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Old 04-14-2013, 08:39 AM   #1351
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Gotta find my Cove Café card before we cruise
Have you gotten their special coffee mug?
I was wondering if that was worth purchasing...
I've never gotten the mug cause I don't drink coffee. I usually just get hot chocolate or smoothies when I'm in there.

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AAA seems like a good deal. I don't know if I feel comfortable taking a backpack into some of the ports. I want to take my new DSL camera into ports with me, but not only is it kinds big, it was expensive. Has anyone else taken a DSL camera into Barcelona or Rome before? I honestly don't know how I'm going to carry it and might just opt to use my point and shoot in those ports.
The first time I used a DSLR was in Rome. I was never really concerned carrying it either. It stayed around my neck the whole time and usually a hand on it just to be on the safe side. I have a smaller camera now, but I'd much rather carry the DSLR in ports than in Disney. That's where its size gets in the way.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:44 AM   #1352
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That's so cool
What brand/type of processor does she have?
I have the Nucleus 5 as I was implanted in December 2009 and I love it

The disposable batteries do not keep their charge indefinitely. I know they can still have some charge after their expiration date but eventually they die out completely. I always keep some disposables in my purse in case something happens to my rechargeable battery. I can change my batteries in the time it takes a red traffic light to turn green
But yes I am bringing both types of batteries on this cruise just in case

I was just at the Cochlears America Celebration in San Diego in February and got to meet Graeme Clark ! And they have some new gadgets for cochlear implant users that make it easier to hook up to an ipod or other device.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:02 PM   #1353
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Same worries here. I was saying the regular backpack as a way to bring larger items of minimal value with us into port. Things that if someone managed to get into the pockets or even walked off with it we would be able to replace easily.
Now as for cameras...You want your best pictures but you will inevitably worry about the camera.
At a camera class my DD and I went to the instructor showed us how he used a plain messenger type bag with a thick strap across his body to hold his camera while he also had his camera on a long crossbody strap as well. That way he could wear both and keep the camera in the bag when not taking pictures. He said he avoids expensive camera bags because he feels they advertise the expensive camera. This way you are not walking around with the camera hanging from your neck in full view all the time.
I also heard that changing out your sd card frequently would help avoid losing all your pictures and good trip insurance should cover the cost of a stolen camera.
Some really amazing photos on many of the Med trip reports

Get a PacSafe backpack, very light, they can lock with a lock, and they cannot be cut.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:08 PM   #1354
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Are you all bringing a converter for electricity for the pre-cruise stay in Barcelona? We were thinking of borrowing one from a friend so we can charge up ipods / ipad / kindle fires - but then I was reading that these may not need a converter but just an adapter because they are designed to charge off either 110v or 220v - but I'm so tech-challenged that I'm not sure from what I'm reading over on Apple and Amazon. Anyone know or can point me to a definitive .
We have 2 of the Apple converters we use. Also Target has a travel plug that you plug both your IPhone and IPod into, I got 2 of these, it will take up less plugs.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:09 PM   #1355
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Fish Extender update: there are 19 yeses and 11 undecideds. In case that helps someone decide.
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:47 PM   #1356
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Fish Extender update: there are 19 yeses and 11 undecideds. In case that helps someone decide.
I just switched from undecided to yes. So the new total is 20.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:52 PM   #1357
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I just updated ours to no. It sounds like a great time, and I hope to be able to do it on one of our next dcl cruises, but I just don't think it will work with this one. Hope all of you have fun with it

Thanks for the tip to pre-book your tickets for the tour bus in Barcelona..gotta add that to my list! I have to thank all of your for so many great tips (both on here and fb) between the tour bus tickets, my new pacsafe bag, and the secret itineraries tour (belles mommy...we are on the 11:15ish?? one) our trip is coming together nicely.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:23 PM   #1358
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I've resigned myself to the fact that I will NOT lose the weight I had grand plans to lose when we booked this adventure 16 months ago

Your comment about skirts made me think that for women and girls, perhaps go ahead and wear your shorts but have a wrap around skirt that you could just literally wrap around you for going into the churches. Remember in elementary school when your mom made you wear shorts under your dresses because you always were hanging upside down on the monkey bars? Same idea (ok, maybe that was just me!)



