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Old 04-01-2013, 07:52 AM   #1951
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75 days

75 days or 10.7 weeks or 2.5 months until we sail!
I hope all the first time cruisers were able to get the shore excursions they wanted. Also remember you can still book Palos when you first get on the ship.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:04 AM   #1952
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Fish Extenders

Hi. Can someone remind me who is in charge of the Fish Extenders and also when the sign-up deadline is? We've had several new people join in the last couple of weeks and as we just hit the 75 days from sailing mark, I was thinking the sign-up deadline is soon.

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Old 04-01-2013, 08:08 AM   #1953
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Meet / activity information can be found here: Cruise Calendar - Special Events and Occasions

Excursions List


Here is an updated list of DISers who are sailing on this cruise:
(NOTE: If I have your info wrong here or you want it presented differently, please let me know and I'll update it. Also there are some people on the list that may no longer be sailing with us as we haven't heard from them but if they haven't come on the thread and said they aren't sailing, I haven't taken them off.)

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Scott H and Lynn G
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nzdisneymom (Cindy D.), DH (Gary), DS (Nathan 17), DS (Zachary 15)
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Steffy, DGD (16)
pxlbarrel, DBrother
MinnieDiva (Kim), DH (Sean), DD (10), Dad
Meum (Marianne), DH
Cali_Tracy, DH, DD (19), DD (11),
jmatias, DH, DS (15), DS (14), DD (8)
haddybaby, DH, DS (4), DS (9), DS (11), Mom, Dad
Neriberi, DH, DD (4)
mindelmouse (Mindy), DH (Jim), DS (12), DD (12)
LLLpath (Lynda), DH (Scott)
moneyhappy, DH
Lynderella (Lynn), DH, DD (12), DS (10)
DL1957 (Sue), DH (Paul); DSIS (ME), DBIL (Dusty), Friends (Pam and Bill) and Margaret
maleficent_fan51 - Chet and Fern
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TexasMouseFan, DD (14), DD (11)
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htmlkid - DH (Glenn), DW (Barbara), DD (12)
Floridahippy (Fi), DH (Pete), (Joan)
Casamartinez (Helen), DH, DS (9), DS (6)
joius24 (Joi), DS (17)
rossjen2, DH, DS (4)
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finkerbell, DH (Ed), DD (Hayley)
scubadiver (Troy), DW (Sarah), DD (13), DD (10)
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wrabitdad (Bob), Dale
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susiemmfan, DD (14), DS (12), Mom
detroitdad, DW, DD (19), DS (16), DS (13), DS (11)
pawhitejr (Phil), DW (Wendy), DS (14), DS (11), DS (7)
NanNan (Marilyn), DH (Gary), Sarah, Chris
burma, DW, DD (12), DD (11)
long_time_cruiser, DH
birkner, DH
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meb51 (Marie), DH (Steve), DSD, DD (21), DS (18)
Lyrah (Charyl Lee), DH (Jeff), DD (18), DD (15)
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clairelow
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:45 AM   #1954
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Finally

Finally we were able to book excursions
Still struggling with Rome and Turkey. Don't want the boys (5 and 9) to completely break down with too much sight seeing Oh the choices......
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:53 AM   #1955
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Finally we were able to book excursions
Still struggling with Rome and Turkey. Don't want the boys (5 and 9) to completely break down with too much sight seeing Oh the choices......
The nice thing is that after Rome, there are two sea days to recover, so if you've exhausted them from a full day from La Spezia and Rome, they'll have two days on the ship to run and play and do whatever they want to do before havinga full day in Athens and Ephesus area. Mykonos will likely be a really easy day followed by another sea day.

We made the mistake our first Med cruise of over-doing the excursions - well, we had them all leaving in the morning which happened to be EARLY mornings - I had thought we'd get up, go, come back and enjoy the afternoons / evenings on the ship. I had not accounted for my children needing more sleep in the morning because they'd be running around with the youth activities all afternoon / evening while DH and I would rest and relax It took a few days before I gave up any hope of them NOT SLEEPING through the bus rides on the excursions. They were 9 and just-turned-11 at the time. We had our La Spezia day as a half-day that didn't start until the afternoon so that was really nice after we'd had full days in Palermo, Naples and Rome. We've learned now to space things out a bit and thankfully they are old enough that we can leave them on the ship some while we go explore in town.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:48 AM   #1956
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Bummer! We have two additional children whose parents signed up. So, we have 8 children attending the chocolate museum.
Wouldn't let me PM (not enough posts) - so posted here:
They are Andrew and Sarah, and I think they have already booked their daughters.
Hope it goes, I know the girls are looking forward to it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:39 PM   #1957
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Hi. Can someone remind me who is in charge of the Fish Extenders and also when the sign-up deadline is? We've had several new people join in the last couple of weeks and as we just hit the 75 days from sailing mark, I was thinking the sign-up deadline is soon.

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I believe today is the deadline for the FE signup

Sorry...I don't remember who is in charge...

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:17 PM   #1958
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I was able to book the Jumping Back tour today. Other Silvers who missed out on getting the tour may want to check it out.
oops! missed it again hubby is going crazy trying to get us on that one, while i just watch

see ya, marianne
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:46 PM   #1959
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oops! missed it again hubby is going crazy trying to get us on that one, while i just watch

see ya, marianne
Gotta check every day!
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:54 AM   #1960
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I went to U of Waterloo in the 80s ... We'll have to talk ... it's a small world. There is another U of W grad on the trip too! We should have a Canadian meet on the ship!
Other Waterloo grad here ChemEng '01. I may have to rethink my FE gifts with so many Canucks involved...
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oops! missed it again hubby is going crazy trying to get us on that one, while i just watch

see ya, marianne
Oh no! Hopefully some more will open up and you can get on.
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When using a private tour company what percentage is customary for tipping driver/ guide any ideas?
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I went to U of Waterloo in the 80s ... We'll have to talk ... it's a small world. There is another U of W grad on the trip too! We should have a Canadian meet on the ship!
My DH and I went to Laurier in the 90s. Fond memories of Fed Hall...
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When using a private tour company what percentage is customary for tipping driver/ guide any ideas?
We generally tip between 10-20% depending on the service and how the day goes and if they do anything that is beyond what we have booked them for.

When doing a bus tour, we tip $5 - $10 for the four of us. And depending on the bus driver, we sometimes tip him/her $5 or so.
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When using a private tour company what percentage is customary for tipping driver/ guide any ideas?
David,

While we generally overtip, here's some advice from tripadvisor

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic....html#32678397
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