Back to the Med Greece/Turkey in 2013! Complete!

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by MinnieDiva, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. MinnieDiva

    MinnieDiva Obsessive Trip Planner

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,667
    This works waaaaayyyyy better, I think. In order for y'all to have the pics big enough to zoom in and read it would be too big for posting here.

    drlaurafsu, thanks for pointing it out!!
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. drlaurafsu

    drlaurafsu Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    Messages:
    386
    Thank you for taking the time to scan them and put them up for us! We overplanners appreciate it!! :rotfl:
     
  4. clairedy6

    clairedy6 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Messages:
    172
    Do you remember how many times they played Brave? Was it just once or a repeated thing?
     
  5. MinnieDiva

    MinnieDiva Obsessive Trip Planner

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,667
    I know :thumbsup2. I resemble that comment!!! :rotfl2:

    It was repeated. If you look at the Barcelona Navigators on page 3 (I think), it gives the schedule we had for the 1st half of the cruise.
     
  6. JimmyJackJunior

    JimmyJackJunior DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2005
    Messages:
    535
    Thank you so much for the navigators.
     
  7. MinnieDiva

    MinnieDiva Obsessive Trip Planner

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,667
    You're welcome. I need to dig thru stuff to find the next 2 in sequence. I'll try to scan some more tonite.
     
  8. mindelmouse

    mindelmouse Rabid Disnoid's Spouse

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    Messages:
    2,137
    I have all of them in order. I'll be home in a little bit will scan and send to you Kim to post
     
  9. MinnieDiva

    MinnieDiva Obsessive Trip Planner

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,667
    Athens, Kusadasi, and Mykonos links up under their respective posts on page 1.:thumbsup2
     
  10. mindelmouse

    mindelmouse Rabid Disnoid's Spouse

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    Messages:
    2,137
    Ok - so I decided that I would just comment on Kim's posts and copy and they post at the end, so then everyone can see both together.

    So we on the East Coast were leaving from Philadelphia, supposedly one hour after Kim's plane left from JFK. So we started our day, I was working from home, we had gotten the majority of the packing down the night before. At about 11 am we went to AAA to get our international driving permits to drive the GoCars (joy:moped:), then we went got a bit of lunch and went home to complete the last bit of packing. Weather wasn't terrific and I was sure our flight would be delayed, but alas it wasn't. We went, on schedule, to pull the kids out of school at 3 pm and were on our way :cool1:

    Philadelphia here we come
    [​IMG]
    We got to the airport checked our luggage in quickly and got through security in minutes and went to a very crowded gate area to wait.
    [​IMG]
    I had been texting Kim and knew her plane was delayed. I think we took off on time, and we arrived the next morning in Barcelona 1/2 an hour ahead of schedule.


    [​IMG]
     
  11. Cousin Orville

    Cousin Orville Inventor of Air Cooling

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2000
    Messages:
    1,077
    Thanks for posting the pictures and navigators. We're heading out next week for the next cruise to Greece. Were there any entertainment or organized on board activities that you really enjoyed?
     
  12. mindelmouse

    mindelmouse Rabid Disnoid's Spouse

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    Messages:
    2,137
    Other than the shows and entertainment we really only did the last day of the art of energy entertaining that was great (a "chopped" type competition between two of the chefs. We had two private tastings which I set up for our DIS /FB group for mixology and wine tasting that were a blast. Other than that we had some private get togethers.
     
  13. mindelmouse

    mindelmouse Rabid Disnoid's Spouse

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    Messages:
    2,137
    So I wrote my whole story and as I was adding the last picture the Disboard shut down on me...how frustrating...Let's try this again. Just so you're aware, since we were with the Merrills every day from here on out, I'm gonna just be embellishing on Kim's trip report and adding things that I did differently.

    As I said in the last post, we arrived in Barcelona at 8:00 a.m. Actually 1/2 an hour early. Since I knew Kim left late, I thought there was a possibility that we would see each other in the airport ( you have to understand the long awaited anticipation of seeing our friends from way across the country again.) :yay: But, alas, our luggage came, we didn't see them and I later found out they had been there and already left probably about 1/2 ahead of us. We, like Kim, went outside easily hailed a minivan taxi and made our way to the Hispanos 7 Suizas (32 Euro cab ride). The hotel is one block away from La Sagrada Familia and very nice. It has a balcony, two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and two full baths.
    View from the balcony:
    [​IMG]
    I, in my infinite wisdom did not think to take pictures of the room, hopefully Kim did because she stayed there at the end of the trip. Of course our room wasn't ready yet, it was only 9 a.m. and check in wasn't until 4 p.m. so we dropped off our luggage and set off to find breakfast and alas look what we found:
    [​IMG]

    We sat at Starbucks leisurely drank our coffee and had breakfast and then with 1/2 an hour to spare before meeting the Merrills we went off to La Sagrada. There's a nice little park across the street with some vendors. I don't think Kim mentioned this but buy your tickets to go inside online before you go. It will save you a long wait. We just walked right in.

