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Old 06-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #2611
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Here's another quick question:

How are you all handling cell phones?

Are there pre-paid plans/cards that can be used for your personal cell phones in Europe?

We all have various phones (kids with iPhones, DH with an Android, me with a regular phone) through Verizon.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Oh, and don't forget to call your credit card companies and tell them you will be in Europe! We were in Chicago for the weekend, and the fraud unit initially denied our charge to the 7-11 there, until we verified that was us!
Have an iphone 5. Just going to add intl data and phone the day b4 i leAve and remove it when we get back
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:59 AM   #2612
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Have an iphone 5. Just going to add intl data and phone the day b4 i leAve and remove it when we get back
OK - thanks.

Kids have an iPhone 4S - hope that will work too.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:26 PM   #2613
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Here's another quick question:

How are you all handling cell phones?

Are there pre-paid plans/cards that can be used for your personal cell phones in Europe?

We all have various phones (kids with iPhones, DH with an Android, me with a regular phone) through Verizon.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Oh, and don't forget to call your credit card companies and tell them you will be in Europe! We were in Chicago for the weekend, and the fraud unit initially denied our charge to the 7-11 there, until we verified that was us!
I have just learned from a friend about an app called viber you can use it overseas to call and text for free to anyone with the same app. I tried the text and it works great. My friend said the phone connection between the US and England was spotty but worked.

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Old 06-07-2013, 12:54 PM   #2614
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I have just learned from a friend about an app called viber you can use it overseas to call and text for free to anyone with the same app. I tried the text and it works great. My friend said the phone connection between the US and England was spotty but worked.

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Old 06-07-2013, 01:51 PM   #2615
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Was making copies of our driver's licenses (great idea, lllpath ) when I noticed that DS's graduated license expired on his 18th birthday a few weeks ago!!

Off to the DMV today!!
We had to get the lenses replaced in DS's glasses - we all went in last Friday to get adjustments, tighten screws, etc, and found that DS had a crack in one of his lenses (he wears them off and on throughout the day but hadn't told me they were more than scratched). So today we were able to pick up the new ones. And on Monday night, the other DS told me that the charging port on his Kindle Fire was "loose" so it wasn't getting a charge right (1st gen - we'd already replaced his brother's a while ago). So we needed to get that switched out with Amazon - thankfully they were able to give us free one day shipping so that was taken care of. Now I'm waiting to see what's next....

Although my office mates are giving me my "what's next..." as I have three new assignments given to me today with a "please try to get these done or set up so someone else can do them" before you leave on Monday afternoon. I mean it's not like they haven't known for the last 18 months that we're GOING ON VACATION next week And two of these aren't things that you can set up for someone else to do - because by the time the programming and set-up is done, you're done with it. Sigh. But I'm thankful I have a job that allows me to have money for vacations (and grand vacations like this one!) and allows me to take this much time off. And it's an indoor job so when it was cracking lightning and pouring down rain earlier today, I was safe and dry in my office.

But come Monday afternoon, I'll dance a jig in the parking garage and be on vacation!
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:13 PM   #2616
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We had to get the lenses replaced in DS's glasses - we all went in last Friday to get adjustments, tighten screws, etc, and found that DS had a crack in one of his lenses (he wears them off and on throughout the day but hadn't told me they were more than scratched). So today we were able to pick up the new ones. And on Monday night, the other DS told me that the charging port on his Kindle Fire was "loose" so it wasn't getting a charge right (1st gen - we'd already replaced his brother's a while ago). So we needed to get that switched out with Amazon - thankfully they were able to give us free one day shipping so that was taken care of. Now I'm waiting to see what's next....

Although my office mates are giving me my "what's next..." as I have three new assignments given to me today with a "please try to get these done or set up so someone else can do them" before you leave on Monday afternoon. I mean it's not like they haven't known for the last 18 months that we're GOING ON VACATION next week And two of these aren't things that you can set up for someone else to do - because by the time the programming and set-up is done, you're done with it. Sigh. But I'm thankful I have a job that allows me to have money for vacations (and grand vacations like this one!) and allows me to take this much time off. And it's an indoor job so when it was cracking lightning and pouring down rain earlier today, I was safe and dry in my office.

But come Monday afternoon, I'll dance a jig in the parking garage and be on vacation!
Last minute stuff is crazy, aren't they?

DH had an eye appointment today too. He had been complaining that he couldn't see very well, so he was glad he got in, as he wants to SEE where he's going on the cruise!

The verdict?

Cataracts!!!

Luckily, they are mild and can be corrected with glasses, and he happened to find some frames that he liked and they can get them in by Tuesday (we leave Wednesday morning).

Like you said - What next???
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:38 PM   #2617
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DH had an eye appointment today too. He had been complaining that he couldn't see very well, so he was glad he got in, as he wants to SEE where he's going on the cruise!

