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Old 09-01-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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We came, we ate, we conquered: Our full-filling trip to Paris & 10 day Med!

Hello everyone! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Mary and my husband is Dan. We are true Disney maniacs and love to travel. Our trip planning began about a year and half ago when Disney announced that they were doing the Med cruises agin in 2010. We were so excited we upped and booked, without really thinking about the financial burden. After a few months, reality began to set in. The cruise cost (which at that time was insane) was one thing, but add in the flight, port excursions, hotel before and all the nonsense spending aboard and we were in real trouble. Honestly for a young thirty something couple like us it was just too much.

My husband Dan is graduating with his MBA this year and he has worked so hard I really wanted to be able to go to Europe, since he has never been abroad. We decided to cancel the cruise. We planned a trip to Paris and the SOuth of France instead for a fraction of the price. Still, something seemed missing. True, how could one complain when such a trip was being planned?

One day back in March,Dan approached me, and mentioned he thought we should still consider the Disney Med cruise. After all how else would he be able to see so much of Europe in so little time? Since we had our flight booked from JFK to Paris, and from Nice to JFK he would call and see if we could reroute the last flight to be from Barcelona to JFK and add a flight in to Barcelona from Paris.

Well, turns out Air France only charged us a little bit more each, because the flight from Barcelona to Ny was way cheaper than from Paris. Ok so this was working out. Still the Med cruise was not cheap, even for a oceanview room it was coming in to around $4,000 per person which was way out of our budget. We did it anyway

Then just 4 or 5 weeks later DCL announces GTY rooms for less than $1,000 per person. Could this be happening? We would be saving thousands of dollars. So what if we had to downgrade rooms. The price was worth it. Now we could actually afford this trip and that would make this cruise that much sweeter. In the end I feel like we got waaaaay more than what we paid for, value wise. So we are very happy campers, considering we had the most amazing trip we have ever had.

We have close to 1,000 pictures to share, which I am in the processing of uploading to photobucket and should be able to start posting some tonight.

Itinerary:
Fri 8/13: fly from NY to Paris.
Sat 8/14- Tues 8/17: spend in Paris
Tues 8/17- fly out to Barcelona at 8:00pm, check into hotel in Barcelona
Wed 8/18: 10 night Disney Cruise!

Side note: I just want to thank all of the Mediterranean Mouseketeers on the disboards. Meeting everyone and doing the Fish exchange was a blast. Having a friendly face to say hi to on a boat of 2,000 strangers was priceless!
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Hello everyone! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Mary and my husband is Dan. We are true Disney maniacs and love to travel. Our trip planning began about a year and half ago when Disney announced that they were doing the Med cruises agin in 2010. We were so excited we upped and booked, without really thinking about the financial burden. After a few months, reality began to set in. The cruise cost (which at that time was insane) was one thing, but add in the flight, port excursions, hotel before and all the nonsense spending aboard and we were in real trouble. Honestly for a young thirty something couple like us it was just too much.

My husband Dan is graduating with his MBA this year and he has worked so hard I really wanted to be able to go to Europe, since he has never been abroad. We decided to cancel the cruise. We planned a trip to Paris and the SOuth of France instead for a fraction of the price. Still, something seemed missing. True, how could one complain when such a trip was being planned?

One day back in March,Dan approached me, and mentioned he thought we should still consider the Disney Med cruise. After all how else would he be able to see so much of Europe in so little time? Since we had our flight booked from JFK to Paris, and from Nice to JFK he would call and see if we could reroute the last flight to be from Barcelona to JFK and add a flight in to Barcelona from Paris.

Well, turns out Air France only charged us a little bit more each, because the flight from Barcelona to Ny was way cheaper than from Paris. Ok so this was working out. Still the Med cruise was not cheap, even for a oceanview room it was coming in to around $4,000 per person which was way out of our budget. We did it anyway

Then just 4 or 5 weeks later DCL announces GTY rooms for less than $1,000 per person. Could this be happening? We would be saving thousands of dollars. So what if we had to downgrade rooms. The price was worth it. Now we could actually afford this trip and that would make this cruise that much sweeter. In the end I feel like we got waaaaay more than what we paid for, value wise. So we are very happy campers, considering we had the most amazing trip we have ever had.

We have close to 1,000 pictures to share, which I am in the processing of uploading to photobucket and should be able to start posting some tonight.

Itinerary:
Fri 8/13: fly from NY to Paris.
Sat 8/14- Tues 8/17: spend in Paris
Tues 8/17- fly out to Barcelona at 8:00pm, check into hotel in Barcelona
Wed 8/18: 10 night Disney Cruise!

Side note: I just want to thank all of the Mediterranean Mouseketeers on the disboards. Meeting everyone and doing the Fish exchange was a blast. Having a friendly face to say hi to on a boat of 2,000 strangers was priceless!
Hi Mary We loved meeting you & Dan, such a cute couple and seeing your smiling faces around the ship! Also, all your cute pictures in Shutters!
Esp loved the Trevi Fountain one. I can't wait to read your TR and see more detail about what you guys did Don't keep us waiting !!
Thanks again for organizing the Dis meet and your fantastic website!

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Old 09-01-2010, 11:18 AM   #3
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Hello everyone! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Mary and my husband is Dan. We are true Disney maniacs and love to travel. Our trip planning began about a year and half ago when Disney announced that they were doing the Med cruises agin in 2010. We were so excited we upped and booked, without really thinking about the financial burden. After a few months, reality began to set in. The cruise cost (which at that time was insane) was one thing, but add in the flight, port excursions, hotel before and all the nonsense spending aboard and we were in real trouble. Honestly for a young thirty something couple like us it was just too much.

