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Old 02-27-2012, 06:30 PM   #271
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Thanks for the response. I will encourage my sister to make reservations.
I am both excited and nervous about sightseeing in the ports on my own with my then 16 year old daughter.
It takes more planning when you do the ports on your own, but we've had mostly great experiences doing it that way. Certain ports we'll go with a private company (with a separate driver and travel guide) and others we'll just get ourselves to where we want to go. The trip reports from past Med cruisers are not only great reads, but great sources of information. I learn so much from the mistakes other cruisers have made as well as from the highlights.

Our daughter will be 16 next year too and we are hoping we can bring her (and my son) along on this trip.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:08 PM   #272
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I am a bottled water drinker. Was hoping to bring on a case. Wonder how much water is in Barcelona. Guess we will also hit up a store for wine or something. Can't imagine what our bill will be at the end of 12 nights. I do like me a fruity cocktail

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Old 02-28-2012, 07:18 AM   #273
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I am a bottled water drinker. Was hoping to bring on a case. Wonder how much water is in Barcelona. Guess we will also hit up a store for wine or something. Can't imagine what our bill will be at the end of 12 nights. I do like me a fruity cocktail

You know it's funny, but I feel different on a port-intense cruise like this one than I do on a Caribbean one... and we find ourselves eating and drinking a bit differently than we do on Caribbean cruises - maybe because we are off the ship more and busy sight-seeing all day and then exhausted when we get back on board

Water in Barcelona will be less than the bottled water on the ship We bought the water package when we sailed the Med in 2007 - the only time we have - and we found we didn't really need it because we were given bottles of water on nearly all of our excursions.
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You know it's funny, but I feel different on a port-intense cruise like this one than I do on a Caribbean one... and we find ourselves eating and drinking a bit differently than we do on Caribbean cruises - maybe because we are off the ship more and busy sight-seeing all day and then exhausted when we get back on board

Water in Barcelona will be less than the bottled water on the ship We bought the water package when we sailed the Med in 2007 - the only time we have - and we found we didn't really need it because we were given bottles of water on nearly all of our excursions.
If I have space in the luggage I bring two empty water bottles. Then on the cruise we do what we do at home--fill them from the faucet, chill them overnight and take them during the day. If we get some on excursions we have more we can reuse. If we don't have space to bring them home we throw them out.
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If I have space in the luggage I bring two empty water bottles. Then on the cruise we do what we do at home--fill them from the faucet, chill them overnight and take them during the day. If we get some on excursions we have more we can reuse. If we don't have space to bring them home we throw them out.
We've done this as well
and I got another tip from someone on the DIS. You know those drink trays you get at fast food restaurants? They are great to bring along so you can carry multiple drinks back from the drink station to the cabin. I brought 2 of them on our cruise in 2008 and they made it so much easier to bring breakfast to the cabin in the morning without worrying about spilling anything. Then I just threw them away at the end of the cruise. So much easier gettiing the kids up in the morning with the smell of mickey waffles and bacon

Plus it made it easier to make sure I had space to take home souvenirs
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We've done this as well
and I got another tip from someone on the DIS. You know those drink trays you get at fast food restaurants? They are great to bring along so you can carry multiple drinks back from the drink station to the cabin. I brought 2 of them on our cruise in 2008 and they made it so much easier to bring breakfast to the cabin in the morning without worrying about spilling anything. Then I just threw them away at the end of the cruise.

Great tip! I know there are times when one of us goes up to the drink station and the others want something brought back - I bet they work well with the ice cream cups, too!
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Great tip! I know there are times when one of us goes up to the drink station and the others want something brought back - I bet they work well with the ice cream cups, too!
They have those big plastic trays but I am always afraid I am going to spill something in transit
I'll have to try the ice cream cups next time

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Dom13 over on the Creative Board made this for us.


(((( editing - I gave her 2012 instead of 2013 - so I've asked if she'll fix it -- the corrected one should still appear here in a bit. ))))

http://www.domthirteen.com/images/CruiseItinerary3.jpg


If I linked it right, it's our itinerary!
Has he fixed the date yet?
I wanted to make an early copy to look at while I research/plan
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i just booked the 2 night Magic NYC for this August. Even thought we are doing a week on NCL to Bermuda in July.

it's a Sweet 16 birthday surprise for my daughter. Me, my dd and 2 of her friends. Was cheaper then having a party yet WAY TOO MUCH for a weekend. Oh well. I just I feel guilty for not taking her to Europe LOL

Anyway- Can I re-book the Med on the 2 night cruise for the discount? How does that work having booked the Med with DU?

