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Old 09-29-2008, 06:55 PM   #16
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We just returned last Thursday. This is truely a trip of a life time!!!!! The castle was the best part of the trip. I would mention your concerns to ABD and see what they say to you. You should see if they can make accomodations for a fussy eater? Asking never hurts!!!! Happy planning, if you should have any questions, please let me know.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:05 AM   #17
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ABD just called me this morning to add the pre-trip night. It'll cost us $795 for my family of 5. Sigh. Also, I asked if there was anyone else booked on our trip and she said NO! That is very discouraging! I had called about a month ago and there had been another family so they must have cancelled.

I'm so worried that it won't go. Its a complicated trip for me to plan as we are going to Portugal to visit family first. If I had to cancel the trip last minute and try to rebook to a different date, I would need to change my Ireland flights and my Portugal flights back as well.

I wish I had waited to book as I hate the fact that so many trips are cancelled. I feel that I will be out of pocket significantly, we're talking thousands, plus disappointed to boot, if its cancelled.

Next time I'll stick to cruises, they're never cancelled!
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:30 PM   #18
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We just returned last Thursday. This is truely a trip of a life time!!!!! The castle was the best part of the trip. I would mention your concerns to ABD and see what they say to you. You should see if they can make accomodations for a fussy eater? Asking never hurts!!!! Happy planning, if you should have any questions, please let me know.
Oh Wow! I don't think it's so bad that she'd need special meals, but the girl likes to eat and, like he auntie, gets very grumpy when she is hungry. Do you recall what some of the kid food was?

Are you doing a trip report? Or would you mind sharing some brief highlights or pics?

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ABD just called me this morning to add the pre-trip night. It'll cost us $795 for my family of 5. Sigh. Also, I asked if there was anyone else booked on our trip and she said NO! That is very discouraging! I had called about a month ago and there had been another family so they must have cancelled.

I'm so worried that it won't go. Its a complicated trip for me to plan as we are going to Portugal to visit family first. If I had to cancel the trip last minute and try to rebook to a different date, I would need to change my Ireland flights and my Portugal flights back as well.

I wish I had waited to book as I hate the fact that so many trips are cancelled. I feel that I will be out of pocket significantly, we're talking thousands, plus disappointed to boot, if its cancelled.

Next time I'll stick to cruises, they're never cancelled!
What trip are you booked on? I hope that mine doesn't get cancelled!

I was also contacted today about pre/post nights. I went with one night pre and one night post. I do remember that the cost of the post night at the castle was more than double the cost of the prenight. yikes. but this is a once in a lifetime trip for us probably. So, we are scrimping and saving every little bit we can to make it happen.

I also spoke with my cousin who lives in Galway and he is looking forward to spending some time with us at the end of our trip - our extra day at dromoland. Should be lots of fun.

Sorry for such a short update...I'm crazy with work and just been busy. Plus haven't had much to report.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:41 PM   #19
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We're booked July 22. Its a mid-week one which I thought folks would jump at as mid-week flights are cheaper than weekend.

We are saving and scrimping for this trip, so please send good thoughts that others will book it.
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:12 PM   #20
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With the current state of the economy, all of my past experience with AbD may be worthless, but I do find that these trips pick up towards the end of the year and into January. August is busy with new bookings on the more popular trips so that the early booking discount is still there. However, the next big surge in bookings is usually around the holidays when a) families get together and discuss where they're going for vacation (after a lot of eggnog, when they actually think they'll get along for a week), and b) companies are looking for employees to give notice of when they will be taking vacations. It forces the decision of when and where to go.

Hopefully, this is the case this year!

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Old 09-30-2008, 02:14 PM   #21
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Oh, yes they are! Just not for lack of bookings.

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Old 12-02-2008, 05:22 PM   #22
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I have sort of abandoned this Pre-trippie as I have gotten settled in my new place and new job.

I do have some updates though...

We have booked 1 pre- and post-night for the trip. Apparently I am made of money, but this is going to be a trip of a lifetime so I'm trying not to get too stressed out about the money. When I wake up in a castle, I'm sure it will seem very well worth the extra money.

