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Old 10-21-2012, 05:20 AM   #1096
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Have you booked your airfare to the US already? Look into Iceland Air if you haven't. We went with them because of their rates, and then that stopover is an added bonus.

I am from the UK so will be flying back to the UK as soon as we disembark.

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I am from the UK so will be flying back to the UK as soon as we disembark.

I will NOT be crying, kicking and screaming at my desk on the Monday when thinking of all of you on the second part of your trip
I was meaning as you are flying to the US to embark on the cruise.... come a few days earlier so you can have a stopover in Iceland if it works with your city pair?
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We rented a car from Enterprise - one way.

Mandy - we are spending 7 hrs in Iceland, thank-you. However, there seems to be some question as to WHAT TO DO WITH THE CARRY ON LUGGAGE!!
any suggestions? anyone?
No problem. I came across a tour operator that picks up and drops off at the airport, especially if going to the Blue Lagoon area. Are tour operators able to also accommodate carryon luggage in their vans? I know we've had that done in St Thomas and elsewhere - luggage stays in van while we are doing the tour parts.

We also ended up getting an Enterprise car rental one-way with no drop fee. Called their 800 number. I think it depends on the Rep you get because the other time they tacked on the $100 drop fee. Email sent afterwards to confirm the reservation did not have the drop fee.
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I was meaning as you are flying to the US to embark on the cruise.... come a few days earlier so you can have a stopover in Iceland if it works with your city pair?
Oh sorry, missed that ;-)

Unfortunately, due to the longer trip we are taking over NYE 2013 and for the month of January for my partners 30th birthday, we can't take any more leave from work.....
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Excited to say I am going!!!!!

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We just purchased our tickets for the flight home!!! We will spend time in Paris and London after the cruise, then will be flying out of London on 6/7 to Iceland for two days, then flying out of Iceland to Boston on 6/10, then to Houston where our car will be waiting for a 12 hour drive home. I know I've already said it but thank you Mandy for mentioning this deal! We are saving $200 pp by flying IcelandAir which we can now use to see Iceland. I've been watching prices for several months now. In fact, I watched prices in March for June 2012 just so I'd know what the going rate was. Then once they opened up for June 2013, I've watched them waiting for it to go under a certain price. They had not hit my buy price yet so when I checked IcelandAir and it was well below my buy price, I was pretty excited. And we get to see a country that we might not have gotten to see otherwise! EEEK!!! Let the planning begin!!
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My sweet 2-year-old daughter and I are on the Magic in about 13 days... anyone need me to check out anything specific while onboard? Hubby and our 6-year-old will be staying back since she is in school, so I am trying to pretend like it will be a boring cruise and they're not missing a thing...

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Oh sorry, missed that ;-)

Unfortunately, due to the longer trip we are taking over NYE 2013 and for the month of January for my partners 30th birthday, we can't take any more leave from work.....
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Excited to say I am going!!!!!

Joining me will be my mom and sister and then my family friend Ray.


Looking forward to sailing in 208 days!!!
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We just purchased our tickets for the flight home!!! We will spend time in Paris and London after the cruise, then will be flying out of London on 6/7 to Iceland for two days, then flying out of Iceland to Boston on 6/10, then to Houston where our car will be waiting for a 12 hour drive home. I know I've already said it but thank you Mandy for mentioning this deal! We are saving $200 pp by flying IcelandAir which we can now use to see Iceland. I've been watching prices for several months now. In fact, I watched prices in March for June 2012 just so I'd know what the going rate was. Then once they opened up for June 2013, I've watched them waiting for it to go under a certain price. They had not hit my buy price yet so when I checked IcelandAir and it was well below my buy price, I was pretty excited. And we get to see a country that we might not have gotten to see otherwise! EEEK!!! Let the planning begin!!
Yay!! That is awesome! I'm excited to fly that airline just to check them out. And who would've ever thought a cruise from Galveston, Texas would have you routing through ICELAND on the way home?!? We are excited! I always love looking for the cheaper deal. My philosophy is the more places I can cut corners, the more vacations we can take (assuming we are blessed with good health and jobs).
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Yay!! That is awesome! I'm excited to fly that airline just to check them out. And who would've ever thought a cruise from Galveston, Texas would have you routing through ICELAND on the way home?!? We are excited! I always love looking for the cheaper deal. My philosophy is the more places I can cut corners, the more vacations we can take (assuming we are blessed with good health and jobs).
We are the EXACT same way! Cut corners where we feel comfortable doing so. We drive to all of our vacation destinations because 1- We like road trips and 2- We save money and get to vacation more often!! If I can drive for $400 or fly for $1400, I'm flying because now I can take that $1000 and use it for another vacation!
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No problem. I came across a tour operator that picks up and drops off at the airport, especially if going to the Blue Lagoon area. Are tour operators able to also accommodate carryon luggage in their vans? I know we've had that done in St Thomas and elsewhere - luggage stays in van while we are doing the tour parts.

We also ended up getting an Enterprise car rental one-way with no drop fee. Called their 800 number. I think it depends on the Rep you get because the other time they tacked on the $100 drop fee. Email sent afterwards to confirm the reservation did not have the drop fee.
since we are only there for 7 hours, we were thinking of doing the HO/HO bus - do you have further suggestions? I would love to see it all, but in 7 hours....not happening!

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since we are only there for 7 hours, we were thinking of doing the HO/HO bus - do you have further suggestions? I would love to see it all, but in 7 hours....not happening!
With 7 hours, I might consider looking into a private tour. You might be able to see more, and really be sure of making it back to the airport in time to go through security, etc -- as well as have a place for your carryon baggage. Extra cost for a private driver/tour, but when is the next time you will be in Iceland?
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welcome - I think we have cruised together before!
Yes we have, will be nice to see you again if indeed we do "jump ship" onto this cruise!

Still haven't made a definite decision, but looking at flight options etc. Those from UK, who have you booked flights with? Cheapest one way I can find to Houston us £432 each, and cheapest from Barcelona to London is around £50 each. Was hoping to use our Avios for that leg, but no points flights available on 1st June so will have to pay. Can't stay in Barcelona for a few days as have to get the kids back to school, as DS definitely has some exams that week after half term.
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Excited to say I am going!!!!!

Joining me will be my mom and sister and then my family friend Ray.


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Yes we have, will be nice to see you again if indeed we do "jump ship" onto this cruise!

Still haven't made a definite decision, but looking at flight options etc. Those from UK, who have you booked flights with? Cheapest one way I can find to Houston us £432 each, and cheapest from Barcelona to London is around £50 each. Was hoping to use our Avios for that leg, but no points flights available on 1st June so will have to pay. Can't stay in Barcelona for a few days as have to get the kids back to school, as DS definitely has some exams that week after half term.
Hi Ladyshopper, I think you replied to another thread of mine about this cruise on another Disney forum :-) you asked about flights there too and I am ashamed to say I haven't replied yet :-( really sorry about that!

We have recently booked our flights, for 2 adults we have paid £460ish each for Birmingham - Amsterdam - Houston. We booked a return which I know is naughty but we couldn't justify the £900pp one way.

Haven't booked back from Barcelona as of yet but back to Birmingham we are looking at £120pp :-( May go back to London for £60pp and then get a National Express coach back.
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Just a quick Shutters question for all you veteran Disney cruisers please if you don't mind....

Am I best to pre-order the Shutters CD before we board? Or wait until halfway through the cruise or even until the end? I want the all full one with every single image on, I know it's expensive but I just love the pictures of us both with characters instead of handing the camera back and forth..

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