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Old 05-21-2013, 02:39 PM   #1756
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Well, I called my bank and they are sending me a card with the chip and sign format. One more obstacle I can check off my list. Honestly, thank goodness for this board! I would have never known about this if it weren't for you guys! THANKS!!!!

I picked up our cruise documents from our TA today!!! Unfortunately, I can't say the same about the Adventures By Disney precruise portion. I guess they aren't mailing anything out till May 28th. I don't understand the delay. Since it had to be booked with DCL, I would have thought they would come together. Oh well, another thing to look forward to!
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #1757
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Well, I called my bank and they are sending me a card with the chip and sign format. One more obstacle I can check off my list. Honestly, thank goodness for this board! I would have never known about this if it weren't for you guys! THANKS!!!!

I picked up our cruise documents from our TA today!!! Unfortunately, I can't say the same about the Adventures By Disney precruise portion. I guess they aren't mailing anything out till May 28th. I don't understand the delay. Since it had to be booked with DCL, I would have thought they would come together. Oh well, another thing to look forward to!
We received our chip and sign card today; they overnighted it to us for free. That way I didn't have to wait for it to get held up in the regular mail.

We use an online TA and are so glad that she has our documents sent directly to us rather than to her first.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:53 PM   #1758
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We received our chip and sign card today; they overnighted it to us for free. That way I didn't have to wait for it to get held up in the regular mail.

We use an online TA and are so glad that she has our documents sent directly to us rather than to her first.
The bank said it would only take 1-2 business days. They are using Fedex. We should have it in plenty of time for the trip!

My TA actually called DCL while I was with her and are having them mail the Adventures By Disney documents to me directly. As much as I love my TA, I didn't want to make another appointment to get them. She actually gave me a huge DCL tote bag today! It will definitely be used on this vacation!
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:08 PM   #1759
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This info is for those of you who are worried about having a non-chip card. NOT ALL banks/issuers have them yet. Our main CC is the Capital One Venture card and Capital One doesn't have chip cards available in the US yet. We didn't have any problem in 2010 with a non-chip card and I don't anticipate a problem this time either....

http://creditcardforum.com/blog/chip...dit-cards-usa/
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:10 PM   #1760
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Read the comments on the link I posted above. LOTS of problems with chip and signature cards in Europe.....
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:00 PM   #1761
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I think that as we will all be mostly in Tourist areas, we won't find ourselves needing the chip and pin technology as much as if we were traveling around on our own, renting cars, buying gas, etc. So chip and sign doesnt seem much different than the magnetic stripped cards in terms of use, but perhaps if you find yourself in a shop off the beaten path, they might be able to process it more readily with a chip and sign rather than the strip.

As for us, we will have both options...chip and sign, and magnetic strip. And a third, because we will always have some cash somewhere.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:07 AM   #1762
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Upgrades?

Now that we are getting so close to our sail date, I was wondering if anybody has been upgraded. Whether you had book gty and was upgraded or just upgraded from your original booking category. I also just saw on another med cruise (I think it was earlier than ours) that somebody got an email with a special "pin" to upgrade their cabin for a special rate. I was just checking to see if anybody on our cruise got one of those too. I would love that! Right now, we have a porthole room...but I am already missing my verandah...but just couldn't stomach the verandah price tag.

I hope everybody's packing is going well...we will be there before we know it!

Happy Memorial Day to all of you...and thank you to all who have served and to all the military families out there!
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:13 AM   #1763
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Now that we are getting so close to our sail date, I was wondering if anybody has been upgraded. Whether you had book gty and was upgraded or just upgraded from your original booking category. I also just saw on another med cruise (I think it was earlier than ours) that somebody got an email with a special "pin" to upgrade their cabin for a special rate. I was just checking to see if anybody on our cruise got one of those too. I would love that! Right now, we have a porthole room...but I am already missing my verandah...but just couldn't stomach the verandah price tag.

I hope everybody's packing is going well...we will be there before we know it!

Happy Memorial Day to all of you...and thank you to all who have served and to all the military families out there!
We haven't, but then we picked our cabin so even if we were offered an upgrade, we wouldn't take it.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:16 AM   #1764
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Now that we are getting so close to our sail date, I was wondering if anybody has been upgraded. Whether you had book gty and was upgraded or just upgraded from your original booking category. I also just saw on another med cruise (I think it was earlier than ours) that somebody got an email with a special "pin" to upgrade their cabin for a special rate. I was just checking to see if anybody on our cruise got one of those too. I would love that! Right now, we have a porthole room...but I am already missing my verandah...but just couldn't stomach the verandah price tag.

I hope everybody's packing is going well...we will be there before we know it!

Happy Memorial Day to all of you...and thank you to all who have served and to all the military families out there!
That would be so nice, we have the bottom of the barrel room, we do love the inside for these long and busy cruises, we sleep so good in the dungeon, but what I do wish is that we had the split bath, I will check to see how much more when we get to port, we upgraded to that for our Baltic cruise and it was worth the extra money. We had a balcony with our 5 day Bahama cruise, that was very nice to have, never had a verandah before. We also did the port hole in Mexico and honestly, for us the window is extra wasted money, it is Verandah or nothing, don't need a window.

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Old 05-22-2013, 10:37 AM   #1765
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Now that we are getting so close to our sail date, I was wondering if anybody has been upgraded. Whether you had book gty and was upgraded or just upgraded from your original booking category. I also just saw on another med cruise (I think it was earlier than ours) that somebody got an email with a special "pin" to upgrade their cabin for a special rate. I was just checking to see if anybody on our cruise got one of those too. I would love that! Right now, we have a porthole room...but I am already missing my verandah...but just couldn't stomach the verandah price tag.

I hope everybody's packing is going well...we will be there before we know it!

Happy Memorial Day to all of you...and thank you to all who have served and to all the military families out there!
No upgrades here. We're in 2 balcony rooms and the only upgrade I'd do would be to a 1 bedroom suite. The price was too rich for our blood on day 1.... I'm not hopeful for a port upgrade, nor do I want to pay for one!!!!!
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I really really don't like crusing without a Verandah, but to get two connecting rooms we had to do Oceanview. But the money we saved was fine with me too!
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:26 PM   #1767
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Hi all,

Does anyone know where the bus in Rome drops us off when you do the Rome on Your Own excursion? Having been to Rome before we are planning on doing a walking tour on our own excluding the Vatican this trip.

Thanks for your help. We are getting excited.

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Old 05-22-2013, 08:04 PM   #1768
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Does anyone know where the bus in Rome drops us off when you do the Rome on Your Own excursion? Having been to Rome before we are planning on doing a walking tour on our own excluding the Vatican this trip.

Thanks for your help. We are getting excited.

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Old 05-23-2013, 02:37 PM   #1769
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Just a few more days until you can put in your "hold mail" request with the US Post Office. If you're leaving June 22 or prior, you can do it now. We just put ours in. Otherwise wait a day or two depending on when you're leaving and you can do yours.

http://www.usps.com
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Woo Hoo! One month from today, we leave for our Magical Mediterranean Adventure. Just a little EXCITED!
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