Cruis­ing into Greece’s econ­omy

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On Mon­days at 2 p.m., The Washington Post’s travel writ­ers and ed­i­tors dis­cuss your travel sto­ries, ques­tions, gripes and more at live.wash­ing­ton­ Edited ex­cerpts from a re­cent dis­cus­sion:

We’re fi­nal­iz­ing plans for a Novem­ber cruise from Venice to Greece, in­clud­ing Crete, and I’m not sure what to think about the eco­nomic tur­moil over there. We haven’t booked flights yet, and our fi­nal cruise pay­ment isn’t due for two months, so there’s still time to change plans, but we still want to see Athens if pos­si­ble. Un­der what cir­cum­stances would you change your plans if this were your big trip of the year?

Great ques­tion. Ac­tu­ally, I’m work­ing on a story about this is­sue. My in­stinct, based on pre­vi­ous sto­ries I’ve writ­ten about the Eu­ro­zone eco­nomic cri­sis and tourism, is that the ef­fect will be min­i­mal. Per­son­ally, I would not can­cel a va­ca­tion to Greece at this point. But I’m re­search­ing this. I’d love to in­clude your ques­tion inmy story and find a more pre­cise an­swer. E-mail me, and I’ll domy best to help.

— Christo­pher El­liott

My hus­band sent in his ex­pired pass­port for re­newal last week be­cause we have no in­ter­na­tional travel plans un­til Oc­to­ber. How­ever, over the week­end my Cana­dian grand­mother has fallen ill and it seems clear that she has only a few­days left with us. Her ser­vice will be within a week af­ter her death, so prob­a­bly in the next two weeks. Is there away formy hus­band to get up to Canada for the event?

So sorry about your grand­mother. It­may be pos­si­ble for him to get a pass­port, although not a cer­tainty. The State Depart­ment has pub­lished a list of in­struc­tions for those who need a pass­port in a hurry. Your best bet is to make an ap­point­ment to­day. Call 877-487-2778.

— Carol Sot­tili

I’m vis­it­ing the Nor­we­gian fjords and am hav­ing trou­ble find­ing au­to­matic-trans­mis­sion cars in the small air­port of Sogn­dal. Also, any tricks on mit­i­gat­ing the eye-wa­ter­ingly high rental prices?

Auto-Europe pub­lishes a guide on car-rental fleets in Nor­way. Af­ter you’ve made a reser­va­tion, fol­low up to en­sure there’s a suit­able car held for you. Be­lieve me, you don’t want to drive a car you’re not com­fort­able with in Nor­way. I’ve me­di­ated too many ru­ined trans­mis­sion cases.

— C.E.

The wife and I are plan­ning a trip to Europe. We want to visit only two of these: Rome, Florence, Mi­lan, Mu­nich, Vi­enna or Bu­dapest. What’s the best­way to de­cide? We en­joy ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments, art, din­ing and some history. We try not to treat travel as work, when it be­comes like the Bataan Death March.

The only one I wouldn’t go to, based on your in­ter­ests, is Mi­lan. The oth­ers fit. I’d opt for Vi­enna and Mu­nich, although Rome and Florence are also lovely.

— C.S.

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