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Old 11-18-2012, 11:09 AM   #751
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Wow! I didn't think I would have to worry about my awesome threadkilling abilities on this thread.
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Hey, it's the holidays....
Yeah Lisa, I didn't see anything in your posts that would kill a thread

People are busy.

I imagine it will pick up closer to cruise time.

Are you on the facebook page?

I'm almost always up for cruise discussion
When I'm not catching up on work

I work from home so very easy to get distracted
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:03 PM   #752
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DH was not going to tell me that he does not want to go until before PIF date, but I got the sense that he does not want to go on the Med Cruise.
I think I'm going to look at Alaska with Princess with a land tour. I am so disappointed, but going on a 2 week trip with a grouchy husband will not work for me. We have been married 35 years so I know his moods better than he does.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:11 PM   #753
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DH was not going to tell me that he does not want to go until before PIF date, but I got the sense that he does not want to go on the Med Cruise.
I think I'm going to look at Alaska with Princess with a land tour. I am so disappointed, but going on a 2 week trip with a grouchy husband will not work for me. We have been married 35 years so I know his moods better than he does.
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Bummer...not even reading the descriptions of DCL excursions will change his mind?

I agree I wouldn't want to drag my DH on a long trip to some place he didn't want to go.
Can you go with someone else?
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:45 PM   #754
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So we've been looking through the DCL excursions and here's what we've come up with, keeping in mind that for these ports, we'll make two stops since we're B2Bing.

Villefranche: 1st stop - Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze. and do Villefranche area on our own on this sailing

La Spezia: Florence and Michaelangelo for this sailing. Cinque Terre on our own the previous sailing. If we don't do Florence/Michaelangelo, then we'd do Discovering Florence.

Civitavecchia: Nothing through DCL struck us for going into Rome, so we're going to look for a private tour and/or hook up with someone on the first cruise who is booking something privately. The thing for us is that we did the Jumping Back into Rome excursion in 2007 and it was fabulous, but we saw all the highlights then. The rest of the excursions go back to the very same places or spend more time in the Vatican than we are interested in. So we are going to look into doing something on our own. For this sailing, we will choose either the Pope, Etruscans, and Piazza Del Duomo - amazing Orviero, or Italian Countryside and Olive Oil - leaning more towards the second one because of the cost - however, depending on what we decide to do for this sailing, we might be able to work out a good arrangement with the same private tour provider to do a regional tour on our second time around.

Naples - Pompeii Half Day

Venice and Dubrovnik - TBD

Malta - Island Panoramic on the first sailing, on our own the second.

It's good for me to get an idea of the excursion costs so we can get that fixed up.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:16 PM   #755
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Thanks so much for the notice of the shore excursions being up for most of the ports.

When we went on the Alaska cruise, they offered "Disney Signature or Exclusive excursions". Do you think they will offer any for this cruise? Do any of you verteran Med. cruisers remember any special ones?

Thanks in advance and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:03 PM   #756
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They had some. Most of them were private car rentals. There was a cool o e where you got to drive an exotic car in Monaco. I don't see that one this time. Another one was a private cooking lesson in Tuscany. I saw that one. They are pretty exclusive opportunities not like the Alaska ones at all.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:55 AM   #757
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So we've been looking through the DCL excursions and here's what we've come up with, keeping in mind that for these ports, we'll make two stops since we're B2Bing.

Villefranche: 1st stop - Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze. and do Villefranche area on our own on this sailing

La Spezia: Florence and Michaelangelo for this sailing. Cinque Terre on our own the previous sailing. If we don't do Florence/Michaelangelo, then we'd do Discovering Florence.

Civitavecchia: Nothing through DCL struck us for going into Rome, so we're going to look for a private tour and/or hook up with someone on the first cruise who is booking something privately. The thing for us is that we did the Jumping Back into Rome excursion in 2007 and it was fabulous, but we saw all the highlights then. The rest of the excursions go back to the very same places or spend more time in the Vatican than we are interested in. So we are going to look into doing something on our own. For this sailing, we will choose either the Pope, Etruscans, and Piazza Del Duomo - amazing Orviero, or Italian Countryside and Olive Oil - leaning more towards the second one because of the cost - however, depending on what we decide to do for this sailing, we might be able to work out a good arrangement with the same private tour provider to do a regional tour on our second time around.

