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cynjam
10-22-2010, 05:52 PM
For those of you that will be cruising westbound on the transatlantic in Sept. 2011, did you book airfare thru DCL or on your own?
Or are you waiting in hopes prices go down?
If you've already booked on your own, what airline, arrival time, price, etc...

I'd really like to be on this cruise, but the airfare is more than the cruise if I book w/ DCL. I'm a little afraid to book on my own, but if that's the only way we can afford it...

orlandothebeagle
10-22-2010, 06:12 PM
We had no choice but to book on our own, we used air Lingus.couldnt beat them.

BigHugsForEeyore
10-22-2010, 06:21 PM
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NancyIL
10-22-2010, 06:28 PM
If DCL books your airfare, you'll arrive in Barcelona the day the ship sails. There's no way I would fly all the way to Europe and NOT spend a few days in Barcelona before boarding the ship.

NancyIL
10-22-2010, 06:30 PM
What dates did you book? I can't book anything past Sept 17th 2011 for Orlando to Manchester via Dublin :confused3

Most airlines book 331 days out at the most. You'll have to wait a few days to book later in September.

BigHugsForEeyore
10-22-2010, 06:35 PM
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NancyIL
10-22-2010, 07:06 PM
Yes, I know that, thank you. I was just asking 'orlandothebeagle' what dates she had booked with Aer Lingus for the WBTA as she said she had already booked them, but I am unable to. :confused3

Looking at her past posts, my guess is she just returned from the WB Transatlantic cruise.

BigHugsForEeyore
10-22-2010, 07:09 PM
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cynjam
10-22-2010, 11:53 PM
If DCL books your airfare, you'll arrive in Barcelona the day the ship sails. There's no way I would fly all the way to Europe and NOT spend a few days in Barcelona before boarding the ship.

OK, that makes sense, but we have only flown twice, both to Florida, I'm the one that makes all the travel plans, my DH is not the take charge type*, and to be honest, I'm just scared. :scared1:

What would we do, where would we stay, how would we get there, how would we know if we were lost????

Besides, that would mean our DKs would miss even more school. They have 3 days off during the cruise, but would already be missing 7-8 days.

* I think this is why he likes cruising. There's no deciding where or when to eat, no driving the wrong way trying to find something, no waiting in line. :cloud9:

cynjam
10-23-2010, 12:01 AM
Is everyone that booked on their own flying in a few days early? What hotels should I check out?
I found a flight from CMH to BCN via JFK for $621pp. I couldn't check retun flights from MCO, yet, but that's not the flight I'm worrying about.

orlandothebeagle
10-23-2010, 04:22 AM
What dates did you book? I can't book anything past Sept 17th 2011 for Orlando to Manchester via Dublin :confused3

That was for last this september, if you are having more than 2 nights book an apartment, pm if you want links, we had an amazing apartment with washing machine etc and it was ovelooking harbour, we seen the magic the night before we left from balcony.

NancyIL
10-23-2010, 07:59 AM
OK, that makes sense, but we have only flown twice, both to Florida, I'm the one that makes all the travel plans, my DH is not the take charge type*, and to be honest, I'm just scared. :scared1:

What would we do, where would we stay, how would we get there, how would we know if we were lost????

Besides, that would mean our DKs would miss even more school. They have 3 days off during the cruise, but would already be missing 7-8 days.

* I think this is why he likes cruising. There's no deciding where or when to eat, no driving the wrong way trying to find something, no waiting in line. :cloud9:

I would read guide books about Europe in general/Barcelona in particular. I especially like anything written by Rick Steves, such as Europe Through the Back Door (great for general travel skills in Europe) and Rick Steves' Spain - which has a chapter about Barcelona.

cynjam
10-23-2010, 08:33 AM
Thanks for the advice. It's the classic " Fear of the Unknown". I guess that's why I like going to Disney. It's sad when my DKs can get around MK better than their own hometown!
Actually, after checking out some Barcelona hotels mentioned in another post, I don't think I could afford staying even 1 night!! $430 per room/night!!! Of course, with 2 kids, for 2 nights, that's $1720!!! Have I missed something? I can't imagine spending more than $100/night for a room for all 4 of us.

orlandothebeagle
10-23-2010, 08:56 AM
Thanks for the advice. It's the classic " Fear of the Unknown". I guess that's why I like going to Disney. It's sad when my DKs can get around MK better than their own hometown!
Actually, after checking out some Barcelona hotels mentioned in another post, I don't think I could afford staying even 1 night!! $430 per room/night!!! Of course, with 2 kids, for 2 nights, that's $1720!!! Have I missed something? I can't imagine spending more than $100/night for a room for all 4 of us.

My 2 bedroom apartment, which was amazing was 600 euros for 3 nights, think you will be looking at a bit more than 100 dollars a nght.

BigHugsForEeyore
10-23-2010, 08:59 AM
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orlandothebeagle
10-23-2010, 09:05 AM
We already have a hotel booked, but thank you for your help :flower3:

We're staying two nights at '1898' - I can't wait! :goodvibes

Brillaint, excellant, just watch for pick pockets !!!!
Thats the ONLY rubbish thing about barcelona, no need to worry though, just be sensible.

BigHugsForEeyore
10-23-2010, 09:10 AM
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TotallyAngelic
10-23-2010, 10:06 AM
Anyone looking for a hotel I can highly recommend Praktik Rambla ( check it out on Trip Advisor ). We got this for 90 euros per night last September and the hotel was taken over by Disney Magic pre-cruisers. Brilliant location and a lovely hotel.

U2FanHfx
10-24-2010, 08:09 PM
We booked our flights to Barcelona on air miles. Need to book those out very early or you will be out of luck. We are doing a 7 day med before getting on the Magic so that means we will be in Barcelona 8 days prior to the Magic sailing.