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Old 02-03-2013, 02:01 PM   #331
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:56 PM   #332
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My travel agent said Disney contracts with the renaissance hotel and another one (but forgot which she said) for ground transfers to the port. Anyone else making arrangements from hotel to port yet?
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:55 PM   #333
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Barcelona Hotels

We were on a wait list and our names came to the top this week. 505$ per room for the night before the cruise. This included 6 roundtrip transfers which are 90 dollars per person. We need two rooms as each room is for three people only. We tried to add my MIL and FIL to the room but this would not work as they were not on our reservation and the TA says four to a room is unusual in Europe. This was at the Hilton Diagonal del Mar. I probably would have kept the Disney recommended hotel if we had been able to add my in laws. We found another Hotel recommended by trip advisor that will sleep 4 per room so are happy with this new plan.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:47 AM   #334
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Hotel Diagonal del Mar

We are staying the one night before. From what we have researched, the majority, if not all, of their rooms sleep only 2. Disney set us up with 2 rooms for the 4 of us. I did it for the convenience of Disney so that I don't have to juggle, which hotel, and how to get there, find the taxi, then to the port, then back. I'm letting them handle this one.

I wish it were closer to las Ramblas, but, we will explore. We are on the treadmill at least every other day now. Those first days are going to be a marathon. Five straight days - one in Barcelona, the next 4 in a different port each day. I will probably just sleep all day on the first at sea day. Yeah, DW and I used to do WDW commando style - gotta see everything, every time. Go from opening until they close the gates!

Then, children; then, slow down. Now the kids are older, and they like to go, go, go. They just drop sooner than what we used to. And, as for me, not DW, I'm older and with more wear and tear, I've slowed down.

One less day till we go.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:28 PM   #335
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We were on a wait list and our names came to the top this week. 505$ per room for the night before the cruise. This included 6 roundtrip transfers which are 90 dollars per person. We need two rooms as each room is for three people only. We tried to add my MIL and FIL to the room but this would not work as they were not on our reservation and the TA says four to a room is unusual in Europe. This was at the Hilton Diagonal del Mar. I probably would have kept the Disney recommended hotel if we had been able to add my in laws. We found another Hotel recommended by trip advisor that will sleep 4 per room so are happy with this new plan.
Having been to Barcelona for our last Disney cruise, the taxis are plentiful and the hotel staff will happily book them for you. We will probably pre book our airport transfers through one of the few websites available but will ask our hotel to book us the transfer to the port in the morning. We did have trouble booking a room for the 3 of us and that's why we ended up booking the Holiday Inn Express, where we got a family room. It's not really close to Las Ramblas but we are happy to walk and explore the Poblenou district where it is. It's a couple of blocks south of the Hotel Diagonal Mar. Hope to see you there.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:39 PM   #336
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My travel agent said Disney contracts with the renaissance hotel and another one (but forgot which she said) for ground transfers to the port. Anyone else making arrangements from hotel to port yet?
Barcelona taxis are plentiful and seem to be well regulated and your hotel staff should be able to book it for you. That's what we are going to do. We've not booked a Disney hotel as they're just too expensive.



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Old 02-06-2013, 03:31 PM   #337
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Okay - finally

I have gone through the entire thread and updated the roll call. If there are any changes, please let me know.

The countdown continues. More research tonight.

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Hi Everyone....