My husband Dan is graduating with his MBA this year and he has worked so hard I really wanted to be able to go to Europe, since he has never been abroad. We decided to cancel the cruise. We planned a trip to Paris and the SOuth of France instead for a fraction of the price. Still, something seemed missing. True, how could one complain when such a trip was being planned?

One day back in March,Dan approached me, and mentioned he thought we should still consider the Disney Med cruise. After all how else would he be able to see so much of Europe in so little time? Since we had our flight booked from JFK to Paris, and from Nice to JFK he would call and see if we could reroute the last flight to be from Barcelona to JFK and add a flight in to Barcelona from Paris.

Well, turns out Air France only charged us a little bit more each, because the flight from Barcelona to Ny was way cheaper than from Paris. Ok so this was working out. Still the Med cruise was not cheap, even for a oceanview room it was coming in to around $4,000 per person which was way out of our budget. We did it anyway

Then just 4 or 5 weeks later DCL announces GTY rooms for less than $1,000 per person. Could this be happening? We would be saving thousands of dollars. So what if we had to downgrade rooms. The price was worth it. Now we could actually afford this trip and that would make this cruise that much sweeter. In the end I feel like we got waaaaay more than what we paid for, value wise. So we are very happy campers, considering we had the most amazing trip we have ever had.

We have close to 1,000 pictures to share, which I am in the processing of uploading to photobucket and should be able to start posting some tonight.

Itinerary:
Fri 8/13: fly from NY to Paris.
Sat 8/14- Tues 8/17: spend in Paris
Tues 8/17- fly out to Barcelona at 8:00pm, check into hotel in Barcelona
Wed 8/18: 10 night Disney Cruise!

Side note: I just want to thank all of the Mediterranean Mouseketeers on the disboards. Meeting everyone and doing the Fish exchange was a blast. Having a friendly face to say hi to on a boat of 2,000 strangers was priceless!
Mary,

I can't wait to read your trip report. It was great meeting you guys. Hope all is well. I see you booked the dream...which sailing did you book?

Susan
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I wish I could have met you in the meet! I can't wait to read your TR!
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:39 PM   #5
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Really looking forward to your TR. We're gonna do this cruise next year so wanna hear all the details
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:56 PM   #6
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Hi everyone...thanks for subscribing!

Susan- We are booked on the June 21st 5 day right now. Are you guys booked as well? Say hi to Shari!

Shawn- aww thanks...you guys are so sweet as well. We had such a great group! I loved seeing a familiar face around the boat or randomly out in Port. So much fun.

Adsmama- i wish I would have met you as well.... I will hear about your trip in you TR!

Willem- you are going to have the best trip. It was such an amazing vacation words can not even begin to explain.
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It was great meeting you and Dan! Can't wait to hear your perspective and see your pics!

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[QUOTE=pixie08;38060282]Hi everyone...thanks for subscribing!

Susan- We are booked on the June 21st 5 day right now. Are you guys booked as well? Say hi to Shari!

Hi Mary,

We were actually booked on the August 18th sailing and were trying to convince my parents to join us....but they felt that a 5 night was too short and the price was pretty high....since they decided not to go and the current hurricane activity....I got concerned about sailing during the height of the season.....long story short(or not so short)..we changed our saling to the 4/17 and we will be with Lori and her family. We are very excited to be saling together so soon. Shari is well...finally getting over her jet lag....went to see Justin Beiber Tuesday night....Rick had to host an event in a box at the garden so we joined him...quite a concert. Hope all is well.

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Mary,

It was nice to meet you and Dan. I can't wait to see your pictures. It is hard to believe that it was only last week that we were spending our last night on the ship.

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KIm- thanks! Happy Birthday again, I am sure it was a special one.

Susan- that is too funny that you and Lori are on the same cruise! I would love to sail in Aril but my school schedule does not allow it. I hope Shari had fun at Justin Beiber!

Susie- oh my, it was wonderful meeting you as well. Hope your mom and kids had a great time as well!
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Sorry I have delayed this but life and school have got in the way. I have started blogging about the experience (and hope to have it finished by the end of January).

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Just got an email that the thread was re-activated...read your blog entry and can't wait to read more

Probably our best family vacation ever

Reading about your cold rainy days in Paris reminds me of when we got back to Germany after the cruise and it was cold and rainy and we had on shorts and T's and were freezing after all the hot days we had on the trip!

We are going to Paris next month for my birthday and we're still planning a Baltic cruise this Summer although nothing is booked yet. If I knew Disney was doing the Baltic in 2012, I would wait for that but right now we are looking at NCL....

Hope you and Dan are doing well, it was such fun to meet you guys

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Hi Shawn! We are doing great... Just crazy with school as usual lol! I hope you guys aredoing well. Paris is so beautiful, have fun.

I too would love if DCL would go back to the Baltic. Let us know how the cruise goes.
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So sorry you got pickpocketed in Barcelona I am always telling my friends here that I know someone who got pickpocketed and to be careful there!

Our room was directly under the dance floor of Rockin' Bar D and if we were in the room late at night we could hear the music well enough to identify the song as well as all the stomping (sounded like to us!) of the people on the dance floor! Luckily, they did not stay open too late and we were so tired every night anyway!

Great trip report so far

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