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Old 02-24-2013, 10:20 PM   #271
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We did the med in 2007 & Baltic in 2010. DCL does not hold up other guests for their tours. Once the ship is cleared any guests can disembark?
Oh that's good news. If the Onshore time is listed at 7:30 a.m., do you think (based on your experience) I can get off at 7:30 a.m. if we line up by say, 7:00 a.m.?
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Also, if you stay in the Disney designated hotels, they will check you in at the hotel a day before and give your kttw card. Once in port, you can go ahead and board once allowed. I'm not sure if that will be the same this year but that's what we did in 2010.
We are staying at the Hilton Diagonal but we booked on our own and are not using Disney transportation. Can we still check-in at the hotel and get our KTTW card?
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We are staying at the Hilton Diagonal but we booked on our own and are not using Disney transportation. Can we still check-in at the hotel and get our KTTW card?
We did in 07. Booked everything on our own and still checked in
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We did in 07. Booked everything on our own and still checked in
Fabulous. Thanks. I will keep my fingers crossed that it is the same this year.
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Oh that's good news. If the Onshore time is listed at 7:30 a.m., do you think (based on your experience) I can get off at 7:30 a.m. if we line up by say, 7:00 a.m.?
That's what we did.

It was really nice to be the second family in line.
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We are staying at the Hilton Diagonal but we booked on our own and are not using Disney transportation. Can we still check-in at the hotel and get our KTTW card?
Hilton Diagonal is one of the Disney hotels. I don't see why you cannot check in once there. If they do offer the service this year, I don't think it will hurt to ask.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:01 PM   #277
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I am doing the 6/1 cruise and just finished reading this entire thread. Thanks for the good info.

A couple of things
1. I don't see the need to buy $1,000 from Wells Fargo or anyone else. I travel to Europe at least once a year and can't imagine why I would need that much cash in advance. Rule one should be NEVER carry more cash then you can comfortably lose. I would be very upset to be out $1,000 LOL! If you want to arrive with some cash there are change services in every major US airport you will connect out of. Then just use an ATM and withdraw from your bank account. The ATMs there don't charge fees. Any fees are up to your bank and some banks have an arrangement with others that gets you a 'no fee' withdrawal (or you could have a bank that doesn't charge for ATM withdrawals like mine)

2. Notify both your bank and credit card company that you are leaving the country. Take the number they give you to call for an emergency. (If you are using Bank Of America you may need them.. after an HOUR on hold they then 'forgot' to put the travel alert on the account. There's a reason they don't have any of my cash anymore )

3. You don't have to have a chip and pin card. The only things I "had" to have one for was renting bikes in Paris. Otherwise I did just fine. I have also heard that some trains have issues, but this appears to be more common in "less touristed" areas (and anyplace a cruise ship docks is "touristed" LOL!)

Now my questions..

For Barcelona I see the "onboard" is 5 PM but reading on here it sounds like they actually expect you earlier. I think we would rather spend time touring Barcelona then "on board" (we have done the ship before and hopefully I can book our Palo brunch at the 90 day window I think this trip actually moves me up a level on the DCL heirarchy I was thinking of DCL transport (we are at the Rennisance) but if the 5 PM on board really means that then I may see if I can just get them to take the luggage and go tour for several hours. (I expect they want to bus you there early as most folks seem more eagar to get on the boat)

if there is a little "astrick" next to the port on your Itineary, does that mean it's tender port? (Or any other clue what that might mean, it's typical Disney to put that there with no explanation! ) Never mind I found that on the booking engine, It does mean tending...

I admire some of your plans. We have very laid back excursions planned. Just a couple of things and then a 'cafe'. However, we did Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Lucca etc in 2011 so we are just hitting the high points. For example in Naples, we aren't planning to leave the city.

I did just realize I booked late seating for dinner. My mother is going to kill me! Wonder if I can change it? Off to call and see

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That's what we did.

It was really nice to be the second family in line.
Thanks! Good to know. I'll have our transfer time for 7:45 a.m. but I'd love to get off at 7:30 a.m. and start my day. We were in a hectic rush as of our plans last night but I've decided to suck it up and rebook one of our tours eating some fees. Better to have more time than not, and frankly I got WAY too excited and booked something without considering Rome traffic
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We did in 07. Booked everything on our own and still checked in
We'll be in Barcelona for 3 days...I wonder if I can just stop by the Hilton to check in (only half kidding)
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2. Notify both your bank and credit card company that you are leaving the country. Take the number they give you to call for an emergency. (If you are using Bank Of America you may need them.. after an HOUR on hold they then 'forgot' to put the travel alert on the account. There's a reason they don't have any of my cash anymore )
Bank of America doesn't let me buy ANYTHING. Literally. I've had to ask airlines to hold airfare a few times in order to complete ticket purchases (and mind you, these are like crazy cheap sales where the fare disappears in minutes, like LAX to HNL for $280).

