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Old 02-09-2013, 05:03 PM   #1456
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When we disembark, we are heading straight to the airport for an afternoon or evening flight to the UK.

The DDs want to visit the Harry Potter studios... any suggestions on where to stay would be great!

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By the way, I printed out the pages for the pre-cruise stuff from our TA at Dreams Unlimited. It's so nice and exciting!
We are flying into London pre-Cruise. We booked the Novotel at Blackfriars. Rate was not bad and all four could get one room DW, DS, DD, and myself. Hope that gives you a place to look at. Also the London Walks tours has a Harry Potter tour. You can look up their tours online. We did them back in 2000 and they are great tours.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:03 PM   #1457
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Well, I tried getting set up with everlater.com for doing our trip report and while I can set it up on the computer, the app doesn't let me even log in. It looks like they've sold themselves to Mapquest, too, so I am bummed about that because it looked like such a wonderful opportunity to do something fun with trip reporting. I did see where they are stopping making books from trips, too.

So I looked for other apps and sites but didn't find anything that I wanted, so I decided to go ahead and just do it the old blogspot way. I started today and here's the link if anyone is interested, although you all know way more about it than the intended readers I do like that I can upload pictures and text by email to the site which is what I wanted to have the capability of doing - so I can compose email without having to be connected to the internet and then whenever we happen to have connectivity, then I can upload it. We'll be sharing the link with family and friends when it gets a little closer.


In the meanwhile, I've begun the long spell of work work work to be able to have enough leave to cover the days we'll be gone! Thankfully it's our busy season and I have the work to do. The boys have no days off til the end of March when they have spring break - this will be the first year in ages that we haven't gone to WDW - I will especially miss the Flower and Garden Festival.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:37 PM   #1458
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Last summer we had an inflatable booster seat and it worked very well for us. They weren't selling them in the US at the time so we ordered it from www.easycarseat.com and had it delivered to the hotel in BCN. Now it looks like they sell them via www.goboosterseat.com in the US. We take it with us on all of our trips. It fits in the outside pouch of the suitcase so we just throw it in before we check the bags and easily take it out and inflate it when we get there.

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Thanks for sharing. I didn't know they had inflatable boosters. My youngest DS is 5 and I never feel comfortable not having a seat for him. I usually travel with a booster so it will be much easier with the inflatable.

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Don't know if this helps (or perhaps you already know about them) but in addition to our converters we bought these great multi device charging stations made by ZONE Electronics that roll up to the size of a cardboard paper towel roll for packing. I found them at CVS for $10 a piece just before our last trip to Europe and figured it wouldn't hurt to try. They are awesome! We bought them almost 2 years ago, have used them on every vacation since and they are still working great.

We've never been to Barcelona so I don't know how abundant the outlets are in their hotels, but in our tiny room in Paris and B&B in Rome they only had 1 outlet. Using our 2 charging stations (plugged in to our 2 converters) we were able to charge 3 iPods and 3 cell phones at once each night and then only had to charge our cameras batteries separately (only because our cameras are older and don't have a USB plug). They can each charge up to 4 devices at once (depending on what type of ports you have) and have a little baggie inside the storage compartment with adapters to match your device. On our Fantasy cruise we added a Kindle and iPad Mini to our charging needs and were still covered. If your local or other local drug store doesn't have them maybe Amazon or eBay would or something similar for less than Sharper Image prices.
Thanks for sharing this. When I went to the Med in 2010 I remember having to constantly switch back and forth so I could charge our phones, camera, iPad & kindle. Looks like this will solve most of that and that I just need to worry about the camera. I found it at eBay for $16 but it still seems worth it.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:47 PM   #1459
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Probably been asked before, but when does DCL is the earliest to take flight out?
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:04 PM   #1460
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Probably been asked before, but when does DCL is the earliest to take flight out?
I think DCL says 12:30...but not sure. Our flight is at 11:20 and we were told it would be OK and just to make sure we are assigned the earliest disembarkation time. Still unsure if we should use DCL transfers/taxi/etc...
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:13 PM   #1461
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I think DCL says 12:30...but not sure. Our flight is at 11:20 and we were told it would be OK and just to make sure we are assigned the earliest disembarkation time. Still unsure if we should use DCL transfers/taxi/etc...
I would arrange private transportation from port to airport so you don't have to wait for buses to load or other passengers who might delay you.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:09 PM   #1462
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I would arrange private transportation from port to airport so you don't have to wait for buses to load or other passengers who might delay you.
I agree and I would walk off with your luggage and not have DCL pick it up the night before because you may have to wait for it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:43 PM   #1463
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I would arrange private transportation from port to airport so you don't have to wait for buses to load or other passengers who might delay you.
Thanks! Good point! I'm calling my TA tomorrow to PIF and I was thinking about transfers....now, I'll have her look into arranging private transport vs taxi for us.

