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Old 08-14-2014, 03:31 PM   #1
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Greek Isles Cruise 6/26: The Fairy Godblogger Report: Completed!

Hi everyone! I have finally started posting my trip report from our Greek Isles cruise on June 26 on my blog! We had a long European adventure and I am finally up to the cruise portion of our trip! I just finished up Disneyland Paris if that interests anyone, along with Iceland, England and Paris!

We had a wonderful cruise and I hope reading my report can help others the way I was helped before this trip!

I'll update here as I add new days.

All Aboard: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...e-time-to.html

First Day at Sea: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...gical-day.html

Katakolo, Greece: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...-katakolo.html

Piraeus (Athens), Greece: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...e-piraeus.html

Kuşadası, Turkey: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...e-kusadas.html

Rhodes, Greece: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...es-greece.html

Mykonos, Greece: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...e-mykonos.html

Second Day at Sea: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...k-to-back.html

Final Day at Sea: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...coming-to.html

Disembarking and Venice: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...e-ya-real.html

Our Dancing All Over the World Video!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onrd03j9wOA
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DCL 2014 Greek Isles, 2011 Med trip reports and WDW info: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.com/

DCL: 2014 Greek Isles out of Venice, 2011 Med out of Barcelona, 2009 4-night Wonder.
WDW: 2014 Jan., 2012 Oct., 2011 Oct., 2010 Oct., 2009 Dec., 2008 Oct., 2008 May, 2006 Oct., 1997 April, 1996 April, 1993 Feb., 1992 Feb., 1980s various trips, 1977 First trip.
DL California 2012: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...0Report%202012
DL Paris 2014
: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...eyland%20Paris

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Old 08-14-2014, 11:14 PM   #2
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Off to a great start! Your pictures of sailing out of Venice are fabulous!
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:05 AM   #3
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Off to a great start! Your pictures of sailing out of Venice are fabulous!
Thank you! My husband is the photographer and took some amazing pics on our trip. It's hard to decide what to post sometimes!
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:47 AM   #4
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What an amazing trip!

Your kids are real troopers your long day in Iceland would have started a mutiny with my kids!

I do need to go back a read on the laptop so I can get a better look at the picture.

Thank you for sharing.
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It really was an amazing trip! Thanks for reading

My kids really did great on the trip! We put them through the travel wringer for sure. My youngest got a little whiny a few times, but it seemed like she was only really unhappy if she got hot. I think ipads, ipods, snacks etc. kept them going strong!

We really would like to go back to Iceland. It's such a unique country!
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WDW: 2014 Jan., 2012 Oct., 2011 Oct., 2010 Oct., 2009 Dec., 2008 Oct., 2008 May, 2006 Oct., 1997 April, 1996 April, 1993 Feb., 1992 Feb., 1980s various trips, 1977 First trip.
DL California 2012: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...0Report%202012
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Old 08-16-2014, 02:55 PM   #6
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Day 2 posted!

Our first day at sea is up and ready: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...gical-day.html
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WDW: 2014 Jan., 2012 Oct., 2011 Oct., 2010 Oct., 2009 Dec., 2008 Oct., 2008 May, 2006 Oct., 1997 April, 1996 April, 1993 Feb., 1992 Feb., 1980s various trips, 1977 First trip.
DL California 2012: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...0Report%202012
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:13 AM   #7
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Really enjoying your trip blog. Very well written and descriptive. Still reading about Paris!!! Thank you!
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:55 PM   #8
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Really enjoying your trip blog. Very well written and descriptive. Still reading about Paris!!! Thank you!
Thank you! That's very kind and thanks for reading!
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WDW: 2014 Jan., 2012 Oct., 2011 Oct., 2010 Oct., 2009 Dec., 2008 Oct., 2008 May, 2006 Oct., 1997 April, 1996 April, 1993 Feb., 1992 Feb., 1980s various trips, 1977 First trip.
DL California 2012: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...0Report%202012
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Katakolo, Greece

