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Old 05-16-2013, 01:33 PM   #1696
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Do people really dress up for Pirate Night? How elaborate do the costumes get?
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:39 PM   #1697
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If we can't book Palo ahead of time, whats our best bet for doing it onboard? Right away when we embark? Also, do we have to sign up to do the self-disembark ahead of time?
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:44 PM   #1698
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WOOOO GOT TO 10!!

Final question about bringing alcohol on board. Is there really no limit? So we could, say, start with two bottles on wine from Barcelona, and then pick one or two up in every port with no problem? Does anybody know how much the corkage fee is in the restaurant?

Also we are used to having to purchase soda- I'm pretty sure I read that it is free unless you get it in a can from a waiter or at a bar, correct? Any restrictions on bringing your own reusable bottles to use around the ship (other than not putting them directly up to the faucet when dispensing- I know about the health concerns there!)


Ok- thanks for putting up with my posting. Can't wait to talk more!
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:51 PM   #1699
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WOOOO GOT TO 10!!

Final question about bringing alcohol on board. Is there really no limit? So we could, say, start with two bottles on wine from Barcelona, and then pick one or two up in every port with no problem? Does anybody know how much the corkage fee is in the restaurant?

Also we are used to having to purchase soda- I'm pretty sure I read that it is free unless you get it in a can from a waiter or at a bar, correct? Any restrictions on bringing your own reusable bottles to use around the ship (other than not putting them directly up to the faucet when dispensing- I know about the health concerns there!)


Ok- thanks for putting up with my posting. Can't wait to talk more!
What ever you can carry onboard with you and fit through the X-ray machine. Don't forget the cheese and breads to go along with the wine. Wine is pretty cheap over in Italy and we really loved the local vino.Don't forget the Lemoncello. $20.00 corkage fee and the CM's are shy about charging it....always apologizing. No fee for soda and the machines are located on deck 10. No problem about reusable bottles so long as they are not glass around the pool. We always bring an insulated cup for coffee in the mornings and soda in the afternoon.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:54 PM   #1700
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Do people really dress up for Pirate Night? How elaborate do the costumes get?
Same show as in the Caribbean. About 50% of the people dress for Pirate night and they do hand out bandannas at dinner. Some are the "full monty" and some just wear the head scarf.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:56 PM   #1701
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Read a little ways back about a possible private lunch in Palo- we would totally be on board for that! I'm having trouble deciding if I want to do dinner there at all. I'd hate to miss anything exciting going on on the main dining rooms- any thoughts on that?
I love brunch better than dinner but tend to do both.
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Do people really dress up for Pirate Night? How elaborate do the costumes get?
On the Florida cruises the costumes can be quite grand. Not so much on European cruises because of luggage limits.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:13 PM   #1702
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:18 PM   #1703
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As to the group brunch, so far, that's a no go. There wasn't much interest and one wasn't organized. Personally I prefer dinner in Palo so I wouldn't pass it up!!!! We're doing both as we usually do!!!!

As for a taxi, I think as long as you're off the ship early you should be ok. The taxi line was over an hour in 2010, though we were 4, so a lot of taxi's wouldn't fit us. Just get off as early as possible, like 7:30 or 8:00, and you should be fine. Airport is about 30 minutes away. we have private transfers this time because of our past experience.
where are you getting private transfers through?
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:21 PM   #1704
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http://www.barcelona-airport-transfers.com/
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Once we finally have what we are doing settled, i'll definitely fill it in on the GoogleDoc- nice to be able to see all the different things people are choosing!

