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Old 03-14-2013, 03:30 PM   #1831
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Thanks, Cindy.

I am just going to check with our local bank and probably take a small amount ($50 - $100) in euros. I like to have a little cash on hand when we travel, just for emergencies.

Also, you may want to call your credit card company to let them know that you will be in Europe during that time, so that they don't question purchases suddenly coming in from Italy and Greece. We did that when we went to China, and they were happy to know this in advance. I know our card number has been hacked before and our CC company always calls to verify any sketchy charges - which is GREAT if you are worried about fraud on your account, but not so good if you get cancelled while on vacation!
Great advice. We do this whenever we travel.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:58 PM   #1832
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I asked our TA to check about currency exchange onboard and here's what she found out:

They said that you can use traveler’s checks or personal checks to exchange money and they don’t have a limit, but that most people just use their Mastercard/Visa if possible. The personal check amount, of course, is provided it clears the bank clearing house (duh LOL). I do know you can also get money at your local bank and it usually has less exchange rate, so you might want to check with them. They did say you can sell back unused Euro at the current exchange rate.

I had her check because I know you can cash a personal check up to $100 but didn't know they would take them for currency exchange.
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Just so I am clear TA found out you can put on you credit card? When we went in 2010 to the Baltic. That is great.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:00 PM   #1833
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That's exactly where we look
We have pre-ordered euro in the past through AAA online - I think they use TravelEx. It's really easy - just don't use a credit card to do it or they will treat it like a cash advance - unless you have a credit card with no balance and pay it back right away. We've used our debit card with no worries.
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Thanks, Cindy.

I am just going to check with our local bank and probably take a small amount ($50 - $100) in euros. I like to have a little cash on hand when we travel, just for emergencies.

Also, you may want to call your credit card company to let them know that you will be in Europe during that time, so that they don't question purchases suddenly coming in from Italy and Greece. We did that when we went to China, and they were happy to know this in advance. I know our card number has been hacked before and our CC company always calls to verify any sketchy charges - which is GREAT if you are worried about fraud on your account, but not so good if you get cancelled while on vacation!
I'm actually looking into using AAA's "travel card" this time around. Their terms and conditions are here:

https://www.aaa.myprepaidbalance.com...dC_Travel.aspx

Essentially you pre-load a Visa and get a PIN for it. You can order additional cards that will access the same pool of pre-paid funds but HAS A DIFFERENT # so that if it is lost that one card can be turned off and the other still used. You can pull out $1000/day at ATM's! I'd really like to not come back to a CC bill.....

The CC/bank notification thing...We moved here from CO and drove the truck and the moving truck, filling up both every 300-miles or so. Flagged by both CC's as there was a pattern to the charging that wasn't normal. Hadn't notified anyone...and our credit union was only open weekdays and it was Memorial Day weekend. Able to get the lock off Amex, but what a pain! Lesson learned.....never again!

And for those of you with smaller banks or credit unions...I can't get Euros thru mine. I used my dad's connection to BoA to prepurchase some last time. This time, just gonna rely on the ATM at the airport on arrival. I still have a few Euros floating around from last time....
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:49 PM   #1834
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BFF & DSIS have used the AAA visa travel card and it has worked well for them. Not only can you use at ATM but it can also be used as a cc. We were thinking about getting a couple of them just in case the number gets stolen we don't loose to much money.
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Got a question. We can book our excursions this weekend. We have everything picked out, but no times were posted. How do you find out the times of the excrusions?
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Got a question. We can book our excursions this weekend. We have everything picked out, but no times were posted. How do you find out the times of the excrusions?
You can't see the times until you're actually booking and it "checks availability" - but if you want to know the times of specific excursions, post them here and someone can look them up for you and let you know.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:47 AM   #1837
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Got a question. We can book our excursions this weekend. We have everything picked out, but no times were posted. How do you find out the times of the excrusions?
As Cindy indicated just let us know and we can get the times for you. This was my first time as Platimum and I got times for folks who are gold. Sue
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:05 AM   #1838
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As Cindy indicated just let us know and we can get the times for you. This was my first time as Platimum and I got times for folks who are gold. Sue
I have a similar question -
We can't book excursions until 4/1. We have picked out 2 or 3 excursions that we really, really want to do. It sounds like for some of them, they will add more slots if they underestimated interest and of course folks may change their minds about which ones they want so I am not super, super worried, but I was curious if the platinum/gold/and soon silver folks can see how much availability is remaining for certain excursions? Or just if there is still availability?

The excursions we are interested in are:
-Jumping back to eternal Rome
-Ephesus and Sirince Village (all ages one)
-Blue Grottos and Fishing Village

I am wondering if I should figure out some 2nd or even 3rd choice excursions for those ports so even if our first choices are booked, we can grab a different one for now and then keep checking for availability.....

thanks in advance for your advice!
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I have a similar question -
We can't book excursions until 4/1. We have picked out 2 or 3 excursions that we really, really want to do. It sounds like for some of them, they will add more slots if they underestimated interest and of course folks may change their minds about which ones they want so I am not super, super worried, but I was curious if the platinum/gold/and soon silver folks can see how much availability is remaining for certain excursions? Or just if there is still availability?

The excursions we are interested in are:
-Jumping back to eternal Rome
-Ephesus and Sirince Village (all ages one)
-Blue Grottos and Fishing Village

I am wondering if I should figure out some 2nd or even 3rd choice excursions for those ports so even if our first choices are booked, we can grab a different one for now and then keep checking for availability.....

thanks in advance for your advice!
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Jen. We can't see how many spots are left but we certainly can see if its available at this point. I will look and get back. I would have other choices just in case
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I have a similar question -
We can't book excursions until 4/1. We have picked out 2 or 3 excursions that we really, really want to do. It sounds like for some of them, they will add more slots if they underestimated interest and of course folks may change their minds about which ones they want so I am not super, super worried, but I was curious if the platinum/gold/and soon silver folks can see how much availability is remaining for certain excursions? Or just if there is still availability?

The excursions we are interested in are:
-Jumping back to eternal Rome
-Ephesus and Sirince Village (all ages one)
-Blue Grottos and Fishing Village

I am wondering if I should figure out some 2nd or even 3rd choice excursions for those ports so even if our first choices are booked, we can grab a different one for now and then keep checking for availability.....

thanks in advance for your advice!
-jen
All three are currently still available
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All three are currently still available
Thank you so much for checking! That makes me super happy but I understand availability can change quickly. We'll work on some alternative choices - and keep our fingers crossed.

I appreciate your help!
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Thank you so much for checking! That makes me super happy but I understand availability can change quickly. We'll work on some alternative choices - and keep our fingers crossed.

I appreciate your help!
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Jen - how many people in your party? Because we are a party of four and can see if they have four spots for these.
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I already did that. There are at least 4 for each of these
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I already did that. There are at least 4 for each of these
Thanks!! There are just three in our party (DH, DS-4, and myself). Glad to know there are at least 4 spots currently available. I really appreciate your fast responses.
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It would be a good idea for someone to check on Monday since Silver books Sat. night/Sunday am
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