How much is the discount?
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Has he fixed the date yet?
I wanted to make an early copy to look at while I research/plan
It doesn't look like it - I'll PM Dom13 this weekend.
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i just booked the 2 night Magic NYC for this August. Even thought we are doing a week on NCL to Bermuda in July.

it's a Sweet 16 birthday surprise for my daughter. Me, my dd and 2 of her friends. Was cheaper then having a party yet WAY TOO MUCH for a weekend. Oh well. I just I feel guilty for not taking her to Europe LOL

Anyway- Can I re-book the Med on the 2 night cruise for the discount? How does that work having booked the Med with DU?

How much is the discount?
How exciting! What a great surprise for your DD!

As for rebooking and such, I would just contact your TA at DU and ask them the best way to handle it, especially if you want them to handle the reservation for you, you'll have to transfer it back to them after you book it onboard anyway. DU can tell you how to do the logistics.
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i just booked the 2 night Magic NYC for this August. Even thought we are doing a week on NCL to Bermuda in July.

it's a Sweet 16 birthday surprise for my daughter. Me, my dd and 2 of her friends. Was cheaper then having a party yet WAY TOO MUCH for a weekend. Oh well. I just I feel guilty for not taking her to Europe LOL

Anyway- Can I re-book the Med on the 2 night cruise for the discount? How does that work having booked the Med with DU?

How much is the discount?
I need to get the discount on my cat 11 room. I only had one OBB to use, and I used it on the balcony room. DU instructed me that I needed to make a completely new cat 11 booking and they'll change the room number to the one I have booked. I'm going to ask again before we leave for the maiden voyage to make sure this is correct.
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I need to get the discount on my cat 11 room. I only had one OBB to use, and I used it on the balcony room. DU instructed me that I needed to make a completely new cat 11 booking and they'll change the room number to the one I have booked. I'm going to ask again before we leave for the maiden voyage to make sure this is correct.
We've re-shopped existing cruises while onboard - sometimes it works out cheaper, sometimes not. DU's instructions are correct, but there is one more very important step - when you book your new reservation, you MUST name DU as your travel agent (while still onboard) in order to qualify for DU's full OBC perk. Then, when you get back home, just contact DU with the new itinerary confirmation number and whatever changes (room number, etc) you want to make. The only downside is that you'll have to pay another deposit on the new reservation while onboard, but then you can get that back from DU after you get home.
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We've re-shopped existing cruises while onboard - sometimes it works out cheaper, sometimes not. DU's instructions are correct, but there is one more very important step - when you book your new reservation, you MUST name DU as your travel agent (while still onboard) in order to qualify for DU's full OBC perk. Then, when you get back home, just contact DU with the new itinerary confirmation number and whatever changes (room number, etc) you want to make. The only downside is that you'll have to pay another deposit on the new reservation while onboard, but then you can get that back from DU after you get home.
Thanks for that! So far, the price on our cat 11 hasn't changed from when we booked and I check every day!!!! So as of right now, I'm +500 and +225 OBC (lose a bit of DU's OBC due to price reduction)...
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i just booked the 2 night Magic NYC for this August. Even thought we are doing a week on NCL to Bermuda in July.

it's a Sweet 16 birthday surprise for my daughter. Me, my dd and 2 of her friends. Was cheaper then having a party yet WAY TOO MUCH for a weekend. Oh well. I just I feel guilty for not taking her to Europe LOL

Anyway- Can I re-book the Med on the 2 night cruise for the discount? How does that work having booked the Med with DU?

How much is the discount?
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We've re-shopped existing cruises while onboard - sometimes it works out cheaper, sometimes not. DU's instructions are correct, but there is one more very important step - when you book your new reservation, you MUST name DU as your travel agent (while still onboard) in order to qualify for DU's full OBC perk. Then, when you get back home, just contact DU with the new itinerary confirmation number and whatever changes (room number, etc) you want to make. The only downside is that you'll have to pay another deposit on the new reservation while onboard, but then you can get that back from DU after you get home.
We are planning to stop by the booking desk on the Fantasy this summer to see if re-booking this cruise will save us any money. My DH wants to add our kids on as the deposit should be less onboard. We'll decide closer to cruise time if the kids will actually be coming with us or not....

Didn't know that they would not let us tranfser the deposit we already have on this cruise-so thanks for that info
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We are planning to stop by the booking desk on the Fantasy this summer to see if re-booking this cruise will save us any money. My DH wants to add our kids on as the deposit should be less onboard. We'll decide closer to cruise time if the kids will actually be coming with us or not....

Didn't know that they would not let us tranfser the deposit we already have on this cruise-so thanks for that info
Just to clarify... you can transfer your deposit if it is a reservation that you booked on your own and retain control of. If you have turned your reservation over to a travel agent, then only they have the authority to make any changes (per your requests).

Good luck to everyone who is re-shopping this cruise!
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