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If you have other people in your traveling party with you, you could split your stuff so that all you have to be responsible for is your camera - someone else can carry the cash, id, etc., so you can have your hand on the camera / bag at all times. Then you'll be less likely to be distracted trying to take a photo, deal with tickets and such.



You are right - you have to be aware of your surroundings and keep your stuff in front of you at all times - I always feel a bit relieved to get back on the tour bus so I can relax my grip a bit! Have a plan with your group so that everyone is always watching so no one gets distracted / attention diverted, and split up the valuables that you have to carry so if one person does get pickpocketed, you haven't lost everything. Hopefully none of us will have to deal with this at all - but caution is a must.
I have two elastic waist long skirts I plan to bring. I will stuff them in my bag with water bottle, etc and when I want to go in a church I will pull it on over my head. Probably wait until we are back on a bus to take it off if I cannot find a private place

A wrap around skirt is a GOOD IDEA and would not be hard to sew. I bet there are patterns available.
That also makes me wonder if a swim wrap would be allowed. (assuming it does not gap on the side like mine does --did not lose my weight either )

I have a DCL tote that is red and black with a long strap. I can lengthen it the whole way and wear if over my head and shoulder, diagonally across my back and with the bag in front. The items I plan to take fit with plenty of space to let the top fold down and I can rest my hand on it all the time. That leaves the other hand free to hold DH's hand so we cannot be distracted and separated--seems like it's that "divide and conquer" system that works for the pick pockets.

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Old 04-15-2013, 07:17 AM   #1359
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Morning all!

I find myself worried about all the talk of pick pockets. However, that being said, we when did our Europe trip in 2010, we did 5 weeks abroad. 2 weeks taking the train around Germany, Switzerland, Paris and London, then 3 weeks on the Magic, we did the last Baltic and then the repo back down to Barcelona.

I read all the alerts on the boards and bought the Pacsafe lanyard type things for all of us (didn't use, too cumbersome), I bought several of their slashproof backpacks (one of my kids and I brought our laptops) and a few of the cross shoulder bags. So I felt we were very prepared, but once we got out and about, I didn't think twice about pick pockets and we never had a problem. I certainly didn't spend my whole time stressing about it! I just took what precautions I could and then enjoyed.

That brings me to the mind of a pick pocket, they would see 7 of us wandering around looking lost, but 3 of them are 6' tall guys, the boys looking pretty scraggly (one won't shave while we are on vacation, the other may or may not), we are laughing and giggling alot and the only one with a bag is the crazy mom who has a bag overflowing with what looks like food she "borrowed" from the buffet that morning and raincoats and sweaters. Why on earth would they bother us

Anyway, that is my hope! Seriously though, we try to be very smart and if they take my bag, they will get some food and clothes, that's it. All the rest of our important stuff is safely hidden under my clothes.

But I really don't want anyone worrying about getting robbed, I think those money belts that you can wear flat on your skin for all your important stuff is a smart way to go, and anything you put in a bag, should be easily replaceable. I always walk in front of the group with my kids keeping a watchful eye on me (or so I like to believe). Actually, now that I think of it, neither of my boys would hurt a fly, but I would not envy the person that would try to take on either of my teen aged daughters! It would be ugly for that person. And I'm not kidding!
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:02 AM   #1360
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Good Morning Everyone!

We are on this cruise having booked it a few weeks ago. I have a lot of catch up to do so any suggetions are welcomed. How do I become a friend on the facebook page? I sent a request but have not had a response.

Crusing will be me, my DH and DS (10).

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:10 AM   #1361
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What is the secret itinerary tour?
Unfortunately they are sold out for July 4th so I guess we grabbed all the tickets.

