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Old 06-20-2013, 02:41 AM   #1996
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We are staying at the Renaissance in Barcelona.
This is a good hotel. Very comfortable. When you arrive you will likely have to wait for a room,so make sure they securely store your luggage. Be prepared to get anything you would need for the day to go in your day bag that you want to carry around. A few people did get their rooms right away but most of us were after 1:00.
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Awesome! We will look for you. Which hotel are you at? We are at the Renaissance.
Also there is a grocery store about three blocks away, turn immediately left when you go out of the hotel and walk down then cross the street. It's mercando (or something like that... Has green letter for the sign, blends right in with the other shops). They have a downstairs where soft drinks and such are.
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Sorry to hear about your Mom
Hope she is feeling better soon

This week is our packing and buying last minute essentials

I will be looking for you
Probably wear a Disney and/or shirt

We filled up our Rome tour just a couple weeks ago.
We're using Rome in Limo as so many other cruisers have used them with good results.
They do have private tours for a group of 4 that cost maybe a little more than a DCL excursion but you get the car to yourself.
http://www.romeinlimo.com/rome-civit...highlights.htm

So close to the sail date that you shouldn't book this unless you are sure you will use them.
I can point you to some trip reports of people who used this company later if you are interested.

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We used Rome in Limo and it was fabulous. Highly recommend them. We had Mike for our driver. So if you get him, tell him that Cindy, Gary, Nathan and Zach from the last Disney pick up said hello!
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We watched an interesting 4 parter on Netflix-- a 2003 PBS series on the Medici, Godfathers of the Renaissance.

I am sure that it was an oversimplification of the events, but was interesting to see how one family could have such an impact on a couple of hundred years of history.

60 Minutes had a piece a week or two ago on Sagrada Familia. If you google it you will find it along with a construction zone tour that they did....
If you haven't already bought tix for Sagrada and plan to visit, see if you can get em online still. The line is quite long. It is nice and cool inside.
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I thought I saw this on the board, but I can't locate it through a search. In the FAQ's, Disney suggests bringing travelers checks to exchange for Euros in the ports. I saw some mention of being able to exchange on the ship as well. Our local banks charge $50 to get Euros, even if you have an account. If you don't have an account, they won't help you. We will need Euros for a car/driver we are getting in Florence. Any ideas on the best way to handle? Our layover at JFK is very short.

Thanks for any advice!
We brought travelers checks to exchange onboard. Very easy to do and then if you have leftovers, you can exchange back. The rate this week was $1.35 per Euro.

We prepurchased euro thruAAA / TravelEx before we left at $1.37. Then I replaced what we spent in BCN via an ATM that was at $1.40. Then the ship was $1.35. Exchange on the ship is at guest services. You can also cash a personal check for Euro at the same rate... Not sure if there is a limit, but they call some check clearinghouse thing with your account number and amount you are writing the check for to get pre approval. Hope this helps with your planning.
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Sorry for all the posts at once, got some quiet time today and good connection. Sea day. Came aoround the boot of Italy yesterday afternoon.

The onboard reports are that the ship will be charging VAT at about 20% for onboard purchases next week.
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We brought travelers checks to exchange onboard. Very easy to do and then if you have leftovers, you can exchange back. The rate this week was $1.35 per Euro.

We prepurchased euro thruAAA / TravelEx before we left at $1.37. Then I replaced what we spent in BCN via an ATM that was at $1.40. Then the ship was $1.35. Exchange on the ship is at guest services. You can also cash a personal check for Euro at the same rate... Not sure if there is a limit, but they call some check clearinghouse thing with your account number and amount you are writing the check for to get pre approval. Hope this helps with your planning.
Thank you! This is very helpful!
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Thank you! This is very helpful!
BTW this is a maximum amount you can write in for a check with a guest services I believe.... If I recall that amount is $100 a day..... Now it might be different on a longer cruise, but I wouldn't want that to be my only way to get cash. Luckily DH works for AMEX, so he got Euro yesterday 1.42, transaction fee waived, rest of cash we'll use ATM's for.... Thought of getting Euro travelers checks and cashing them at guest services, but decided against it.....
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Cindy, on the 12 night cruise right now, posted on our facebook page that the exchange rate onboard earlier in the week was $1.35
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We brought travelers checks to exchange onboard. Very easy to do and then if you have leftovers, you can exchange back. The rate this week was $1.35 per Euro.

