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Old 05-07-2013, 10:15 AM   #91
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Hi All,
We are on this cruise too! Myself, DH, DS (aged 13), DDs (aged 11, 8 and 5). Have paid for the cruise in full now and we are just waiting for our window to open regarding booking Palo and Spa. Someone said they had booked their Palo evening already, which day is best? Thinking of doing Monaco, Rome, Naples and Pisa on our own as having 4 children the cost soon mounts up! Any information greatly received. So excited as this is our 1st med. cruise but our 3rd cruise in total, been on Disney Wonder and Disney Dream both Bahamas trips.
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We are on this cruise too! Myself, DH, DS (aged 13), DDs (aged 11, 8 and 5). Have paid for the cruise in full now and we are just waiting for our window to open regarding booking Palo and Spa. Someone said they had booked their Palo evening already, which day is best? Thinking of doing Monaco, Rome, Naples and Pisa on our own as having 4 children the cost soon mounts up! Any information greatly received. So excited as this is our 1st med. cruise but our 3rd cruise in total, been on Disney Wonder and Disney Dream both Bahamas trips.
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We are on this cruise too! Myself, DH, DS (aged 13), DDs (aged 11, 8 and 5). Have paid for the cruise in full now and we are just waiting for our window to open regarding booking Palo and Spa. Someone said they had booked their Palo evening already, which day is best? Thinking of doing Monaco, Rome, Naples and Pisa on our own as having 4 children the cost soon mounts up! Any information greatly received. So excited as this is our 1st med. cruise but our 3rd cruise in total, been on Disney Wonder and Disney Dream both Bahamas trips.
Hi, welcome to the group! We have two daughters, ages 13 and 15 (will be 16 by time the cruise gets here). We are traveling with my husband's parents and his brother. In Villefranche, we have reserved a tour with Ingrid, who was very highly recommended on CC. In Rome and Naples/Pompeii, we are using Can't Be Missed Tours. If you are going to do it on your own (and with four kids, I understand perfectly!) I recommend this thread in which a couple of women, their pre-teen daughters and one of the women's parents and inlaws did the trip completely DIY. Her trip report is excellent describing exactly what they did. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2485312

There is also another thread about Med cruises in 2013 in general and darned if I can find it now but it's got some good info on it.

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Old 05-11-2013, 10:45 AM   #94
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Thanks Texasgirl29, the link has some great photos which I can show the kids and it is reassuring to know it is possible to 'do it yourself'. Tomorrow our window opens for Palo and Spa bookings. Getting very excited now!
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New on here

Just thought I would cruise the web and came across this great thread.
Thanks guys for all your wonderful ideas/comments as I have never been on a cruise and looking forward to it. 4 cabins with family and my 3 year old twin boys - I am soo excited!
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Just booked brunch at Palo on the second sea day. Haven't ever done brunch before although we've eaten dinner there on both the Magic and the Fantasy.

If you have an iPhone/iPad (sorry, don't know about other smartphones/tablets), there is an app for Sagrada Familia with absolutely gorgeous 360 virtual tours of the interior. It's free. Very inspiring.

What other things are y'all planning to do in Barcelona? We leave Dallas on tues the 6th and arrive about noon on Wednesday. I want to take he HOHO bus either that afternoon or the next day. So much to see there I hardly know where to start. Anyone been to or plan on going to Montserrat?

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Just booked brunch at Palo on the second sea day. Haven't ever done brunch before although we've eaten dinner there on both the Magic and the Fantasy.

If you have an iPhone/iPad (sorry, don't know about other smartphones/tablets), there is an app for Sagrada Familia with absolutely gorgeous 360 virtual tours of the interior. It's free. Very inspiring.

What other things are y'all planning to do in Barcelona? We leave Dallas on tues the 6th and arrive about noon on Wednesday. I want to take he HOHO bus either that afternoon or the next day. So much to see there I hardly know where to start. Anyone been to or plan on going to Montserrat?

