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Old 05-02-2013, 06:59 PM   #1366
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taxi from port to airport area

Hi all,

I have a question for those of you who have done a Med cruise before (or if you haven't, but want to chime in from research you've done).

We are staying at a hotel near the airport after the cruise for one night and we fly out the day after we get off the ship. So, we won't be in a rush to get to the airport at all once we get off the ship.

I've read that some people pre-book taxi's (or private taxi's/private transportation) so when they get off the ship, the car is waiting and they don't have to wait in a taxi line, etc. But, I've also read that you can just wait for a taxi, but the line can get really long to wait.

Since we won't be in a hurry at all, I'm trying to figure out what is the most cost-effective. Do you know if the price of a taxi that you wait in line for is the same price as if you pre-book a taxi/private car? Or, is the pre-booking a private car more expensive no matter what?

Also, my parents will be with us, and they are staying at the same airport hotel as us and flying out (on a different flight) the next day, too. Since there will be 6 of us wanting to go to the same airport hotel, plus our luggage, if we wait in the taxi line to get a taxi rather than pre-book, are all of those taxi's just 4-door sedans (ie, won't hold 6 passengers), or do they have 6+ passenger taxi's in the taxi line?

If the taxi line only has sedan type cars that won't accommodate more than 4 passengers, then we'd have to get two taxi's (one for my parents and one for our family). I'm guessing in this case, it would be cheaper to pre-book a van that would accommodate all 6 of us.

I have been trying to figure all this out, and I can't quite figure out what is the cheapest option for us.... and we are fine waiting in the taxi line if we needed to, since we won't be in a rush, IF the taxi line is cheaper for all 6 of us than pre-booking our a private taxi/car.

Any thoughts??

Thanks!!
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:03 PM   #1367
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Thank for the info on flights etc. I will be reading through the entire thread. So much good info. I tried to PM the ones in charge of Tyne DIS FB group for this cruise but I need to post more before it will let me PM.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:06 PM   #1368
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #1369
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Thank for the info on flights etc. I will be reading through the entire thread. So much good info. I tried to PM the ones in charge of Tyne DIS FB group for this cruise but I need to post more before it will let me PM.
Yes, there is a lot of great info on this thread! A great place to get ideas and share ideas for the trip.

Regarding needing more posts in order to PM, in a previous cruise meet group I was in, there was someone who needed like 5 or 6 more posts until they could PM, and they wanted to send a PM to someone organizing something. So, that person wrote one post to everyone saying that the next 6 posts will be just "nothing" posts so they could get to their limit so they could PM (this way, everyone would know why they were posting non-sense posts, and people would just ignore them). You could do that.

This person wrote like 6 posts with just like one word per post... haha! Something like, "Soon I can private message people" but rather than write that whole sentence in one post, they wrote one word per post, and then got to their quota in a couple minutes....

Anyway, just an idea. Or, you could just wait until you have enough "legit" posts.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #1370
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Okay...read through the first dozen pages...still not sure what an FE Fish Extender is....?
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:02 PM   #1371
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Filling PM quota...I need
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:03 PM   #1372
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:03 AM   #1373
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Okay...read through the first dozen pages...still not sure what an FE Fish Extender is....?
Outside your cabin door on the ship is a fish. People hang fancy looking organizers from them (extending the fish). A group of people participate in leaving gifts for each other in the pockets of the organizer.

Unfortunately I believe the date for joining the fishextender group has closed as people need a final count of participants and time to make the gifts. Although you do not need to make handmade gifts, many do.

If you search the internet for "what is a fish extender disney cruise" there are lots of better explanations than mine.
I hope this helps.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:02 AM   #1374
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How are room numbers found?

rather than just Room # GTY, Category 11A ??
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:28 PM   #1375
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rather than just Room # GTY, Category 11A ??
The one time we did a GTA status, we found out by looking up our reservation on the Disney Cruises website, and our cabin number just showed up one day. For GTA, it would be too early for your cabin number to be assigned now, but I would start checking your reservation online 4 weeks out from the cruise, and just keep checking.... sometimes they assign your cabin number 4 weeks out, and sometimes it's not until the day before the cruise.... so it can be anywhere in there.

We only have done GTA once, and I remember it was like torture waiting to find out what cabin and deck we were on, probably because I'm a total planner, so it was hard not knowing for me, at least. So, it was fun to finally find out!
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:04 PM   #1376
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Hi all,

I have a question for those of you who have done a Med cruise before (or if you haven't, but want to chime in from research you've done).

