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Old 05-11-2013, 04:41 AM   #16
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Hi, we will be on the 4 nighter, our third disney cruise. There is a pirate night on the second night, it is listed in the activities section after you complete on line check in. I think they have listed it so that other activities can be booked around it. The only other thing noted is the sail away party.
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Hi, we will be on the 4 nighter, our third disney cruise. There is a pirate night on the second night, it is listed in the activities section after you complete on line check in. I think they have listed it so that other activities can be booked around it. The only other thing noted is the sail away party.
Welcome Looks like a few Brits taking advantage of the short flight over to Barca.

We haven't booked any Palo ressies for the 4 night as my mum and our friend are coming onboard for the following 7 nights with us, so we'll try Palo brunch with them then.
May eat in Topsiders for pirate night as I can't stand the veggie menu!!
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:53 AM   #18
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It probably will be mainly Brits on this cruise, I think it isn't selling as well as the longer cruises. I work for tesco and this particular cruise is even listed with the tesco travel service (supposedly a staff benefit) but they are not offering anything special rate wise. My previous 2 disney cruises were on the Magic, I'm looking forward to saying goodbye to the old Magic this summer. I booked a 12 night med for 2014 on opening day and have just today booked the following 4 nighter. It will be our first B2B, I can't believe I'm going to be on the Magic for 16 nights. Just hope I will be brave enough for the Aquadunk.
I think we've only got about 11 weeks to wait for this one so hopefully it will fly by.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:21 AM   #19
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Booked excursions and Palo brunch and dinner today !! 90 days to go !!!!
With this being our first cruise I am thinking its not worth booking Palo? Does this seem fair?
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With this being our first cruise I am thinking its not worth booking Palo? Does this seem fair?
I think that because it is only 4 nights and you need to experience all 3 restaurants then maybe skip Palo this time. You won't know which dining rotation you will get until boarding so it will be difficult to ensure you won't miss something you might really want to see. Also children can't go so you will be missing out on family dining time together.
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Thought I would just say hi and say me and my DH will be joining you all on this cruise. This will be Disney cruise number 8, number 7 being in a weeks time when me, DM and DSis are taking the 1/6 med cruise so at the moment I am planning madly for that one and when I get back I can start again for this cruise.
Looks like there will be alot of people from the UK on this one
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:14 AM   #22
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It probably will be mainly Brits on this cruise, I think it isn't selling as well as the longer cruises. I work for tesco and this particular cruise is even listed with the tesco travel service (supposedly a staff benefit) but they are not offering anything special rate wise. My previous 2 disney cruises were on the Magic, I'm looking forward to saying goodbye to the old Magic this summer. I booked a 12 night med for 2014 on opening day and have just today booked the following 4 nighter. It will be our first B2B, I can't believe I'm going to be on the Magic for 16 nights. Just hope I will be brave enough for the Aquadunk.
I think we've only got about 11 weeks to wait for this one so hopefully it will fly by.
I have booked the Palo brunch and also the Highlights of Monaco / Monte Carlo half day excursion. Think we will just explore Palma on our own - get a taxi there from the Port.

With it possibly not selling well, I wondered if they might offer last minute discounts? Although I guess it would be difficult for us to take advantage now without losing our deposit?

At least the Ship should not be too crowded!
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Apologies for another question, How dressy are the restaraunts?
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:22 AM   #24
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I have booked the Palo brunch and also the Highlights of Monaco / Monte Carlo half day excursion. Think we will just explore Palma on our own - get a taxi there from the Port.

With it possibly not selling well, I wondered if they might offer last minute discounts? Although I guess it would be difficult for us to take advantage now without losing our deposit?

At least the Ship should not be too crowded!
Now we are after full payment date we wouldn't be able to get any better rates. The deposit and possibly more would be lost if you cancelled and rebooked. I think it will sell last minute, I can't see it sailing much below capacity.

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Apologies for another question, How dressy are the restaraunts?
Europeans and UK tend to dress a bit smarter on casual nights than Americans but on formal nights you see all kinds of things from full tuxes to smart jeans. I think we might only have a semi formal night with it being a shorter cruise so personally we won't be bringing the cocktail dress and dinner suit just a nice summer dress and shirt and tie for DH. I think the only rule tends to be no shorts in the dining rooms on a night but some still wear them.
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Hi All,
Does anyone fancy joining me and my family for this private tour (4-12 persons) of Barcelona following the cruise? They would pick us up from the Port Terminal off the ship and then drop us off at our hotels at the end of the 4 hour tour. They would also keep our luggage secure in the vehicle during the tour.

There are 3 of us (me, my wife and daughter (14)) so we need at least one more to secure it...

Its 59 Euros per person.

http://www.barcelonadaytours.com/barcelona-city-tour/

Got great reviews on Trip Advisor too:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attract...Catalonia.html


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Old 06-03-2013, 11:26 AM   #26
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I have booked the Palo brunch and also the Highlights of Monaco / Monte Carlo half day excursion. Think we will just explore Palma on our own - get a taxi there from the Port.

With it possibly not selling well, I wondered if they might offer last minute discounts? Although I guess it would be difficult for us to take advantage now without losing our deposit?

At least the Ship should not be too crowded!
It had a ton of Spaniards and French on it in 2011. Be warned that the Spanish in particular tend to ignore the 'adults only' signs by Quiet Cove pool and the 'don't talk during the shows' notices!!
I'm hoping it will be quiet though!!

