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Old 05-28-2007, 06:38 PM   #1
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Just back from EB Med cruise-happy to answer questions

Hi everyone,
just returned from a great cruise. I know before I left I had tons of questions, but no one to answer them, since this had never been done. I will be glad to answer any question I can. I know there have been a lot of questions about upgrades, so I will give my experience. We booked a cat 12 and were upgraded to a Cat 9 which was great, when we boarded, we asked if any balconies were available. We were sent to the end of the check in desk to get a price. Some people had said they would give you a price to upgrade from your assigned cat, which would have been a 9, but they gave us the price from the 12, which was $1900.00. We said no, but just before we were going to board, my husband said he wanted to get it for me for our anniversary, which we were celebrating on the cruise! I did not argue, but did feel kind of guilty. After the third day at sea I thought it was the best anniversary present I could have had!!
Instead of posting everything that went on, I will answer specific questions if you have any.
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Old 05-28-2007, 06:52 PM   #2
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Best dining times

Glad to hear you had a great time. You must hate being back! We have booked the late dinner but am wondering if the earlier would be better for fitting in the deck parties and such. We were thinking late would be good so that we would have time to get back from excursions in Rome, etc. but am wondering what we may miss by doing so. Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:19 PM   #3
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The deck parties usually start at 9:45, but not really get going till about 10. We had 6pm seating and were usually done by 7:30, so if you had 8:30, you should be done in time. The parties were fun, but I would pick a few extra hours in Rome over the parties any day!!
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:50 PM   #5
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It was Captain Tom, sorry, never got his last name. He was about the ship quite a bit and he was very nice and personable.
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:48 PM   #6
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:21 AM   #7
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How was the food onboard I have read a few comments that some were dissapointed in the dining on the 14 day cruise?
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Old 05-29-2007, 05:50 AM   #8
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I don't know about using onboard credits to exchange money. That is a good question.
Regarding the food, this was our first Disney cruise, we have been on RCL, Carnival and Norwegian for a total of 8 cruises. I thought the food was good, althougth it seemed like they had the same thing on the menu everynight only with a different name: beef,lamb,fish, and some seafood medley thing. I was disappointed in the desserts, but I am crazy for desserts so that may just have been me. None that I had were stand out desserts. Now, that said, I am not complaining. Everything was cooked to perfection and tasted great. It is difficult on a 14 day cruise not to get tired of the food. I never had anything I didn't like or had to send back. One thing Disney could not seem to do very well, which isn't really a big deal, is waffles and pancakes. They were downright awful, and I am a big waffle fan, so that was a small disappointment. Although, in Barcelona they sell the yummiest waffles in the world at the icecream shops. They are like nothing I have ever tasted. I will miss those!!! All in all, for a 14 day cruise the food was very good and we never went hungry, thats for sure!!
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:28 AM   #9
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Sandyneck...Congrats on your anniv. and your sweet husband getting that verandah cabin ! Wow! I was wondering about laundry service on the ship. How much is it and how long does it take to get things back ? Also, what was the Party Paridiso ? Did the dining rotation start the night you boarded ? Thanks ! GINA
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We're on the WB repo and are debating about traveling with our laptop. Has anyone had any experience flying overseas with one? We're booked on Aer Lingus from Chicago through Dublin to Barcelona.
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Old 05-29-2007, 11:37 AM   #11
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Gina, thanks for the congrats, I am one blessed woman As soon as we got on board I filled my laundry bag for pressing only, which is half the cost of laundry. It was returned the next day. The $30.00 was well worth the time saved in the tiny laundry area with a hot iron, plus we had 2 tuxes and a bunch of other stuff that needed pressed. The laundry rooms always had a line, and by always, I mean even at 2am!! For regular laundry service it was 2 days, but you could pay extra and get it back the next day. I did not go to the Paradiso Party, but heard it was basically a dance party with the characters.
The dining rotation did start the day you boarded. It will be on your key to the world card. I wanted to be in Parrot Cay for pirate night, so I changed our rotation at Rockin Bar D, along with getting our Palo reservation which I could not get online. I had also requested a table for four, and ended up with a table for six,but with just us, so it was nice to have the bigger table.
BearFan-we saw lots of people with laptops, but we just used the internet cafe to check our email and such. If you don 't mind carrying it, I don't think it should be a problem, just like having a carryon. Speaking of carryons, no matter how long our trip we all just travel with one carryon a piece because we hate to check luggage. Be advised, that non US carriers have weight restrictions and size restrictions. A normal size US carryon will not be allowed on board, so if you are planning to carryon, make sure it is the size of a small duffel bag.
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We're on the WB repo and are debating about traveling with our laptop. Has anyone had any experience flying overseas with one? We're booked on Aer Lingus from Chicago through Dublin to Barcelona.
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just to let you know Aer Lingus are charging per bag at the moment extra
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just to let you know Aer Lingus are charging per bag at the moment extra
Thanks for the info. Are they charging for the carry-on or per piece of checked luggage?

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did you do any of the disney excursions?
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Old 05-31-2007, 01:09 PM   #15
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We did do the tour to Jerez to see the Dancing Horses. That was very nice and worked out well. We saved a ton of money in Gibraltar by just walking off the ship and getting our own "Tour of the Rock" The driver takes you up to each of the sites and lets you spend some time at each one. It was 20 euros per person. We stayed in Barcelona a few days, so we just did things on our own. We went to the zoo and aquarium, the first I highly recommend, the second is not worth it in my opinion. The metro is very easy to use and a great way to get around. Hope this helps
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