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Old 01-18-2013, 12:34 PM   #2551
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I know!!! I've been keeping an eye on them, we've considered switching but then DD would miss and entire two weeks of school instead of the last 3 days. That's what is keeping us from switching. We've always wanted to do PC and since we've already done EBTA, it's been a tough decision.
Does anybody know how much we can expect it to drop? I appreciate that may be like asking how long a piece of string is.....
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Hope all my other cruisers from the UK are safe and sound with all of this snow.

Birmingham/West Midlands has been shut down! All our local supermarkets have been closed and all buses stopped until the morning now. I just don't understand why we cannot cope with it!!!!
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:50 PM   #2553
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I've been looking into hotels for Barcelona. It's really hard to find something for a family of four. That said, I'm a deal hunter so I guess if I just booked what I wanted and paid whatever they were asking it would have been a breeze so far.

Figuring out how to get to the hotel from the cruise terminal is another thing too, and renting a car,...This is certainly not as easy as planning a trip to Disneyland. NOT COMPLAINING though, I'm so happy to have these problems.
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I've been looking into hotels for Barcelona. It's really hard to find something for a family of four. That said, I'm a deal hunter so I guess if I just booked what I wanted and paid whatever they were asking it would have been a breeze so far.

Figuring out how to get to the hotel from the cruise terminal is another thing too, and renting a car,...This is certainly not as easy as planning a trip to Disneyland. NOT COMPLAINING though, I'm so happy to have these problems.
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Just for kicks, here is a photo of the boys' first Halloween. My friend is hosting an Austin Powers party this weekend and we are resurrecting our costumes for it, so I looked up the pic.



The boys are seven months old. We shaved Jonah's head HAHAHA.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:02 PM   #2556
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Barcelona hotel

We are staying at the Hilton Barcelona, not to be confused with the hilton Disney is using (that hilton is sold out). It's a beautiful hotel.

I'll apologize ahead of time. How are folks getting to the port from a hotel (Hilton) by the airport. I'm able to stay at a Hilton property on points instead of paying for the Marriott.

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Old 01-18-2013, 01:15 PM   #2557
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We are staying at the Hilton Barcelona, not to be confused with the hilton Disney is using (that hilton is sold out). It's a beautiful hotel.

I'll apologize ahead of time. How are folks getting to the port from a hotel (Hilton) by the airport. I'm able to stay at a Hilton property on points instead of paying for the Marriott.

Thanks for the help

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would help to have an address!! We am looking to ride share, but we are on Nou de la Rambla which is 2 blocks off Las Ramblas on the port side (think that is south, but my directions are all messed up today) We are looking at a vehicle that will easily handle 4 people. One person on FB is interested, but doesn't know where she is staying yet!

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would help to have an address!! We am looking to ride share, but we are on Nou de la Rambla which is 2 blocks off Las Ramblas on the port side (think that is south, but my directions are all messed up today) We are looking at a vehicle that will easily handle 4 people. One person on FB is interested, but doesn't know where she is staying yet!

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A few people are talking about how to get to hotels from the port in Barcelona.

I'd mentioned quite a few posts back that at least one of the touring companies I was looking at will pick you up at the port, hold your bags during the tour and then take you to the hotel after.

With us docking at 7am, I'm guessing we need to start getting off by 9am or 10am? I didn't see any hotels that have check ins nearly that early (but, yes, many hotels will allow early check in for free) but many of them will hold bags.

My question is are there any comments about this? Am I forgetting something important? Should I push for getting to the hotel before taking a tour or does my plan seem viable? Anyone done it before?

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(By the way, Roll call hit 70 today )
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:39 PM   #2560
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A few people are talking about how to get to hotels from the port in Barcelona.

I'd mentioned quite a few posts back that at least one of the touring companies I was looking at will pick you up at the port, hold your bags during the tour and then take you to the hotel after.

With us docking at 7am, I'm guessing we need to start getting off by 9am or 10am? I didn't see any hotels that have check ins nearly that early (but, yes, many hotels will allow early check in for free) but many of them will hold bags.

My question is are there any comments about this? Am I forgetting something important? Should I push for getting to the hotel before taking a tour or does my plan seem viable? Anyone done it before?

Thanks.

(By the way, Roll call hit 70 today )
I've never done this trip before so I have no idea what the "right" thing to do is but taking a tour from the port seems like an excellent idea to me.
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We are staying at the Hilton Barcelona, not to be confused with the hilton Disney is using (that hilton is sold out). It's a beautiful hotel.

I'll apologize ahead of time. How are folks getting to the port from a hotel (Hilton) by the airport. I'm able to stay at a Hilton property on points instead of paying for the Marriott.

Thanks for the help

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My parents are flying into IAH, and staying at the airport Sheraton. They purchased transfers from IAH, and plan to head back to the airport the morning of the cruise to leave on the coach from there. The hotel offers a shuttle to and from the airport. If you have a big family, you might want to look for a different option, but there's only the two of them.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #2562
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I was just doing some scouting around. It's interesting to see levels of activities of the other meets threads around us. We're certainly much more active than the 7 day cruises before and after us. They're probably around 30 pages of posts but don't seem to be many people - for example, 12 people signed up for FEs. The 12 day Venice cruise has a close number of cruises - 50ish vs our 70 (yes, either count may be off because of people dropping out).

Just goes to show what a good time this cruise is going to be filled with so many Dis-ers.

While looking around, I found a thread talking about Barcelona hotels a few people were quoting on different threads.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2870617
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Does anybody know how much we can expect it to drop? I appreciate that may be like asking how long a piece of string is.....
So, this is our first Disney Cruise, and I'm new to all the pricing strategies. We're PIF of course at this point, but would love to save a little $ if possible. There is a penatly for any changes at this point right? So, a price drop would have to be more than the amount of the penalty to justify cancelling/rebooking. Is the penalty 10% (I read the rules online, and it said from between 119 and 56 days the penalty is the amt of the deposit, which for us was 10%). So, basically, the idea is to watch, and if prices go down by more than the amt of our deposit, we cancel and rebook, and otherwise we hold tight? Do I have all that right?

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While looking around, I found a thread talking about Barcelona hotels a few people were quoting on different threads.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2870617
Here is a link to some pre-cruise hotels that were used for our WBTA if that helps anyone see some options. Then you can google or search that hotel name on DIS to see more feedback.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:56 PM   #2565
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We just starting booking our activities and I noticed on the DCL site, they have added some tour options in Barcelona. So, if you haven't looked at the Port Adventures section recently... take a look now. They specifically have tours that finish with a drop at the airport or the hotel. Bookings will be available on ship... not online.
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