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Old 08-31-2012, 09:31 PM   #556
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Went ahead and booked our flights from Houston. At $1000 it's not going to get any cheaper for us. We're departing 11:50 am the day we disembark.. Pretty much the exact same flight we had for the 2011 med cruise. So we're committed now!
We are from Houston. What did u buy??
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We are from Houston. What did u buy??
We're flying United 4456 10:15am to Toronto and connecting to Air Canada 814 5:55pm to BCN.

Flying back it air Canada 815 11:55am to Toronto and air Canada 8113 to IAH 4:30pm.

It was $1043 when we booked.
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Where is everyone going to get the best flight prices? Through airline sites directly or through some place like travelocity? Right now we are booked with DCL but I want to see if we can get cheaper some where else. Thanks!
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I typically will go through Expedia or Amex.
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Curious about the air canada flight. I saw that one and I thought that 11:55 wouldn't be enough time. What is the recommended time of departure flights?
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Curious about the air canada flight. I saw that one and I thought that 11:55 wouldn't be enough time. What is the recommended time of departure flights?
I've gotten different answers on this. My TA said anything before 12 would be challenging, but others who've done the Med before said they made earlier flights. Not sure what we'll do yet since we are just taking a domestic flight from BCN to Paris for our stay at Disneyland Paris, and the low cost carrier flights are not out yet.

For international, I think you could probably get away with an 11:00 AM flight at the earliest. Itinerary says we get to port at 7:00 AM. Say you get off right at 7, clear customs, and have private transport (thus no waiting for a cab, which I heard can be time consuming) you could be at the airport by 8:00. Its still recommended to be at the airport 3 hours ahead for international so that's probably as close as I'd cut it, but again I've not done the Med so perhaps on the main forum those with past experience can comment.
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Hey Nicole - if you don't mind me asking - which hotel in DLP are you staying at?

We haven't booked yet (but we will before Oct 15 when the discount ends) and are hoping to get Admiral's floor at Hotel Newport Bay. We need to stay somewhere that sleeps 5px in one room (another family is travelling with us and they have 5).
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Hey Nicole - if you don't mind me asking - which hotel in DLP are you staying at?

We haven't booked yet (but we will before Oct 15 when the discount ends) and are hoping to get Admiral's floor at Hotel Newport Bay. We need to stay somewhere that sleeps 5px in one room (another family is travelling with us and they have 5).
We haven't booked yet- as far as I know, bookings are not available yet for summer 2013. The current discount is only available through March. We are planning to book either Newport Bay or Hotel New York- I like the look of NB better because it reminds me of where we stay at the Yacht Club at WDW, but I've heard its extremely large and can have long walks to the rooms. HNY looks kind of sterile but the reviews seem to be better and more adult oriented.
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Tried to see if there was room at the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel and its sold out for July 25. Yikes!

Are there any cruise and stay packages at nearby hotels?
We were looking at the Renaissance as well. And it was booked. But I investigated further and it is blocked from November 2012 onwards. I wasn't sure if they don't open up the reservations until a couple months before or if they are doing renos or something.

It might be a good idea to call them and find out. Especially because they do have the free shuttle from the airport and only 10 Euros each to the Port (and don't forget the Las Ramblas shuttle).

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We were looking at the Renaissance as well. And it was booked. But I investigated further and it is blocked from November 2012 onwards. I wasn't sure if they don't open up the reservations until a couple months before or if they are doing renos or something.

It might be a good idea to call them and find out. Especially because they do have the free shuttle from the airport and only 10 Euros each to the Port (and don't forget the Las Ramblas shuttle).

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This is interesting. On the main cruise forum there is a thread about the Med hotels and at least one person has said they have booked for July 2013. But when I checked for July 11 and 12, it said nothing was available, which I thought was strange this far out. I too would like a quote since their shuttle to ramblas eliminates the downside to not staying downtown and the shuttle to the port for that price is great. Maybe I will try to Skype call them and see whats up. It may just be that they aren't taking bookings that far ahead. Another hotel I am interested in I emailed and said I could book directly with them over email and just call with a CC number to hold the reservation but it was too early to book on their site or other hotel sites, so maybe thats the case with the Renaissance.
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Please post and let us know. I'm interested in booking the renaissance too!
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I did a live chat with the main Marriott website tonight asking about the issue with dates at the Renaissance. She stated that after November 2012, it will no longer be a Marriott hotel, which is why you can't book dates after that online. I had to leave the room before the chat ended to go out, so I didnt get to ask what was happening to the hotel- was it closing, changing to another chain, how to book it, etc. so I followed up with an email. I will post here when I get a response, but I dont think I'll be entertaining staying there. I read the Trip Advisor reviews and most were OK at best, you have to pay for wifi which is ridiculous, and it said the shuttle was unreliable, which defeats the purpose of staying there. I knew it sounded a little too go to be true. I think I'm back to sticking with my first gut choice after much research, the Hotel Jazz nearby Las Ramblas.
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I got an email back from Marriott this morning:
At this point, this information has not been provided to this department. Typically, we are not aware of the alternate arrangements until the hotel changes over with another chain. In the interim, you may contact the hotel directly to discuss further details with them.

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Alas, this was not helpful but I guess it will appear in November when they change hands. I am not going to call for further info because i've read enough to make me not want to consider staying here now, but I wanted to post this answer and the contact number in case someone still wants to call.
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I've gotten different answers on this. My TA said anything before 12 would be challenging, but others who've done the Med before said they made earlier flights. Not sure what we'll do yet since we are just taking a domestic flight from BCN to Paris for our stay at Disneyland Paris, and the low cost carrier flights are not out yet.

For international, I think you could probably get away with an 11:00 AM flight at the earliest. Itinerary says we get to port at 7:00 AM. Say you get off right at 7, clear customs, and have private transport (thus no waiting for a cab, which I heard can be time consuming) you could be at the airport by 8:00. Its still recommended to be at the airport 3 hours ahead for international so that's probably as close as I'd cut it, but again I've not done the Med so perhaps on the main forum those with past experience can comment.
I'm sure the official line is after 12:00. I'm a fanatic about getting to the airport with plenty of time. If last yr's DCL Med cruise was any indication, I'd feel perfectly comfortable with a flight after 11:30. While I think one could catch a flight around 11:00 or maybe a bit earlier, that would start to push out of my comfort zone.
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Great research Nicole on the Hotel Renaissance. I knew that there had to be something up with that hotel's reservations. Thanks for sharing.
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