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Old 01-11-2013, 06:50 AM   #706
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:44 PM   #707
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I've been waiting for the Disney site to list all the excursions. I've done that with every cruise I've ever been on. What is the benefit of not using Disney for excursions? Is it cheaper? It's only my friend and I going, so no large party. I'm I better off finding an excursion prior to the Disney site releasing them all or is it okay to wait?

Sorry, I know I'm full of questions!
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:49 PM   #708
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Eleblanc, did you see that Milliepie filled your design request this morning? It came out so great! I'm so excited to use this on our door. She is just so talented. We'll definitely have to request some more from her as it gets a little closer to the cruise, right now she is really swamped with requests for people leaving in the next few weeks- she just did 2 awesome 'solo and fabulous' ones for me this week for my Western cruise next week that came out so cool also!

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Thank you so much for posting this! I requested it months ago and told her it was no rush since it was some time away, but was starting to wonder if I would ever be able to find it if she posted since she has so many requests. Can't wait to print it up and make it into a magnet!
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:57 PM   #709
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Thank you so much for posting this! I requested it months ago and told her it was no rush since it was some time away, but was starting to wonder if I would ever be able to find it if she posted since she has so many requests. Can't wait to print it up and make it into a magnet!
No problem! I get worried about losing my requests in there too, but I happened to be on there because I had requested some for my Fantasy cruise next week, and wasn't sure she was going to be able to get to them since she was swamped, but I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw she did some for me, and then not far after mine, I saw this one she did for you, it was perfect timing!
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I got Turkey all booked today! The tour looks pretty awesome. We booked with Ekol. Now working on booking Rome and Greece love the planning!
That's great - which tour did you end up going with? Did you end up getting the 50% discount?

I am in the midst of confirming Rome - we hummed and hawed over Rome because we've all been there before (except my neighbour's daughter) - we were thinking DCL but in the end we ended up booking a private tour again. Lol. I think I am the queen of private tours this trip. But it turned out that I could get a tour (that can take up to 7 people) for the cost of three on a cheaper DCL Rome excursion....so I jumped at it.

You should see the spreadsheet I have going trying to keep everything organized - whose going where and when - and the costs (deposits and to-be-paid) for 4 different paying parties in our group and 4 different currencies. Hopefully it won't be a crazy mess in the end.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:51 PM   #711
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That's great - which tour did you end up going with? Did you end up getting the 50% discount?

I am in the midst of confirming Rome - we hummed and hawed over Rome because we've all been there before (except my neighbour's daughter) - we were thinking DCL but in the end we ended up booking a private tour again. Lol. I think I am the queen of private tours this trip. But it turned out that I could get a tour (that can take up to 7 people) for the cost of three on a cheaper DCL Rome excursion....so I jumped at it.

You should see the spreadsheet I have going trying to keep everything organized - whose going where and when - and the costs (deposits and to-be-paid) for 4 different paying parties in our group and 4 different currencies. Hopefully it won't be a crazy mess in the end.
haha, you are busy We book the: Ephesus incl The Terrace Houses + the House of Virgin Mary + Basilica of St. John + the Artemis Temple Unfortunately couldn't get the 50% off and it was only a Dec promotion but the tour sounds really interesting so I ended up booking it! I am very tempted to book a Rome tour with DCL but haven't decided yet, pretty pricey! What company did you book your tour in Rome? We are doing back to back Med cruises so we can't really do too many tours....we are thinking of doing Rome, Turkey and Villefranche tours and the rest we have to do on our own, or at least try
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:10 AM   #712
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We are staying there pre and post cruise. How is it? Close to alot???
Le Meridien is definitely in a good location for walking around and experiencing Barcelona. We had a suite and it was beautiful and plenty of room for the 3 of us. The restaurant was not very good and service terrible. We decided not to stay there this year.
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Eleblanc, did you see that Milliepie filled your design request this morning? It came out so great! I'm so excited to use this on our door. She is just so talented. We'll definitely have to request some more from her as it gets a little closer to the cruise, right now she is really swamped with requests for people leaving in the next few weeks- she just did 2 awesome 'solo and fabulous' ones for me this week for my Western cruise next week that came out so cool also!

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This is a really great design!
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:44 PM   #714
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I am very tempted to book a Rome tour with DCL but haven't decided yet, pretty pricey! What company did you book your tour in Rome?
I didn't go with the usual - Rome in Limo tour. I strayed and went with Rudy's Touring Service. We didn't want a Vatican intensive tour so this seemed to work for us and give us lots of flexibility. We can also add up to 7 people on our tour without an increase so it gives us some flexibility that way as well.

I'm sort of sad....I confirmed all the car bookings in Barcelona this morning....I don't think I have anything else to research and book

I'll have to put my attention to my Fish Extender project now
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:52 PM   #715
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I didn't go with the usual - Rome in Limo tour. I strayed and went with Rudy's Touring Service. We didn't want a Vatican intensive tour so this seemed to work for us and give us lots of flexibility. We can also add up to 7 people on our tour without an increase so it gives us some flexibility that way as well.

I'm sort of sad....I confirmed all the car bookings in Barcelona this morning....I don't think I have anything else to research and book

I'll have to put my attention to my Fish Extender project now
Car bookings? Do you rent a car in Barcelona? Or is it for a drive from the airport tot he hotel?
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Car bookings? Do you rent a car in Barcelona? Or is it for a drive from the airport tot he hotel?
I booked a car service for three different pick ups from the airport to the apartment we are renting; then a pick up from the apartment to the port; a pick up from the port to the airport with a stop off back to the apartment; and the final pick up from the apartment to the airport.

We were going to use taxis for any trips that had four people or less and car service for the rest - but it was just so much more convenient to have someone always waiting for us
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Okay, with all the newest discussions about people booking excursions, I was wondering if there was anyone else on the cruise who is kinda "winging" it like us.

We plan on going into every port on our own. Only exceptions are booking the Rome On Your Own transport excursion with Disney and maybe hiring a driver for Athens just to get us into the city. Taking the train from the port into the city and getting around on our own. We have been to few of the ports before (Rome, la Spezia and Valletta , so we know we can get around them fairly easily. Part of the experience for us is getting around on the local transport and figuring it all out.

The only time we have used a guide previously is when we were in St. Petersburg. The trip was planned short notice so trying to get the required visas was too difficult, so we hired the guide primarily for that purpose.

I can understand hiring a guide it is your first trip to any of ports, but I now there are some repeat visitors on this cruise.
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Okay, with all the newest discussions about people booking excursions, I was wondering if there was anyone else on the cruise who is kinda "winging" it like us.

We plan on going into every port on our own. Only exceptions are booking the Rome On Your Own transport excursion with Disney and maybe hiring a driver for Athens just to get us into the city. Taking the train from the port into the city and getting around on our own. We have been to few of the ports before (Rome, la Spezia and Valletta , so we know we can get around them fairly easily. Part of the experience for us is getting around on the local transport and figuring it all out.

The only time we have used a guide previously is when we were in St. Petersburg. The trip was planned short notice so trying to get the required visas was too difficult, so we hired the guide primarily for that purpose.

I can understand hiring a guide it is your first trip to any of ports, but I now there are some repeat visitors on this cruise.
Us! Plan on doing most of the ports on our own. There is only a couple of guided trips we are considering. Hopefully it will be as easy as it was previously on our last Med and Baltic (knock on wood).
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Just wondering if anyone heard when Disney will post excursions for our cruise? I want to see what they offer first. Thanks.
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