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Old 06-27-2013, 11:43 AM   #1756
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More good news- I just received confirmation from my travel agent that we will NOT be charged VAT on our cruise! This comes directly from her friends who were on the first Greece/Turkey cruise that concluded today. A few others on the main forum had mentioned no VAT also but I'm glad to hear it from my trusted agent first hand. What a nice break for us!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:44 AM   #1757
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Oh no! How horrible! I leave from Paris to Barcelona on July 10.

Will flights be cancelled?
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:05 PM   #1758
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Hi guys, I got the following info from Amex travel this morning (it doesn't affect my dates of travel but might for some of you):

Spanish baggage handlers have announced plans to strike at eight airports between June 28 and July 15. Unless the strike is averted, travelers could see significant disruptions on days when strikes occur. The union representing the baggage handlers has issued some provisional dates, but spontaneous strike actions are also possible.

The following airports will be affected during the provisional strikes:

Alicante Airport (ALC): 1400-1800 June 29; July 2, 6, 9, 13
Almeria Airport (LEI): June 27; July 5, 12 (24 hours)
Barcelona El Prat (BCN): June 28-30; July 1, 8, 15 (24 hours)
Fuerteventura Airport (FUE): July 1, 8, 15 (24 hours)
Jerez Airport (XRY): June 28, July 12 (24 hours)
Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD): June 28, July 5, 12 (24 hours)
Malaga Airport (AGP): 0900-1200, 1800-2000 June 29-30; July 1, 8, 15
Valencia Airport (VLC): 1300-1700 July 2, 4, 9, 11

We recommend that you check the status of your flight prior to leaving for the airport during the strike dates. Also, allow extra time to retrieve luggage at the end of your flight.
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Oh no! How horrible! I leave from Paris to Barcelona on July 10.

Will flights be cancelled?
Would flights be affected as well or just luggage?
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:10 PM   #1759
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Our Leaning Tower tickets need some sort of identification to claim. I chose passport, but was wondering if a photocopy of passport would suffice. Does anyone know that answer?
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:05 PM   #1760
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Oh no! How horrible! I leave from Paris to Barcelona on July 10.

Will flights be cancelled?
We are flying into Barcelona on the 11th, but according to those dates identified, the 10th & 11th shouldn't be affected. Hopefully it will stay that way!
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Is anyone else visiting the beach in Malta, and if so which beach? We are doing the 10:30 Playmobil Factory tour first, and that will be over around 11:15, so we were thinking of a nice lunch and some beach time after that. I'm just not sure which beach. The closest one to Playmobil is called Pretty Bay, and its one of Malta's few sandy beaches, and looks great- except that it faces a nasty industrial port so its not the best view. The other beaches closest to Valletta (ie- St. Julian's, Sliema) are rocky. Anyone have any plans for the beach?
We are going snorkeling within the Blue Lagoon in Comino. It looks to be a beautiful and peaceful beach and lagoon. Not sure where it is compared to where you'll be....
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I need ideas. Going to climb the Leaning tower and then I have the rest of the day free. What should I do?
How about going to Lucca afterwards for a nice lunch and bike ride around the wall?
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:22 PM   #1763
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How about going to Lucca afterwards for a nice lunch and bike ride around the wall?
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Thanks. Good idea. I will look into it
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:26 PM   #1764
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We are flying into Barcelona on the 10th too. Hopefully there isn't a huge backlog to wait behind.
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We are going snorkeling within the Blue Lagoon in Comino. It looks to be a beautiful and peaceful beach and lagoon. Not sure where it is compared to where you'll be....
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Randi, that island looks amazing!! If we had a longer port day I would do it, but since our Playmobil tour is on the opposite side of Malta, we wouldn't be able to do both in 1 day. Looks amazing for you though!
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:04 AM   #1766
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Would flights be affected as well or just luggage?
My impression from the email is that flights may be significantly delayed, and that luggage might not make it immediately. I was hoping that none of you would be affected. There is always a chance that they may avert the strikes.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:06 AM   #1767
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Oh no! How horrible! I leave from Paris to Barcelona on July 10.

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It didn't look as though Barcelona airport was affected on July 10 . . . fingers crossed.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:08 AM   #1768
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Our Leaning Tower tickets need some sort of identification to claim. I chose passport, but was wondering if a photocopy of passport would suffice. Does anyone know that answer?
I don't know for sure about the Leaning Tower, but I have successfully used a photocopy of my passport at internet cafes in Italy (where they do require showing a passport for security reasons).
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:05 AM   #1769
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I don't know for sure about the Leaning Tower, but I have successfully used a photocopy of my passport at internet cafes in Italy (where they do require showing a passport for security reasons).
I purchased mine with my passport as well. I'll likely just carry a copy just in case they really need it. The tickets are emailed to you. As you're not picking them up at will call, I doubt you will actually need your passport unless they're checking both tickets and pp at the tower entrance.
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I purchased mine with my passport as well. I'll likely just carry a copy just in case they really need it. The tickets are emailed to you. As you're not picking them up at will call, I doubt you will actually need your passport unless they're checking both tickets and pp at the tower entrance.
I have a ticket with 4 people on it, but someone said we needed to exchange them.
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