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Old 01-31-2012, 08:35 AM   #76
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Laurie - our whole trip was last minute. We booked an inside after the pif date. I planned the whole trip in under 3 months! I think the hotel was one of the last things I did.
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Three months!!
That's like planning a wedding in 3 months
I drive everyone nuts in my family with my long, drawn out, detail-specific planning


Hey Deb
I know I read one of your blogs years ago

Yeah, I'd rather not spend my last night doing laundry on the cruise and my DH iinsists he wants to fly home on debarktion day. That's what we did with our Baltic cruise as well.


I am afraid to look at flights





Oh yeah, I'm definitely returning to London for a land vacation one of these days I could easily stay there a week and not get to everything I want to do.

We'll probably go with a cab home after our flight as we live pretty close to Dulles airport. No one likes to drive to the airport here
Tell me I am going on a Disney cruise and all I need is time to go to the bathroom and I will BE in the CAR. I will DEAL with necessities LATER


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We need to get the link to this thread on the "find your cruise meet for 2013 on Magic" on page one. Its' getting too hard to find.
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I'll ask Irish_Cowboy to link us up - I thought the mods go through and automatically do it, but since it hasn't happened yet, I'll check on it.

I just subscribed so I can always find it through my User CP.
We have been on the list since I first checked in several days ago. Listed by date as:
June 27, 2013 - Magic in the Med (Venice)
That is how I found you.

(I stand corrected. This thread is in the list but not in the Sticky that Irish Cowboy keeps. I thought it was both places. Thanks in advance for messaging him.)

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Old 01-31-2012, 04:09 PM   #78
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Sweet - now we'll be easier to find!

6/27/2013 - 12 Night Mediterranean Getaway Cruise with Venice, Barcelona, Spain
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Hi there! I noticed you accidentally left me off the list in the first post. Lessa (30) and Beth (50).
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Hey Mrs Scooby! (looks like we are neighbors)
Hey NZdisneymom!

Looking forward to this cruise. I am starting to gather info on our ports. I went to Rome when I was a teen-ager (long ago) and was chased in and out of St Peters by gorgeous Italian men...of course I remember NOTHING about the cathedral. Wow, was I dumb. I'd really like to see that cathedral this time. Also, I went to Dubrovnik in my 20s and remember thinking it was one of the most amazing places on the entire planet. How about a visit to the Murano glass factory??? The most beautiful glass in the world!!!!! Can't wait to take this trip!!! Looking forward to making new friends also. I wouldn't mind more BFFs too. We can always use more of those...Talk about pixie dust.

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Hi we are also in.... Special Disney Cruises - Western Caribbean in 2006, Med in 2007, Mex Riviera 2008, Baltic 2010 and Alaska 2011... Among this, we have taken two Disney additional cruises!

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By the way, this is the first time for our DN in Europe, so we will be a few days in Disneyland Paris and Barcelona.
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Tell me I am going on a Disney cruise and all I need is time to go to the bathroom and I will BE in the CAR. I will DEAL with necessities LATER
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My DH is that way. He would prefer to just wing it. I'm the one that has to plan everything out. I had a blast planning my more complicated trips. Even started looking at hotels and excursions for this one

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Hey Mrs Scooby! (looks like we are neighbors)
Hey NZdisneymom!

Looking forward to this cruise. I am starting to gather info on our ports. I went to Rome when I was a teen-ager (long ago) and was chased in and out of St Peters by gorgeous Italian men...of course I remember NOTHING about the cathedral. Wow, was I dumb. I'd really like to see that cathedral this time. Also, I went to Dubrovnik in my 20s and remember thinking it was one of the most amazing places on the entire planet. How about a visit to the Murano glass factory??? The most beautiful glass in the world!!!!! Can't wait to take this trip!!! Looking forward to making new friends also. I wouldn't mind more BFFs too. We can always use more of those...Talk about pixie dust.

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Hi we are also in.... Special Disney Cruises - Western Caribbean in 2006, Med in 2007, Mex Riviera 2008, Baltic 2010 and Alaska 2011... Among this, we have taken two Disney additional cruises!

Me, DH (Mike) and DN (13).
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We also did the Baltic in 2010
What a great cruise that was!!
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For those asking about excursions, I found a list from 2007 it look like, but they were the same in 2010. Pricing looks similar to what I remember from 2010. Just click on each city we're going to, as they are some different ones.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/cruis...-repo-med.html
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For those asking about excursions, I found a list from 2007 it look like, but they were the same in 2010. Pricing looks similar to what I remember from 2010. Just click on each city we're going to, as they are some different ones.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/cruis...-repo-med.html
That's great

From what I read Rome is going to be a bit challenging for our cruise.
We are in Rome on a Sunday and normally the Vatican is closed on Sundays, except for the last Sunday of the month when admission is free.
The good news is that we are there the last Sunday of the month and apparently the Pope usually makes an appearance to give a blessing. The bad news is that it will be even more crowded than usual
Probably best to either go with a DCL excursion or a private company's excursion A DIY seems a little risky given the circumstances.

