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Old 05-13-2013, 12:20 PM   #676
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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?
I think that is going to be our plan on one of the days - catch the water taxi there (well, it is Venice so it would be rude not to) & amble back. Dependent on how that goes we'll see what we do on day 2!

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Old 05-13-2013, 03:05 PM   #677
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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.
Thanks Figment. I've booked a "Venice by Night and Gondola ride" through Viator. It was fairly reasonable as far as gondola rides go. There is something magical about Venice at night and I wanted my DD's to experience it. I think we'll do day 2 on our own.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:46 PM   #678
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Are any of you NOT doing a DCL excursion in Venice? Just looking for alternatives!
We signed up for a mask decorating class (not through Disney) the first day we're in Venice. That evening, we're doing a ghost tour via Viator.

The second morning, I got us tickets to the Doge Palace with the secret itinerary tour. After Doge Palace, I figured we would just walk around St. Peter's Square and then back to the ship.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:02 PM   #679
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Ummmm, bunless, for me getting lost is EASY. I suffer from directional impairment. I'm one of the few guys who will stop and ask for directions. No choice. I'm lost within a few minutes.

And, just because my head is attached and I won't lose it, doesn't mean that the grey matter inside is always properly engaged.

I can always try to blame the many ear infections I had as a kid for screwing up my sense of balance and therefore my sense of direction, but, I believe that I have always been directionally impaired.

Maybe I can find a support group . . . "Hi, my name is John - and I'm lost, like, all the time."
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FINALLY booked my airfare and hotel. That is a serious weight off of my shoulders!

They canceled the private ball at the Doge's Palace. I was really looking forward to that. They said that they didn't have enough interest. That is impossible because I know people were trying to book it and it was full!!! Oh well. I think we are going to do Venice on our own for both days. If I do an organized tour at all I'll probably look into Viator.

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Old 05-14-2013, 02:43 PM   #681
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Booking tickets for attractions in Italy

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We've been looking at various options for tours in the Italian ports. One website which we used last time was www.tickitaly.com who are considerably cheaper than Viator and Disney. They accept payment by card on their website. I think it's the Italian museums website.
Last time we booked tickets in advance for the Coliseum in Rome. When we arrived there we skipped a very long line which stretched for miles as we had timed tickets. Definitely worth a look.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:34 PM   #682
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Venice

Hi. I found this on trip advisor. We're not doing it, but I thought I'd pass it along.

With Row Venice you have the opportunity to learn how to row like a Venetian! This is the Venetian style of rowing - standing up, facing forwardsójust like that made famous by the gondolier.

During your 1.5-hour lessson, you'll be instructed in the particulars of the Venetian rowing style, then row with your instructor first through the canals of Venice and then out into the lagoon, where you'll even have the opportunity to steer this beautiful, all-wooden craft.

Row Venice offers lessons to individuals, small groups (2-6 people), and larger groups with multiple boats. Lessons are offered in English and Italian, with the possibility of French, German, and Japanese. See the website for complete information: rowvenice.org
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:24 AM   #683
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Okay, excitement just increased exponentially! I just recieved our flight times and seating assignments. Yeah!

We're going from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Atlanta then on to Barcelona. We will be arriving in Barcelona at 8:30 in the morning on the 24th. So, a full day in that wonderful city. Alright, we will be jet lagged. Adreniline should kick in a little. Run us all ragged for the day, then everybody in bed early until we get up in time to get to the ship.

Starting to spend time on research on the cities. It is starting to get to the point of spending most of my day thinking about the cruise.

I finished tiling our front entryway last week and started on the kitchen a couple of days ago. I really need to concentrate on that. I'm having to remove the half inch thick layer of pressed board that was there under the linoleum so I can put in the correct underlayment for the ceramic tile. My shoulder, arms, and back are killing me. Now my mind is back to reality. 67 days until we begin this trip. More to do, more to study, more to learn.

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I'm right there with you Figment, spent the last 2 days cleaning debris and repairing the house after a visit by a tornado Thursday AM, thankfully the damage to our place was quite minor compared to others in the state. So I'll be sore and tired for a while.
On to the cruise, would anyone like to share about formal night? Someone at work said we can rent formal wear on the Magic. We are on the fence about this and would love to hear your thoughts etc.
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I'm right there with you Figment, spent the last 2 days cleaning debris and repairing the house after a visit by a tornado Thursday AM, thankfully the damage to our place was quite minor compared to others in the state. So I'll be sore and tired for a while.
On to the cruise, would anyone like to share about formal night? Someone at work said we can rent formal wear on the Magic. We are on the fence about this and would love to hear your thoughts etc.
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We always rent tuxes for DH and DS21. You get tux, two shirts and shoes. They wear the shoes as dress shoes all week, saves us from bringing size 12 and size 14 shoes in our luggage! Their is a link on DCL in the "gifts" section, I believe. It is cruiselineformal.com. Don't wait too long, because they do run out of sizes. Last year on Alaska DH had to wear a size larger shoe because they ran out of his size.

They wear the tuxes for formal night, semi formal night and for Palo.
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A question for Londoners

Well this is going to seem like an odd request for a cruise leaving out of Bacelona, but...DH, DS (23) & I will be spending three days in London before the cruise. DH & I have been to London for a few days before Northern European Capitals cruise, but DS has never been.

Question: if you had friends coming to London and wanted to show them something unique, fun, or totally cool, where would you take them?

We have two things planned. Westminster Abby as DS will find this neat and a restaurant we found called 'Roc 'N Soul'. Best fish and chips these Yankees have ever had. (Admittedly, this is not a difficult feat to accomplish, but I still have the picture of the plate of food we ate that day)
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Well this is going to seem like an odd request for a cruise leaving out of Bacelona, but...DH, DS (23) & I will be spending three days in London before the cruise. DH & I have been to London for a few days before Northern European Capitals cruise, but DS has never been.

Question: if you had friends coming to London and wanted to show them something unique, fun, or totally cool, where would you take them?

We have two things planned. Westminster Abby as DS will find this neat and a restaurant we found called 'Roc 'N Soul'. Best fish and chips these Yankees have ever had. (Admittedly, this is not a difficult feat to accomplish, but I still have the picture of the plate of food we ate that day)
Too many cool things! As A Londoner there is still so much I have not done. Remaining things on list are the new cable car by the O2 arena, plus a climb up the dome of the arena - you could do this having caught a boat down the Thames. Also the new viewing platform at the Shard is now open - pricey but amazing views. To ease the pain on the wallet the Museum of London has many neat things & is free and allows a walk through the City of London. I love walking London as there is so much you miss otherwise. Check out the "nose"in Admiralty Arch - you need to approach from Trafalgar Square and pick the left hand arch - then check out the lamp posts on the Mall - they all have ships on the top so that Nelson can keep watch on his fleet. I could go on, but I'm being reminded that I am supposed to be making bacon butties! If you think of anything else, let me know!

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We will also be in London before the cruise. Have a two day hop-on-hop-off bus ticket which includes admission to the Eye and Tower of London.
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We will also be in London before the cruise. Have a two day hop-on-hop-off bus ticket which includes admission to the Eye and Tower of London.
Make sure you check out the 4D experience that is part of the Eye attraction. If you are not prebooked at the Eye, go early (when it opens), late in the day or be prepared to wait. Same also applies for the Tower - if you have chance to listen to a Beefeater giving the talk it is worth while. Starbucks within spitting distance if you need a caffeine hit too!

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