My DH and I are on this sailing too. This is our first cruise without our daughter. We have the cruise, flights, hotels and transfers booked and now we are trying to figure out shore excursions. We are thinking of using Rome in Limo...is anyone else using them? We were going to use the for all 3 stops...but I don't know if its necessary to have a driver in all ports...any suggestions? We are a party of 2 and the Rome In Limo tours are expensive since we do not have a group...It is going to be our first trip to Europe. I was looking into the Rick Steves books.... Not sure which ones are the best to get...suggestions?
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My travel agent said Disney contracts with the renaissance hotel and another one (but forgot which she said) for ground transfers to the port. Anyone else making arrangements from hotel to port yet?
Hi. We are just going to grab a taxi to the cruise port. Our hotel is right near an airport bus stop, so we are going to take the airport bus to our hotel. The hotel said its really easy and only costs 5$! We ended up booking 2 rooms and we will each stay with a kid as I don't feel comfortable leaving the kids alone in a hotel room. We are staying at the Pulitzer (got a great rate on Expedia. 130 Canadian and includes breakfast). I hope the hotel is okay!
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:02 AM   #340
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My DH and I are on this sailing too. This is our first cruise without our daughter. We have the cruise, flights, hotels and transfers booked and now we are trying to figure out shore excursions. We are thinking of using Rome in Limo...is anyone else using them? We were going to use the for all 3 stops...but I don't know if its necessary to have a driver in all ports...any suggestions? We are a party of 2 and the Rome In Limo tours are expensive since we do not have a group...It is going to be our first trip to Europe. I was looking into the Rick Steves books.... Not sure which ones are the best to get...suggestions?
I've got the Meditteranean cruise ports & it is perfectly adequate (I know some people have had issues with the maps not being truly representative). THre only problem is it does not cover Dubrovnik, or Valletta & assumes you Florence/Pisa from Livorno with no mention of La Spezia!!! We are doing everything DIY except Naples as we want to do Vesuvius & Pompeii, but will probably book independent of DCL

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Hi. We are just going to grab a taxi to the cruise port. Our hotel is right near an airport bus stop, so we are going to take the airport bus to our hotel. The hotel said its really easy and only costs 5$! We ended up booking 2 rooms and we will each stay with a kid as I don't feel comfortable leaving the kids alone in a hotel room. We are staying at the Pulitzer (got a great rate on Expedia. 130 Canadian and includes breakfast). I hope the hotel is okay!
Kelly, looks like you're right next to catalunya square which is where the buses come in. We were just around the corner from that last time we sailed from Barcelona. A taxi takes about 10-15 min depending on the traffic.
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Kelly, looks like you're right next to catalunya square which is where the buses come in. We were just around the corner from that last time we sailed from Barcelona. A taxi takes about 10-15 min depending on the traffic.
Thanks. We have never been to Barcelona before, so we are using Rick Steve's book as a starting point. We're hoping all our "adventures" are fun.
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Okay, in the middle of research and haven't found all of the answers yet. But, we are in Rome on a Sunday. Seems there are some complications due to this including the Vatican museum is closed on Sundays - now, the good news, this is except for the last Sunday of the month. WE have the LAST Sunday of the month.

Like I said, I'm in the middle of researching this. So, I thought the collective mind of the group might want to weigh in.

It looks, so far, like the last Sunday of the month is free (so more crowded), but is open. Hopefully, not too many problems with this.
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Okay, here's my latest find:

At the Vatican Museums you choose from 4 different itineraries all ending with the Sistine Chapel. Because of the vastness of the museum it's wise to take a guided tour. Visitors with guided tour reservations or who book tickets in advance enter without waiting in line. The museums are closed Sundays and holidays except the last Sunday of the month when they're free.

So, we can get in.
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At the Vatican Museums you choose from 4 different itineraries all ending with the Sistine Chapel. Because of the vastness of the museum it's wise to take a guided tour. Visitors with guided tour reservations or who book tickets in advance enter without waiting in line. The museums are closed Sundays and holidays except the last Sunday of the month when they're free.

So, we can get in.
We looked at this a while ago and realized the same. Unfortunately since it's a free day there are no bookings, tickets or tours so I think we're avoiding the Vatican at all costs.... it'll be very busy. This is taken from the Vatican website "Seeing the Pope

On Sundays at noon, the pope usually (if he's in town) appears at the second window from the right of the Apostolic Palace, to pray the Angelus and bless the crowd in the Square. Benedict XVI has continued this tradition, no ticket required. " The pope is usually in town July and August, so St Peter's square will be full at noon.
Think we're going to steer clear and spend the time doing other things in Rome. Pity, because we didn't get to see the museum the last time.
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