When buying my Disneyland APs, I first called for approval, did the transaction, got denied, got denied, got denied and finally had to keep the fraud agent on the phone during the entire transaction.

They also freeze my CC account whenever I do more than 5 internet purchases a day. So annoying.
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Bank of America doesn't let me buy ANYTHING. Literally. I've had to ask airlines to hold airfare a few times in order to complete ticket purchases (and mind you, these are like crazy cheap sales where the fare disappears in minutes, like LAX to HNL for $280).

When buying my Disneyland APs, I first called for approval, did the transaction, got denied, got denied, got denied and finally had to keep the fraud agent on the phone during the entire transaction.

They also freeze my CC account whenever I do more than 5 internet purchases a day. So annoying.
There's a solution... new bank. They have NONE of my accounts anymore and I have the manager an earful when I closed them (he made the error or asking "why" so I told him LOL!)
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:02 PM   #282
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1. I don't see the need to buy $1,000 from Wells Fargo or anyone else. I travel to Europe at least once a year and can't imagine why I would need that much cash in advance. Rule one should be NEVER carry more cash then you can comfortably lose. I would be very upset to be out $1,000 LOL! If you want to arrive with some cash there are change services in every major US airport you will connect out of. Then just use an ATM and withdraw from your bank account. The ATMs there don't charge fees. Any fees are up to your bank and some banks have an arrangement with others that gets you a 'no fee' withdrawal (or you could have a bank that doesn't charge for ATM withdrawals like mine)
For us, we're thinking that we want to have enough cash for the first few days in Barcelona and will get some cash at the ATM. We know once we are onboard, we can exchange US cash, so we are figuring out if we want to take US Cash (or traveler's checks, etc.) or just use the ATM onboard and then exchange with DCL. Here's something good to know - if you find yourself running low on cash, DCL will cash a personal check up to $100 US - we've done that before instead of having to get cash from an ATM.

We don't want to arrive without at least some US cash and some Euro - here's why - we went with NO Canadian money when we went to Vancouver - just planned to get some cash from the ATM - and we took limited US Cash as we knew we could always get some at the various ports in Alaska. Well it turned out that our bank's debit card would not work in Canada - not at an ATM even with the MasterCard logo nor when processed as a credit card. Thankfully we had a credit card with us that we could use, and there were several places that accepted US cash but gave change back in Canadian - so we were able to manage but ended up boarding the Wonder without the cash we had wanted for things like room service tips, etc. We did call our bank while in Vancouver and found out that it's some weird thing with Canada, but considering we had called to notify them of our plans and specifically asked about using our debit card out of the country (and stated it was in Canada), it seems they should've told us it wouldn't work. A few weeks after we got home (and after my discussion with a supervisor about my disappointment and inconvenience), I noticed that they put up signs at the teller windows that if you're traveling out of the country, please ask if your debit card will work!

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For Barcelona I see the "onboard" is 5 PM but reading on here it sounds like they actually expect you earlier. I think we would rather spend time touring Barcelona then "on board" (we have done the ship before and hopefully I can book our Palo brunch at the 90 day window I think this trip actually moves me up a level on the DCL heirarchy I was thinking of DCL transport (we are at the Rennisance) but if the 5 PM on board really means that then I may see if I can just get them to take the luggage and go tour for several hours. (I expect they want to bus you there early as most folks seem more eagar to get on the boat)
We've done DCL transportation on overseas cruises and found that they don't get you to the port in the first wave - but a little bit later in the boarding process. So pretty much they have it so you can get right on board when you get to the port, or very soon afterwards. If you have paid for DCL transfers, I don't see why you can't have them take your bags and you go site-seeing and get yourself to the port in time - but remember to leave yourself plenty of time to get there! It seems that when we've done DCL transfers, when we do our check-in at the hotel, we get to sign up for the transportation time over to the port - first come, first signed up - but never really early. I know we've had leisurely mornings at the hotel before heading over to the ship.

We will have 1 1/2 days in BCN before boarding day, and another day when we return. Plus we've been there once before so we've done some of our site-seeing already. We learned the first time that if you don't plan properly, you miss seeing the departure port - and that's a shame. If you come in too late, you're too jet-lagged and then get right onboard the ship and totally miss an amazing city.
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I asked this in a new thread, but in case anyone is subscribed to this thread here is my question:

Did DCL allow all passengers to wait in line to disembark at the listed "Onshore" time (assuming the ship was cleared to disembark passengers), or were DCL excursion people given priority and private tour people somehow "held back."

SPECIFICALLY--FOR ROME---I have an early morning tour scheduled at 9:40 a.m. @ the Colosseum, and our Onshore time is 7:30 a.m. at Civitavecchia. Can I expect to get off the ship by 7:45 a.m.? Need to schedule our van pick-up. I already bought the nonrefundable tix so I can't change my tour time now.

