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Old 03-29-2013, 11:30 PM   #1126
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Hope your daughter's tonsillectomy went well!! Hopefully she will get lots of ice cream and popsicles!
Thanks to you and to MaryAnn (Mrs G) for the good wishes! Yes, lots of ice cream and popsicles and liquid Tylenol with codeine, for that matter . . . I think she'll recover quickly.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:37 PM   #1127
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My best activities booking/online checkin experience in 7 cruises! Easy, no technical issues, plenty of availability, and got to do online checkin right away (it used to be sometime around 3:00 AM ET, for some strange reason). I did have to change my passport expiration date to a random date in the future, because my current one is not valid past 90 days post cruise, as it showed up as an error. I am renewing in about a month or so, so I just put in a future date and luckily that worked for the system and I was able to complete the checkin and get the 11:00 AM port arrival time.

Definitely plenty of Palo availability for brunch & dinner. Both days I checked had all time slots available. I got my birthday dinner booked on July 15 and picked brunch for July 22 so they are pretty spread out.

So excited now I can't sleep. Checking in and booking Palo always makes me feel like the cruise is so close!!!
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:41 PM   #1128
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I was a bit disappointed with the times left for the massages. Grrr. I wanted a massage earlier in the cruise, but I am not willing to be ready for an 8am appointment. Geez. I will check later.

However, I did book Delos Island which is the only excursion I really wanted with DCL. Yeah.

I also booked a Palo Brunch. Not sure if I will keep it though. I'm not wanting to bring dress clothes this time around. We will see.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:49 PM   #1129
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OK, Palo booked and all checked in! There seemed to be plenty of Palo availability, for brunch and dinner. Also, for port arrival time, all times were open. Good luck to everyone Gold booking now, and EXTRA good luck (but hopefully you won't need it) for those booking later as Silver.

Yes, we are all booked, too! Palo, check-in, shore excursions we wanted....

But, to add to 'bellelinus' saying there is plenty of Palo and port arrival times (early times) available, as of now, the ONLY shore excursions that are booked up as of now is: Malta by Segway and the 16 passenger Private Vehicle excursions in both Rome and Athens (and I think there was a 3 passenger private vehicle booked up for Athens as well). But, all of the other excursions are open still!

Let's hope all of this availability stays this way so all the silvers can get what they want.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:53 PM   #1130
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I was a bit disappointed with the times left for the massages. Grrr. I wanted a massage earlier in the cruise, but I am not willing to be ready for an 8am appointment. Geez. I will check later.

In my past experience, some spa appointments open up once you get on the ship. I bet you could get a better time once you board the ship.... but I could be wrong. I've only used the spa a few times in all the cruises we've done, and all those times, I waited to book until I got on the ship, and I always got really desirable time slots. Yah, keep checking back... people cancel and change things, too. But, if you can't change it, just head to the spa once you board the ship on July 13 and I bet they will have openings that work better.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:06 AM   #1131
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What happened to Angels and Demons tour ??

Anyone know why the Angels and Demons tour wasn't listed for Rome ? that is the only one I really wanted. I'm disappointed.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:08 AM   #1132
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Checking in and booking Palo always makes me feel like the cruise is so close!!!
I know! I always feel the same.... that checking in and booking everything does make the cruise feel like it's so much closer. I can't believe it really isn't that far away. We booked this Med cruise the day it came available for booking over a year ago! Back then, it seemed like light ages away, and now, here we are just a few months away from the cruise. Hard to believe!
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:14 AM   #1133
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Anyone know why the Angels and Demons tour wasn't listed for Rome ? that is the only one I really wanted. I'm disappointed.
Hmmmm..... that is strange. I wonder if they are still figuring out logistics of this tour, and it will be available for booking soon?? Just a thought? Or, maybe they decided to not offer it, but never took it out of the Port Adventure menu?

I would keep checking back to see if it shows up... or you could call Disney Cruises and ask.

That is too bad since it's the only one you really wanted... hopefully it'll show up! Good luck!
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:27 AM   #1134
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Hmmmm..... that is strange. I wonder if they are still figuring out logistics of this tour, and it will be available for booking soon?? Just a thought? Or, maybe they decided to not offer it, but never took it out of the Port Adventure menu?

