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Old 04-12-2013, 11:19 AM   #2071
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The app CityMaps2Go – full version is free today for ipad / ipod.

No wifi needed to use them after you’ve downloaded.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:29 PM   #2072
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Just a reminder to please update the events/special occasions document in the Pinned posts area with all info that you would like to have printed on the group calendar. Feel free to include birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I will only include first names on the calendar. Please note that the last column is for me to note that I have added the entry already. If you change an existing event, and I have marked ADDED in this column, please flag it as CHANGED. Thanks. Here is a link to the document.

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Old 04-13-2013, 04:47 PM   #2073
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Are you all bringing a converter for electricity for the pre-cruise stay in Barcelona? We were thinking of borrowing one from a friend so we can charge up ipods / ipad / kindle fires - but then I was reading that these may not need a converter but just an adapter because they are designed to charge off either 110v or 220v - but I'm so tech-challenged that I'm not sure from what I'm reading over on Apple and Amazon. Anyone know or can point me to a definitive answer?
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:52 PM   #2074
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We ordered our tickets for the Bus Turistic in Barcelona today. We used this in 2007 and found it to be good for us, so I ordered the 2-day tickets so we can go Thursday and Friday.

Other sources assure me that the apple and kindle devices are dual-voltage so we should be ok as long as we have an adapter to use to charge with. The Renaissance Barcelona is reported to have iPod docking stations in the rooms.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:34 PM   #2075
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We ordered our tickets for the Bus Turistic in Barcelona today. We used this in 2007 and found it to be good for us, so I ordered the 2-day tickets so we can go Thursday and Friday.

Other sources assure me that the apple and kindle devices are dual-voltage so we should be ok as long as we have an adapter to use to charge with. The Renaissance Barcelona is reported to have iPod docking stations in the rooms.
You will not need a converter, I have been to a few countries in Europe in the past few years and I only needed the adapter to charge everything.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:10 PM   #2076
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You will not need a converter, I have been to a few countries in Europe in the past few years and I only needed the adapter to charge everything.
Tozzie, thanks... And good to see ya here!
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #2077
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Can anyone offer some insight regarding tipping for excursion guides/drivers? We are only taking one DCL excursion and that is for the river rafting while in France. Other than that, we are going with private tours for all of the other ports. Should I base it on a percentage of the excursion cost, a flat rate or per person rate regardless of the excursion cost. We are a family of 6 and I don't want to insult anyone, but at the same time don't want to be dropping 200 euros per excursion either.

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Old 04-15-2013, 02:46 PM   #2078
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Can anyone offer some insight regarding tips for excursion guides/drivers? We are only taking one DCL excursion and that is for the river rafting while in France. Other than that, we are going with private tours for all of the other ports. Should I base it on a percentage of the excursion cost, a flat rate or per person rate regardless of the excursion cost. We are a family of 6 and I don't want to insult anyone, but at the same time don't want to be dropping 200 euros per excursion either.
WE are a family of 7, and are doing a mix of private/DCL excursions. I use TripAdvisor to start and go off the reviews. Then I contact the companies directly to see what info I get.
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Can anyone offer some insight regarding tips for excursion guides/drivers? We are only taking one DCL excursion and that is for the river rafting while in France. Other than that, we are going with private tours for all of the other ports. Should I base it on a percentage of the excursion cost, a flat rate or per person rate regardless of the excursion cost. We are a family of 6 and I don't want to insult anyone, but at the same time don't want to be dropping 200 euros per excursion either.
It's funny. We have mostly outside tours and were wondering the same. At the bottom of one of my confirmations there was a customary tipping guideline which we've decided to use as our guide. It said 10% for an actual guide and 5% for the driver.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:52 PM   #2080
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It's funny. We have mostly outside tours and were wondering the same. At the bottom of one of my confirmations there was a customary tipping guideline which we've decided to use as our guide. It said 10% for an actual guide and 5% for the driver.
Good rule of thumb. Except for the DCL one. It's ridiculous what they are charging. I've been white water rafting before and it wasn't anywhere close to what we are paying through DCL (over $1500 for the 6 of us), but it wasn't one that we are willing to try and book on our own with the transportation. Will be using our Disney Visa Points to pay for that one

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Old 04-15-2013, 02:58 PM   #2081
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Which reminds me - do any of you go to the Trivia games they have on the ship? We've been to a few - some folks are "hard core" about it, but generally most of the other guests we've encountered are fun and easy going. The boys have enjoyed the family ones like the Pirate trivia and the "name that tune" ones that are sometimes done in the Promenade, and at times have gone with me to the ones that are adults in the mornings (because we didn't realize it was only adults but it wasn't busy so the CM said they could stay).

We like to go to Mickey Mania and such in Studio Sea, too.
You'll definitely see us there. DD loves all the game shows, trivia, pictionary, etc. (and we suck at all of them so not competitive). When we were on the Panama Cruise, there were so many sea days I think we went to at least one a day. For those who has never been, you've got to go to the "So You Think You Know Your Family". It's hilarious.
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I know, it's great and makes the hallways and stairwells less dangerous!
But what's important is to make sure that the life vests you do have in your cabin are the right sizes for your party and that you know how to put them on, so be sure to at least check the sizes at the beginning of the cruise. A lot of people store them under the bed, but my personal opinion is to store them where they are easily accessible - under the bed means they may slide around and not be easy to grab in an emergency.

I'm the shortest person in our family - so in 2011 I had my first experience as "line leader" for our family when we lined up.
I agree! We always check them, make sure we all know how to use them and leave them right in the closet easily accessible!

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So, I love watching www.viralviralvideos.com after a long day of work. I ran across this cute and great explanation of the Vatican City. I tried to explain it to my DDs (and I am Catholic hah!) and they were confused. But now I will just show this to them:

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I am going to look for the Disney store in Barcelona.
Thanks for sharing this! I'll definitely show this to my family.
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Same for us, but we would be up for a scheduled "event" some time, some where ... ideas? suggestions? Sea Days?

Which reminds me - do any of you go to the Trivia games they have on the ship? We've been to a few - some folks are "hard core" about it, but generally most of the other guests we've encountered are fun and easy going. The boys have enjoyed the family ones like the Pirate trivia and the "name that tune" ones that are sometimes done in the Promenade, and at times have gone with me to the ones that are adults in the mornings (because we didn't realize it was only adults but it wasn't busy so the CM said they could stay).

We like to go to Mickey Mania and such in Studio Sea, too.
We love Mickey Mania! One cruise, my son was so determined to play we wore our matching shirts and jumped around like crazy people to get picked! One of my favorite cruise memories...
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #2085
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It's funny. We have mostly outside tours and were wondering the same. At the bottom of one of my confirmations there was a customary tipping guideline which we've decided to use as our guide. It said 10% for an actual guide and 5% for the driver.
In our previous MedCruise 2010, we tipped 10% for the guide and 5%for one driver. We took public transportation for everything else.

By the way, we loved our limoinrome.com guide in Rome. She will be our guide again
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