I have just posted our first port stop, Katakolo, Greece! http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...-katakolo.html
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DCL: 2014 Greek Isles out of Venice, 2011 Med out of Barcelona, 2009 4-night Wonder.
WDW: 2014 Jan., 2012 Oct., 2011 Oct., 2010 Oct., 2009 Dec., 2008 Oct., 2008 May, 2006 Oct., 1997 April, 1996 April, 1993 Feb., 1992 Feb., 1980s various trips, 1977 First trip.
DL California 2012: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...0Report%202012
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:35 AM   #10
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I've posted through Turkey with LOTS of pics!
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DCL: 2014 Greek Isles out of Venice, 2011 Med out of Barcelona, 2009 4-night Wonder.
WDW: 2014 Jan., 2012 Oct., 2011 Oct., 2010 Oct., 2009 Dec., 2008 Oct., 2008 May, 2006 Oct., 1997 April, 1996 April, 1993 Feb., 1992 Feb., 1980s various trips, 1977 First trip.
DL California 2012: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...0Report%202012
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I just added Rhodes and am nearly done with Mykonos, which was probably my favorite stop!
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WDW: 2014 Jan., 2012 Oct., 2011 Oct., 2010 Oct., 2009 Dec., 2008 Oct., 2008 May, 2006 Oct., 1997 April, 1996 April, 1993 Feb., 1992 Feb., 1980s various trips, 1977 First trip.
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Hi! I posted in the blog and you asked me to post here, too. Good thing I remembered my username. It's been a while!
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Hi! I posted in the blog and you asked me to post here, too. Good thing I remembered my username. It's been a while!
Yay! Hahaha, I totally understand! This way I can PM you when I post the Magic review. I'll try to use as many pictures as possible because if you are like me, that's what you want to see before your trip! You'll love the ship though, it looks great in my opinion!
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DCL: 2014 Greek Isles out of Venice, 2011 Med out of Barcelona, 2009 4-night Wonder.
WDW: 2014 Jan., 2012 Oct., 2011 Oct., 2010 Oct., 2009 Dec., 2008 Oct., 2008 May, 2006 Oct., 1997 April, 1996 April, 1993 Feb., 1992 Feb., 1980s various trips, 1977 First trip.
DL California 2012: http://thefairygodblogger.blogspot.c...0Report%202012
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Yay! Hahaha, I totally understand! This way I can PM you when I post the Magic review. I'll try to use as many pictures as possible because if you are like me, that's what you want to see before your trip! You'll love the ship though, it looks great in my opinion!
The more photos the better, thanks!
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:10 PM   #15
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Just wanted to chime in and thank you for spending time to write such a wonderful trip report! I have gone back and followed from when you first left the States...what an amazing travel experience you have had!

It's been especally interesting for me to read because:

- when I was 7 years old, we travelled from our (then) home in Vancouver to Belfast. Because (unless there were terrific tailwinds) airplanes in those days (the 60's, baby!) could not travel that far without refueling, we actually refueled on the return in Iceland. Of course we all got off the plane (down the stairs, not jetways yet!) and walked around just so we could say we had "been" to Reykjavic.

- I found your TR because we are researching for a trip next summer. The strongest contender is the UK, likely just England. Your post inspired me to get moving on the planning. We've had many work/leisure trips to the UK, but we are excited to bring our boys for their first visit.

- in 2012, we had an amazing 2 week trip to France, so many of your adventures sounded very familiar!

- one of our boys is a real historian, and would love to see more of ancient Europe. He would love your itinerary, and I was imagining how enthralled he would be

- and finally, we've enjoyed 3 DCL cruises (2 Bahamas on the Dream, 1 Eastern Caribbean on the Fantasy) and I think the Med cruises sound so delightful. So nice to not worry about how to get from place to place. I've been concerned about travelling from port to places of interest and that eating up a lot of time, but that doesn't seem to have been your experience.

However...and here's where I have a question for you...our boys are now 15 (they are twins). Born extremely prematurely, one of our sons (the historian) has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around on vacation. And, when we cruise my hubby spends oodles of time on the verandah. When you need an accessible cabin and a verandah, you need to book on Day 1 or there's nothing available...usually not even concierge, which is out of our budget!

If we did manage to book a cruise with a similar itinerary, what impressions did you have of accessibility in the ports? I talked to Adventures by Disney last year and to be honest, they really didn't recommend their Italy trips for us, for example. France had its challenges but was definitely worth the effort. When you think of all you did, would it be at all feasible with a wheelchair? We imagine organizing a wonderful trip, then having our historian be absolutely devastated by how little he could actually see/experience.

Any thoughts?

And once again, thank you!
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