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That link would be great for the first page Cindy.
I don't want to create more work for you, but with this trip requiring so much planning I was thinking of starting to add links to my first post on the first page just to have a place for an easy reference point
Even if there is some overlap with links maybe those of us with posts on the first page can share the links we have found to be helpful
I added the link for the Bus Turistic. I've been stashing links in my blog posts, too, so I can find them again. One thing I like about the Bus Turistic is that you can see what sorts of things there are to do in Barcelona for the limited time we are there and you can "check them off" online and it will make a document for you with what's at which stop and which colored route to take. I went through and marked the ones I have any interest in seeing; DH will do the same in the next few days, and then I'll see where we overlap and that will be our "short list." We know we can't see everything and we know there are some things only I will be interested in. Then from the short list, we'll see what we think the kids will find interesting, check any admission fees, length of time at each space, etc., and then have a better-than-loose plan. We will be touring for the first afternoon and then the next day we will build our touring around the La Sagrada Familia tickets we already have for 11:00 AM. We also have a day in BCN post-cruise so anything that is within easy walking distance of the hotel, we'll save for then. We do want to find a market to get some food and drinks for the hotel for breakfast and snacks, etc.


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I just updated ours to no. It sounds like a great time, and I hope to be able to do it on one of our next dcl cruises, but I just don't think it will work with this one. Hope all of you have fun with it

Thanks for the tip to pre-book your tickets for the tour bus in Barcelona..gotta add that to my list! I have to thank all of your for so many great tips (both on here and fb) between the tour bus tickets, my new pacsafe bag, and the secret itineraries tour (belles mommy...we are on the 11:15ish?? one) our trip is coming together nicely.
The FE's are really lots of fun, but it is something extra to pack and take care of.

I have to echo the thanks for the great tips - it makes planning and preparing more fun when you have someone(s) to do it with!

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I have a DCL tote that is red and black with a long strap. I can lengthen it the whole way and wear if over my head and shoulder, diagonally across my back and with the bag in front. The items I plan to take fit with plenty of space to let the top fold down and I can rest my hand on it all the time. That leaves the other hand free to hold DH's hand so we cannot be distracted and separated--seems like it's that "divide and conquer" system that works for the pick pockets.
We have that same DCL tote - love it - I use it all the time - it's roomy, too - we try to not take much off the ship and then end up filling it with the water bottles they invariably give you on the excursions and the souvenirs and such we buy - or someone's sunglasses or ipod or cap they decided they didn't want to wear any more. It does get heavier as the day goes on but I like the functionality of it. And I like that it has some outside mesh pockets because I will put stuff in it like my hairband or hand sanitizer or stuff that we might want easy access to that doesn't matter if we lose it. I keep my magnetic sunglass clippy thing there too. The fewer times I have to fumble around in the bag, the better off we are.
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We are on this cruise having booked it a few weeks ago. I have a lot of catch up to do so any suggetions are welcomed. How do I become a friend on the facebook page? I sent a request but have not had a response.

Crusing will be me, my DH and DS (10).

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Welcome - give it a little time for the FB add but let us know if it doesn't come through by tonight. I'll add you to the list on the first thread - there are links to the group spreadsheets and still time to sign up for Fish Extenders if you want to participate (closes on Friday). I see you added yourself already

No one minds if you just ask whatever questions you have even if they've been addressed before - at this point, there's so much to read through that it might be easier to just ask for stuff you want to know
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Welcome - give it a little time for the FB add but let us know if it doesn't come through by tonight. I'll add you to the list on the first thread - there are links to the group spreadsheets and still time to sign up for Fish Extenders if you want to participate (closes on Friday). I see you added yourself already

No one minds if you just ask whatever questions you have even if they've been addressed before - at this point, there's so much to read through that it might be easier to just ask for stuff you want to know
Just to let you and everyone else know that to be added to the FB page, I need a PM with your name, so I know who you are. Until I get that, I will not add anyone to the FB page.
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Just to let you and everyone else know that to be added to the FB page, I need a PM with your name, so I know who you are. Until I get that, I will not add anyone to the FB page.
Jel - thanks!
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