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I agree and I would walk off with your luggage and not have DCL pick it up the night before because you may have to wait for it.
and Thanks! I wouldn't have thought it would even be an option to keep your luggage, instead of putting it out the night before.

Many thanks for the help!
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:31 PM   #1464
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We're flying to London right after disemarkation too. We're using points to fly so we're connecting in Geneva before landing in London. UGh.

I just came back from London and I went to the Harry Potter studios. It was fantastic. We spent over 3 hours there and then some time in the gift shop. I'd go there again if I had the time.
Thanks for the information. Is there a place in London we should stay so that our trip to the studios would be easier?

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:34 PM   #1465
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We are flying into London pre-Cruise. We booked the Novotel at Blackfriars. Rate was not bad and all four could get one room DW, DS, DD, and myself. Hope that gives you a place to look at. Also the London Walks tours has a Harry Potter tour. You can look up their tours online. We did them back in 2000 and they are great tours.
Thanks, Michael. I will check into that tonight and book it.

Everyone is getting excited.

Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #1466
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Thanks for the information. Is there a place in London we should stay so that our trip to the studios would be easier?

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The easiest way to get to the Warner Bros Studios Tour is to take a train or, if you're not in a hurry, the London Overground (it's the Underground but above ground... uh..yeah) to Watford Junction. At Watford Junction, there's a Doubledecker shuttle bus that takes you to the studios. I think it was £1.50 per person. Takes you directly there. When you want to come back...just reverse your journey. The trip to Watford Junction may cost a bit though ... it's in zone 8 or something like that. I think it cost us £8 one way to get from there to Paddington Station (we used the Overground/Underground because it was snowing and the trains were, shall we say, less reliable. You won't have that problem in June!) We actually took a minicab to the studios because of a snowstorm and we were starting from outside of London. In case you're curious, it was £58 from Slough/Windsor to Watford Junction. We splurged but we're glad we did because of the snow. Train to Watford Junction is at Euston Station. Overground/Underground to Watford Junction is ... well, also Euston but just make sure it's not the train station station.

I assume that you're going to see more in London than just the studio tour so I'd just stay somewhere that's close to the sights and the Underground. Maybe something near Euston. There seem to a few, not many, hotels that have 2 double beds .... I'd book them soon though. I had trouble finding twin rooms for my brother and I at a reasonable price.... hence we're paying a really unreasonable price.
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We are flying into London pre-Cruise. We booked the Novotel at Blackfriars. Rate was not bad and all four could get one room DW, DS, DD, and myself. Hope that gives you a place to look at. Also the London Walks tours has a Harry Potter tour. You can look up their tours online. We did them back in 2000 and they are great tours.
We did the London Walks HP tour in 2010. The kids really enjoyed it.
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I agree and I would walk off with your luggage and not have DCL pick it up the night before because you may have to wait for it.
I agree. It's so much quicker. We will be just taking carry-on this time. Easier.
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The easiest way to get to the Warner Bros Studios Tour is to take a train or, if you're not in a hurry, the London Overground (it's the Underground but above ground... uh..yeah) to Watford Junction. At Watford Junction, there's a Doubledecker shuttle bus that takes you to the studios. I think it was £1.50 per person. Takes you directly there. When you want to come back...just reverse your journey. The trip to Watford Junction may cost a bit though ... it's in zone 8 or something like that. I think it cost us £8 one way to get from there to Paddington Station (we used the Overground/Underground because it was snowing and the trains were, shall we say, less reliable. You won't have that problem in June!) We actually took a minicab to the studios because of a snowstorm and we were starting from outside of London. In case you're curious, it was £58 from Slough/Windsor to Watford Junction. We splurged but we're glad we did because of the snow. Train to Watford Junction is at Euston Station. Overground/Underground to Watford Junction is ... well, also Euston but just make sure it's not the train station station.

I assume that you're going to see more in London than just the studio tour so I'd just stay somewhere that's close to the sights and the Underground. Maybe something near Euston. There seem to a few, not many, hotels that have 2 double beds .... I'd book them soon though. I had trouble finding twin rooms for my brother and I at a reasonable price.... hence we're paying a really unreasonable price.
This is so helpful! I started my research last September and became overwhelmed.

I will start looking at these locations tomorrow.

This makes our trip-planning after the cruise much more fun.

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Attention: cruisers with food allergies and medical necessities

Hi, Everyone!

Just a reminder to those who have food allergies, please remember to send DCL your food allergies list and any necessary information.

I learned my lesson from our med cruise 3 years ago when planning for our meals. My 2 DDs and I have food allergies (some severe). So, I sent a form to the DCL with regards as to what I can and cannot eat.

I realized that the food supplies on our Med Cruise Aug 2010 were not as "diverse". They informed me that on our next European cruise to start 3 to 4 months early in planning.

That way, they have everything ordered and shipped in the TransAltantic ship Eastbound.

I was too late.

Also, if you need to refridgerate any medication or milk (rice or soy), you can have them bring a fridge into your room.
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