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Old 07-16-2013, 12:23 PM   #916
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Yes we could have made all of them. (Just how we timed private tours and personal wandering) but we only did 3 "shows" . So missing a show wasn't a big deal to us..
Thanks! I know it will take some planning, but I'm glad to hear we may still be able to make some of the shows and dinner.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:48 PM   #917
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We stayed on the ship that overnight in Venice. The new Bella Italia menu was very good! Actually it might have been my favorite menu. They also had a little parade show during dinner. The restaurant was barely half full, which is sad because so many people missed a great menu. Afterwards they had a deck
party at 10:15pm with some local Venetian talents. It was very entertaining and I highly recommend it if you are on the upcoming sailing to Venice!
Was there any construction going on during your cruise due to the renovations?
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:51 PM   #918
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Was there any construction going on during your cruise due to the renovations?
Every day, painting, working on electrical etc...
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:07 PM   #919
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. . . Our one complaint about DCL is that they need to improve their food and have a better alternate dining option to the MDR.

. . . We ate in Topsiders several nights for dinner - some when it was buffet and some when it was menu-driven. One night the service was terrible and slow - they had way more guests than they anticipated coming in for dinner. And why do they close the pizza place between 6:00 and 9:30? What if you wanted pizza for dinner at 6:30??

We choose the My Time Dining on Carnival and it works well for us - even then we find that half the time we skip the MDR and go to the buffet-style dining.
Our last two cruises were the May 2013 Disney Magic EBTA followed by a June 2013 Med, including Rome, Naples, Mykonos, Istanbul, Ephesus, and Venice (non-DCL).

The 14-night Transatlantic had 10 sea days, and the rotational dining worked brilliantly.

Our 12-night Eastern Med cruise was port intensive, with only two sea days. We had My Time Dining which is ideally suited for this type of cruise. The main dining rooms were open continuously from 5:30-10:30, and the buffet was open from 5:00-9:00. We liked being able to dine when we wanted, as onboard times often varied, and transportation back wasn't always predictable.

Since we enjoyed the food and service in the main dining room, we never made it to the buffet. At dinner, we were typically seated immediately. Only twice did we wait for a table -- less than 5 minutes each time -- while they prepared a window table for us.

Although we like rotational dining, IMO there are better alternatives for port intensive cruises.

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Every day, painting, working on electrical etc...
Like regular maintenance or full on renovations? Was it ever a burden or annoyance?
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:57 PM   #921
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No burden or annoyance. They are prepping for dry dock.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:19 PM   #922
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No burden or annoyance. They are prepping for dry dock.
And it's mostly when they are in port
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:42 PM   #923
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Didn't you notice there were a lot of Disney CMs traveling with us? I met several at the adult pool. Disney gave them some GREAT deals to fill that boat up and if they could find a cheap way to Europe (or were based in Europe) it was popular!
I had heard that! I saw a few CMs sailing (overhead them talking). I have a really good friend whose sister works in Burbank at the Disney Studios. She was mad at her sister for not taking her on the Med cruise this year with their fabulous discounted rates. I would have wanted a CM discount too!

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Like regular maintenance or full on renovations? Was it ever a burden or annoyance?
It wasn't a burden, but during our cruise they were stripping paint on certain decks and you could smell the acetone. It was kind of startling the first few times but then you figure out what it is and then you get used to it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:37 AM   #924
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I was just looking at maps of BCN and ATM locations. Are there any particular banks to avoid or ones that you discovered after you got home that there were issues?

Do certain banks impose higher ATM w/d limits than others?

Also how did you handle tapping cash from a street-type ATM? I was "walking around" Barcelona with the little yellow guy on google maps and saw that some banks have a door to go inside but still have the ATM on the street. I would feel like pick pockets would have a feast by just hanging around outside of them. Do those banks with a lobby have an ATM inside also? Would it be better to only tap when we have our transfer/tour driver ready to whisk us away? It's not like dh & my dad can just count their cash, unzip and tuck it all into a money belt unseen.
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Lilpooh, I had a patient yesterday who just returned from a Med cruise (non DCL) and was saying how awesome it was. I nearly fell over when she said the highlight of her cruise was their private tour in Naples with See Amalfi Coast. She mentioned her driver's name but it was unusual & I can't recall it now. I thought of you but didn't have the heart (or the time) to tell her about your experience. I guess it all depends on luck, getting a good driver.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:11 AM   #925
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I was just looking at maps of BCN and ATM locations. Are there any particular banks to avoid or ones that you discovered after you got home that there were issues?

Do certain banks impose higher ATM w/d limits than others?

Also how did you handle tapping cash from a street-type ATM? I was "walking around" Barcelona with the little yellow guy on google maps and saw that some banks have a door to go inside but still have the ATM on the street. I would feel like pick pockets would have a feast by just hanging around outside of them. Do those banks with a lobby have an ATM inside also? Would it be better to only tap when we have our transfer/tour driver ready to whisk us away? It's not like dh & my dad can just count their cash, unzip and tuck it all into a money belt unseen.
We used an ATM in Barcelona with out difficulty. It was a street type. The withdrawal limit was determined by our bank and transaction fees are per your bank I think. Call your bank before you leave and they should be able to tell you the limit and any fees imposed.There is a fee to change from dollars to Euros, but we found that using our debit card at an ATM got us the lowest fee. Pick pockets are out there, but are also opportunists and try to take advantage of distracted tourists. At the ATM, my husband used the machine while I stood behind him facing the street and watching the passersby. No one approached or even walked close to us during our withdrawal.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:40 AM   #926
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Lilpooh, I had a patient yesterday who just returned from a Med cruise (non DCL) and was saying how awesome it was. I nearly fell over when she said the highlight of her cruise was their private tour in Naples with See Amalfi Coast. She mentioned her driver's name but it was unusual & I can't recall it now. I thought of you but didn't have the heart (or the time) to tell her about your experience. I guess it all depends on luck, getting a good driver.
We didn't use any ATMs on this trip, but in past trips we only used ATMs inside bank lobbies. For us it wasn't a pickpocket issue (though that's always a concern), I just wanted to make sure there is less of a chance that there is an illegal scanner added to the machine.

See this thread here:

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...e-in-italy.cfm

Re See Amalfi Coast --- oh the hilarity continues. I posted a summary on cruise critic in response to someone's question on experiences with this company. A "new" poster posted that he was "shocked" that such a thing would happen and to "don't hesitate to use this company!!!"

The funny syntax and multiple exclamation points were kind of a tip off that it was the owner in disguise. Anyway, I asked the Mods to check of the IP address for that poster who claimed he was NOT from Italy. The post was removed.

2 days later I get a terse email from them demanding my home phone number so they can call me. Um, no thanks.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:50 AM   #927
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I am wary of using foreign ATM's.

We got some euros from our local bank before leaving.

In Barcelona, when we needed more cash, we got it from the hotel concierge.

And on the cruise, we got cash from Guest Services.
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ATMs were fine. We tried to find some that weren't right in a "famous" area (ie we went up a block and around the corner from the casino in Monte Carlo or in a small piazza in Venice and not st marks square.) never had a problem, the key is to always be aware of those around you and where you are.
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We used the Caxia ATMs in Barcelona. They are everywhere. Never had any issues with pickpockets.
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So do you just shove the cash in your pocket until you can get it tucked away? I plan to use a neck wallet & dh has a hidden pocket to go inside his pants.
I will look for ones with an inside lobby. I'd like to think the banks don't like thieves to hang around inside watching the ATM.
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