I remember cruising Alaska and at Victoria, DCL excursion people were held in Studio Sea waiting to disembark as a group (frustrating, btw) while others disembarked.

I didn't know if Disney did Med cruises differently, allowing certain passengers to disembark first. I read in another thread that DCL excursion passengers get priority tendering--but what about just regular disembarking (ie walking off the ship at the port).

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DCL does this in any tendered port. Those on an early DCL sponsored excursion always get 1st priority for the tenders. Also all DCL sponsored excursions (docked or tendered) meet/gather somewhere on the ship and everyone walks off together. This is actually much more comfortable than some other cruise lines that meet at the dock. There's always some stragglers and everyone is standing in the hot sun waiting well, not in AK! I'll take a comfy seat in Diversions any day.
Only LaSpezia & Villefranche will be tendered ports. So for all the others, you simply walk onto the dock once the ship is cleared.




Btw, if anyone is interested, Barcelona Day Tours offers tours & transfers or a combination of both. For example, if you request airport to hotel transfers but know you need to kill some time, you can schedule a tour also and they'll end the tour at your hotel. They'll do the same thing with picking up at your hotel, tour, then drop off at the port. I would have done that but we'll have a full 2 nights in BCN pre cruise & need something to do Friday.
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For us, we're thinking that we want to have enough cash for the first few days in Barcelona and will get some cash at the ATM. We know once we are onboard, we can exchange US cash, so we are figuring out if we want to take US Cash (or traveler's checks, etc.) or just use the ATM onboard and then exchange with DCL. Here's something good to know - if you find yourself running low on cash, DCL will cash a personal check up to $100 US - we've done that before instead of having to get cash from an ATM.

We don't want to arrive without at least some US cash and some Euro - here's why - we went with NO Canadian money when we went to Vancouver - just planned to get some cash from the ATM - and we took limited US Cash as we knew we could always get some at the various ports in Alaska. Well it turned out that our bank's debit card would not work in Canada - not at an ATM even with the MasterCard logo nor when processed as a credit card. Thankfully we had a credit card with us that we could use, and there were several places that accepted US cash but gave change back in Canadian - so we were able to manage but ended up boarding the Wonder without the cash we had wanted for things like room service tips, etc. We did call our bank while in Vancouver and found out that it's some weird thing with Canada, but considering we had called to notify them of our plans and specifically asked about using our debit card out of the country (and stated it was in Canada), it seems they should've told us it wouldn't work. A few weeks after we got home (and after my discussion with a supervisor about my disappointment and inconvenience), I noticed that they put up signs at the teller windows that if you're traveling out of the country, please ask if your debit card will work!



We've done DCL transportation on overseas cruises and found that they don't get you to the port in the first wave - but a little bit later in the boarding process. So pretty much they have it so you can get right on board when you get to the port, or very soon afterwards. If you have paid for DCL transfers, I don't see why you can't have them take your bags and you go site-seeing and get yourself to the port in time - but remember to leave yourself plenty of time to get there! It seems that when we've done DCL transfers, when we do our check-in at the hotel, we get to sign up for the transportation time over to the port - first come, first signed up - but never really early. I know we've had leisurely mornings at the hotel before heading over to the ship.

We will have 1 1/2 days in BCN before boarding day, and another day when we return. Plus we've been there once before so we've done some of our site-seeing already. We learned the first time that if you don't plan properly, you miss seeing the departure port - and that's a shame. If you come in too late, you're too jet-lagged and then get right onboard the ship and totally miss an amazing city.
To me there's a big difference between some money and $1,000. I always remember the woman on a travel board who posted about getting robbed at the arrival airport. Plus I did a Europe tour with a Girl Scout group and between the airport and the city one chaperone lost $10,000 in traveler's checks... (Thank goodness they were checks, but it was a PIA!) IMHO your risk of "theft" or "loss" is AMAZINGLY high in that first few hours, your tired, your lost and you probably are hauling all your worldy possessions around making you an easy mark.

I probably won't change money on the boat. I expect that it's just like a hotel and the exchange rate is in Disney's favor (it's not like them to pass up an opportunity to make money off of us ) Your best exchange rate is going to be a bank owned ATM always. However, if you do go the Traveler's Check route you will probably have to exchange them on the boat. They are getting much less common and lots of places in Europe won't cash them (and don't assume a bank in Europe has cash, they often don't. You go in and ask for cash and they tell you to use the ATM) As I posted earlier I left one bank that had "Difficulty' with allowing me to use an ATM outside of the US.... So if I had been you when I got home I would have changed banks and explained that thier failure to (A) tell me when I called about thier Canada issue and their (B) we have a stupid rule that your card won't work in Canada is a deal breaker!

We actually arrive in Europe on May 26. Spending several days in the south of France before arriving in Barcelona and then we have a few days after the cruise in Barcelona, but... I still don't see a big need to get on the ship until the last minute. (I have seen the ship )

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