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Old 09-01-2012, 06:00 PM   #946
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Do you mind sharing your transportation plans from Barcelona to Paris to London?

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We'll take the overnight train (2 sleeper cabins for our group of 8) from Barcelona to Paris. http://www.elipsos.com/en/ Paris to London on the chunnel train. www.eurostar.com
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We'll all be on the EBTA in 2013 except for my oldest DS (19, serving a Mormon mission in Chile for 2 years.)
Planning on spending a night in Barcelona, then 3 in Paris, then 4 in London post cruise. The kids are SO excited! The elementary-aged ones aren't worried about missing the last 2 weeks of school, and the Jr. High/High Schoolers are doing online this year, so they can finish their courses before we leave.
Any suggestions for my one unfortunate child (DS, 12 now, 13 on cruise) who is prone to seasickness?
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We'll all be on the EBTA in 2013 except for my oldest DS (19, serving a Mormon mission in Chile for 2 years.)
Planning on spending a night in Barcelona, then 3 in Paris, then 4 in London post cruise. The kids are SO excited! The elementary-aged ones aren't worried about missing the last 2 weeks of school, and the Jr. High/High Schoolers are doing online this year, so they can finish their courses before we leave.
Any suggestions for my one unfortunate child (DS, 12 now, 13 on cruise) who is prone to seasickness?
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Hi Cayla... Who did you rent your car through to get it one way? I can't find anyone that will do it.
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We'll all be on the EBTA in 2013 except for my oldest DS (19, serving a Mormon mission in Chile for 2 years.)
Planning on spending a night in Barcelona, then 3 in Paris, then 4 in London post cruise. The kids are SO excited! The elementary-aged ones aren't worried about missing the last 2 weeks of school, and the Jr. High/High Schoolers are doing online this year, so they can finish their courses before we leave.
Any suggestions for my one unfortunate child (DS, 12 now, 13 on cruise) who is prone to seasickness?
ginger, bonine, and meclizine (available for free onboard) are the best. I advise caution with the patches, as the side effects are pretty nasty. And they are not recommended for kids as far as I know. Ask your Pediatrician she or he should have a few ideas.

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I was just playing on the Disney cruise website and they have the port adventures out for Gilbralter. There are no others at this time but maybe soon. Have fun looking!!!
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I was just playing on the Disney cruise website and they have the port adventures out for Gilbralter. There are no others at this time but maybe soon. Have fun looking!!!
I see Columbia as well! Is that one of the stops on the transatlantic?
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:04 AM   #953
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I was just playing on the Disney cruise website and they have the port adventures out for Gilbralter. There are no others at this time but maybe soon. Have fun looking!!!
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I see Columbia as well! Is that one of the stops on the transatlantic?
No - Colombia is a port stop on the Panama Canal cruises. Our other port stops are at Castaway Cay and Funchal, Madeira.

Yesterday I booked my flight to Houston for May 16. I had already booked our flights home from Barcelona on June 4 a few weeks ago.
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I'm glad to see that at least Gibraltar has shown up. I don't think I'll be booking that $3K excursion. Someone else can have it.

It's funny, all the rest seem quite cheap. I would have expected some mid-range ones too.

Anyone know if it'll be possible to book a Disney excursion for Barcelona?
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I'm glad to see that at least Gibraltar has shown up. I don't think I'll be booking that $3K excursion. Someone else can have it.

It's funny, all the rest seem quite cheap. I would have expected some mid-range ones too.

Anyone know if it'll be possible to book a Disney excursion for Barcelona?
I missed seeing the $3K excursion, but I didn't look at any involving boats!

I'm reasonably sure there will be Barcelona excursions offered for those who have a late flight that day - including airport transportation. However, I wouldn't expect them to offer regular excursions since everyone (except those doing b2b cruises) has to be off the ship. It would be a problem dealing with everyone's luggage.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:51 AM   #956
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I missed seeing the $3K excursion, but I didn't look at any involving boats!

