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Old 06-16-2013, 03:53 PM   #16
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Loving your food photos, I am seriously hungry now after seeing them all. Sorry to hear that you had some difficulties on the trip especially your daughters eye but glad you were seen quickly and treated well here in the UK.

Will await the rest of the trip with interest

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We were thoroughly impressed with the health care DD received at the children's eye hospital. DH was raving about the doctor and how smoothly everything went. We were so surprised that even as a walk-in, the visit only took about 2 hours. It was great and we were so grateful that they took such good care of her.
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I need to go back and spend more time in Barcelona. I was so jetlagged I didn't enjoy my day there before my cruise. The food looks incredible!

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Old 06-16-2013, 04:10 PM   #18
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I need to go back and spend more time in Barcelona. I was so jetlagged I didn't enjoy my day there before my cruise. The food looks incredible!

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It was SO delicious, and surprisingly affordable! An assorted Tapas platter was usually 15 Euro and it came with 5 plates. Or you could order individual plates for between 3-6 Euro. The Special of the Day (seafood) was usually a bit more at 9 Euro, but overall Barcelona was delicious and cheap. We kept our sightseeing schedule very light (to save ourselves for the Med Cruise) and had a surprisingly good time.
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Day 8 -- Hellooooooooo Mickey Ship!!!!!! Part 1

This was the day. The day I had been looking forward to for 18 months. Through the hard pregnancy I had with Baby Ems, her induction, the post-delivery ER visit, the hernia surgery, the post-surgery, lasering off my nerves, and the pain, this was the day that kept me going. I know it sounds overly dramatic, but I had gone through some pretty huge low points in 2013. I used to be a really active person and this health setback really changed my life. This day and this trip with my family was the inspiration that kept me going and challenged me to get healthy.

It was this day that I was looking forward to the most-- and another upcoming day. A secret day, of sorts. We'll get to that day in Rome. For now, getting on the ship itself would help me get to a major milestone.

Our transfer was scheduled to pick us up at 1pm. Since we were done with packing by 11am, DH, DD, me and my aunt decided to run out to Passeig de Gracia for one last power hour of shopping. I'm happy to report that my injury has NOT impeded my speed shopping skills at all. In the hour we had (which included metro time), we bought:

- Cute dress at Bershka
- Cute skirt at Bershka
- Cute shirt at Bershka
- Minnie dress at H&M
- Minne Tees for DD at H&M
- Clothing as gifts for others

Plus DD had time to try on new shoes (she'd been complaining about her Nikes and ended up wearing Crocs the whole trip, even in the rain). We repacked a bit and hauled butt to the Cruise Port. Finally was poolside near the Mickey slide at 2:45pm! Woohoo! We have arrived!!

Pulling to the Pier, and the Cruise Terminal:







For those of you wondering, cabin upgrades were NOT available on our cruise. There was a sign that said the ship was full, and I spoke to the Supervisor about it because we needed to swap people in the cabins (long story).

****At this point in my TR, I now realize I have a major dilemma. My preference is to NOT include pictures of my kids in the TR because of creepos on the internet. But my kids are CUTE! Lol. And our pics are cute, especially the ones taken on the Ship!! Hmmmm....what to do. Well, maybe I'll include some of their pics if its dimly lit. We'll see what happens. Now back to your regularly-scheduled programming.****

At 3pm, Mom and I finally met up with my brother and SIL at the Spa for the raffle. We didn't win (5th cruise, never won), but it was still fun to attend. Thanks to advice from the DIS, I cancelled my massage for the next day to avoid the 50% cancellation fee. My SIL wasn't feeling well at all and wanted to cancel her couples massage but held out. She ended up going to the massage anyway but they laid her on her side and she didn't enjoy it at all. PSA for those who are pregnant.

We ate on Deck 9 and watched the Sail Away party. This is when Baby Ems showed her true colors. She is a pretty active baby at home, but on this trip she really blossomed. She jumped up and down during the party, danced around and waved her streamers. She said "Hi" and "Bye" to anyone who made eye-contact. I really think this trip helped her social-emotional development. I'd never seen her this involved! It was so fun to watch the kiddies grow during the trip, and to watch DD (big sis) show Baby Ems the Disney ropes.

Some pics from Deck 10 during the Sail Away Party:






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Old 06-16-2013, 05:21 PM   #20
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Your photographs are fantastic! Looking forward to reading more
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Thanks! I didn't see twins on the ship. Are you doing a TR? I might recognize you guys from seeing everyone in line for character meets.
My kids are now nine. We were on the EBTA and didn't do any character meets on the Med. We had some other stuff going on during the cruise, so I won't be doing a TR. But it's so fun to see someone else's.
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Your photographs are fantastic! Looking forward to reading more
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My kids are now nine. We were on the EBTA and didn't do any character meets on the Med. We had some other stuff going on during the cruise, so I won't be doing a TR. But it's so fun to see someone else's.
How did your kids handle the time zone changes during the EBTA? We really want to do that cruise in 2014, but we all had such a hard time with jet lag this trip that I'm now reconsidering it. You lost an hour per day, right?
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Day 8 -- Hellooooooooo Mickey Ship!!!!!! Part 2

We finally got into our Cabin at around 4:30 or 5pm. I went into the bathroom and (EEK) noticed brown smears on the toilet seat and all over the door jam. It was really gross. Our host was nowhere to be found, so DH grabbed a bunch of the Disney sani-wipes and I tried my best to wipe down the bathroom since we had to get ready for dinner. At this point we hadn't even checked the bed yet but later on this night (around 11pm) we'd find out that the sheets were dirty too under the coverlet (ewh). Pretty disappointing, but more of a hassle than anything else.

