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Old 05-09-2013, 06:36 PM   #2731
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Sorry, I forgot I have an 11B sideways 6507 and of course people can come and view it. Just remind me nearer the time, it will always be neat & tidy, but just want to make sure. It can't be any worse than a military bed inspection, on that occasion my bedding and kit went out the 3rd floor window. Oh well they said it was a learning experience.
You are too funny, Stephen! Of course we will add you! I didn't know if you had been 'assigned' a room number yet. What luck for us that it is a sideways one!!! We will meet on Friday morning the 24th topside just outside the Quiet Cove Cafe at 10AM. Be there or be square!
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:40 PM   #2732
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I may be interested in viewing cabins, I'm assuming it'll be on our Dis Navigators so I could join??
Sure, Heather, come join us! You don't need to show off your cabin to come along. Unless you want to! It should be listed in the DIS and Facebook Navigator that Mandy's putting together; if not, add 10AM, Friday May 24 to your schedule. We will meet by the Cove Cafe up in the adult only area.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:42 PM   #2733
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Yay!! I just thought of you when catching up on posts. I need to see one -- have booked them before and never ended up in one. Booked in one for WBTA 2014... so I am still interested to see one in-person. Thank you, Stevie!!

What will Mary think with you have all sorts of women in your room? Adding to that divorce checklist I mentioned earlier!

Just teasing ya.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:44 PM   #2734
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Awesome!! You know you are wanting to avoid work anyway, right?

I will be able to paste that info in at last second. Hoping to publish DIS Navigator on Wednesday. May 15.
Thanks for all your HARD work for us all while you're hardly working!
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Mandy are you girls leading my husband astray!

I'm going to need even more retail therapy to see me through these 2 upcoming weeks



A room full of chattering women .... It's your worst nightmare



Ouch! I second Stevie's suggestion of a pedicure the girls in the spa are amazing, that's my treat on every cruise
OK, now, THAT does it! You are too cute-- you MUST come on the cruise with us!!!
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Have a backup plan as far as credit cards go. I had friends who just came back from Spain and they had a lot of issues with using their CC because it was not the Chip/Pin variety. I've been doing up some reading and Visa/MC says "technically" you are supposed to insist that they swipe the card. The problem is you could find yourself at a restaurant or shop where language is a barrier and they simply say No.

Not saying it'll happen.. but have a backup plan that doesn't rely on credit cards.
Just make sure you know your CC Pin - that's really a difference from US to there - most shops want you to key in your PIN and as long as you know it we've never had an issue
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:54 PM   #2737
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How much should we plan to bring in Euros for a week in Barcelona? My parents tried to tell me to get $2000 -- I was like "Whaaaa?" I thought most places took Visa/MC and I'll just need a little cash for cabs, little shops and cafes, etc. Or no?

And how many British pounds for Gibraltar?
I work on 100 euros a day and £100 a day, so a total of 200 Euros (Madeira and Barcelona) plus £100 (Gib)

I think I will have too much, but I guess it depends on your spending habits.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:58 PM   #2738
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.. I had planned on just taking the tube. Is this not a good idea? Is it King's Cross St. Pancras taking the Northern line to Waterloo Station? When we leave a couple of days later, we were going to take the tube (Northern to Piccadilly transferring at Leicester Square) to Heathrow.
Two things - Waterloo and Kings Cross/St Pancras are MAJOR overground and underground stations - Remember to transit from one to the other (ie Overground to Underground), but more importantly to be honest do expect them to be fairly busy. What day are you travelling in each direction?

And Piccadilly Station is home of HEATHROW EXPRESS - It's a dedicated train and line and much quicker than the Underground. There is an UNDERGROUND to Heathrow also, so again, make sure you take the right line and be careful if you stop and ask people that they know you want HEATHROW EXPRESS not just the line (Piccadilly Line) that goes to Heathrow.
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I have tried (and tried, and tried, and tried) to get an answer from DCL in regards to the hours for the various bars for the pub crawl all to no avail. Not even Alma can get an answer from the ship as far as bar hours so that I can figure out a plan as to where we are going and when...........

Not quite sure what to do at this point, because it does not look like I am going to be able to get that info before we set sail.

If I were to post a note on my stateroom door as soon as I was able to find out the hours for the bars on the 23rd, would that work for everyone? I am at a loss at this point as to what to do or how to do it - suggestions anyone?