I'm reasonably sure there will be Barcelona excursions offered for those who have a late flight that day - including airport transportation. However, I wouldn't expect them to offer regular excursions since everyone (except those doing b2b cruises) has to be off the ship. It would be a problem dealing with everyone's luggage.
We are doing b2b and were told we have to leave the ship. We asked while we were on our Dream cruise last month. We were also told that Disney wouldn't be doing any Barcelona excursions. So, we may be wrong, but that's what we were told.
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With no Barcelona, it's just Funchal that we're waiting on then.

I went exploring the Disneycruise website to see if anything else new was showing up. They've redesigned it since I last looked.

For my Silver status, I get to start booking excursions and do check in on Feb 17th - I guess we still have time.

I did notice that the website reports that Disney does packages for two hotels in the Houston area.

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Houston Airport Marriott at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport — The Houston Airport Marriott hotel at George Bush Intercontinental provides a welcome retreat, offering a relaxing and refreshing environment after the rigors of travel.
We still haven't really started trying to decide whether to head to Galveston or stay in Houston but we'll probably fly out the previous day getting to Houston between noon and 5pm I think.

Anyone have comments on those 2 hotels? Maybe I should start up a survey on what hotels people are thinking of staying at? Big party the night before the cruise?
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With no Barcelona, it's just Funchal that we're waiting on then.

I went exploring the Disneycruise website to see if anything else new was showing up. They've redesigned it since I last looked.

For my Silver status, I get to start booking excursions and do check in on Feb 17th - I guess we still have time.

I did notice that the website reports that Disney does packages for two hotels in the Houston area.



We still haven't really started trying to decide whether to head to Galveston or stay in Houston but we'll probably fly out the previous day getting to Houston between noon and 5pm I think.

Anyone have comments on those 2 hotels? Maybe I should start up a survey on what hotels people are thinking of staying at? Big party the night before the cruise?
We'll be at the Galvez, but we didn't book it through DCL.
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We are doing b2b and were told we have to leave the ship. We asked while we were on our Dream cruise last month. We were also told that Disney wouldn't be doing any Barcelona excursions. So, we may be wrong, but that's what we were told.
I meant permanently off the ship...with luggage! If I were doing a b2b, I'd want to get off the ship ASAP to explore Barcelona -just as I do when arriving at other ports.
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With no Barcelona, it's just Funchal that we're waiting on then.

I went exploring the Disneycruise website to see if anything else new was showing up. They've redesigned it since I last looked.

For my Silver status, I get to start booking excursions and do check in on Feb 17th - I guess we still have time.

I did notice that the website reports that Disney does packages for two hotels in the Houston area.



We still haven't really started trying to decide whether to head to Galveston or stay in Houston but we'll probably fly out the previous day getting to Houston between noon and 5pm I think.

Anyone have comments on those 2 hotels? Maybe I should start up a survey on what hotels people are thinking of staying at? Big party the night before the cruise?
For Funchal last year, we had a great DIS private excursion that was lots cheaper than any Disney offered. Some families did smaller ones, but the DIS one was really inexpensive per person. Can't remember if it was east or west they did last year - it was opposite of the previous year.

As far as where folks are staying, I believe some are staying in the IAH area or the HOU Hobby area to take Disney transport the morning of the cruise (based on which airport they are flying into - which are about 45 minutes apart depending on traffic). Others are staying down in Galveston. Because of the distances between the three general areas, and many not renting vehicles, it is a little more challenging to have one large pre-cruise party (in my opinion). With Barcelona, public transportation was so good, we had no issues with a big pre-cruise meet-n-greet the night before. Houston/Galveston does not have the stellar public transportation options. So when creating a survey - you might consider breaking it into those three geographic areas for starters... since each area has several hotels.

The two hotels you listed from Disney - Galvez and IAH Marriott - are about 70 miles apart on this map.

Hope I didn't step on any toes answering my two cents to this.
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