While I unpacked, I called Room Service and ordered us a snack and DD some chocolate soy milk containers because she's allergic to dairy (and eggs, and nuts). I had read about the individual Silk soy milk containers on the DIS but had never ordered it before. It was super convenient to have these for her for the rest of the week. Here's what they brought. I specifically took a picture because it was hard for me to find out info on these before our trip.



The 2 most useful things I brought for the cabin were: (1) an Ikea child's room organizer with netting. It was numbered 1, 2 & 3. It was super easy for DH to find stuff without asking me all the time; (2) a multipocket organizer from the dollar store. Since over-the-door-shoe-organizers were banned, I found this organizer which hangs from the hook near the bathroom. I used it for our bathroom toiletries and it was a lifesaver. We also had a Steamer Trunk in our cabin which was great as well.

***As an aside, an explanation about the organization issue---- My husband is a bit like Fred Flintstone. He hollers every time he's trying to find something. We play the "Where is this..." game alot. He doesn't think anything is where I say it is unless I show it to him. Which, if you think about it, defeats the purpose of the game since I'm essentially fetching it for him. Perhaps that's his point. He asks me where things are so that I go get it. Smart guy huh? Well, I'm smarter. The numbered nets helped me out. Every time he asked me "Where is XXXX" I would say, #1 (socks, underwear), or #3 (diapers, wipes, ointment). Can't argue with the numbers. No siree. Saved me a lot of extra time!***







We skipped the "All Aboard" show since it's usually just talking, and did a character photo op with Spanish Mickey instead. Super cute!

Before our trip, I collected a series of personalized DIS'igns from the DIS and made my two DDs personalized autograph books. (A special thanks goes out to GoEva!) Since this was DD #1's 5th cruise, I was able to insert prior cruise pics opposite the page where the character was supposed to sign. Since this was Baby Em's 1st cruise, I took general Halloween pics (she was dressed as Snow White) and some Disneyland pics and made the same type of autograph book. The books were a hit, both with the girls and with other people who commented on them while we waited in line.

Pics of Baby Ems meeting Mickey and a close-up of Ems' autograph book.





We met up with the family at Parrot Cay for dinner and met our dining team: Jose (head server), Inyo (server) and Jonathan (asst server). They were all awesome! Jose went WAY out of his way to prepare meals for DD. She's pretty picky and due to her allergies, her diet is pretty limited. He had the chefs make her some pretty authentic tofu fried rice (rivaling any Thai fried rice I've had at some pretty tasty Thai restaurants). DD, unlike usual, ate all by herself without prompting. She'd been in feeding therapy on-and-off throughout her life and for her to initiate self-feeding was pretty amazing. Her fried rice was so good each night that she had to tell us not to take it off her plate .

We had 2nd seating and got back to the cabin REALLY late. This would become a recurrent theme during the cruise, as dinner would end around 10:30pm (much too late for us, but oh well). At 11:30 pm, we put Baby Ems down in our bed (with bed rails) and noticed some kind of dried snot or dried crusty stuff on the sheets near her face. Gross. Ick. At 12 am, DH called housekeeping with a simple request for a new sheet. 50 minutes pass and no one comes.

At this point, I'm dead tired and I'm laying in DD's sofa pull out and DH is just sitting on the edge of the bed. At this point I just want to pull the duvet over the bed and sleep over the dirty sheet. He calls down to Guest Services. They send someone up to see why Housekeeping is taking so long. A supervisor comes into our cabin at around 1:15 am or so to "inspect" the sheet. WTH? So unnecessary! All I wanted was a new sheet to put over the dirty one.

At 1:30 am, they finally send a person to completely change all the sheets on the bed (which I hadn't asked for). While he was there, I asked him to please re-clean/spray down the toilet. He was super nice about it. The whole thing was a such a hassle and we finally went to bed around 2 am.

We found out the next day from our host (who was emphatically apologetic) that his supervisor made the sheet thing a huge deal because our host had taken embarkation day off. Our cabin was assigned to someone else, but our host had the responsibility of double-checking our cabin (which he admitted he did not do). He explained that his supervisor would ask us for feedback. DH talked to the supervisor and asked him not to blame the host since all we wanted was a new sheet and it probably was just a laundry issue. Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill, sheesh.

I don't want to end our Day 8 recap on a bad note, so let's end with this Mickey-nosies picture instead Can't be mad at a nosey!