Naples - Pompeii Half Day

Venice and Dubrovnik - TBD

Malta - Island Panoramic on the first sailing, on our own the second.

It's good for me to get an idea of the excursion costs so we can get that fixed up.
I'm having fun reading the descriptions of the DCL excursions and looking through the pictures

I am thinking of morning mass at St John's co-cathedral with Denise (or anyone else that wants to join us-only way we'll get to see it as it is closed on Sunday) and then on to Mdina for Malta.
I have really long days planned for Rome, Naples and Florence that I am reluctant to plan alot for the rest of the ports.
I do intend to spend alot of time on shore in Venice
That is what frustrated me about St Petersburg on our Baltic cruise-having so much time there but limited by the visa requirements
With no visa restrictions in Venice I'll be exploring the city from top to bottom!

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Thanks so much for the notice of the shore excursions being up for most of the ports.

When we went on the Alaska cruise, they offered "Disney Signature or Exclusive excursions". Do you think they will offer any for this cruise? Do any of you verteran Med. cruisers remember any special ones?

Thanks in advance and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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They had some. Most of them were private car rentals. There was a cool o e where you got to drive an exotic car in Monaco. I don't see that one this time. Another one was a private cooking lesson in Tuscany. I saw that one. They are pretty exclusive opportunities not like the Alaska ones at all.
They had some amazing ones in the Baltic-private dances at the palace in St Petersburg, helicopter ride to see the Dream In Germany, ...but way out of our price range..
I'll live vicariously through you all that can get these
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:04 PM   #758
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Well, went ahead and bought tickets for the Hypogeum in Malta
They only allow 10 people per hour and 80 people total per day.
Sounded cool

Thinking of maybe going with a private tour with this company
http://www.touringmalta.com/index.htm

Or maybe just winging it by getting a taxi...not sure.
Needed to get the Hypogeum tickets anyway as the tour company doesn't include entrance fees.
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Well, went ahead and bought tickets for the Hypogeum in Malta
They only allow 10 people per hour and 80 people total per day.
Sounded cool

Thinking of maybe going with a private tour with this company
http://www.touringmalta.com/index.htm

Or maybe just winging it by getting a taxi...not sure.
Needed to get the Hypogeum tickets anyway as the tour company doesn't include entrance fees.
What is the Hypogeum?
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Thanks so much for the notice of the shore excursions being up for most of the ports.

When we went on the Alaska cruise, they offered "Disney Signature or Exclusive excursions". Do you think they will offer any for this cruise? Do any of you verteran Med. cruisers remember any special ones?

Thanks in advance and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I found this on the DCL website:

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cr...res-by-disney/



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What is the Hypogeum?
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio..._of_Malta.html

I read about it in someone's trip report and my DH actually started showing interest when I showed this to him

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypogeu...%A6al-Saflieni
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Those look very cool

There's a trip report out there from someone who went on the DCL ABD.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:04 AM   #763
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Kayak had the exact flight I was tracking drop by $135, and only that flight. Everything else is at the same fare it's been at for months. Whatever. I booked it. We're going.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is hosting the exhibit "A Day in Pompeii" for the next few months. We toured it this week. Wow. I can't wait to see this place for real. The fragments of frescoes are still vibrantly colorful, and the items on display are in perfect condition. So hard to wrap my head around the fact that they are two thousand years old.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:40 AM   #764
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5 Canadians inbound for Venice

Hi all! We just switched our trip to this June sailing. Have done two European previously (DH, DD (7), DS (15) and Papa). Love Barcelone and have stayed on after each Magic cruise.

Hope to be part of groups Will scroll the pages as we are late to the game here although it is June it comes so fast!

Oh and we have done this itinerary in 2010 (w/o Venice and Dub but with Tunisia). I did all travel by myself (trains, tours, etc) so pls post questions if you have them (we did Pisa (not Florence; way too far IMHO), Pompeii, Rome (not Vatican), St. Pauls/Catacombs in Malta).
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Be careful in Rome. Lots of pickpockets there too. When we go to Europe we carry Pacsafe bags while touring. I have a cross bag and my husband has a fanny pack.
I love the PacSafe it saved me in Rome last time we were there, two people in the square were pocketed and i was tugged but they were foiled
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