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Old 07-17-2013, 10:55 PM   #931
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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. Smart!!!

2 days later I get a terse email from them demanding my home phone number so they can call me. Um, no thanks.
That reminds me of a phone call I got from a bill collector after I had called them to say a letter I got didn't pertain to me. (It was a variation of my married name with an incorrect maiden name.) The bill was for a car rental of $1300. After the guy screamed at me saying, "You know this is your bill. Don't try to deny it." Then he calmly asked for the last 4 digits for my driver's license. Duh. If I rented the car, they would already have that.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:58 PM   #932
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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.
No, DH put it in the wallet he kept in his front pocket and I put it in my wallet that I kept in a cross-body bag. We wore money belts early on, but they were really inconvenient to use.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:54 PM   #933
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Then he calmly asked for the last 4 digits for my driver's license. Duh. If I rented the car, they would already have that.
Ok, that's pretty funny.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:07 AM   #934
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Pick Pocket

I crack up anytime I read anything about pick pocketing.
I am such a non-worrier, and have the attitude, I'll worry about it when it happens, actually I will probably laugh because of the thoughts that come to my mind when I read all the posts of Pick Pocket worriers.
Don't get me wrong, I am very conscious of where my should bag is at all times, I'm not lax when out in public. Just pay attention and it's all gonna be fine.
I've been to Europe 4 times now and have never been pick pocketed. Stop worrying People and have a great vacation...
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:26 AM   #935
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Then he calmly asked for the last 4 digits for my driver's license. Duh. If I rented the car, they would already have that.
Well, yes, so if the number you provide doesn't match what's on his paperwork, then you're not the person who rented the car. This isn't a "duh" moment.

Same thing happens with us because there's a person with my DH's name who hasn't paid his student loans. They confirm my husband isn't the miscreant by asking me, "Are the last four digits of his SS# XXXX?" I say no, they stop calling.
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Well, yes, so if the number you provide doesn't match what's on his paperwork, then you're not the person who rented the car. This isn't a "duh" moment.

Same thing happens with us because there's a person with my DH's name who hasn't paid his student loans. They confirm my husband isn't the miscreant by asking me, "Are the last four digits of his SS# XXXX?" I say no, they stop calling.
No they wouldn't stop calling or writing. When I told him that the middle/maiden name isn't mine, he dropped that off of future letters. He obviously didn't care if the correct person was paying this bill, just any naīve person he could coerce into paying.
I finally had my cousin who is an attorney sent him a "nastygram" as he likes to call them. Then it stopped.
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Yet another question...

Does GS have Euros on hand, not for exchange, but just to break a larger bill? We'll need approx. 500E for various tips & guides. I have envelopes all preprinted for how much goes to whom. If I tap an ATM for cash in Barcelona and have all large bills, would DCL be willing to cash for smaller ones?

Then again, our hotel desk may be able to help with this & I could have it all done before we board.

You're probably wondering by now if I ever have a single thought in my mind that's not Med/cruise-related. Hmmm... No, I don't really.
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Yet another question...

Does GS have Euros on hand, not for exchange, but just to break a larger bill? We'll need approx. 500E for various tips & guides. I have envelopes all preprinted for how much goes to whom. If I tap an ATM for cash in Barcelona and have all large bills, would DCL be willing to cash for smaller ones?

Then again, our hotel desk may be able to help with this & I could have it all done before we board.

You're probably wondering by now if I ever have a single thought in my mind that's not Med/cruise-related. Hmmm... No, I don't really.
Yes, they broke bills for us.

BTW, they only exchange Euro when the ship is sailing. They don't do it when the ship is docked. Random thoughts
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When we exchanged US$ for Euro onboard, they gave us 20s, 10s and 5s so that should be good for you to exchange larger bills for. But as you collect coins, don't forget that they add up fast... We would periodically use coins for tipping tour guides. Also keep a few coins with you in case you need them for a restroom. I did twice, but only because I didn't want to hassle with getting a coffee to use a cafe's WC.
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I have subscribed to this thread as we're aw booked for a DCL Med cruise in July 2014. Lots of info and helpful tips.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:07 AM   #941
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There are 2 Disney stores in Barcelona. Did anyone visit them? Is it the same stuff you'd see in WDW? I'm wondering if there's anything unique there to make a taxi ride worth it.
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There are 2 Disney stores in Barcelona. Did anyone visit them? Is it the same stuff you'd see in WDW? I'm wondering if there's anything unique there to make a taxi ride worth it.
I visited one of the Disney Stores. It was in a mall and had all the same stuff you would find on the disney store website.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:28 AM   #943
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There are 2 Disney stores in Barcelona. Did anyone visit them? Is it the same stuff you'd see in WDW? I'm wondering if there's anything unique there to make a taxi ride worth it.
We went to the one that's in an outdoor mall, but only because it was a stop on the HoHo and we were stopping for lunch. I didn't end up buying anything as it was the same stuff, just more $$$.
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We didn't stop at the Disney stores in Barcelona, because we weren't anywhere near them. My daughter and I did stop briefly in the Disney store in Florence, because we were walking right by it as we went from the Uffizi to the Duomo. The only unusual item I saw was a Mickey Mouse T-shirt that said "Italia." I think our driver drove by another Disney store on a ritzy street in Rome, but we didn't stop.
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Thanks! I won't go out of way to find one then.
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