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Old 06-18-2007, 11:13 PM   #1
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Cool To the Mediterranean and Beyond! June 6 Med Cruise with 2 young boys

Well we're back in California after our fabulous Mediterranean cruise. I was a little worried about traveling with a 2 and 4 year old and had planned on waiting for our first Disney cruise until the little one was at least 3, but I couldn't pass up on the Mediterranean. And I'm so glad that I didn't!

PRE-CRUISE TRAVELS:
We decided to take a few days before the cruise to enjoy London and Paris. We flew from SFO direct to Heathrow and then stayed at the Marriott County Hall for a couple of days. Took the Heathrow Express from airport into town which was very convenient. Weather was nice and sunny (can you believe it?) in London. And we discovered when we got to our hotel that there was a Star Wars exhibit in County Hall, with Jedi Training and everything, which thrilled my 4 year old!
For London pics:
http://picasaweb.google.com/Grinold/London

After a couple of days in London, we took the Eurostar to Paris. Hardest part of that trip was getting through the Waterloo train station -- it was more like an airport than a train station, with passport control, security and the whole bit. But the train ride was nice and wasn't long before we were in Paris, where we stayed in an apartment hotel Citadine in St. Germaine. Super convenient 1 bedroom apartment with kitchenette, close to Latin Quarter and Notre Dame. Mostly toured around our hotel with one excursion to Eiffle Tower. Really enjoyed Paris, even with little ones.
For Paris pics:
http://picasaweb.google.com/Grinold/Paris

TRAVEL TO BARCELONA
Then we took an overnight train from Paris to Barcelona. We had two connecting rooms with two beds in each room. It was nice enough, though not as nice as the pictures on web site made it seem. And private bathroom ended up being a small sink and a pot to pee in (literally, or at least I think that was what that pot was for...didn't use it). Kids slept great, I slept ok and husband didn't sleep much at all. We got into Barcelona at around 8:30am and took a taxi straight to the train terminal. We arrived probably a little after 9am and terminal was packed with those departing to the airports. We had to wait about an hour and a half and then were one of the very first in the terminal, all in our lime green shirts

We had kind of been hoping to upgrade, but when we got to the terminal they said that the cruise was sold out and no upgrades were possible. Turned out to be fine for us...we were very happy with the inside cabin 6543 -- great location for those with kids going to Oceaneers Club or Lab.

There was entertainment in the terminal - dancing, coloring for kids, photos. And we met some other DISboard people who found us in our bright green shirts!

BOARDING THE MAGIC
We were so tired though from our travels and were happy when we finally could board. Although I had read on DISboards to bring bathing suits along for kids, I didn't, but sure wish I did as the little ones wanted to swim! Shortly after getting on ship, I went to Palos and got reservations for dinner and waitlisted for brunch and high tea. Got off waitlist for brunch, but not for high tea. My husband got more time at Flounders. They told us that they would try to give people as much time as they wanted. So it was not a problem to get extra hours (although Nico couldn't stand it there and we ended up canceling some of the time we originally scheduled. Not that there were any problems with Flounders, just not Nico's cup of tea).

Well...will try to write more soon with details on our excursions and such...meanwhile, here are some photos from the Magic...
http://picasaweb.google.com/Grinold/DisneyCruise
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