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Old 06-20-2013, 09:10 PM   #2011
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The suitcases are packed and sitting by the door. I have a quick half day at work tomorrow, and then we are planning on leaving our house by 1:30pm for our 4:30pm flight from Boston to Frankfurt to Barcelona. We have 5 nights in Barcelona pre-cruise. I can't wait to meet all of you!!!! Safe travels to all of you!!!

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PS We are in cabin 6520...and I would love to share a nice glass of wine with any of you folks
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:50 PM   #2012
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My husband and I haven't even started packing, lol. We will get to it maybe tomorrow. We don't leave till Monday, also we are in 6317 (if we are sharing room numbers ( see everyone in a week!
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:18 PM   #2013
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Hi all!
We arrived in Holland yesterday for our pre-cruise stop... It's 4:30am and I can't sleep! Glad to get the jet lag issues out of the way now- I hope!! Anyway, a couple things...

1) I forgot to pack a power adapter for the European sockets. Fortunately the Hilton we are staying at had some to borrow and the ship uses American plugs, but this may be something to add to a packing list depending on where you are staying pre or post cruise.

2) We traveled with cash in a money belt and changed a bunch at the airport in Amsterdam. So easy. Hope we got a decent rate: each dollar got us .68 euro (so $400 got us about 275€). We will change more today in another part of town so I will let you know what we get today. I remembered a tip from our Med cruise in 2011 and asked for smaller denominations. The guy was reluctant to give it, but it will be easier to break 5€ and 20€ (and have the 1€ and 2€ coins) in ports at places and markets that are cash only.

3) this probably wont apply to any of you directly, but one lesson learned yesterday - don't cheap out and try to take mass transit from the airport to the hotel with your luggage and 8 year old in tow. In the rain. On cobblestones. Haha! Amsterdam is a very public transport-friendly city and sure we saved 25€ but it was NOT EASY on us or our suitcase wheels!! I had planned to take the tram to the train for our next stop, Paris, but we will be cabbing it to Centraal Station, even if it's gorgeous out! I think the cobblestone streets were what made it so difficult. Even more than the rain. Just something to keep in mind if you were planning to get around whatever European city on foot with suitcases.

Anyway, safe travels to you all!!! I have been checking the weather daily and it seems like the rain clears up by 6/27!!!

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Old 06-20-2013, 11:22 PM   #2014
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My husband and I haven't even started packing, lol. We will get to it maybe tomorrow. We don't leave till Monday, also we are in 6317 (if we are sharing room numbers ( see everyone in a week!
OMG- we are in 6319!! We are not participating in the FE exchange or anything but it will be great to have a fellow DISer next door.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:31 AM   #2015
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Hi everyone!

So excited! Last day of work for all of us!

Last day of any scheduled activites prior to our departure from O'Hare at 4:00pm Monday!

By midnight tonight, the whole family will be home and we shall commence "Packalooza" (thank you FB friends for giving it a name).

YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:03 AM   #2016
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Well, hoping I can get my family to start getting their clothes together so I can shop for them this weekend to get any needed items and then pack for them hopefully on Sunday. All this while trying to do my job as well.


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Old 06-21-2013, 08:05 AM   #2017
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Well, hoping I can get my family to start getting their clothes together so I can shop for them this weekend to get any needed items and then pack for them hopefully on Sunday. All this while trying to do my job as well.


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Laurie (I think I got your spelling right),

Hang in there, just a few more days!!!
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:07 PM   #2018
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OMG- we are in 6319!! We are not participating in the FE exchange or anything but it will be great to have a fellow DISer next door.
Super Excited! We aren't doing the FE either due to such a short time since booking but it's good to know we have you next door!
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:04 PM   #2019
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Halfway through the last work day!! I figure tonight I'll start going through the clothes and try to figure out what misc. items I might be missing. I'll probably start packing Sunday. So ready to go!!!
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I am feeling the excitement in the air with each post!!!

Boys are completely packed, I'm approximately 80% and husband hasn't even started. Typical!

Laurie - I felt like that last week.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:14 PM   #2021
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Finished with suitcases! I can't finish packing backpacks until Monday since I will put IPads and headsets in them.
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I am packed, ready to go, and watching the clock tick away the minutes until I can run away from my job for three weeks and go jump on an airplane. Tomorrow evening... Barcelona!
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:50 AM   #2024
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Cool We are new! Mother and Daughter Med adventure!

Should have posted sometime ago but wanted to at least add us to the list. I'm traveling with my Mom and I.

So a lovely Mother & Daughter Med adventure. I'm 25 and my Mom is 56. We are in 7532! This will be my Mom's 2nd cruise on DCL, but many with other lines. This will be my 5th on DCL, but many on other lines as well. Both first timers to a med cruise.

I've been all over Italy and other countries on previous Europe trips, so some ports are new, some I've seen, but they are my favorites, so I'm excited to see them again. My mom has only been to Rome. We have DCL port adventures booked in every port except the first day at Venice, more for piece of mind and maximizing time. The ports and places I have been to in Italy were apart of a large tour group I did in high school, don't remember a ton, so we figured booking the port adventures was for the best.

We have some sort of a plan for Barcelona, we have a pre and post night, and a plan for Rome on your own. We pre-booked a few of the sites there to save some time in lines. I'm still researching for the first day in Venice, but it might be more fun to explore since at least that evening the ship can't leave you.

My mom and I definitely enjoy wine and drinks, meeting new people, seeing the shows, going to dinner, working out and walking on the deck, and tanning by the pool. I've been looking forward to this trip and I know she is too. I previously lived in Florida for 3 years working for the Mouse and was finally able to move back home to Texas for a better job opportunity and be closer to family in mid-May and my Mom just retired from a large oil company this spring, who she had 30+ years with, so a great reason to travel and celebrate.

We can't wait!
We leave Tuesday afternoon from Houston going through Frankfurt on the way. We are also on second seating. See y'all real soon!
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:54 AM   #2025
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Thumbs up

Also if its easier to add me to the FB group, please do! That is a lot easier for me to see... I honestly never get on here.


My Facebook is under: Raleigh Michelle Fitzpatrick, Texas A&M network from Houston, TX. Hope that helps!

I sort of started packing and my mom is about half done... but we do have another day or two before it needs to be fully ready!
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