We prepurchased euro thruAAA / TravelEx before we left at $1.37. Then I replaced what we spent in BCN via an ATM that was at $1.40. Then the ship was $1.35. Exchange on the ship is at guest services. You can also cash a personal check for Euro at the same rate... Not sure if there is a limit, but they call some check clearinghouse thing with your account number and amount you are writing the check for to get pre approval. Hope this helps with your planning.
Did you bring regular travelers checks or international? We are getting conflicting information on how useful they really are from the banks we are talking to on our end. There is concern that they aren't being accepted. Although, clearly the ship took what you brought. Just wondered if the type made a difference.
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[QUOTE=lisah0711;48695464]Oh, man, I've missed the ice breaking activities!



Spokane-Minneapolis-Amsterdam-Barcelona and reverse on the way home.

1) When does your vacation begin? (out the door, flight, Spain, boarding...)
Out the door! June 25th -- 1 day in Barcelona precruise at the Renaissance.

2) What are you most looking forward to tasting?
Wine from each port (I copied this answer from some other kindred soul on our cruise.


3) What is your favorite secret that you know or have heard about on the Magic?
The "secret" deck a few steps away from our cabin.

4) Which port are you most excited about? Least?
Rome and Naples

5) How will you dress for pirate night?
I'm not sure yet. I will be person running in a pirate skirt on Deck 4 several days.

6) What one thing do you wish you'd known before your first cruise?
This is our first cruise!

7) Most irrational fear about this vacation?
Being run over in Naples traffic.

8) Most rational fear about this vacation?
Pickpockets

9) What moment are you most looking forward to?
Sitting on the verandah drinking wine from our port.

10) What is your favorite Disney Character?
Mickey!

So I couldn't help but notice you copied my quote on the wine from each port, won't that be fun? I also noticed you said you were going to enjoy yours on your deck, Hmmm, maybe I can join you and we can do wine tasting together, are you white or red? I'm red, but enjoy white too. The 3rd thing is your least excited about Naples, well myself Kay and my family, DH Mark, DS 14, DD 10, very well behaved kids and well traveled, we have rented a driver and car to take us along the coast, Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi, and anything else, Pizza in Naples. Just more of a relaxing day taking in the culture, picking some good wines, lemoncello and getting some Gelato. The cost of this private tour is $450 Euro. We can share. Interested in looking forward to Naples? Let me know.
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We used Rome in Limo and it was fabulous. Highly recommend them. We had Mike for our driver. So if you get him, tell him that Cindy, Gary, Nathan and Zach from the last Disney pick up said hello!
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So I couldn't help but notice you copied my quote on the wine from each port, won't that be fun? I also noticed you said you were going to enjoy yours on your deck, Hmmm, maybe I can join you and we can do wine tasting together, are you white or red? I'm red, but enjoy white too.

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Kay,
I'm a wine drinker and my DH is not. So I could use someone to help drink any wine I buy in port...
I prefer red, but really like a good white chardonnay too

We're in cabin 7024, so give me a call and we can plan to swap glasses.

Anyone else is welcome too
Just let me know
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Kay,
I'm a wine drinker and my DH is not. So I could use someone to help drink any wine I buy in port...
I prefer red, but really like a good white chardonnay too

We're in cabin 7024, so give me a call and we can plan to swap glasses.

Anyone else is welcome too
Just let me know
Oh thanks, that would be fun
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Oh thanks, that would be fun
Our room #6504, we might change though, going to see when we get to port if we might get a different room.

So excited, we leave LAX tomorrow for Madrid, touring Spain for a while and we'll see you on board very soon...
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