We are staying at a hotel near the airport after the cruise for one night and we fly out the day after we get off the ship. So, we won't be in a rush to get to the airport at all once we get off the ship.

I've read that some people pre-book taxi's (or private taxi's/private transportation) so when they get off the ship, the car is waiting and they don't have to wait in a taxi line, etc. But, I've also read that you can just wait for a taxi, but the line can get really long to wait.

Since we won't be in a hurry at all, I'm trying to figure out what is the most cost-effective. Do you know if the price of a taxi that you wait in line for is the same price as if you pre-book a taxi/private car? Or, is the pre-booking a private car more expensive no matter what?

Also, my parents will be with us, and they are staying at the same airport hotel as us and flying out (on a different flight) the next day, too. Since there will be 6 of us wanting to go to the same airport hotel, plus our luggage, if we wait in the taxi line to get a taxi rather than pre-book, are all of those taxi's just 4-door sedans (ie, won't hold 6 passengers), or do they have 6+ passenger taxi's in the taxi line?

If the taxi line only has sedan type cars that won't accommodate more than 4 passengers, then we'd have to get two taxi's (one for my parents and one for our family). I'm guessing in this case, it would be cheaper to pre-book a van that would accommodate all 6 of us.

I have been trying to figure all this out, and I can't quite figure out what is the cheapest option for us.... and we are fine waiting in the taxi line if we needed to, since we won't be in a rush, IF the taxi line is cheaper for all 6 of us than pre-booking our a private taxi/car.

Any thoughts??

Thanks!!
On our previous Med cruise, we just went in the taxi line the morning of debarkation. I know that there are some 6 passenger taxis, you might just have to wait a bit longer, but a taxi will always be less money than pre-booking. Since you aren't in a rush, I would save the money and just go in the taxi line. Ask the dispatcher for a 6 passenger van when you get to the front of the line and the next one is yours.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:51 AM   #1377
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We have a partner flight thru our reservations. It happens to be the 1st leg from BCN flight home. I can't make seat reservations on United for the flight. Does anyone know why?
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:21 AM   #1378
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We have a partner flight thru our reservations. It happens to be the 1st leg from BCN flight home. I can't make seat reservations on United for the flight. Does anyone know why?
So, is the partner flight a partner of United, or it is United you are flying home (which is the partner)? I'm assuming it is a partner of United...

Regardless, there could be a few reasons why this is, that come to my mind.

One reason (which has happened to us before) is the partner flight has not allowed United access to their seat map, and you have to contact the partner airline directly to request seats (find their phone number and call their customer service center, and they can find your reservation, even if you did not book your ticket through their airline).

Another reason is for international flights, depending on which tier level you are (frequent flier level) with the airline, they may not open up the seating chart until 24 hours before the flight. For example, we are flying British Airways, and my husband is Gold with British (which is the top tier level). Because he is Gold, when he books seats even 9 months out, he can select his seats right when he books. But, if you are a lower tier than Gold (like Blue, which is the lowest tier), you can book your ticket 9 months in advanced, BUT you are not able to book your seat until 24 hours before the flights. So, it might be the partner airline you are on has a system like that... if you aren't a high tier with them, they won't let you pick your seat until 24 hours before. BUT, I do know (with British Airways for sure, and possibly other airlines), if you are a low tier and you pay extra money you can book your seat early. My parents are riding British Airways, too, and they are the lowest level tier with them, but they really wanted to have specific seats, so they paid $200 extra when they booked their tickets just so they could pick their seats then, and if they hadn't paid that extra money, they would have not been able to pick their seats until 24 hours before the flight left.

Another reason might be (and this has happened to us before, too)... this is less common, but can happen, is they may still not know which aircraft (ie, 777, 747, 757 or 767, or Airbus.... etc) which will running this particular flight, and if they don't know exactly which aircraft, then they don't have a seating chart yet (because a 777 has a different seating chart than a 747), and it's a lot less hassle for the airline to hold off on people booking seats until they know the type of aircraft rather than let people book seats on a 747 seating chart, and then find it's going to be a 777, and then suddenly the airline is having to move people to different seats (often without their knowledge, which has happened to me before) and then you get upset passengers. But, this is less common, as typically airlines do know which aircraft will be doing that particular route.

There might be other reasons.... but I would start by calling the partner airline directly and talking to a customer service rep, have them look up your reservation in their system and they *hopefully* should be able to tell you why you can't book seats.

Hope this helps. What is the name of partner airline??
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #1379
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question about arriving to port

Hi All,

Two questions.

