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Old 11-19-2012, 08:59 PM   #256
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My first post here, looking forward to this trip

Hi all: We are not new to Disney or Disney Cruise line, but we are new to the board. I found out about this site on our most recent cruise (9/3/12 - Alaska). We booked the 7/25/13 cruise while onboard the Alaska voyage. It will be my kids' first time to Europe. I really want to get them to Pompeii! I have a 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son. My daughter loves going to The Edge and my son loves Oceaneer's Lab. They are both bummed that there aren't more days at see on this cruise - less time in their 'clubs'. Has a fish extender group been started for this trip? We have never done it before, but it sounds like a lot of fun! I am looking forward to getting to know some fellow cruisers before we sail. We will be in Edinburgh for 4 days prior to heading to Barcelona. Anyone from Edinburgh making the trip?

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:03 PM   #257
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Hi. This is my very first time posting!
We include: myself (I'm not saying how old I am!), my husband and son (13) and daughter (10). We are very excited and can't wait for the adventure to begin! This will be our kids first trip to Europe. My husband and I backed packed parts of Europe bk ( before kids!). Should be a slightly different experience!! We have booked a private guide for Naples and area and are taking the train into Rome and meeting our guide there. Haven't planned anything else yet. Our kids are very excited about meeting kids from other countries.
Hi Kelly: We have kids the same age (and we love Canada!). I am sure our kids will cross paths in activities on board! We also backpacked before kids, and recently with kids (we did 5 days in the Olympic national Park prior to the Alaska cruise this September). Nice to meet you!

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Old 11-21-2012, 11:43 PM   #258
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Hi. What the heck is a fish extender? I'm new to all the terms here. Happy Thanksgiving to all the Ameican cruisers. The kids were hoping for more days on the ship as well, but I booked gladiator school for them, so they are pretty excited about that.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:00 AM   #259
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Hi all: We are not new to Disney or Disney Cruise line, but we are new to the board. I found out about this site on our most recent cruise (9/3/12 - Alaska). We booked the 7/25/13 cruise while onboard the Alaska voyage. It will be my kids' first time to Europe. I really want to get them to Pompeii! I have a 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son. My daughter loves going to The Edge and my son loves Oceaneer's Lab. They are both bummed that there aren't more days at see on this cruise - less time in their 'clubs'. Has a fish extender group been started for this trip? We have never done it before, but it sounds like a lot of fun! I am looking forward to getting to know some fellow cruisers before we sail. We will be in Edinburgh for 4 days prior to heading to Barcelona. Anyone from Edinburgh making the trip?

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Okay, I'm probably messing this up and repeating myself, but how else do you learn!! What is a fish extender?
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:08 AM   #260
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Hi Kelly

Fish extender: there is a metal fish outside each cabin. The crew tucks stuff behind it, like activity books for the kids for each port, etc. People make hangers for the fish, with a pocket for each person in the cabin. Groups form and there is a 'gift swap' during the cruise. Every day you get presents in your fish extender and you leave presents for others.

Tell me more about gladiator school! This sounds like something my kids would enjoy - especially my 10 year old son. I take it you did this independently of the disney excursions?

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Old 11-22-2012, 11:49 AM   #261
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Fish extender: there is a metal fish outside each cabin. The crew tucks stuff behind it, like activity books for the kids for each port, etc. People make hangers for the fish, with a pocket for each person in the cabin. Groups form and there is a 'gift swap' during the cruise. Every day you get presents in your fish extender and you leave presents for others.

Tell me more about gladiator school! This sounds like something my kids would enjoy - especially my 10 year old son. I take it you did this independently of the disney excursions?

Carol
Hi. I just booked it online through Viator ?(spelling?). For the 4 of us it was $280 US. It last 2 hours and you learn about the gladiators, train (looks a little like the TV show Wipeout) and then fight your family. There is a great video on you tube. We are touring the colosseum and area first and then heading there. I hope I can move the next day! I have to balance touring with kids stuff and figured that would be fun for everyone.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:38 PM   #262
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Hi all: We are not new to Disney or Disney Cruise line, but we are new to the board. I found out about this site on our most recent cruise (9/3/12 - Alaska). We booked the 7/25/13 cruise while onboard the Alaska voyage. It will be my kids' first time to Europe. I really want to get them to Pompeii! I have a 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son. My daughter loves going to The Edge and my son loves Oceaneer's Lab. They are both bummed that there aren't more days at see on this cruise - less time in their 'clubs'. Has a fish extender group been started for this trip? We have never done it before, but it sounds like a lot of fun! I am looking forward to getting to know some fellow cruisers before we sail. We will be in Edinburgh for 4 days prior to heading to Barcelona. Anyone from Edinburgh making the trip?

Carol
Hi bepheobe our daughter will also be 13 on the cruise. She already knows a couple of girls she met on a previous cruise. We did europe on the Magic last year and she still spent an enormous amount of time in the edge. We're from Scotland, although on the west coast not the east near edinburgh.
If you want any info on what, where etc when you're here drop me a note.

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Old 11-24-2012, 02:50 PM   #263
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Okay, I'm probably messing this up and repeating myself, but how else do you learn!! What is a fish extender?
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Hi Kelly

We were pretty much the same as far as FE was concerned last year. Didn't participate but our DD and her ship board friends had fun trailing the corridors delivering to their FE buddies.

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:56 AM   #264
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Hi everyone,
We just swapped out a 7-night cruise for this one. Besides my wife and I, there is DD 11 and DS 8. It will be their first time in Europe, and our first time in Venice, so we're excited. I will look for the gladiator tour on Viator; thanks for the suggestion. We have also found fish extender gifts to be fun, so hopefully one can be organized for our group as well. This will be our longest cruise since a DCL Panama Canal cruise a couple of years ago; even though it is two days shorter, this one is twice the price for the same cabin category!
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:20 PM   #265
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Hi we will be on this cruise too, does anyone have any links to previous trip reports??
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:25 PM   #266
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Hi we will be on this cruise too, does anyone have any links to previous trip reports??
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We did the med last year on the Magic and visited a lot of the ports we're visiting again next year. If you want any info drop me a pm and we will see if we can point you in the right direction.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:16 AM   #267
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Hi Everyone. My DH and I just switched to this cruise from the June Venice cruise. Does anyone have any advice on any of the Barcelona hotels?
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:06 PM   #268
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Hi. I can't pm anyone as I don't have enough posts! So an open question to anyone who has been to Florence:
When you were in Florence, did people on the disney tours get to leave first on the tenders, or could people,who were not on a tour, leave as soon as the ship docked? We are thinking of taking the train into Florence. Thanks. Kelly.

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:19 PM   #269
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Hi. I can't pm anyone as I don't have enough posts! So an open question to anyone who has been to Florence:
When you were in Florence, did people on the disney tours get to leave first on the tenders, or could people,who were not on a tour, leave as soon as the ship docked? We are thinking of taking the train into Florence. Thanks. Kelly.
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From last year's port adventure details, if you're not on a Disney tour the tendering process started at 7.30am via ticketing process. The tickets were issued from the Theatre. The ticketing process ran for a couple of hours until open tendering began. Tender transfer could take up to 45 mins. Last tender back last year was 7.30pm hope that helps.
PS: trains to Florence take 2.5 hrs. Italian trains website: http://www.trenitalia.com/homepage_en.html
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There are a few of these on the DISboards, hope this helps?

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