And today, I finally booked our airfare. Flying out of West Palm Beach to Dublin with a stop in Philadelphia. I always liked that airport which is a good thing since our layover is 4 hours...even longer coming back. Prices are ridiculous but they have been pretty much the same since I looked back in October so sucked it up and booked them.

Looking for some advice...I hate to fly. Every little sound makes me nervous and I just get very tense and stressed out. Any tips for me to make the flights, especially the overseas flights, a little easier to handle?
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:45 AM   #23
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Hi Shannon!

I am going to subscribe to this thread. I always wanted to go to Ireland.

As for flying, I hate long trips to. A four hour flight kills me sometimes.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:13 AM   #24
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Looking for some advice...I hate to fly. Every little sound makes me nervous and I just get very tense and stressed out. Any tips for me to make the flights, especially the overseas flights, a little easier to handle?
I love my noise-canceling headphones. I didn't go with the expensive Bose, but got a Jabra model instead for a little over $100.00 (with the best price so far on Amazon). They help me a lot -- I hate those little noises, too.

I also recommend a comfy pillow. The flight seems much longer when your back or neck are hurting.

My biggest problem flying is my height. On most flights, my knees feel like they're somewhere around my chin. Business class isn't always an option when you're paying for five - ouch.

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Old 12-03-2008, 10:26 AM   #25
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I have sort of abandoned this Pre-trippie as I have gotten settled in my new place and new job.

I do have some updates though...

We have booked 1 pre- and post-night for the trip. Apparently I am made of money, but this is going to be a trip of a lifetime so I'm trying not to get too stressed out about the money. When I wake up in a castle, I'm sure it will seem very well worth the extra money.

And today, I finally booked our airfare. Flying out of West Palm Beach to Dublin with a stop in Philadelphia. I always liked that airport which is a good thing since our layover is 4 hours...even longer coming back. Prices are ridiculous but they have been pretty much the same since I looked back in October so sucked it up and booked them.

Looking for some advice...I hate to fly. Every little sound makes me nervous and I just get very tense and stressed out. Any tips for me to make the flights, especially the overseas flights, a little easier to handle?
You will so glad that you booked the pre and post nights. We booked two pre-nights and had a great time in Dublin on our May trip. Wished we had booked a post-night to spend some time at the castle - there was so much to do there; tennis, golf, archery, heated indoor pool, spa, walking trails - you won't regret your decision and it IS the trip of a lifetime...
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I had a pre night booked, but for our family of 5 it was $760 US (for us Canucks, depending on the dollar, it was $1000 for one night!). The post-night was over $1600 US!

We booked into Bewley's Hotel which seems very nice. It has family rooms which will accomodate all of us for 99 euros. They pick up and drop off free from the airport, so we will come in the night before, go back to the airport, get picked up by ABD, put our luggage with the valet and spend the afternoon in Dublin, for about $800 less! Works for us...

When is everyone going? We're on the July 22 trip. I hope that our trip isn't cancelled. I'm really worried that it will be. There are 12 people booked on our trip but you need a minimum of 20.

Also, I have requested a brochure 4 times, since August 1 and still not received one. It makes me really upset. I really want to look at the new brochure and dream, dream, dream...
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There are 12 people booked on our trip but you need a minimum of 20.
Unless they've changed the policy, no you don't. My tour ran with 14 people last year, and I've heard of another one that ran with 12. I sure hope they haven't changed that!

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Really? The actual person at ABD told me they would need 20. Perhaps its varies with each adventure.

I hope you are right, its giving me so much anxiety wondering whether or not it will happen.

And I would sure love to receive my brochure. Every day I check the mail and feel rather cross about not getting one. They didn't waste any time sending me my package when I booked!
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That is strange - they must have changed something for back in May, our guide on the Emerald Isle tour, told us that they have run the Ireland tour with as little as 11 people (I think that was done in 2007) and that the most was 40 (we had 40 in our group)....
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Oh I hope you are right! But perhaps there are a lot of other things that contribute to the decision, such as whether there are two tours close together that have few numbers that they can combine, etc.

Anyway ABD told me they normally cancel no closer than 8 weeks out. 8 weeks out! I think that's so close, and hard to change vacation dates etc.

I'm looking forward to my ABD, but this will most likely be my last. In 2010 we are going on a Baltic Cruise with DCL and I feel confidant that will go and I can make firm plans
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