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Old 09-09-2011, 01:36 PM   #151
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I see Redsox above said she has done B2B before on med cruise. How does this work? Can you leave your stuff in the room and just go out for the day?

Do you get any perks/discounts for doing B2B?

I really wish they would do another 11 nt - we did this in July and it was so helpful having a sea day. Plus we spent three nts in Barcelona ahead of the cruise so we were well adjusted before boarding. There were rumors of 2013 going out of Venice?

I would love to request my preferred rooms but am really thinking about changing rooms but depends on the cost difference. An I believe you can't do two bookings?

We are 5 and use two cabins as it is. Had connecting but was considering an inside with a navigator's verandah. Last cruise we had two SPH rooms.
My hope is that the itineraries will be alternating, therefore allowing us to do them b-2-b and see different ports.

Yes, we did the back-2-back in 2007 -- the 10-night Med and the 14-day Transatlantic. It was awesome -- 24 days on the ship. It was home and we loved every second. I have longed to do another b-2-b because we had so much fun.

I can only speak for our 2007 experience, so not sure if anything has changed: We were ported in Barcelona. Got onboard for the 10-night then returned to Barcelona. We were not required to leave our room or even get off the ship -- guest services was aware we were staying onboard (and we made sure to remind them the first couple of days) and they brought all our papers to us the night before. Only thing is they have to close out your accounts from the first cruise and reconfigure your room keys for the new cruise. But there was never a glitch.

What I LOVED about it: debarkation breakfast had us getting up, going to breakfast with no luggage and no departure panic, having a relaxing breakfast and telling our waitstaff we'd see them that night, then going back to our room to hang out while everyone else rushed around. At about 9 a.m. we went up to the adult pool to give our room steward a chance to do his job properly and spent a good two hours, just the three of us, watching the workers spruce things up, talking with many and enjoying the seclusion. Then at about 11 we started watching from deck 4 as people arrived and yelling and cheering to those we knew who were coming onboard. Went back to our room and showered and got off the ship to go off the ship to get our embarkation pics taken for the second cruise (I find those pictures to be great souvenirs). We then reboarded and were the first at embarkation lunch (we never had to enter the terminal, but only went down the ramp for the pictures and were able to get right back onboard). We did, however, get a fantastic picture with Minnie in her flamenco outfit. One of my favorite and unique souvenirs.

My husband left the ship at about 2 p.m. to go up the hill to the museum and took the cable car. It rained the day we arrived and rained the day we came back between cruises.

Keep in mind that during those morning hours onboard, you can go back and forth to your room, use the pool and jacuzzis, but no services are open (food, restaurants, bars, room service). However, it is a PERFECT time to get your laundry done. I had our laundry in the machines before breakfast and back up to get them out before we went to the pool. Just wonderful. The one part of cruising I have always HATED was the rush in the morning to leave, grabbing breakfast, trying to get off, etc. While Disney has the debarkation process down pat, it's still depressing and that last breakfast is a downer. This was so different and relaxing. We even sat in the atrium on the 5th floor for a while watching the lobby fill up while they were waiting to depart. It was an extraordinary feeling!
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:39 PM   #152
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Turkey is just amazing! We loved our last Med cruise. Fingers crossed for Turkey! We are on the wonder in October hope to book on board.
It was a shame -- we had booked Disney last year for the 10-night itinerary that included Turkey -- but then they downsized our particular week along with a couple of others following to a 7-night to accommodate Adventures By Disney packages. When they did that, they took away the three ports we had never seen and left us with an itinerary that was repetitive, so we cancelled. Now I see they are only talking about 7-night, so wondering if that is why. Maybe the prices will be (slightly) cheaper being only 7-night (hey one can hope )

My girlfriend has done two cruises that stopped in Turkey and she raved about both trips. She loved it and I'm excited if Disney goes there!
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:50 PM   #153
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Redsox - thank you for your detailed reply - most helpful. I am jealous that you were able to do 24 days.

