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Old 04-16-2013, 10:41 AM   #1411
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We are family of FOUR (we have a 20 year old DD staying home - she can't get the time off work) Or maybe that's just what she told us so she can have the house to herself

Its Me, DH, DD (10) and DS (8)

We cruised on the Dream Inaugural Cruises in 2011 and have been looking forward to another Disney cruise ever since
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:43 AM   #1412
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We are thinking of doing Dubrovnik on our own.... Cab to the city wall entrance and cafe, lunch, walking tour.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:44 AM   #1413
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Also, although I have been on a Disney Cruise before...

I have NEVER heard of a Fish Extender until I started lurking here.

I love the concept, and we are listed as UNDECIDED for now.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:46 AM   #1414
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I noticed lots of highly decorated cabin doors on our Dream cruise and really had no concept of what was going on. I just thought these were really enthusiastic Cruisers.

It seems that Disney Cruisers (although its the only Cruise Line I've ever been on) have a culture all their own.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:49 AM   #1415
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Since I've ONLY been on the Dream. I was really happy to hear about your positive spin regarding the Magic. I've been pretty worried that my family would be comparing it to the Dream and be disappointed.

The Magic cruised out of NY for most of the Fall and late Summer last year. I had a friend that took her family and she wasn't very optimistic or enthusiastic for me when I told her we booked it for the Mediterranean.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #1416
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We originally booked this cruise as a BIG 4-0 birthday gift to me (my Birthday was in March).

But, as I was speaking to our TA, we realized that my birthday is the least of our celebrations.

DH's birthday is on our actual sail date: June 27
Our wedding anniversary is June 29

and one week before sailing DD (10) graduates from Elementary School - 5th grade!!

My birthday has now gotten completely lost in the shuffle
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:53 AM   #1417
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I am so excited to finally get a lanyard (Silver level) so I can show we are repeat cruisers

Doesn't take much to make me happy
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:56 AM   #1418
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Hooray!!

This is my 10th post!! I can stop bombarding you nice people with nonsensical or even noninteresting facts about our family!!

We will be staying at the Hilton Diagonal Mar for the pre-cruise and the Hilton Barcelona for the post-cruise.

Anyone else checking in at the Hilton Diagonal Mar? We didn't book a Barcelona excursion, we were hoping to 'hoof' it ourselves.

That Mickey D's sounds like a real winner
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We are thinking of doing Dubrovnik on our own.... Cab to the city wall entrance and cafe, lunch, walking tour.
That is what we will probably do too!
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:32 AM   #1420
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Since I've ONLY been on the Dream. I was really happy to hear about your positive spin regarding the Magic. I've been pretty worried that my family would be comparing it to the Dream and be disappointed.

The Magic cruised out of NY for most of the Fall and late Summer last year. I had a friend that took her family and she wasn't very optimistic or enthusiastic for me when I told her we booked it for the Mediterranean.
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With a kid in tow we will be back at the McDonald's. We also have Hard Rock Cafe planned for the 26th.
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This is my 10th post!! I can stop bombarding you nice people with nonsensical or even noninteresting facts about our family!!

We will be staying at the Hilton Diagonal Mar for the pre-cruise and the Hilton Barcelona for the post-cruise.

Anyone else checking in at the Hilton Diagonal Mar? We didn't book a Barcelona excursion, we were hoping to 'hoof' it ourselves.

That Mickey D's sounds like a real winner
Loved getting to know you! Those were awesome posts!

As I said in earlier posts, the Magic is my favorite ship! I have been on her about 70 nights! The Dream is obviously newer, but you still get the same great (if not better) service, and the Disney atmosphere!
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:39 AM   #1422
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With a kid in tow we will be back at the McDonald's. We also have Hard Rock Cafe planned for the 26th.
If you want to be daring, head down Las Ramblas, go past Le Meridien and on the opposite side of Las Ramblas from Le Meridien past the Food Market there is a restaurant that serves the BEST paella. We got one with just chicken and rice and the kids LOVED IT!!! I forgot the name of the place, but it truly was awesome.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:48 AM   #1423
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If you want to be daring, head down Las Ramblas, go past Le Meridien and on the opposite side of Las Ramblas from Le Meridien past the Food Market there is a restaurant that serves the BEST paella. We got one with just chicken and rice and the kids LOVED IT!!! I forgot the name of the place, but it truly was awesome.
We will be in BCN for 5 days so we will try and find it. Others we like are Artisa and Forns del Pi. They are located near Las Ramblas.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:50 AM   #1424
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I've been lurking for the past few days.... You all seem like a great bunch so far.
Welcome - and when you get added, be sure to say Hi there, too.

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We are thinking of doing Dubrovnik on our own.... Cab to the city wall entrance and cafe, lunch, walking tour.
We have hired a private tour guide for the day in Dubrovnik.