We did a mix of DIY and private companies on our Baltic cruise and that worked great for us so most likely will do the same with this cruise.

My DS was in Rome back in the summer of 2009 and his advice was to research a bit the restaurants as he found that the touristy place they ate at was pretty bad (he couldn't remember the name of it). When they went off the beaten path a bit, they found a pizza place they liked alot (Anni Cinquenta). My DH and I liked the idea of eating lunch at a place that my DS visited but this pizzeria is a bit out of the way and with time being short, and extra crowds to deal with, not sure if we can do it or not.
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Finally bought trip insurance and was not happy to see how much it had gone up since last I bought it.
Wondering if the recent cruise accident is the reason.
Our insurance for other European trips had been much lower for the same coverage.
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That's great

From what I read Rome is going to be a bit challenging for our cruise.
We are in Rome on a Sunday and normally the Vatican is closed on Sundays, except for the last Sunday of the month when admission is free.
The good news is that we are there the last Sunday of the month and apparently the Pope usually makes an appearance to give a blessing. The bad news is that it will be even more crowded than usual
Probably best to either go with a DCL excursion or a private company's excursion A DIY seems a little risky given the circumstances.

We did a mix of DIY and private companies on our Baltic cruise and that worked great for us so most likely will do the same with this cruise.

My DS was in Rome back in the summer of 2009 and his advice was to research a bit the restaurants as he found that the touristy place they ate at was pretty bad (he couldn't remember the name of it). When they went off the beaten path a bit, they found a pizza place they liked alot (Anni Cinquenta). My DH and I liked the idea of eating lunch at a place that my DS visited but this pizzeria is a bit out of the way and with time being short, and extra crowds to deal with, not sure if we can do it or not.
Boy am I glad that we have no intention of returning to the Vatican this cruise. Didn't even think to look at days we're in port yet. We'll probably hire a driver and a private guide for Rome this time and see it more in depth. Our last time(private tour as well), seemed to glaze over Rome and focus on the Vatican. A word of advice to all of those planning private drivers/tours in Italy. The drivers AREN'T allowed to give tours, just drive. They can give you advice, but that's it. You need to hire an additional private guide for that. It's the law in Italy that a guide MUST be licensed as such, and most drivers aren't.
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Hi all. I've updated the first post with the who's sailing info - if I left someone off (sorry 'bout that Lessa) or you want / need something changed, let me now.

Marlaymike, is DN niece or nephew?

The discussion about the day of the week we'll be in various ports led me to look it up so I can start getting things fixed in my brain about what day we'll be where. From our itinerary (and I will add this to the first post as well):


Thursday, June 27 Barcelona, Spain - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, June 28 Villefranche, France 8:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29 La Spezia, Italy 7:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 30 Civitavecchia, Italy 7:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 1 Naples, Italy 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 2 At Sea - -
Wednesday, July 3 Venice, Italy 1:00 p.m. -
Thursday, July 4 Venice, Italy - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, July 5 Dubrovnik, Croatia 1:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 At Sea - -
Sunday, July 7 Valetta, Malta 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, July 8 At Sea - -
Tuesday, July 9 Barcelona, Spain 7:00 a.m. -


Re: travel insurance - we always just get it through the cruiseline. However, with our Greece one, we will have to insure it with someone like insuremytrip because of the cash portion of that trip - we will insure our DVC points through DVC.

I'm waiting for DCL to decide what they think we'll be able to do re: air with them or not - they did call me yesterday to tell me they still didn't know... I appreciated the follow-up. If we do air on our own, we'll also insure that. I'd like to do all my insurance at the same time but will probably piece-meal it. We don't normally insure just travel on our own - but we are making a big trip to the North Central states this summer and I actually did insure our flights. Not sure what made me decide to do that - maybe because we booked them pretty far in advance.
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We're in! It's an extended family trip. In our stateroom it is me, DH, DD (17 at the time of sailing) and DD (11 at the time of sailing). In addition to our family of 4, my parents and my DH's parents are coming too. All the adults are VERY excited! I'm sure our girls would be too, but they don't know we're going yet. LOL! Yes, we're mean, but they'd bug the beegeesus out of us about it for the next year and a half. LOL!

My DH and I went on the 11-Night DCL in the Med back in 2007 & had the time of our lives & are so looking forward to going back.
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Collectoraholic - welcome to the Roll Call - glad to have you with us. At what point will you tell your children about your plans? I'd have a hard time keeping quiet about it. We did a surprise Christmas cruise in 2008 and it about killed me! I'd never be able to do it with one this big, even this far out!

I posted on the main forum asking about hotels in Barcelona. I linked the thread in the first post on this thread because I compiled a list of recommendations from the thread and linked them to the hotel sites - this way I'll be able to find it later but I also thought you all might be interested at some point along the way when we start pre-cruise hotel shopping!
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