update in a separate post! If you are interested in the inner workings of the ship, be sure to check it out!

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Rome (FCO) to Civitavecchia

Joey and I are heading out on a 12-day cruise in 25 days! Did I mention we are really into all things nautical? The sea calls to us!

This cruise will be our 2nd Mediterranean cruise. Our last Mediterranean cruise was aboard the Norwegian Epic, totaled 7 days and included: Barcelona, Naples (Amalfi Coast), Civitavecchia (Rome), Florence/Pisa, Cannes, Palma Majorca. This itinerary is longer at 12 days (our longest trip ever!)  and Joey proposed on the last Med cruise, so no large surprises on this one! We are only duplicating 3 ports (Barcelona + Rome + Amalfi)

I typically take over the planning once the destination is set. With cruises, one of the top resources is Cruise Critic. There you will find a great community of fellow cruisers, there are also threads called “Roll Calls” and you can converse with fellow passengers from your sailing prior to embarkation. This is where I arrange our shore excursions. As many who have cruised know, cruise excursions through the cruise line are MUCH more expensive, and typically LARGE groups. We like small groups and more customized itineraries when in port, the savings is a plus!

We set sail May 19th, 2016. We fly out Wednesday, May 18th on an overnight flight. We land in Rome (FCO) at 10:15 and are trying to figure out the best way to get to the Port (43 miles from Airport)

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There are several ways to get to the port from the airport. I have outlined 5 options below, in case anyone else finds themselves trying to find alternate means of transportation.We are not sure which method we will take at this time, but are trying to narrow it down between Train and Private Transfer!

#1 Taxi: 45-60 minutes (depending on traffic)

Not very cost effective.  119 or $135

Pricing via World Taxi Meter

#2 Private Transfer: 45-60 minutes (depending on traffic)

Depending on the service you use, the price range is between $75-$200 (for 2 + bags) This is a very strong contender for us due to convenience. Also, in case you were not aware, UBER is available in Rome. I did a quick fare estimate on Uber Rome, and it looks to be around 129 euros.

Pricing via Rome Limousines 

#3 Train: 120 minutes +

This is the most cost effective way to get to the port. However, this also depends on your baggage situation. You will have to make a transfer, so you will have to tow along baggage. You have to take the train into Rome and the transfer to either the express train or regional train to Civitavecchia. € 11-27.00 as of 5/2016

You take the 30-minute train to Termini Station in Rome, at that point, you transfer to the train going to Civitavecchia, which is about 40-50 minutes.

Pricing via: Trenitalia

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#4 Transfer via the Port of Civitavecchia: 45-60 minutes (depending on traffic)

This feature is a little tricky if you are a group of 3 or less. The shuttles will only confirm if you have a group of 4-5 people. You enter in your information onto the site and the reserve the shuttle time, HOWEVER, if you are a group of 2 (like us) you have to hope that others need a shuttle at the same time, and are aware of the service. They post the available shuttles on their site for others to join. There is a max of 8 passengers only, so you do not have to worry about a crammed bus! Now put your fingers together that we are able to utilize! Oh, and because it is run by the Port Authority, they have better access to the ships (or that is what I read) We will find out!

Pricing via: Civitavecchia Port- Shared Shuttle

#5 Transfer via Cruise Line:45-60 minutes + (depending on schedule)

$75 per person w/Celebrity (as of 5/2016 sailing)

We hope you are able to find the best way to get to the cruise terminal from the airport to fit your needs! Let us know what you used, what worked…what didn’t?

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I have made several attempts to blog in the past. I usually keep up with it and then I slowly gravitate away. I LOVE writing and planning so it is about time I set aside a place dedicated solely to the purpose. Also, there are awesome features that exist, such as Grammarly, that keep me from looking like a totally uneducated moron 🙂

We are the kind of people who love sharing great experiences and recommending them. A blog make sense right? I hope we can both get comfortable enough to VLOG as well…guess we shall see! Anyways, I will flood this page with posts over the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy!

 

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