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Also, although I have been on a Disney Cruise before...

I have NEVER heard of a Fish Extender until I started lurking here.

I love the concept, and we are listed as UNDECIDED for now.
You have until Friday night to decide for sure! It's a lot of fun, and while you'll see extravagant fish extenders that some folks have (just google for "fish extender" and look at the images), you can just hang a tote bag on your "fish" and that works just as well! That's what we did for our first cruise that we particpated in FEs. It's so fun to come back to the room and have little things left for you - your kids are at a great age to do these!

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I noticed lots of highly decorated cabin doors on our Dream cruise and really had no concept of what was going on. I just thought these were really enthusiastic Cruisers.

It seems that Disney Cruisers (although its the only Cruise Line I've ever been on) have a culture all their own.
That's a great way to say it - a culture of our own! And especially us DISBoarders!

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We originally booked this cruise as a BIG 4-0 birthday gift to me (my Birthday was in March).
But, as I was speaking to our TA, we realized that my birthday is the least of our celebrations.
DH's birthday is on our actual sail date: June 27
Our wedding anniversary is June 29
and one week before sailing DD (10) graduates from Elementary School - 5th grade!!
My birthday has now gotten completely lost in the shuffle
Happy celebrations all around! We are doing B2B with the June 15th cruise and my older son has his 17th birthday onboard. Lucky duck!

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Anyone else checking in at the Hilton Diagonal Mar? We didn't book a Barcelona excursion, we were hoping to 'hoof' it ourselves.

That Mickey D's sounds like a real winner
Just a comment about McD's in Barcelona - the food does taste different than what you find in the USA - our boys were 9 and 11 when we were there in 2007 and really noticed. In fact, I have a blog entry from a couple of days ago about that - it still sticks with them.

Here's what we are doing in Barcelona: land, check in, hope our room is ready so we can have 90 minutes for a rest (no more than 2 hours - as I want each of us to have time to take a shower, too), then find some food. If the room isn't ready, we'll store our stuff with the hotel and head out for the day.

We have pre-purchased tickets for the Bus Turistic hop-on-hop-off bus for two days so we'll begin day 1 on the day we arrive. We'll see whatever we can see and stay awake for, and then find a market somewhere to get some food for dinner / snacks / breakfast the next day. We have a DIS meet at the hotel that evening for others who arrive early, and then we're going to zzzz. The next day, we're doing the HOHO bus again and have pre-purchased tickets for La Sagrada Familia for 11:00. We drove past it on the HOHO in 2007 and said if we were ever back in BCN, we wanted to tour (never dreaming we'd actually be back - at that point we thought that was our "trip of a lifetime" rather than our 'first trip of a lifetime." (LOL). We'll spend the rest of the day HOHO'ing and then we have another DIS Meet at the hotel around 7 PM and after that, we are going over as a group to see the Magic Fountains. Unfortunately it is only operational on Thursday through Sunday nights; we had thought we'd go the night we get off the ship as we're staying an extra day in BCN before flying home.
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Here's what we are doing in Barcelona: land, check in, hope our room is ready so we can have 90 minutes for a rest (no more than 2 hours - as I want each of us to have time to take a shower, too), then find some food. If the room isn't ready, we'll store our stuff with the hotel and head out for the day.

We have pre-purchased tickets for the Bus Turistic hop-on-hop-off bus for two days so we'll begin day 1 on the day we arrive. We'll see whatever we can see and stay awake for, and then find a market somewhere to get some food for dinner / snacks / breakfast the next day. We have a DIS meet at the hotel that evening for others who arrive early, and then we're going to zzzz. The next day, we're doing the HOHO bus again and have pre-purchased tickets for La Sagrada Familia for 11:00. We drove past it on the HOHO in 2007 and said if we were ever back in BCN, we wanted to tour (never dreaming we'd actually be back - at that point we thought that was our "trip of a lifetime" rather than our 'first trip of a lifetime." (LOL). We'll spend the rest of the day HOHO'ing and then we have another DIS Meet at the hotel around 7 PM and after that, we are going over as a group to see the Magic Fountains. Unfortunately it is only operational on Thursday through Sunday nights; we had thought we'd go the night we get off the ship as we're staying an extra day in BCN before flying home.
We are doing Guell Park on the 25th after arriving. Then Las Ramblas till we can go back to the hotel and sleep. On the 26th we have gocars rented to tour the town. Going back to Sagrada Familia for a tour and climb tower at 11(we did this when we were there before), St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral, Palace of Catalan Music, Guell Palace, and whatever we can do until around 5. Then HRC. After the cruise we will do Montserrat. We also have a hot air balloon ride scheduled for the 10th. Somewhere in here we want to do the cable cars. It was too windy last time. Hopefully we get it all done!
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