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Omg, Baby Em is so cute meeting Mickey!!! So glad the dining room made such a great meal for your DD! I love Disney service....well, except for the horrible room issues and supervisor. Gross!

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Omg, Baby Em is so cute meeting Mickey!!! So glad the dining room made such a great meal for your DD! I love Disney service....well, except for the horrible room issues and supervisor. Gross!

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Thanks for the compliment about Ems! I'm partial to her myself

Where in Denver are you from? A million years ago I lived in Ft Collins and went there for Elementary school.
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Thanks for the compliment about Ems! I'm partial to her myself

Where in Denver are you from? A million years ago I lived in Ft Collins and went there for Elementary school.
I'm actually from Missouri but moved here 5 years ago. I live in South Denver in the University Hills neighborhood (I-25 and Yale).

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Day 9 -- First Sea Day

We usually do both Princess Meets during a 7-day cruise, but decided to cut it down to 1 Princess meet this time (boohoo DD#1)! We got down to the atrium at 9:05 am and the line was already half way down the hall. The line was so long that we had time to pop over for a quick Photo Op with Princess Minnie first.

DD & Ems giving each other kisses while waiting for Snow White to sign their books:



We had lunch at Lumiere's and it was exceptionally good. The sun-dried tomato risotto was outstanding!!





Took a few pics with formal-gown Minnie before the show:





Twice-Charmed was "new" to us, and we enjoyed it alot but missed the Golden Mickey's. Kinda wished that show was on the Magic. Dinner was uneventful, and we took a few pics of the sunset on Deck 4:



An announcement was made that the Ship was going double-speed to Villefranche due to a medical emergency. I sure hope that the person was OK! After dinner we took pics of Villefranche at night:



Returned to our cabin to a cute towel animal:



We all turned in early-ish for the night in anticipation for our 1st big day in Port!

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Day 10 -- Villefranche (Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze & Palo)

As I stated in the Med Planning thread, we enjoyed each other's company on this day but our excursion group had a rough time with our "guide." We specifically took a DCL excursion in the 1st Port to avoid having to plan anything at all since our entire trip was logistically complicated. The DCL excursions were meant to give my SIL and I a break from making "real" decisions during the planning phase.

Rather than repeating the unpleasantries relating to the guide, suffice it to say that the guide was rather un-Disney. The rain did not affect our mood, but did affect our time in Eze. I was the only one in my family to get off at Eze and knowing their personalities, Eze would have been their favorite stop. With all the disclaimers out of the way, here we go on the itinerary.

Going away from the ship during tender:



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1st Stop, Monaco:





The tour of the Monaco Palace was self-guided, and it took perhaps 20-30 minutes. We had about 75 minutes of free time in the main square. We passed the time by taking pictures of the cannonballs, scenery, and having a crepe. It was the first time in a long time that I got to speak French and it was fun to pick it up again! Kinda like riding a bike!





The guide gave everyone the wrong info on where to meet up and so we were a bit late getting to the bus (by about 5 min). 3 people from our excursion group were left behind.

2nd Stop, Monte Carlo:
The bus followed part of the Grand Prix route to Monte Carlo, and we walked up a steep hill to the Casino. It was drizzling at this point, but the rain started down harder once we got to the top. There isn't much to see up at the Casino so most people huddled by a shop to avoid the rain. When the meeting time came, everyone walked down. It was pouring at this point. DD fell asleep hard in her stroller and like a princess, my DH and my brother carried her stroller down the steps. Bravo to them! Good thing we brought the stroller rain shield.




3rd Stop, Eze:
By the time we got to Eze, it was pouring very heavily. I would say that only 7 people from our entire bus got off at Eze. Eze was the stop that I was looking forward to the most, and so I got off by myself and followed the group up the stairs. Eze was lovely. I could have spent half-a-day here going through the nooks and crannies. It was a pity that Monaco was so boring and we had 75 minutes there. I wish that we got more free time here instead. The entire place was like a fairytale.







Palo
PB&J have never been to Palo since they had only cruised on the Dream (they went to Remy instead). It was kismet that Palo was scheduled for this night since we all had such a rough day. It was nice to wash the rain out of my hair and to go to such a relaxing atmosphere in Palo while we pulled out of Port. Baby Ems went into the nursery (where she napped the whole time) and DD went with my parents to Lumiere's. PB&J, my aunt, DH and I headed to Palo for an excellent meal. Andrea from Italy was our charming waiter. He was great. The food tasted exceptional after a day in the cold. Pics of our meal:









I joined my parents and DD in Lumiere's after Palo to make sure DD had eaten her dinner. We picked up Baby Ems and turned in for the night. Our group was splitting up for La Spezia, and we were excited do a "bigger" Port for the next day.
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I'm actually from Missouri but moved here 5 years ago. I live in South Denver in the University Hills neighborhood (I-25 and Yale).

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Oh, I don't know where that is. I was only 8 when I lived there.
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I am loving your trip report!! The pictures are amazing and your girls are beautiful!! Thank you for all of the information...we leave in a few days for our 12 day med cruise and your tr is just what i needed to help me get through the rest of the week! Thanks again!!
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