Also, I know a couple of you had suggested starting at 1 instead of 2 and I am perfectly fine with that. My other thought was to just meet in the Promenade Lounge at 1 PM and then we'll wing it from there!
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:01 PM   #2740
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Just make sure you know your CC Pin - that's really a difference from US to there - most shops want you to key in your PIN and as long as you know it we've never had an issue
Most stores in the UK will allow you to sign still if you 'forget' your pin, but it is better to be safe than sorry and double check you know your pin. I'm pretty sure the same can be said for Europe.
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How much should we plan to bring in Euros for a week in Barcelona? My parents tried to tell me to get $2000 -- I was like "Whaaaa?" I thought most places took Visa/MC and I'll just need a little cash for cabs, little shops and cafes, etc. Or no?
I would be careful about using credit cards in Barcelona. Only use CCs at reputable businesses, and never let your CC out of your sight (as someone could use a skimmer to collect your CC info).

When the bill comes at restaurants, never place your CC on the tray and let them walk away with it. If you tell them you want to pay by CC, they will bring a handheld CC device to your table.

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Have a backup plan as far as credit cards go. I had friends who just came back from Spain and they had a lot of issues with using their CC because it was not the Chip/Pin variety. I've been doing up some reading and Visa/MC says "technically" you are supposed to insist that they swipe the card.
During one stay in Barcelona, I tried to make a purchase at the FNAC store (it's like Best Buy) at Plaça Catalunya. My Visa card does not have Chip+Pin. The clerk would not swipe my Visa card unless I had my passport, which was in the hotel room safe. She said they require passports because they get so many stolen credit cards.

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. . . The problem is you could find yourself at a restaurant or shop where language is a barrier and they simply say No.
I tried to buy T-10 metro tickets from the ticket machine, but couldn't because my Visa did not have Chip+Pin.

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:38 PM   #2742
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I have tried (and tried, and tried, and tried) to get an answer from DCL in regards to the hours for the various bars for the pub crawl all to no avail. Not even Alma can get an answer from the ship as far as bar hours so that I can figure out a plan as to where we are going and when...........



Not quite sure what to do at this point, because it does not look like I am going to be able to get that info before we set sail.



If I were to post a note on my stateroom door as soon as I was able to find out the hours for the bars on the 23rd, would that work for everyone? I am at a loss at this point as to what to do or how to do it - suggestions anyone?


Also, I know a couple of you had suggested starting at 1 instead of 2 and I am perfectly fine with that. My other thought was to just meet in the Promenade Lounge at 1 PM
and then we'll wing it from there!
Yeah I agree Beverly, lets just wing it!! Where You go, we follow😃

It's not like we have a long walk to the next bar if one is closed lol
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The lengths some people will go to get the booze treat yourself to a nice fire and ice pedicure, book the little one into the kids club and enjoy.

Please say hello to a friend of mine, Naomi in the kids club and tell her "I have packed the easter eggs" I am not joking, I



have packed three of them.
Rofl If only I knew the liquor store was right around the corner from hotel 😤

I have a stash of mars bars, snickers, ripples, twixs and Yorkies for them too!!

I remember Naomi from the wbta so I know who I'm looking out for 😉
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Have a backup plan as far as credit cards go. I had friends who just came back from Spain and they had a lot of issues with using their CC because it was not the Chip/Pin variety. I've been doing up some reading and Visa/MC says "technically" you are supposed to insist that they swipe the card. The problem is you could find yourself at a restaurant or shop where language is a barrier and they simply say No.

Not saying it'll happen.. but have a backup plan that doesn't rely on credit cards.
That is precisely why I swapped our BofA chard for a chip card!
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And witand try not to use Euros. You can always buy some pounds on the ship.l[/COLOR]h that said... we ordered $1k worth of Euros from Wells Fargo. They Fedexed it overnight .. no extra fee (because it was over $1k). Only drawback, you had better be home to sign for it.

We're going to take our chance on the ATM / CC in Gibraltar. Only one day there and outside of the DCL excursion we do we figure we aren't going to need to be so reliant on cash.
]Just a reminder, you get a much better exchange rate on British pounds in Gibraltar. You can always buy the pounds with American dollars on the ship. Be sure to ask for change in Gibraltar in British pounds not Gibraltar pounds as you can not exchange them anywhere but Gibraltar.
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