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Old 11-04-2012, 09:57 AM   #616
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The Med can get pretty hot in the summer. I think most travelers expect that or want that and everyone generally has a great summer vacation. But if heat is not your friend the fall time can be a much more pleasant time of yr to visit (unfortunately just not with DCL). Having said that you can make things a bit easier by taking tours with a/c motor coach or better yet private guides. Decreasing your walking and maximizing your a/c time is helpful. And Disney will sometimes hand out cool damp towels when walking back on board. Little touches. But make no mistake it can get hot. FWIW, last yr I thought our days in Italy were hotter than Malta, but there are more crowds in Rome, Cinque Terre than Malta too so that could have contributed.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:42 PM   #617
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Yes, it will be hot and 100 degrees is likely in a few of the locations on our itinerary. I always think it is more of a dry heat if that helps. The coaches for excursions do have air conditioning, so that helps. (Except that our coach on the med cruise last year at the Palermo stop broke down and we rode most of the way back to the ship without air conditioning!)
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:26 PM   #618
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Thanks, everyone, for the replies on the temps in the Med. Pretty much what I thought, to expect HOT, but I didn't expect to see that some of you had some experiences before where it was cool in the summer (maybe that is not the norm). Well, as well all know, nobody can predict weather, and when you might think it's going to be scorching hot, it will be cool and rainy, or when you think it's going to be cool and rainy, it'll be scortching hot. haha! Who knows.... it might be very pleasant temps there in July next year! The weather is so weird around the whole world that really, anything could happen, weather-wise. But, we will plan for HEAT, though (and bring a jacket or a few things for cooler temps, too, just in case).

It is good to know that it's a dry heat! Dry heat, I think, is so much easier to be in than humidity. Hopefully that will be a convincing factor for my parents to not cancel.

Well, we are super excited.... regardless of the temperatures or weather. I just hope my parents can get past their "uncertainty" about the heat and decide to still go on the cruise. I have told them they can always just stay on the ship if it's just too hot (of course, I think they are thinking why go all the way to the Med if you're going to just stay on the ship), but at least it's an option.

If they do end up deciding to cancel, I'll let you all know.... they have a veranda room, so I'm sure someone who is wanting to get on this cruise will snatch that room up fast. HOPEFULLY, though, that won't happen and they will go! Fingers crossed!
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:31 PM   #619
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On the London/Paris trip, we were supposedly staying at the Renaissance Chancery Court. By the time our trip came around, ownership had transferred away from Marriott. Same experience in Paris - the Hilton Arc de Triomphe was no longer a Hilton.

We had excellent experiences at both hotels and had no concern with them no longer being brands we knew. So, while that doesn't necessarily speak to this hotel, all I can say is it shouldn't immediately cause concern.
Jen - Thanks so much for posting this!! We are going to Paris in December for our anniversary and were booked on points (for 2 rooms) into the Hilton Arc de Triomphe. Needless to say we are not anymore and while they claim to have emailed DH he never got an email! We booked this months ago and haven't really looked at it since although it was time to call and start dealing with the concierge on some stuff. We got moved to another Hilton...unfortunately its in the Business District and not as charming or convienent but they are honoring our points even though they don't have any points rooms available.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:18 PM   #620
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I studied abroad in Rome for most of June and July in 2006. It was in the upper 90s to over 100 every single day of my term. It was ungodly. You literally started dripping in sweat as soon as you stepped out the door in the morning. I would describe it not nearly as humid as NJ where I'm from but also not nearly as dry and amazing as Arizona which I love. Being in the city made it even more uncomfortable. BUT, having said all that, I would never take back that amazing experience in Europe because of the heat. It could have been a lot more comfortable, but I am someone who will take heat any day over cold (I remote start my car in both the morning and evening going to/from work because I can barely stand running to the car in the cold let alone getting into a cold vehicle!). Plus, as with my study abroad, with DCL, we dont have a choice on the time of year, so even though its the most crowded, hot, expensive time to travel to Europe, being on DCL is so worth it for me because I know we wont be satisfied on any other line. I think your parents will do just fine. Plenty of A/C on board and on transportation and the sites they will go to will be so awe inspiring the heat factor will pale in comparison.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:16 PM   #621
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Jen - Thanks so much for posting this!! We are going to Paris in December for our anniversary and were booked on points (for 2 rooms) into the Hilton Arc de Triomphe. Needless to say we are not anymore and while they claim to have emailed DH he never got an email! We booked this months ago and haven't really looked at it since although it was time to call and start dealing with the concierge on some stuff. We got moved to another Hilton...unfortunately its in the Business District and not as charming or convienent but they are honoring our points even though they don't have any points rooms available.
Well, that's the least they can do! I'm glad you were able to get it worked out
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:29 PM   #622
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Anyone taking the chance with a 11:55 Departure time from Barcelona on the 25th?
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:16 AM   #623
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I think 11.55 should be okay !! Last time we left the ship in bcn at 7 o clock, booked a bus trip with disney ( round tour barcelona) and after 3 hours they left us on the airport at 12 noon....

So, if you go off the ship at 7.45 for example, you grab a taxi (plenty in front of the ship) and you will be at the airport at least at 9 o clock !! 3 hours before your flight !!!
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:40 PM   #624
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I live on the East Coast and have been looking for air.. anyone have any luck getting reasonable rates and if so can you let me know which airlines etc?
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:53 PM   #625
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Well we booked air with departure at 11:55 It's done - no turning back! I can't wait!
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:29 PM   #626
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Any ideas when the Mediterranean excusion information will be available? The first one is June 1, so they'll have to have something out more than 4 months before that.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:24 PM   #627
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My Dreams Unlimited TA advised us that we could expect info around the beginning of January. We have never cruised so we are the last to be able to book port excursions
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:45 AM   #628
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My Dreams Unlimited TA advised us that we could expect info around the beginning of January. We have never cruised so we are the last to be able to book port excursions
Don't fret! There are usually plenty of options. And there are many cruisers who don't think about booking excursions exactly at 90 days out.

And if there are ones you can't get, keep checking back frequently and definitely check once you get onboard. Since excursions don't require payment in advance, quite often people book and then cancel later.

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Old 11-14-2012, 06:43 PM   #629
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Flying from Toronto to Newark to Hamburg Germany on United and then return from Barcelona to Toronto.... 1230.00 on Air Canada. Returning home the day after we arrive in Barcelona.


It was an OK price in comparison to what I was able to find elsewhere - Finn Air had good deals but with lay overs of 13 hours in Helsinki... not willing to do that..

Anyways, we are excited and will be travelling through Germany, France and then to Barcelona. Can't wait!!!
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We are booked on the July 13Th cruise. I am starting to think about excursions. How much time do you really have on shore? If Disney says you have 7:45am to 5pm, I imagine you lose time disembarking (waiting in line) to get off and need to be back with with enough time to spare so you don't get left behind. Can someone tell me what to expect? Much thanks!
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