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We're booked for brunch the same day - maybe we'll see you there! My favorite meal at Palo!

For Barcelona, we booked a tour with Barcelona Day Tours that goes to Montserrat. We don't get in until Thursday afternoon, so will do this tour on Friday.

After the cruise, we don't leave for home until Sunday so we booked dinner at El Tablao de Carmen to see the flamenco dancing (this is where Adventures by Disney goes so we assumed it would be a good one). Also, its located in Poble Espanyol which is suppose to be an intereting Spanish village to walk around.
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We're booked for brunch the same day - maybe we'll see you there! My favorite meal at Palo!
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What time? I signed up for 10. I'm an early riser, so i will have been awake for hours by then. There's always so much to do....
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What time? I signed up for 10. I'm an early riser, so i will have been awake for hours by then. There's always so much to do....
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10! We will definitely see you there!

Also, we definitely should figure out a plan to meet in TX or Barcelona before the cruise to introduce DD16's! Ideas?
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10! We will definitely see you there!

Also, we definitely should figure out a plan to meet in TX or Barcelona before the cruise to introduce DD16's! Ideas?
It does make sense to meet up in Texas since we are probably only about 2 hours or less away! Let me think.... I hope our spouses don't think we are crazy.... but then, I've dragged my spouse to meet people from the adoption world that I met over the internet before. He goes along with it pretty good.

Let's think it over.... should be something akin to a "coffee date" we can do!

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:53 PM   #101
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Are you also getting tickets for the Colosseum and the Vatican/Sistine Chapel? Ruins of Pompeii?

Actually, I'm set to book, just waiting to hear from my inlaws.

Just looked at their website and Aug. 14 and 15 are not available. Sent them an email -- hope we can work it out!
Hi there, I believe someone mentioned right at the start of this thread that the Sistine Chapel was closed as it's a holiday in Italy. Double check as I could be wrong, I just remember someone saying it at the start.

Not sure if it affects the Vatican too.

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Old 05-14-2013, 01:17 PM   #102
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Hi there, I believe someone mentioned right at the start of this thread that the Sistine Chapel was closed as it's a holiday in Italy. Double check as I could be wrong, I just remember someone saying it at the start.
Thanks! I will email Can't Be Missed Tours and check on it.

Update: I received this from Petro at Can't Be Missed Tours: Thank you very much for your email. I am extremely sorry, you are correct that the Vatican museum is closed on August 14 this year. It was a human error that was made during our online scheduling that showed it was available for booking. We will still be to see the Basilica of St. Peter's that day. However, we will refund your Vatican museum tickets (20 euro adult/ 12 euro children) and instead we will extend our tour in the area of the Colosseum/Roman Forum, with entry to those sites available at the price of 13.50 euro each. The rest of the sites will follow the published itinerary.
We will still be hosting the tour then with these modifications. I've already noted it on the booking calendar and will be contacting the others who reserved for August 14 now.

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Old 05-15-2013, 05:17 AM   #103
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Thanks! I will email Can't Be Missed Tours and check on it.

Update: I received this from Petro at Can't Be Missed Tours: Thank you very much for your email. I am extremely sorry, you are correct that the Vatican museum is closed on August 14 this year. It was a human error that was made during our online scheduling that showed it was available for booking. We will still be to see the Basilica of St. Peter's that day. However, we will refund your Vatican museum tickets (20 euro adult/ 12 euro children) and instead we will extend our tour in the area of the Colosseum/Roman Forum, with entry to those sites available at the price of 13.50 euro each. The rest of the sites will follow the published itinerary.
We will still be hosting the tour then with these modifications. I've already noted it on the booking calendar and will be contacting the others who reserved for August 14 now.

