This is our first time crossing the ocean for a cruise...........HELP! Suggestions for good air fare from NYC to Rome? Hotels in Rome - any good budget hotels you have stayed at and can recommend? There are so many hotels, it is difficult to know which ones are in a good location and are decent. Don't want to spend as much on hotels as we are spending on the cruise, if you kow what I mean! Private excursions booked via internet. Any good ones you can recommend? We will be visiting: Rome, Naples, Messina, Genoa, Villafranche, Mykonos, Santoroni. We usually book on our own and find others on the ship or on the boards to join us. Any "must do and see" excursions and places not to miss. Any helpful hints on spending money..........(we all know how to do this).............cash, credit card, exchange American $$$ to Euros? I am clueless about all this. I have lots of time to spend on the Internet doing research, guess it will keep me busy for the next 8 months! Many thanks for any insight and wisdom you can share with this not too savy European traveler. I would love to hear from any board members who have gone to these ports before.