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Old 09-01-2010, 09:13 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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