I would keep checking back to see if it shows up... or you could call Disney Cruises and ask.

That is too bad since it's the only one you really wanted... hopefully it'll show up! Good luck!
Thanks LovesToRun, yes, I'll keep checking. reading over a 2000 page book.. and now not being able to do the tour will be a bummer. We could possibly do it on our own, but the logistics get tricky....
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:53 AM   #1135
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Thanks LovesToRun, yes, I'll keep checking. reading over a 2000 page book.. and now not being able to do the tour will be a bummer. We could possibly do it on our own, but the logistics get tricky....
LovestoSail,

I just did a quick search on Google, and found this:

http://www.angelsanddemons.it/the_official_tour.aspx

Have no idea if this is the same thing as what the Disney excursion was, or if this works for someone coming from a cruise ship, or if this company/tour has good reviews or not, etc. etc., but it might be worth checking into, if Disney ended up cancelling this tour.

Again, hope it works out for you!
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:06 AM   #1136
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My best activities booking/online checkin experience in 7 cruises! Easy, no technical issues, plenty of availability, and got to do online checkin right away (it used to be sometime around 3:00 AM ET, for some strange reason). I did have to change my passport expiration date to a random date in the future, because my current one is not valid past 90 days post cruise, as it showed up as an error. I am renewing in about a month or so, so I just put in a future date and luckily that worked for the system and I was able to complete the checkin and get the 11:00 AM port arrival time.

Definitely plenty of Palo availability for brunch & dinner. Both days I checked had all time slots available. I got my birthday dinner booked on July 15 and picked brunch for July 22 so they are pretty spread out.

So excited now I can't sleep. Checking in and booking Palo always makes me feel like the cruise is so close!!!
I agree, the easiest yet. Tom and I looked at each other after checking and double checking 10 mins. in, thinking we must be forgetting something. Tried to check in last night but kept getting error. Just did it now and got 11-11:30 port arrival time so early times are still available.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:57 AM   #1137
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I agree, the easiest yet. Tom and I looked at each other after checking and double checking 10 mins. in, thinking we must be forgetting something. Tried to check in last night but kept getting error. Just did it now and got 11-11:30 port arrival time so early times are still available.
MaryAnn, let's coordinate the first day on the ship and see if we can book a wine tasting together . . . and anyone else who is interested, too!
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:59 AM   #1138
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Let me add that I went on this morning around 8:30 to look at the Vista Spa and was able to book "Alone time" on a sea day for 2 PM, which is really good . . . most days had it available for 8 AM and 5:15, but the 2 PM slot was harder to get. I'm not sure about the availability for all spa appointments, but this is the one in the villa with the hot tub.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:31 PM   #1139
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Sounds like a plan, Julie!!!
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:41 AM   #1140
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Hi everyone! Haven't checked in for a while!

Welcome to all the new cruisers. I noticed there are a few more boys my DS's age (13, almost 14 when we cruise). He'll be happy to hear that.

I was a day off for our booking day! I don't know why I thought it was tonight. I signed on yesterday afternoon to double check what we were going to book and saw that I could actually book it then. Fortunately, I was able to get all our excursions. Missed the time I wanted for the couple massage...like someone else mentioned the only times left were at 8:00 AM each morning. Way too early LOL We really have no interest in Palo so I didn't have to worry about that.

We are doing the following:
Villefranche: White River Rafting (boys), Perfumer Appretice(girls)...my DD is too young for the River Rafting
La Spezia: Explore Lucca & Pisa
Civitavecchia: Vatican City, Coliseum, & Catacombs
Athens: Acropolis w/ Youth Activity
Kusadasi: Archaeological Quest & Ephesus
Mykonos: Delos Island
Valletta: Turkish Schooner

I'm also stressing about the dress codes. The girls are easier, capris & sun dresses. It's my DS & DH that are hard. I'm going to check out Old Navy online now for DS. DH is a whiner with the heat....yet this cruise was his idea & he's the one that wants to go to the Vatican. He may just have to suck it up & wear slacks.
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