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Cruise ship folk, heads up!

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Cruise ship folk, heads up!

Some of us here at Artviva take the commuter train daily from Livorno Centrale to Firenze Santa Maria Novella -- as many of you will, too.

Do, please, remember to validate/punch your ticket in those little bullet-shaped machines either on the track or in the hallway between when you enter the station and take the stairs to your track (which is almost always 6 or 7). The conductors have come out of hibernation, and now ply their trade almost every time we're on the train. Today we saw some hapless, non-informed Anglophones doing polite battle with a conductor. If said is not feeling benevolent, you'll have to pay the fine on the spot.

Please also tell your concierge on any ship you're on to REMIND folk that this is the policy in Italy -- i.e., punching your ticket. It's an easy way for trenitalia to amass some even easier $ ... less paper work than arresting all the Roma who ride the trains daily without tickets.

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1. Re: Cruise ship folk, heads up!

This is a good reminder even though the validation subject is covered well in these forums and also in most guide books, and the tour operators should tell it as well, but people forget.

But you raise an interesting point re the fines - does Trenitalia or other operator keep the fine money or is it a government fine? I do not intend this to raise comments that perhaps the conductors keep the money.

PS I did appreciate an Artviva tour in Florence

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2. Re: Cruise ship folk, heads up!

If the personnel on a cruise ship say anything at all about traveling DIY, they say "don't do it", followed by exaggerated claims of horrible things happening to those who try it. Their job is to sell cruise line tours and they do nothing at all to encourage/help cruisers do anything else.

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3. Re: Cruise ship folk, heads up!

A person going on a cruise can get very good information from the Trip Advisor affiliated site cruisecritic.com. There are all different types of forums to include a "Ports of Call" section, where different ports are discussed and a "Roll Call" section where one can communicate with other people on your particular individual cruise and perhaps organize independent tours other than ship sponsored tours.

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4. Re: Cruise ship folk, heads up!

Our fervent hope is that those fines collected from unwitting visitors go to improving the quality of the trains :) And well we know that all the information is out there on Trip Advisor, and other places. We just felt compelled to issue this reminder after watching the 99th cruise ship person get nearly fined by a conductor.

(Thank you, TravelSmith: very nice to read.)

Edited: 3:23 pm, May 21, 2013
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5. Re: Cruise ship folk, heads up!

Appreciate the reminder! Can you clarify one other thing please? Is there a free or low cost shuttle from the pier to Piazza Grande? Many thanks, Ken

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