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Old 05-27-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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05.26.2007 - LIVE Mediterranean Questions/Answers

The idea of having a thread dedicated to Q&A for the trail blazers on the EB TransAtlantic cruise seemed to work well. So let's do the same for the Mediterranean cruisers!!

This hopefully will reduce the number of posts and pages on the LIVE trip reports thread, thus allowing us to more easily find/read actual reports about adventures of the lucky DISers on the LIVE TR thread.

**MED Cruisers**, we're anxious to hear about your travels and learn from your experiences, especially the new ports of call!! Enjoy yourselves!!

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Old 05-27-2007, 12:28 PM   #2
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luggage porters in Barcelona.

Silly question but wonder what currancy you need for the luggage check in porters would it be USD or Euros.

Thank you and all have a great time - it is raining here in England so hope your weather is being kind to you.
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Old 05-27-2007, 01:33 PM   #3
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Is there anything special for 18-20yo's?
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Old 05-27-2007, 01:51 PM   #4
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Would love to hear about the upgrades & cost of upgrades at the port????
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Old 05-27-2007, 02:04 PM   #5
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What is the onboard exchange rate at guest services? If you give them $100 cash, how many euro will you get?
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Old 05-27-2007, 03:24 PM   #6
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Check in Time at the Port

What time should we get to the terminal at the port to check in if we want to get there early?

And what signed documents do we need to bring with us if we registered online?

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Old 05-27-2007, 03:36 PM   #7
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Aetena Mar

Did anyone stay at Aetena Mar Hotel pre-cruise? We're booked there and just wondering how it is. I've read about one of the other DCL hotels but just wondering about ours.
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Old 05-27-2007, 04:37 PM   #8
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I'll answer some of these that I know.

The exchange rate in the terminal was high. I think it was $1.45 per Euro.

We got here about 9:15 am and waited until 10 to come in the terminal.

Print out the documents that are linked online. We don't have kids or other special needs so all we had to print and sign was the contract page and credit card authorization.

Speaking of credit cards -- about 800 people's credit card authorizations did not go through in Barcelona. I have bets this is because of the new staff.

All money at the port is in Euros. We did nothing in US$ once we left Chicago. By the way, tipping here is much different than in the US. When you tip people the way we do in the States, most of the time they are shocked it seems.

Most of the workers at the port (porters, agents checking you in, etc.) are local Barcelonians.
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Thanks, Tracy, for answering all these questions. I assume the exchange rate on board will be the same as in the terminal. I think I will stick to ATMs.

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Old 05-27-2007, 05:48 PM   #10
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Ok, so I'm looking for a server, Conrad from Jamaica. Can anyone on board tell me if he's there? If he is, will be be there in September???? I'd REALLY appreciate someone finding out. We have friends sailing and I'd love them to try to hook up with him! THANKS!
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Old 05-27-2007, 06:28 PM   #11
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winotracy - how is tipping different? we are coming a day early and curious to know who i should tip and how much. i.e. cab driver, hotel porters, waiters, house keeping, etc. also what happened with credit card authorizations that didn't go thru? i assume people could board and they straightened things out once on board. thanks
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We're booked on a flight that comes in at 7:30 AM, so we also booked a 1:45 Disney tour. Can you tell us-

How long it takes to get through customs in Barcelona?

On Disney Transport to get to port afterwards?

When will they let us onto the Magic?

Anything about picking up the Disney tours of Barcelona from the ship?
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:01 AM   #13
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They do not tip as much in Europe as we do. For the taxi, they add 1 Euro for each bag you have. From the airport to the port area it is 20 Euros plus bags.

Everyone who had a problem with the credit cards had to go to Guest Services and get a new imprint taken. Most were not asked for cards at the port.

If you fly through another EU country, you don't go through customs in Barcelona but from what I've heard it is easy.

Off to my Palermo excursion!!!

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Old 05-28-2007, 02:39 AM   #14
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Thanks for the info, Tracy! Hope you have fun in Palermo!
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Is it mostly Americans on these cruises

Have a wonderful time , enjoy europe
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