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Does anyone fancy joining me and my family for this private tour (4-12 persons) of Barcelona following the cruise? They would pick us up from the Port Terminal off the ship and then drop us off at our hotels at the end of the 4 hour tour. They would also keep our luggage secure in the vehicle during the tour.

There are 3 of us (me, my wife and daughter (14)) so we need at least one more to secure it...

Its 59 Euros per person.

http://www.barcelonadaytours.com/barcelona-city-tour/

Got great reviews on Trip Advisor too:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attract...Catalonia.html


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I've replied to your PM. We're doing a B2B so will not be able to do any tours. Thanks for asking anyway

For the dress code, like Joy says, it's smart casual for the MDRs (Main Dining Rooms). DCL ask that no shorts, vests or swimwear is worn in the MDRs and I would beg everyone to adhere to these guidelines. There's nothing worse than seeing people in tatty shorts, swimsuit coverups and the like ... please, please, dress for dinner!
Nothing posh needed ... jeans and a polo shirt, Capri pants and a nice shirt ... ??

For those who have booked Palo, don't forget it's trousers and collared shirt for men, dresses or tailored trousers for ladies (think capri pants are ok too) .. no jeans at all.

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Cool ... Are you from the UK? I can't see your location (if it's there) as I'm on my IPad.

This will be our 7th Disney cruise (3rd on the Magic) so if you have any questions at all, fire away!!!

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Hi Joa,

I'm on this cruise too and was wondering if you know anything about the cruise traditions of secret gifts and swapping pins and magnets. What's the protocol and do you have to get into an organized group online to arrange this pre-cruise? I can see lots of stories about it out there but not sure if it happens on every cruise. Also, what is the check in area and boarding at Barcelona Port like? I was planning on keeping our cruise a secret from our kids until we are boarding but perhaps you are kept in a rather boring holding area for ages before you can board? I might have to tell them when we are driving to the port but wanted to keep the act going to make them think that we are just 'looking' at the ship and then wait to see their faces when we board. I've got Mickey cards with tickets inside for each of them with Disney Magic Dust Confetti in the envelope. Not sure when or where to surprise them with these envelopes as maybe you have to check in and wait around first in a grey room by the dockside - which might be a bit less exciting.
Any tips would be much appreciated

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Hi Joa,

I'm on this cruise too and was wondering if you know anything about the cruise traditions of secret gifts and swapping pins and magnets. What's the protocol and do you have to get into an organized group online to arrange this pre-cruise? I can see lots of stories about it out there but not sure if it happens on every cruise. Also, what is the check in area and boarding at Barcelona Port like? I was planning on keeping our cruise a secret from our kids until we are boarding but perhaps you are kept in a rather boring holding area for ages before you can board? I might have to tell them when we are driving to the port but wanted to keep the act going to make them think that we are just 'looking' at the ship and then wait to see their faces when we board. I've got Mickey cards with tickets inside for each of them with Disney Magic Dust Confetti in the envelope. Not sure when or where to surprise them with these envelopes as maybe you have to check in and wait around first in a grey room by the dockside - which might be a bit less exciting.
Any tips would be much appreciated

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The cruise terminal at Barca is quite grey but DCL put lots of signs up saying welcome aboard etc, so not sure how you'll keep it a secret for long. You'll all need to check in too so that may give the game away, but you could manage that by passing a short note to the CM maybe asking if they could play along and say you had a ships tour booked? You can register the children online for the clubs which will save time in port, but the children would still need to go and get their wristbands (depending on age), although this could be done once onboard with no problems.

What about your luggage? How will you explain that one? Are you arriving by taxi or DCL transfers? I suppose you could say that they're just looking after it for you, but be mindful that your luggage tag from DCL will have your name and stateroom number on it (you'll get them in the post in the next couple of weeks probably).

If you do tell them in the terminal, please find me first as I'd love to watch their faces!!!

For the swapping of gifts, it's the Fish Extenders. There isn't one for this cruise as its so quiet (on here, not on the ship). It really has to be an active cruise thread to even think about running it really I'm afraid. We're on the 7 night after this cruise too and they only have 3 people on the FE list .. Not good, but cheap!!!

Personally, I would stick to door magnets (have you done those or would you like some help?). Although FE are great, it impacts on your luggage allowance a fair bit sometimes!! We've done it on almost every cruise we've done, but we've opted out this year and Mick is super pleased!!!

Hope that info helps, but let me know if I can help any more. Only 50 odd days to go now and I can't bleddy wait!! A bit of sunshine will go a long way right now.

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Here's the movies that will be showing onboard (maybe not all of them as its a short cruise, but a choice of these):

Tangled
Chimpanzee
Avengers
Brave in 2D and 3D
Oz
Monsters University
Finding Nemo 3D
Frankenweenie
Wreck It Ralph
Lincoln
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger

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Here's the movies that will be showing onboard (maybe not all of them as its a short cruise, but a choice of these):

Tangled
Chimpanzee
Avengers
Brave in 2D and 3D
Oz
Monsters University
Finding Nemo 3D
Frankenweenie
Wreck It Ralph
Lincoln
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger

Joa
Seen most of them but the one I'm looking forward to is Monsters University
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