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Old 08-23-2013, 05:05 PM   #16
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We are hopefully heading to the Med next summer, on a 12-day Magic. Excited and nervous. I'll have many questions. Thank you for the report. What hotel did you stay in in Barcelona? I see you were disappointed in the transfers, I'll make a note of that! Did you use a tour in Barcelona? THANK YOU
Hi there, we're staying at the Pulitzer Hotel right next to the Catalunya. Its really convenient (close to the shops and plenty of restaurants). We didn't use a tour in Barcelona, just walked around and went on the HOHO bus.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:50 PM   #17
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Day 2 - Wondering around Barcelona

We got up quite early today (well by my standards anyways) at around 8am. Got ready, then went to have breakfast at a restaurant which I can not remember the name (sorry it was early) where we had many episodes of miscommunication, trying to order an English breakfast but ended up getting continental instead.

Filled up to the brim, the 3 of us (plus my Auntie and her daughter) set off for Camp Nou, FC Barcelona's stadium by the metro, taking about 20 minutes (9 stops from the Catalunya). My sister didn't come with us since she had "Homework" to do and it had to be sent off today since tomorrow we wont have internet on the ship. The stadium tour included a walk around the stadium, some behind the scenes and entry to the team's museum. Very worth it in my opinion.

Here are some pics from the stadium tour:


Got tickets, yay!


The stadium shot.


The corridor to the changing rooms, soo crowded.

Done with the tour, we headed back to the Catalunya and had some lunch. We wanted Paella since we're in Spain so off we went!

The HOHO bus had 2 lines, red and blue. The blue ran up North of the city going to the Sangria Familia, then looping around Camp Nou back to the Catalunya,. The red goes south looping around the Olympic stadium then down to the harbour where we are going tomorrow! . We initially went on the blue line HOHO bus, taking it to the "Sangria Familia" a cathedral which has been in construction for over 200 years. Then going back to the Catalunya by metro to switch to the red line bus since the cathedral is the only thing we wanted to see in the blue line, and we had limited time here in Barcelona (this was at around 5pm). We stayed on the red line until it looped back to where we got on, taking about 2.30 hours on the bus and arriving around 8pm.

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We had a walk back to the hotel to wash up before having dinner at a Pizzaria on the Ramblas.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:10 PM   #18
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Great update! Looks like you had lovely weather!
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:11 AM   #19
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I have to ask about your DIS screen name. What does it mean? I have a Thai friend and her name is Panda. Is your DIS screen name from someone's name that you know?
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:37 AM   #20
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I have to ask about your DIS screen name. What does it mean? I have a Thai friend and her name is Panda. Is your DIS screen name from someone's name that you know?
I love bears as a whole, but when I made this name I thought since pandas are kinda cute, why not? then just make it a bit random and add bearz at the end!

Its embarkation day today, so from now I might not be updating daily due to lack of fast internet...and it looks kinda cloudy . Will keep you posted when I get the chance.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:10 AM   #21
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We're in Villefranche right now! The Internet on the ship is really slooooowww!
We're doing the highlights of Monaco and Monte Carlo excursion so we got off a little early to walk around (well for my parents anyways), I'm just down here for the Internet!
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:52 AM   #22
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Thanks for checking in! Your fans are glad to hear from you. I have read that the Mickey Bars have finished. I hope that everything else is ok for you!
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:59 PM   #23
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Hi guys! Was really busy for the past few days after getting back, so I should be writing some more on the trip tomorrow. Hopefully I will finish in time before university opens back up in 1 and a half weeks time!

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Old 09-09-2013, 03:24 AM   #24
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Day 3 - Embarkation day!

Today is the day! Mum and my aunt went for an early morning bag hunt, while me and Sea woke up a little later at around 10am. We have a van booked for us through the hotel to the cruise terminal at 11am, mum came back from the shopping trip a little late at around 11.10am, and off we went on our way to the terminal!

Here's a little progression of how excited we got:











You can probably figure it out me and Sea were dancing with joy by the time we arrived.

Once we got to the terminal, we dropped our bags off, headed for security and checked in!









Finally, we boarded the ship with our family name announced!

On the boat, we headed to the concierge reception where we had everything we booked provided in a file for us so we could go through, we also met our awesome-in-many-ways concierge, Tawanda! Mum then went for lunch at Topsiders while me and Sea walked around a bit then had lunch at Parrot Cay.











We then went to our room, hung up our FE, then took a stroll around the boat exploring everything!







Then muster drill and Adventures away! Across the ocean blue and suddenly you are, sailing away! - sorry, got too carried away .







Then we rested for a bit then Me and Sea then went to watch the show, All aboard: Let the magic begin!, and off to dinner at Lumiere's we went! (Sorry no pics, got too tired)

After dinner, filled to the brim, we just went back to the room and finally went to bed!
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:51 PM   #25
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Oh my god, I love your families t-shirts! So cute! I hope I can convince DH to wear something similar for our boarding day.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:45 AM   #26
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I love this report! Is there more coming, or is there another link I've missed?
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:04 AM   #27
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I love this report! Is there more coming, or is there another link I've missed?
Yup, there's more coming. I've been busy moving back to uni in the UK! I've got more or less this week free and will hopefully get it done, promise!
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:01 AM   #28
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Day 4 - At Sea

Today me and my sister have planned to explore the ship some more, and character hunt while mum and my aunt have a massage booked in the afternoon.

In the morning, we went and watched Planes after breakfast, had a late lunch then headed our own ways in the early afternoon until we the concierge character meet!

Me and Sea went to a animation session, drawing Stitch!

Loads of photos in this update!


















Goofy being, well, goofy!



This evening was formal night, so we headed back to the room to get ready. at around 6.30pm we went and watched Twice Charmed, then dinner!






Donald asked my sister out on a date! Bad! I should tell Daisy!

After dinner it was quite late, so my parents called it a day while I went to the college club meet up.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:21 AM   #29
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Wonderful report so far! Thanks for sharing it really helps for those of us who are planning for 2014!
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:09 PM   #30
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Cant wait to hear more, I am on the Magic next May.
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