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Old 08-18-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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Off to the Med! All the way from the East! (Updated 11/30/13)

The Introduction

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first trip report of my first Disney Cruise!
After stalking the boards for years and getting out as much info as I can, it is finally time to embark on this adventure! We booked this cruise exactly a year ago in August 2012
and let's just say by now the anticipation has never been higher for my whole family!
We are flying out in 2 days (as of 19/08/13) all the way from Thailand to catch the Magic departing on August 24 - August 31 to Villefranche, La Spezia, Rome and Naples

We are planning to to stay in Barcelona for 2 days prior to the cruise to get over the jetlag and see Barcelona for a bit.


The crew

First off, there's me! I'm Sunny 19 years old, studying in the UK and this is my first ever Disney Cruise! I am very Disney crazed!




Next in line is my beloved sister, Sea! She's 23 and I say she's even more Disney crazed than me, in fact, she's the one who got me hooked...(I don't like you Sea...)




Next is one of the most important person in my life....My mum! Since I don't have an individual picture of her right now, I'll give you me, sis, mum and the #1 Duck for now.



And last but not least, my dad! Which I also could not find a picture of, but I promise you'll see him soon!

So there you go! That's the intro done and dusted. I will try to post pictures and update once we're on the trip provided we have decent internet and keep you posted.

I hope you are enjoying reading this so far!

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Old 08-18-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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Lookinf forward to hearing about your trip!
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

another Med report......can't wait - don't forget any details! where you stayed before cruise, excursions, etc......i'll be checking daily - THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME (we HOPE to be on the Med next year on the Magic).
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:13 AM   #4
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The Plan

We have booked in concierge for this cruise, a 1-Bedroom suite - Room 8032.
Here's the overall plan for each day:

August 21
The Journey begins on this night, we will make our way to the airport for a flight from Bangkok bound for Barcelona via Istanbul at 11.35pm.
We'll be arriving at Barcelona at 11.30am the following day, a total of approx. 16 hours travel time.

August 22
We booked a car transfer from the airport when we arrive to Hotel Pulitzer which is right in the middle of all the shops!
My mum's going to love it! We plan to spend the day recovering from the long flight and explore the area.

August 23
Today we plan to pay Barcelona FC a visit at Camp Nou, and maybe sight see Barcelona on a HOHO bus, or just walk around doing more exploration.
Mum has plans to do some final shopping before embarkation day tomorrow!

August 24 - Embarkation day!
Well, what other plans do we have today?....except for getting on the Magic!

August 25 - Sea Day
Since it's a sea day, me and my sister will probably walk around the whole ship exploring and more importantly, character hunt!
My parents will probably be relaxing up top at the pools or something....I can never guess what they will be up to! They always seem to be having their own plans.

August 26 - Villefranche, France
Ashore: 7.45am
Onboard: 6.30pm

Today, we booked the "Highlights of Monaco and Monte Carlo" excursion through Disney, leaving at 12.45pm until 6.15pm (YAY no early mornings!)
After, we come back (hopefully early) we'll probably have to rush to get changed if we want to go and see the show for that night,
which I have no clue what it is (anyone know?) then on to our dinner since we have late dining.

Then, I guess we'll just wonder around or see one of the shows at night,

August 27 - La Spezia, Italy
Ashore: 7.45am
Onboard: 7.30pm

This day is a little interesting, basically me and my sister are staying on the ship and around the La Spezia area as
we do not fancy spending half our day on a bus with a parents to Florence (5 hours in total).
My parents are on the "Discovering Florence" excursion booked through Disney, and since we have been to Florence before,
me and my sister decided to pass it up for some extra time with the Magic!

August 28 - Civitavecchia, Italy
Ashore: 7.30am
Onboard: 6.30pm

It's Rome day! We booked a private car tour using RomeinLimo, which is about it same price as if we would have went on a Disney excursion.
Since we have been to Rome before, we just wanted to see some of the things we missed last time.
My sister wanted to see Vatican city so off we go!
We're not going into the museums, just a stroll around the area for the sights and some pictures ofcourse!
Then we are going to the Trevi, to throw coins in again, since last time we did and we're going back there!
In the afternoon, we plan to go to the Colosseum and then some shopping before heading back to the Magic.

August 29 - Naples, Italy
Ashore: 7.30am
Onboard: 5.30pm

Pompeii is a place where none of us has been to, hence everyone's super excited to be able to go there!
We booked a private car tour from APTours, and basically we have the car to ourselves for 9 hours.
We are planning to go to Pompeii in the morning, have lunch
then go to the Herculaneum, then back to the boat. Pretty straight forward day I guess, not taking into account other factors which my cause delays...(Hopefully won't happen)

August 30 - Sea day

Our last day on the amazing trip! We have Palo brunch booked at 11am and then some relaxing to do after 2 days of intense touring. Then, ofcourse the dreaded packing....

August 31 - Debarkation day - Barcelona, Spain

Such a sad thing to even think about, but all good things has an end to them...But, there's always a next time .
We leave for Barcelona airport after we get off to catch the 12.25pm flight to Istanbul, connecting to Bangkok later that afternoon.

There you go, that's our plans for this trip!
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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Hi! I'm excited to hear about your trip! You guys have a LONG flight! I get itchy on the 8 hour flight to Europe...double that would kill me!

Love your plans....may I suggest that you and your sister consider going to Cinque Terre when you are in La Spezia? It's really not a bad train ride and the views are gorgeous. You can hike, take the train, or the boat between the towns. Just my two cents.

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:51 PM   #6
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Hi there!

Love your TR already. I hope you don't mind, but I'd like to link your TR to the general Med Planning thread so that others can follow along or use it for planning.

Random Note about La Spezia -- we also didn't want to go to Florence due to the long drive, and at the last minute added on the Portofino/Santa Margherita DCL excursion. It was relatively short and we got back to the ship around 4pm, when all aboard was at 7pm so we had the ship to ourselves from about 4 to 6. Portofino was a highlight for us as it was so unexpectedly beautiful. We were glad we added this on instead of staying on the ship.

Can't wait to read more as your trip goes along!
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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Subscribing! Thanks for taking the time to do a TR. we are booked for a Med cruise next summer and I am super excited already!
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:31 PM   #8
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Wow! What a long journey! Have a great cruise!
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:51 PM   #9
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Oh my god, I love your families t-shirts! So cute! I hope I can convince DH to wear something similar for our boarding day.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:45 AM   #10
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I love this report! Is there more coming, or is there another link I've missed?
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:04 AM   #11
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I love this report! Is there more coming, or is there another link I've missed?
Yup, there's more coming. I've been busy moving back to uni in the UK! I've got more or less this week free and will hopefully get it done, promise!
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:01 AM   #12
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Day 4 - At Sea

Today me and my sister have planned to explore the ship some more, and character hunt while mum and my aunt have a massage booked in the afternoon.

In the morning, we went and watched Planes after breakfast, had a late lunch then headed our own ways in the early afternoon until we the concierge character meet!

Me and Sea went to a animation session, drawing Stitch!

Loads of photos in this update!


















Goofy being, well, goofy!



This evening was formal night, so we headed back to the room to get ready. at around 6.30pm we went and watched Twice Charmed, then dinner!






Donald asked my sister out on a date! Bad! I should tell Daisy!

After dinner it was quite late, so my parents called it a day while I went to the college club meet up.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:21 AM   #13
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Wonderful report so far! Thanks for sharing it really helps for those of us who are planning for 2014!
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