    Ok, so now here it is my dissertation on the GoCars. DON"T DO IT!!!!!!! I don't know if I've mentioned it previously but I probably did everything I could pretrip to talk Kim out of this :moped: No dice she really wanted to do this. I was a bit nervous about driving in Barcelona traffic while tired from being up for over 24 hours but I did it. We were quite a site, 4 yellow cars leaving the garage. It was Sean and Sam, Kim and her dad, Me and Ashleigh and then Jim and Haylee. Well at the first traffic light, Sean went, followed by Kim and then I got a red light. Which would not have been a catastrophe in most situations, however my GPS/Tour Guide system didn't work. When the light turned green I proceeded and Sean and Kim are nowhere to be seen. I have no idea where they went and they assumed I would just follow the directions. I pulled over, Jim followed me and I told him the problem, at which point he told me he had the same problem until Haylee hit something and it worked. No such luck for me. So I was going to follow Jim until we found everyone because at this point we had made enough turns that I wasn't sure where the garage was to go back.
    After driving down one way streets the wrong way and into pedestrian plazas (because we were following the navigation system) we drove up to MontJuic. On our way up we saw Sean and Sam coming down, so they turned around and met us in a parking lot (did either of us mention that there is no reverse on these cars, so you can't go backwards unless someone pushes you?) He told us he had lost Kim. A few minutes later Kim called us and we decided to go back to where she was. The idea was Sean would lead (should have re thought that):rolleyes2 and Jim would follow me...well we were fine for a bit but then we hit a round about and I got caught by a red light and again, Sean didn't wait...so I had no idea where he got off and again we were lost. I pulled over, Jim took the lead. After about 30 minutes he realized that the GPS was taking us back to MontJuic. So we pulled over so he could look at a map to get us back, since we were both riding with kids. He figured out where we should go and started off. Alas my car wouldn't start up again. Not knowing if Jim would realize I wasn't coming and if he did, if he could get back to me, I called the number that Kim had called me from and told them my predicament. They kept insisting that I tell them where the GPS last told me I was and they would come pick me up. They would not understand the fact that the GPS didn't work and I had no idea where I was. Finally Jim came running around the corner, (he had left Haylee and the car with a nice woman from Toronto that had stopped to ask about the car) and came and got my car started.

    We followed his navigating via the paper map and got to the general area of the garage (different place from where we picked the car up from) and then after being directed into a parking garage and not being able to get up the ramp without the parking attendants help and driving into a pedestrian plaza where two police officers were coming towards us ( a nice tourist who spoke English and Spanish explained we were lost because there was no marking on the alley that the Go Car place was, we got back.

    Now starts more fun:furious:. After asking how our ride was I said awful and the girl told me I should have come back and they might have been able to do something but since I had their car all day what were they supposed to do? REALLY!!!! I didn't want to have their car all day. I spend the entire d trying to get back to where I started. Now forgive me if I seem like I have no patience at this point, because I didn't. I was tired (up for over 24 hours), frustrated, scared and angry. It was not a time to give me more grief. I asked to speak with her manager who told me that there was nothing she could do. She had called the other location and after speaking with them asked why I didn't let them pick me up and informed me that my friends said that they had a wonderful time. I lost it. I told her that I was going to slam the company on Trip Advisor (which I did) and that she'd hear from my attorney (which she did :rolleyes2Jim). Knowing I was too frustrated to be rational, I told Jim he should deal with it and walked out to the curb.
    Jim came out 15 minutes later. They had brought out the man who was there when we rented the cars and he agreed to refund the cost of my car and 1/2 of the cost of Jim's. That was nice but it was still an awful experience. The taxis and buses are not happy they are sharing the road with you and people laugh and take pictures as you drive by. We waited for Sean and Sam to meet us (they walked from the other location - which wasn't close) and then we all waited for Kim. Just as we were all about to leave, she showed up none to happy as she said.

    Here's a picture of where we all had dinner that night.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. ejw

    ejw Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Messages:
    485
    thanks for posting the navigators. We are on the next Greece/Turkey cruise and they will help a lot.

    ellen
     
  15. MrsG

    MrsG <font color=peach>We teachers ARE the worst!<br><f

    Joined:
    May 28, 2002
    Messages:
    3,654
    Ditto!!! We really appreciate it!!! So glad you had such a great time!
     
  16. pxlbarrel

    pxlbarrel <font color=teal>They won't allow any kind of cow

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2005
    Messages:
    2,724
    Mindy, your description of go cars had me in stitches. When I looked them up before the trip, my first reaction was there was no way is drive that itsy bitsy thing in Toronto let alone Barcelona. Heck no!!
     
  17. WDW Princess 71

    WDW Princess 71 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,839
    Do you know if galley tours were available upon request from Guest Services? I know these have been "hit or miss" if they are still offered; I got to do it on the Fantasy in January and would love to do it again.
     
  18. mindelmouse

    mindelmouse Rabid Disnoid's Spouse

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    Messages:
    2,137
    They had them for platinum cruisers on the Dream in October but generally they are usually not available anymore. I didnt hear of anyone having one this cruise.
     
  19. MinnieDiva

    MinnieDiva Obsessive Trip Planner

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,667
    The driving of them was actually quite fun. It was the lack of directional sense that was not.:drive:
     
  20. MinnieDiva

    MinnieDiva Obsessive Trip Planner

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,667

    Y'all are welcome.....and....
     
  21. MinnieDiva

    MinnieDiva Obsessive Trip Planner

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,667
    I posted the last 3 days under their respective posts on page 1. Happy planning!!:surfweb:
     

Share This Page