I'm hoping to have a beach day somewhere... Don't know about the rest of you but we will need at least one day off from touring for some good relaxing! Suggestions? Maybe La Spezia? Or Malta?
In La Spezia, go hang out in Cinque Terra, no better place to relax
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What ever you can carry onboard with you and fit through the X-ray machine. Don't forget the cheese and breads to go along with the wine. Wine is pretty cheap over in Italy and we really loved the local vino.Don't forget the Lemoncello. $20.00 corkage fee and the CM's are shy about charging it....always apologizing. No fee for soda and the machines are located on deck 10. No problem about reusable bottles so long as they are not glass around the pool. We always bring an insulated cup for coffee in the mornings and soda in the afternoon.
Cork it yourself in your room and then you won't be charged, ask for a wine glass at one of the bars.
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Cork it yourself in your room and then you won't be charged, ask for a wine glass at one of the bars.
Your room attendant will supply you with wine glasses and an opener if you request them. If you do bring the bottle to the dining room they still are suppose to charge you the corkage fee.
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Your room attendant will supply you with wine glasses and an opener if you request them. If you do bring the bottle to the dining room they still are suppose to charge you the corkage fee.
That's true...
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Here's a design of an old DIS magnet that a couple of guys on the June 15th group revised to include the FBers. The original designer wasn't reachable but had put the design out ages ago with a "feel free to use" - so here it is, complete with modifications if anyone is interested.

I'm still mixed in my feelings about DIS and FB because I prefer my trip planning in one or two places (here and for non-Disney ports, etc., cruise critic). But I do enjoy getting to know everyone a bit better in the way that FB allows - I think what I miss is that some people just TOTALLY go over to FB and that means those who don't FB don't get a chance to know them, and they miss out on some of the plans and fun things here on DIS. Maybe I'm just old-school....

Anyway, here's the graphic in case anyone wants to make a magnet or something.

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We are new to Disney cruising but not cruising in general- and were glad to find DISboards because the roll call for this cruise on Cruise Critic was looking very short! We figured out its because you all are on here
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As far as travel goes, we're on a red-eye out of Philly the 24th. We get 22 hours in London and then on to Barcelona! (I think Matt is MOST excited about our 22 hours in London- he hasn't been back since he lived there for a year, and misses it terribly!)

On the way back, we plan to self-disembark- flight at 11:30. Only thing I haven't decided yet is if we think getting a taxi will be OK or if we should get a car.... with only two people a taxi might be easier? Any insight from you vets on this?
We spent extra days pre- and post-cruise in 2010 in London and loved it - I want to go back. Enjoy your 22 hours there!
As for a taxi, I think if you get off the ship as early as possible, you should do ok getting a taxi; however, you might want to see what the price would be to have a car-service pick you up especially since it's super-important that you don't miss your flight.

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I'm excited to do some door decorations- on other cruise lines, we were the anomaly, and I made fun signs with our Cruise Critic names for everyone in the group. Would anyone be interested in that? I totally understand too if that's not the cool thing on Disney I put a pic below of the one I made for our Cruise last year to give you an idea. Though they would be much more Disney-ified this time! I've been playing around too with the awesome word image generator and i'm sure that would make its way into the design- thanks for whoever found that!

We love decorating our door! We recently sailed on another line and I was dispappointed that the doors were such that I could put magnets on.

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If we can't book Palo ahead of time, whats our best bet for doing it onboard? Right away when we embark? Also, do we have to sign up to do the self-disembark ahead of time?
Yes, there will be a dining change / Palo reservation place when you board, so check the Navigator / papers that they give you when you board. Also, keep checking online to see if any Palo reservation slots open up for you to grab - people's plans continually change so they may have some cancellations between now and when we sail, plus they do hold some back for onboard reservations.

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Do people really dress up for Pirate Night? How elaborate do the costumes get?
Definitely an issue of luggage space! But you'll see some people dressed up.

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Also we are used to having to purchase soda- I'm pretty sure I read that it is free unless you get it in a can from a waiter or at a bar, correct? Any restrictions on bringing your own reusable bottles to use around the ship (other than not putting them directly up to the faucet when dispensing- I know about the health concerns there!)
They do require you to get a new cup (paper cups) that you can fill and then pour into your own cup / bottle. The drink dispenser is on Deck 9, aft, by the Mickey pool, near Goofy's Galley and Pluto's (burgers, hot dogs, tacos, chicken, fries)

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