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Glad you got it sorted quickly. We did the DCL Med cruise in 2011 and took a private tour for Rome. The Colosseum was great and well worth getting the 13.50Eu tickets in advance.
The Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel were good, but not quite as awe inspiring as I thought they would be. You can buy stamps inside Vatican City that have the Pope on .. not sure if you'll be able to get them from St Peters Basilica area, but ask your guide as I'm sure he/she will know. It's a nice thing to send a postcard from there.

Are you doing the Trevi Fountain on your tour? Now that was fantastic!! In the middle of a crowded, narrow street .. you turn a corner and it's there in front of you, this massive fountain!

In 2011, the temperature on our Rome day was over 100 degrees .. it was so hot we felt like we were melting. If you've never been to Europe before, it's not like a Caribbean heat, it's a stifling, can't breathe heat! Take fans, take water, take a little umbrella if you can fit it in your luggage .. if not, let me know and I'll bring some cheapie ones over from the UK with me and give you them onboard. If you have anything similar to a refillable mug from Disney, try to bring that and fill it with ice before leaving the ship for your excursions .. nice ice cold water within an hour!

Last thing .. order room service dead early .. sandwiches, cookies, wraps, fruit, pastries. It will save you from having to buy snacks in the touristy places.
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Are you doing the Trevi Fountain on your tour? Now that was fantastic!! In the middle of a crowded, narrow street .. you turn a corner and it's there in front of you, this massive fountain!

In 2011, the temperature on our Rome day was over 100 degrees .. it was so hot we felt like we were melting. If you've never been to Europe before, it's not like a Caribbean heat, it's a stifling, can't breathe heat! Take fans, take water, take a little umbrella if you can fit it in your luggage ....... If you have anything similar to a refillable mug from Disney, try to bring that and fill it with ice before leaving the ship for your excursions .. nice ice cold water within an hour!
Yes, we are going to see the Trevi Fountain (Tre-VEE or Tray-Vi?) My soon-to-be 16 yo DD says it's the "Lizzie McGuire fountain" from the TV show on the Disney Channel when Lizzie went to Rome. That got her attention!

I live in Central Texas, the land of heat and humidity, so I'm hoping we can cope with the heat. Last year at WDW I made everyone in our family these little neck wrap things with water absorbing crystals in them that keep your neck cool but other than my inlaws, I was the only one who would wear it. It worked though! I swore I would never go to WDW in the summer again. We do have plastic mugs from WDW dining plan last summer -- that would be a good thing to take.

I bought packing cubes today! Watched a couple of videos about how to pack a carry-on. I may or may not actually carry on my suitcase but I got a new little carry-on size for Mother's Day and I'm working on how to pack smart.

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Yes, we are going to see the Trevi Fountain (Tre-VEE or Tray-Vi?) My soon-to-be 16 yo DD says it's the "Lizzie McGuire fountain" from the TV show on the Disney Channel when Lizzie went to Rome. That got her attention!

I live in Central Texas, the land of heat and humidity, so I'm hoping we can cope with the heat. Last year at WDW I made everyone in our family these little neck wrap things with water absorbing crystals in them that keep your neck cool but other than my inlaws, I was the only one who would wear it. It worked though! I swore I would never go to WDW in the summer again. We do have plastic mugs from WDW dining plan last summer -- that would be a good thing to take.

I bought packing cubes today! Watched a couple of videos about how to pack a carry-on. I may or may not actually carry on my suitcase but I got a new little carry-on size for Mother's Day and I'm working on how to pack smart.

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It's Trev-ee for the fountain!
Maybe you should bring lots of the neck wraps and sell them onboard to all of the silly British people who insist on baking themselves!!

I've never seen packing cubes .. mind you, I tend to travel light so probably wouldn't need them. Are they just to keep your clothes tidy and in little compartments?

Only 80 odd days to go now and I am soooo looking forward to some heat. I didn't see that you were in Texas as I normally Dis from my IPad ... you know more about heat than anyone I guess!
Hope you are not near that tornado that we have seen on the TV here .. frightening stuff.
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