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Old 07-14-2013, 03:50 PM   #961
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Doesn't seem to have been a lot from those who've just got off which is obviously most useful as they are on the same itinery. Hoping for navigators ASAP!

FE completed & packed. Just checking tickets, currency etc so we can top up this week!

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Similar here, Celestine. FE finalised and packed today, phew! Now checking pre booked tickets and printing what's needed. We put them all into a folder which we then also put all of our navigators into too.
Would be good to see some navigators or trip reports from those just back from the Venice trip.
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:57 PM   #962
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For any of you who are not over on the group's Facebook page, we've arranged to meet up on board on set sail day at 2.30 in the Promenade Lounge sporting either red ribbons or Tide pens!!!!
Hope to see you there!
Just a wee reminder for the meet up. Hope to see you there.
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:36 PM   #963
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Ok, here we are


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L to R, Mela, myself and our son Nic. Mela's dad will be staying at our house with Nic while we are on the trip. I was hoping for a better pic, it was about 102F when this was taken and it shows.
Anyway see y'all in a few days.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:35 AM   #964
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Today in La Spezia .... Magic docked again.... Is there anyone who has the confirmation that we also dock in stead of tender ?
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:40 AM   #965
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Same for us. We fly GLA/LGW/BCN on 24th too. Woooooooo hoooooooooo!!!

Frantically trying to finalise the FE today.

AHHHHHH, we fly in a week and I haven't even started packing yet!
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:36 PM   #966
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Casa Rocca Piccola-A must do in Valletta, Malta

This is a re-post/double post as I also put it on the DCL thread:

I just returned from the Med cruise and I wanted to recommend Casa Rocca Piccola as a must do for those of you going to Malta. It is located in Valletta where the ship ports and just a bit down Republic Street. We had MANY wonderful experiences, but this one was truly a highlight.

Amazing cruise! You all are going to have such a MAGICal time.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:42 PM   #967
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Thanks Cpn Jack.

Now, I know we will see Mt. Vesuvius. Will we also see Stromboli and Etna. Etna looks like it may be in view after we pass the straights of Messina. But, it is hard to tell just from the map. Anybody know?

Weird geekiness coming to the front. I'm interested as those are the 3 volcanoes that are used to name the ovens in Via Napole in EPCOT.
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Thanks CptJack!
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:53 PM   #969
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Thanks Cpn Jack.

Now, I know we will see Mt. Vesuvius. Will we also see Stromboli and Etna. Etna looks like it may be in view after we pass the straights of Messina. But, it is hard to tell just from the map. Anybody know?

Weird geekiness coming to the front. I'm interested as those are the 3 volcanoes that are used to name the ovens in Via Napole in EPCOT.
That's very neat about the oven names. Not geeky at all.

Some other notes: We are do it yourselfers, so other than a last minute decision to go to Florence (via Disney) we made all of our own arrangements. If this is your plan you'll want to take the train to Pompeii and you'll see Mt. Vesuvius out the window. On your way back get off at the exit for Herculaneum. It is the best. Everyone goes to Pompeii because we're all familiar with it, but Herculaneum is the lesser known little brother. The area is much smaller, the buildings are more intact and the mosaics are just beautiful.
Just beware of pick pockets in Naples. That was the only place we were truly uncomfortable. Also watch out for the crazy drivers. The motorbikes even drive on the sidewalks.
We took the EuroRail to Rome. We didn't get as much time as many others, but we made it to four sites. A family we met onboard spoke Italian and were able to hire a driver at the port for 200 Euro and then tipped him another 100 Euro. They had a full stressless day. I think I can get his name if someone is interested. Just send me a PM.
Dubrovnik just joined the EU a few days before we arrived. Only some of the vendors accepted Euros as payment. You can exchange for Kuna's on the ship. We walked the wall. Probably not the best use of our time. It was very hot, very crowded and nothing special. They only accepted Kuna's and credit cards. I don't recall the name of the restaurant although DD took a picture of their blackboard which read, "You're standing in front of the best restaurant in town". They claimed it was the best Italian dish (spicy Penne Pasta) they had the entire trip. I was too hot to try it.
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Thanks for the info - it is good to hear from someone on our itinerary.

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Old 07-16-2013, 02:42 PM   #971
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Okay, I have slowly started to adjust my sleep clock over the past week and a half. I am now getting up at ~3:30 a.m. our time - 9:30 a.m. Barcelona/Med time. It was neat last night as DW and DD went to bed early too. They got up around 4:30a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

DS can't join in yet as he is working evenings at his job. We warned him he is off as of Saturday. So, Friday night/Sat morning he is getting a crash course.

We're hoping to stave off a little of the jet lag problem.

How is everyone else doing? Not long now.
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Okay, I have slowly started to adjust my sleep clock over the past week and a half. I am now getting up at ~3:30 a.m. our time - 9:30 a.m. Barcelona/Med time. It was neat last night as DW and DD went to bed early too. They got up around 4:30a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

DS can't join in yet as he is working evenings at his job. We warned him he is off as of Saturday. So, Friday night/Sat morning he is getting a crash course.

We're hoping to stave off a little of the jet lag problem.

How is everyone else doing? Not long now.
I think our family are set for the 1 hour time difference Makes a change - we struggled no end with the 8 hour difference between here and LA on the Panama CAnal cruise, but less so at CHristmas. Hopefully all your hard work will allow you some quality touring time pre cruise

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #973
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Luggage tags

Probably not a new idea, but I just thought of putting our email address on our luggage tags.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:19 PM   #974
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Sure Celestine, rub that one in. I'm sure you're fine with the quick flight down to Barcelona too. Actually, I'm glad some of us will be awake and not travel weary. I'll be the one with my hand on your shoulder, eyes half open and following as closely as possible. Please just guide me to the nearest boat drink stop on the ship.

Never thought about adding e-mail. We generally have our contact information as the first picture saved on the camera. Thanks for the reminder, we still have to do that yet. I'm dreading the suitcase weigh in. We weighed 2 of them last week, and I think DW has been adding since then. When she found out we had extra weight to go, she began cramming more in.

Ordered Euros today. Can't wait to get them. They should be in within 2 days. Now, need to double check the credit cards.

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Sure Celestine, rub that one in. I'm sure you're fine with the quick flight down to Barcelona too. Actually, I'm glad some of us will be awake and not travel weary. I'll be the one with my hand on your shoulder, eyes half open and following as closely as possible. Please just guide me to the nearest boat drink stop on the ship.

Never thought about adding e-mail. We generally have our contact information as the first picture saved on the camera. Thanks for the reminder, we still have to do that yet. I'm dreading the suitcase weigh in. We weighed 2 of them last week, and I think DW has been adding since then. When she found out we had extra weight to go, she began cramming more in.

Ordered Euros today. Can't wait to get them. They should be in within 2 days. Now, need to double check the credit cards.

Any other ideas?
Just remember that us Brits have to make that long transatlantic flight every time we want to visit WDW or sail out of Port Canaveral so don't begrudge us our little smug moment when it is our turn to be only a short distance from our destination!!!!

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