1)Prior to our Med cruise, we've only used Disney transfers for all of our other Disney Cruises, so this will be the first time we are arriving to port on our own.

How does it work with your luggage when you arrive to port on your own? (ie, when do you drop your luggage off with the luggage crew people... I'm assuming you don't carry your luggage on the ship on your own, only because I've never seen anyone carting suitcases around when they board the ship).

2) For those of you who have been to the Barcelona Terminal, how long (from your experience) did it take you from when you walked into the doors at port to when you actually were checked-in and ready to board? We have an 11:30 AM check-in time, but I was reading through all the info online again, and noticed for Barcelona, it says that the port doors open at 11AM and boarding the ship does not begin until 1PM.

Based off of our experience at Port Canaveral and the LA port (when we've cruise with Disney from there), from when we walk in the doors to go through security to when we are fully checked in, I think the max time for us has been 30 minutes... it always seems to go pretty fast and smooth.

But, I'm wondering if the Barcelona terminal is different (ie, less check-in desks, so check-in may take longer, or the terminal is a lot larger, so takes longer time to get from security to the check-in desks, etc. etc.).

We just don't want to get there at 11:30, and then be all checked in ready to go at 12:00, and then we have to sit around for an hour in crowds of people before waiting for them to even open the doors to the ship (and it'll be longer than an hour wait for us because I know concierge, etc board first, and we are not concierge).

I do realize the earlier you get there, the lower boarding number you get, so that will help you get on the ship faster, but even with the boarding numbers, they seem to only be like 5 minutes apart in boarding times, so it seems to go pretty fast. I just don't want to get checked in and then everyone in port is just waiting to board for an hour because the doors at not even open yet. I like to time it where when we are fully checked in the doors are open, and people are already boarding the ship (because then the port is not AS crazy and crowded because people are leaving the terminal to get on the ship).

Just wondering what people's experiences are with port arrival timing in Barcelona... and, at the end of the day, it really isn't a HUGE deal I mean, if we have to wait around in crowds of people at port, so be it. But, just trying to figure this out to get a better idea.

Thoughts??

Thanks!
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:37 AM   #1380
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Hi All,

Two questions.

1)Prior to our Med cruise, we've only used Disney transfers for all of our other Disney Cruises, so this will be the first time we are arriving to port on our own.

How does it work with your luggage when you arrive to port on your own? (ie, when do you drop your luggage off with the luggage crew people... I'm assuming you don't carry your luggage on the ship on your own, only because I've never seen anyone carting suitcases around when they board the ship).


2) For those of you who have been to the Barcelona Terminal, how long (from your experience) did it take you from when you walked into the doors at port to when you actually were checked-in and ready to board? We have an 11:30 AM check-in time, but I was reading through all the info online again, and noticed for Barcelona, it says that the port doors open at 11AM and boarding the ship does not begin until 1PM.

Based off of our experience at Port Canaveral and the LA port (when we've cruise with Disney from there), from when we walk in the doors to go through security to when we are fully checked in, I think the max time for us has been 30 minutes... it always seems to go pretty fast and smooth.

But, I'm wondering if the Barcelona terminal is different (ie, less check-in desks, so check-in may take longer, or the terminal is a lot larger, so takes longer time to get from security to the check-in desks, etc. etc.).

We just don't want to get there at 11:30, and then be all checked in ready to go at 12:00, and then we have to sit around for an hour in crowds of people before waiting for them to even open the doors to the ship (and it'll be longer than an hour wait for us because I know concierge, etc board first, and we are not concierge).

I do realize the earlier you get there, the lower boarding number you get, so that will help you get on the ship faster, but even with the boarding numbers, they seem to only be like 5 minutes apart in boarding times, so it seems to go pretty fast. I just don't want to get checked in and then everyone in port is just waiting to board for an hour because the doors at not even open yet. I like to time it where when we are fully checked in the doors are open, and people are already boarding the ship (because then the port is not AS crazy and crowded because people are leaving the terminal to get on the ship).

Just wondering what people's experiences are with port arrival timing in Barcelona... and, at the end of the day, it really isn't a HUGE deal I mean, if we have to wait around in crowds of people at port, so be it. But, just trying to figure this out to get a better idea.

Thoughts??

Thanks!
#1 Yes, the first thing we did when we went to Alaska was drop off our luggage. It was outside the cruise terminal even(that made me a little nervous).

Might want to ask #2 in the Med Cruise Planning thread too. I think there are prior cruisers who monitor that one.
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