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Old 05-07-2013, 07:09 PM   #661
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:43 PM   #662
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Has anyone tried to login to the DCL website today. I keep getting an "internal server error - try again later" message. It's frustrating because my booking window is opening up in a few hours (finally)!
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:47 PM   #663
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I just got the same message and we are in the same situation. I'm sure it will be good to go soon....
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:48 PM   #664
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I was just talking to a rep on the phone and she said the Disney servers are having trouble. She expected it to clear up later.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:08 AM   #665
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Thanks! I did clear up and we're all set for the most part!
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:12 AM   #666
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Are any of you NOT doing a DCL excursion in Venice? Just looking for alternatives! Also, wanted to explore Venice in the evening by ourselves. Is this possible (easy to return to ship?)? Would appreciate any ideas! Thanks
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:10 AM   #667
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Are any of you NOT doing a DCL excursion in Venice? Just looking for alternatives! Also, wanted to explore Venice in the evening by ourselves. Is this possible (easy to return to ship?)? Would appreciate any ideas! Thanks
We're not doing DCL & we've never been to Venice before. My understanding is that its about an hours walk (max) from ship to St Mark's square if you choose not to use the water bus or get a water taxi. Some cruise lines offer transport to/from St Marks square (at a cost) but don't know whether DCL will

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Old 05-11-2013, 02:06 PM   #668
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[QUOTE=Celestine;48366161]We're not doing DCL & we've never been to Venice before. My understanding is that its about an hours walk (max) from ship to St Mark's square if you choose not to use the water bus or get a water taxi. Some cruise lines offer transport to/from St Marks square (at a cost) but don't know whether DCL will


We too are doing Venice on our own. Water bus or by foot it's not a long trip (about 45mins -1 hour) to St Marks Squ. There is loads more to see even if you don't want to go that far (The Rialto and the canal through the city looks like it's about halfway there) so I'm sure an evening visit could easily be fitted in.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:29 PM   #669
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Are any of you NOT doing a DCL excursion in Venice? Just looking for alternatives! Also, wanted to explore Venice in the evening by ourselves. Is this possible (easy to return to ship?)? Would appreciate any ideas! Thanks
We don't do any organised excursions, far too expensive and restrictive, waiting at toilet stops and visiting shops who are on DCL commission! Instead we do our own thing, Europe is safe and easy to negotiate.

We have been to Venice a number of times and it really is very doable on your own.

Just walking around the city and finding your way through the narrow streets and over the bridges is an experience around every turn, there are churches and squares to wander and sit in.

The vaporetti are really easy to use and you can get one over to the little islands of Murano and Burano in 10/15 mins, where there is glass blowing and pretty buildings.

I have spent time in Venice on my own and it is easy to wander around in the evening, even better take a Gondola at dusk. When we have been on cruises a bus has always been available at a small cost into the bus station which is a short walk into the main area, so I hope DCL will follow suite.

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Old 05-12-2013, 01:52 PM   #670
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Great laundry idea:

On our last trip to the World, my DS brought Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets. They contain the soap and softener within the sheet. Then it acts like a dryer sheet when you transfer Cothes to the dryer. They are small and travel well in a ziploc in your luggage.

We used them during our last trip and they really work. I've already bought mine for the cruise.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:11 PM   #671
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Thank you for your input, Celestine, thestewarts, and k8t!!

Also, Flora Fan, I've been looking for the Purex 3 in 1 sheets for weeks and can't find them! Where did you get them?
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Also, Flora Fan, I've been looking for the Purex 3 in 1 sheets for weeks and can't find them! Where did you get them?[/QUOTE]

I bought mine on Amazon. It's the only place I could find them.
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We used to be able to buy them here but now looks like they've all been replaced with those "pods". Too bad-I really liked the sheets.........
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We're doing a DCL excursion in Venice on the first day. DD and I are doing a ghost walking tour that evening. DS and DW don't want anything to do with ghosts.

I plan on roaming around Venice on day 2 on my own. I plan on finding and taking an old fashioned map and getting properly lost, then finding my way back to the ship. Planning on just staying on foot, not using the water taxis, but trying to find all the bridges. Now, how many of my family will go with me is another question. I have a feeling everyone is going to be a little foot sore and tired by this day of the cruise.
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I plan on roaming around Venice on day 2 on my own. I plan on finding and taking an old fashioned map and getting properly lost, then finding my way back to the ship. Planning on just staying on foot, not using the water taxis, but trying to find all the bridges.
That's our plan for both days, with the hope of having one of those great Italian dinners that go very late. Trying to decide about how to go about getting lost, lol. Head straight to st marks and then loose ourself getting back to the boat? The east side of the grand canal on day one, west side day two? What is the best way to get lost?
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