I really hope they do an 11nt cruise so we can stay 3 nights in one place ahead of time. But two 7nighters may be an option - but again not thrilled about not having sea days - it was most helpful with my kids. They were up late at the clubs having made so many friends, so mornings were not fun.

I just have to figure out which rooms we would like - without breaking the bank.
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It was a shame -- we had booked Disney last year for the 10-night itinerary that included Turkey -- but then they downsized our particular week along with a couple of others following to a 7-night to accommodate Adventures By Disney packages. When they did that, they took away the three ports we had never seen and left us with an itinerary that was repetitive, so we cancelled. Now I see they are only talking about 7-night, so wondering if that is why. Maybe the prices will be (slightly) cheaper being only 7-night (hey one can hope )

My girlfriend has done two cruises that stopped in Turkey and she raved about both trips. She loved it and I'm excited if Disney goes there!
DCL never had Turkey on their itinerary. They went to Tunisia in 2010 and had it on their 2011 itinerary before the problems in Libya.
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If DCL is smart, they will alternate eastern and western Med cruises.
Yes! This please! That would make the flight over worth it. 7 nights just doesn't seem long enough. I know we could tour on our own (that's what we did before our 10 night Med cruise in 2010), but with a child in tow, its so much easier to cruise, lol. Would love a B2B Med option!
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DCL never had Turkey on their itinerary. They went to Tunisia in 2010 and had it on their 2011 itinerary before the problems in Libya.
HA HA -- had Turkey on my brain. I meant Tunisia. My husband was so excited about going there and then it was gone. And the remaining ports were all repeats for us, so not worth flying over there for a 7-night "repeat" cruise.


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I really hope they do an 11nt cruise so we can stay 3 nights in one place ahead of time. But two 7nighters may be an option - but again not thrilled about not having sea days - it was most helpful with my kids. They were up late at the clubs having made so many friends, so mornings were not fun.
You can certainly do a pre or post cruise stay in Rome. That's what we plan on doing -- that's what we did in Barcelona in 2007.

Why do you think there won't be any sea days. If you count the ports, including the first night in Rome, there are five nights on the first cruise and six on the second. So that would mean there should be two sea days on the first cruise and one on the second. When we did the 10-night med in 2007, we had six straight ports before we got a sea day. The 11-night had a a sea day in the middle which I would have preferred. But we survived and really enjoyed the sea day at the end. I think we slept all morning
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Sure hoping they have a couple of 10 or 11 day Med Cruises in addition to the 7 days.