The verdict?

Cataracts!!!

Luckily, they are mild and can be corrected with glasses, and he happened to find some frames that he liked and they can get them in by Tuesday (we leave Wednesday morning).

Like you said - What next???
Oh my - I am glad that he'll be able to have them corrected with glasses for now. My boss just had hers removed surgically and it was about a month process.


Totally different topic, one more packing tip - make sure you put a pen(s) in your carry-on bag that will be easy to access - gotta fill out those pesky customs forms they bring you on the plane!
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:10 PM   #2618
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Oooops!

I meant to do the answers to Boomerang4's questions.

Oh well, here they are:

1) When does your vacation begin? (out the door, flight, Spain, boarding...)
Too early! Out the door at 2 am on Wednesday, June 12 to catch our 6 am flight out of Des Moines! 10 hour lay-over in Newark, then 8 hour flight to Barcelona! Arrive 9:15 am Thursday, June 13, Disney transport to Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona.

2) What are you most looking forward to tasting?
Chocolate souffle!!


3) What is your favorite secret that you know or have heard about on the Magic?
The "secret verandah" in Deck 7, Aft. I've never been able to find that!

4) Which port are you most excited about? Least?
Most: Civitavecchia - can't wait to see Rome!
Least: Malta - don't know much about it at all . . .


5) How will you dress for pirate night?
Not too much - maybe tie the bandana around my head.

6) What one thing do you wish you'd known before your first cruise?
That the Mickey slide is only for 12 and under. I am small enough, but too old . . .

7) Most irrational fear about this vacation?
Protests in Turkey. I know they probably won't affect us, but still . . .

8) Most rational fear about this vacation?
Pickpockets. My parents were robbed on their second day in Rome years ago - they got their hands slashed horribly and had to have emergency surgery.

9) What moment are you most looking forward to?
FINALLY getting on that ship, after planning for so long!

10) Who are you most looking forward to meeting/seeing?
EVERYONE!!
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I have an old Iphone. I am putting it in airplane mode and it will stay that way. Might turn it on to use internet without taking it out of airplane mode, but only in ports or Barcelona if there is wifi available.
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:46 PM   #2620
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Hi guys!

You must all be sooooooooo excited now that your cruise is just a week away! My family and I are booked on a 7night cruise but are not sailing until August 17th which still seems so far away!

the reason for my post is that I and other fellow travellers on our cruise have a few questions that you guys might be able to answer:

1) When you received your documents from DCL, did they include information regarding the formal and semi-formal nights? We are wondering which nights they will be on and how soon we will find that out.

2) Did they send any information regarding the European ports of call?

I hope you all have a fantastic cruise

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Hi Tozzie!

Do you have anything planned there yet?
No, I had started reading up on it, had an sudden unexpected family situation happen and never got back to it. I will have to wing it!
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Oooops!
Too early! 10 hour lay-over in Newark, then 8 hour flight to Barcelona! Arrive 9:15 am Thursday, June 13, Disney transport to Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona.
We are leaving SFO on the 12th @ 7 a.m. and arriving in Newark @ 2:45 p.m. on UA.

We are on the same flight from Newark to Barcelona. I think that we are in the 20's rows.

If you need anything during this flight like candy, magazines, tylenol, etc., just let me know.
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2) What are you most looking forward to tasting?
Chocolate souffle!!

8) Most rational fear about this vacation?
Pickpockets. My parents were robbed on their second day in Rome years ago - they got their hands slashed horribly and had to have emergency surgery.
Where can DH and I try the chocolate souffle? Palo's? MDR?

I am so sorry to hear about your parents. We were told by our European friends to get a purse, "man-purse", or back-pack that is very neutral.

Were people helpful to your parents when it happened?
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Hi guys!

You must all be sooooooooo excited now that your cruise is just a week away! My family and I are booked on a 7night cruise but are not sailing until August 17th which still seems so far away!

the reason for my post is that I and other fellow travellers on our cruise have a few questions that you guys might be able to answer:

1) When you received your documents from DCL, did they include information regarding the formal and semi-formal nights? We are wondering which nights they will be on and how soon we will find that out.

2) Did they send any information regarding the European ports of call?

I hope you all have a fantastic cruise

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Hi there - happy to help. The final cruise documents do not have the formal and semi formal nights listed, however, we knew well in advance when ours were. Just call DCL and they can tell you. There was no other information about the European ports of call, just the standard booklet.
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Where can DH and I try the chocolate souffle? Palo's? MDR?

I am so sorry to hear about your parents. We were told by our European friends to get a purse, "man-purse", or back-pack that is very neutral.

Were people helpful to your parents when it happened?
The chocolate souffle can only be had at Palo.
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