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Old 09-11-2012, 01:04 PM   #631
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I'm catching up on all the posts today - I feel like I've neglected our trip planning and it's time to get on it again!

One thing I wanted to mention about this is to be sure to go to the Shopping Talks they do on board - they will tell you how to avoid getting scammed by telling you what things to look for. I went to the ones in the Baltic and we could see for ourselves once we were in some of the shops about the difference between authentic and "made in China" items. They also gave us an idea of what price ranges to expect. I know the ships and tours always have some deal with the various shops, but the information is good so you can still find good deals on your own.
Good advice Nzdisneymom. They will tell you how to rate items such as leather in Florence and gold. Also what to look for in local painted pottery and glass. Very helpful in telling the history of a lot of shops for some are passed down from generation to generation in the same family. It gives you a different perspective on history when someones' family has been the same retail establishment for hundreds of years. In the U.S. not so much any more.The leather in Florence is exquisit and you can make a deal through haggeling. Also in some areas like Pisa there are "gypsies" that swam and try to sell you crappie stuff and some even try to distract you with items AND EVEN YOUNG KIDS to pickpocket. We were in Barcelona and a couple of older women tried to scam these tourist types and even grabbed the ladies wallet and tried to run. Lucky someone stepped out of the crowd and caught her. She used the old "sell a rose to you, put it close to your face, distract you attention and help herself to your wllet in your handbag". In Barcelona 4 times so far and that was the only problem I had seen. Just something to keep in mind when you do shop.
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:12 PM   #632
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Be careful in Rome. Lots of pickpockets there too. When we go to Europe we carry Pacsafe bags while touring. I have a cross bag and my husband has a fanny pack.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:12 PM   #633
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Hello Everyone!!! We just booked this cruise while aboard the Disney Wonder in Alaska last week (which was our first cruise ever). We are so excited to have another cruise to look forward to!!!
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Stopping in to let you know we will not be going on this cruise any more. We have moved to the July 25 sailing, it works better for family members.
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Stopping in to let you know we will not be going on this cruise any more. We have moved to the July 25 sailing, it works better for family members.
Sorry to see you go, but certainly understand. We couldn't wait that late because kids have to be back for band camp, etc. in early August.

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Hello Everyone!!! We just booked this cruise while aboard the Disney Wonder in Alaska last week (which was our first cruise ever). We are so excited to have another cruise to look forward to!!!
Welcome! I've added you to the list on the first post of the thread - if you want traveling party info added, please let me know and I'll update it. We sailed the Wonder in Alaska last summer and loved it.
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Well, there's no looking back now (not that we were) - we purchased our air tickets this morning. The price has held pretty steady and is enough better than DCL that we decided to just go ahead and do it.

We are staying one more night in Barcelona post-cruise as our flight is at 11:40 AM and we'd rather have a little more time and not feel so rushed on the day we fly home. Nothing like a harried return travel day to suck the fun out of vacation.

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Hello Everyone!!! We just booked this cruise while aboard the Disney Wonder in Alaska last week (which was our first cruise ever). We are so excited to have another cruise to look forward to!!!
Welcome Aboard

I'm Laurie and traveling with my DH, DS (19) and DD (16).
So you must have liked Alaska
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Stopping in to let you know we will not be going on this cruise any more. We have moved to the July 25 sailing, it works better for family members.
Sorry we won't get to sail with you this time. Let us know if you come across any great tips from your new cruisemeet thread
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Well, there's no looking back now (not that we were) - we purchased our air tickets this morning. The price has held pretty steady and is enough better than DCL that we decided to just go ahead and do it.

We are staying one more night in Barcelona post-cruise as our flight is at 11:40 AM and we'd rather have a little more time and not feel so rushed on the day we fly home. Nothing like a harried return travel day to suck the fun out of vacation.

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The buying airfare part is the most stressful to me
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The buying airfare part is the most stressful to me
This is the first time we've done air on our own. We drive when we sail from Port Canaveral, and our other cruises not from Port Canaveral, we've done better with DCL airfare than booking on our own (or at least even by the time you factor in extra insurance, ground transportation, etc.). Our TA is removing the air portion from our reservation today so we'll get the new "balance due" which will be significantly less At that point I'll be able to determine exactly how much we've saved (and really, repurposed towards another part of this vacation). She did tell me we have a substantial on board credit which I need to remember in terms of figuring out the rest of our vacation budget.

Speaking of vacation budget, you'd think I know all this but I want to make sure I'm not forgetting anything:

Pre-cruise transportation - gas/food for getting to the airport.
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Ground transportation to pre-cruise hotel in Barcelona
Pre-cruise hotel costs, food, etc. in Barcelona for two days/nights
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Ground transportation from port to post-cruise hotel
Post-cruise hotel costs, food in Barcelona for one day/night
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Post-cruise transportation - gas/food for getting from airport home

We don't do Palo, drink of the days, specialty coffee, etc. For souvenirs, we are pin collectors and will probably get a pin set for each of the ports. We will probably get the boys a DCL cruise-specific t-shirt.

What else?
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We don't do Palo, drink of the days, specialty coffee, etc. For souvenirs, we are pin collectors and will probably get a pin set for each of the ports. We will probably get the boys a DCL cruise-specific t-shirt.

What else?
Just to let you know, in 2010, they didn't have the pins for each port. I really wanted that, but there weren't any. I think it was because in 2007 there was such a disaster with them, they discontinued them...
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Just to let you know, in 2010, they didn't have the pins for each port. I really wanted that, but there weren't any. I think it was because in 2007 there was such a disaster with them, they discontinued them...
Good to know - I was thinking we'd gotten one for each port in the Baltic, but perhaps not... I think for the Alaska cruise, we bought several... I remember Nathan coming running back at dinner (he'd left early) after being in the gift shop and seeing they had some "get them now while they last" pins, so I sent DH back with him - this was the first time in all our cruises that DH had actually used his charging privileges

Speaking of charging privileges, do you give your teens charging privileges and if so, can you cap the amount they can charge? Mine haven't ever needed it but as they are getting older, it might be nice for me to not have to go with them to buy something.
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Good to know - I was thinking we'd gotten one for each port in the Baltic, but perhaps not... I think for the Alaska cruise, we bought several... I remember Nathan coming running back at dinner (he'd left early) after being in the gift shop and seeing they had some "get them now while they last" pins, so I sent DH back with him - this was the first time in all our cruises that DH had actually used his charging privileges

Speaking of charging privileges, do you give your teens charging privileges and if so, can you cap the amount they can charge? Mine haven't ever needed it but as they are getting older, it might be nice for me to not have to go with them to buy something.
Yes we do, but you can't cap it.... I just check their balances and cut them off when they reach their limits........ They're pretty good about staying within limits. On our Fantasy cruise, only DS got cut off and it wasn't by us, but by DCL!!! He'd charged over $100 in arcade, but was within his $$ number, he put on his birthday gifts as well as what we had given him.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:32 AM   #644
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Hi everyone,

It is with great regret we are no longer able to sail on this cruise. Really disappointed but hopeful another opportunity will come along which includes Croatia.

Will have to travel vicariously thru all of you for now.

Hope to see some of you on a future cruise meet!

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Old 09-14-2012, 06:27 AM   #645
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Hello everyone

Just checked the DCL website and they have now listed excursion for Madeira, Portugal. Next stop BARCELONA
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