If they really are alternating between the two, I don't see that happening though.
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DCL never had Turkey on their itinerary. They went to Tunisia in 2010 and had it on their 2011 itinerary before the problems in Libya.
Actually, the problem with Tunisia wasn't Libya, it was ... Tunisia.
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Actually, the problem with Tunisia wasn't Libya, it was ... Tunisia.
Exactly what I was thinking. The Middle East unrest started in tunisia...
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Actually, the problem with Tunisia wasn't Libya, it was ... Tunisia.
I'd forgotten about Tunisia's own unrest. It seems like small potatoes compared to the problems in Egypt and Libya.
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I'd forgotten about Tunisia's own unrest. It seems like small potatoes compared to the problems in Egypt and Libya.
Hi NancyIL--wanted to raise the topic of the Magic sailing from one port and ending in another, which I think you mentioned not likely to happen. I've been on cruises where that did happen--one a while ago that left Rome's port and ended in Athens. And while Disney had tailored its cruises to date to start and end at the same port, it's ABD trips frequently start in one city and end in another, so we work with that and fly in and out of different cities. For a State-side cruise maybe they don't want to do that, but for a European cruise (eastern med for example), I don't think having the same port start to finish is essential. In any event, I hope not--would be great to see a Rome start to Athens finish assuming they want to keep the Rome spot), or an Athens start and finish or some other way to mix this up---maybe alternating cruises between western and eastern med with short cuises in between (longer eastern med from Athens to Athens--including Turkey and Eygpt stops, along with Crete and Santorini, then a repo from Athens to Rome with Crete, Cairo and a few Italy ports on a 7 day) then a longer western med). From your posts I know you have a lot of info on the cruise history--so what do you think of this sort of cruise plan? (And yes this would require Disney to have two homeports during summer of 2013--but if the market is there, and I think it is if they mix it up more and not do the same western med cruise again) then it might work out....and ports might be offering good deals to cruiselines now; in San Diego we are seeing a huge drop in cruise ships due to the scares from Mexico etc).
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Hi NancyIL--wanted to raise the topic of the Magic sailing from one port and ending in another, which I think you mentioned not likely to happen. I've been on cruises where that did happen--one a while ago that left Rome's port and ended in Athens. And while Disney had tailored its cruises to date to start and end at the same port, it's ABD trips frequently start in one city and end in another, so we work with that and fly in and out of different cities. For a State-side cruise maybe they don't want to do that, but for a European cruise (eastern med for example), I don't think having the same port start to finish is essential. In any event, I hope not--would be great to see a Rome start to Athens finish assuming they want to keep the Rome spot), or an Athens start and finish or some other way to mix this up---maybe alternating cruises between western and eastern med with short cuises in between (longer eastern med from Athens to Athens--including Turkey and Eygpt stops, along with Crete and Santorini, then a repo from Athens to Rome with Crete, Cairo and a few Italy ports on a 7 day) then a longer western med). From your posts I know you have a lot of info on the cruise history--so what do you think of this sort of cruise plan? (And yes this would require Disney to have two homeports during summer of 2013--but if the market is there, and I think it is if they mix it up more and not do the same western med cruise again) then it might work out....and ports might be offering good deals to cruiselines now; in San Diego we are seeing a huge drop in cruise ships due to the scares from Mexico etc).
There are a lot of things DCL could do in Europe, but I don't see them taking much of a risk. I have no problem flying to different departure and arrival ports, but DCL's surveys don't list that as an option in Europe. I think that by suggesting 7-night eastern and western Med itineraries from Civitavecchia, DCL can cover a nice selection of ports between Barcelona and Kusadasi without having to change their home port. For DCL fans who want an eastern Med itinerary - it's there. For those who want a longer cruise - they can do a b2b.
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There are a lot of things DCL could do in Europe, but I don't see them taking much of a risk. I have no problem flying to different departure and arrival ports, but DCL's surveys don't list that as an option in Europe. I think that by suggesting 7-night eastern and western Med itineraries from Civitavecchia, DCL can cover a nice selection of ports between Barcelona and Kusadasi without having to change their home port. For DCL fans who want an eastern Med itinerary - it's there. For those who want a longer cruise - they can do a b2b.
Right so are we thinking then any TA would be to Rome rather than Barcelona or would there a shorter repositioning cruise from Barcelona to Rome?
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Right so are we thinking then any TA would be to Rome rather than Barcelona or would there a shorter repositioning cruise from Barcelona to Rome?
I hope a Transatlantic cruise would end in Civitavecchia, rather than a TA to Barcelona and a repo to Civitavecchia. The former would be a lot more appealing to me. Depending on where the Magic is sailing in the spring of 2013 - the TA could start from Galveston, Port Canaveral, or even New York.
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As we all (anxiously) await the announcement of the 2013 itineraries and rates, I have some questions.

Since other members of my family have done the bookings for our past cruises, I'm not familiar with how the deposits work. We've always booked our cruises pretty close to the sail date as we have caught specials--so I think we've just paid in full up front. When you book with DCL, is the deposit per person or per stateroom? Is it based on the total fare, or based on the stateroom or length of the cruise?

For those who have booked DCL as soon as the new itineraries/dates are up, do you do it through a TA or the website? Do you have a preference, outside of which method gets OBC/other perks? Do prices tend to increase within days, weeks, or months after the initial release?

My family desperately wants to cruise (DCL) and I think if we wait another year (for 2013) we can possibly pull it off if the price difference is sweet enough. Thanks for any insights!
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