The 2013 Med cruises are almost over Since there is so much amazing information in this thread and in the TRs, I compiled links to the info below. Feel free to let me know if I'm missing anything. This first page is a work in progress. Barcelona Pre-cruise Hotel Thread/Recommendations Helpful Discussion on Med Ports for Mobility Challenged Folks Interesting Discussion re ABD v Private Med Excursions Recommended/Referenced Barcelona Transfer Companies Barcelona Day Tours Spanish Trails Barcelona Airport Transfers Suntransfers AeroBus BCN (only 5.9E one way ticket) Barcelona Attractions/Info Sagrada Familia tickets online Casa Batllo Bus Turistic HOHO (Blue Bus) Grayline HOHO (Red Bus) Barcelona Cathedral (free in mornings, small charge in the afternoon) Picasso Museum Parc Guell (free prior to Oct 25, 2013, fee for admission after Oct 25, 2013) Fat Tire Bike Tours Runner Bean *Free* Walking Tours Barcelona (Tips Accepted) Discover Walks *Free* Walking Tours Barcelona (Tips Accepted) Villefranche Ingrid from Kultours ***Please PM me if you have recommendations or more info*** La Spezia (Florence/Pisa) Art Viva (link to Rick Steve's discount page) Florence Cooking Classes Your Tour In Italy Rome in Limo Website to Purchase Pisa Tower tickets Informational Website on Cinque Terre Website for Ferry Company w/Service to Cinque Terre Status of Cinque Terre Trails Lucca (Wiki Travel) Lucca With Kids" (A Great Read) Lucca, Beautifully Preserved (Rick Steves Short Clip) Civitavecchia (Rome) Recommended touring/transfer/guide companies Rome in Limo Rudy's Touring Service Walks of Italy** Angel Tours Through Eternity** Your Tour In Italy Can't Be Missed Tours **Rick Steves discounts available Website to Purchase Colosseum tickets (and tickets to Underground Tour) Website to Purchase Vatican tickets Rome Gladiator School for Kids Blog Description of Gladiator School Rome ToolKit's detailed summary of the cruise port Heatherbelle's Explanation for Rome On Your Own (with itinerary) Tom's Port Guide Rome Naples Your Tour In Italy Rome in Limo Walks of Italy** Can't Be Missed Tours Tom's Port Guide Naples/Sorrento Venice Tom's Port Guide to Venice (PDF) Palazzo Ducale's Link to Secret Itineraries Tour Doge's Palace website link to different tickets & museum passes Walks of Italy's Secret Itineraries Tour Mykonos, Greece Tom's Port Guide to Mykonos Thndrmatt's summary of DIY at all ports http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48812510&postcount=756 Celestine's Recap of DIY at all ports 7-Night Med Trip Reports Realbetis' TR Disney Helen's TR Disney Mam's TR Lilpooh108's TR Lilpooh108's Bathroom roundup for 7 night Med Abayaflowers' TR (mostly DIY) Kikids' TR (mostly DIY) Pandanasbearz's TR TexasGirl29's TR RuaDisneyfan2's Summary (used Rome in Limo for all 3 Italian Ports) Debsters41's Summary recap 12-Night Med Trip Reports MelCatfish's TR Scraptographer's TR disprincess4ever's TR MinnieDiva's TR Deb in IA's TR EBTA TR Gotomu212's EBTA TR *****Original Post********************************* OK, ok. I know lot of people have pre-trip reports, planning reports, etc. I can't go through them all ! So I'm looking for a few quick tips for summer 2013 Med cruisers like me! We are on the June 1, 2013 cruise and so I've got to finalize our plans very very soon. Where are you guys all in the process? We all have recommendations of tour guides to use, but what about tour companies to AVOID? I ask because I've been communicating with a certain company and they asked me to post a tripadvisor review before I've even taken the tour, you know, about our "booking process." Uh, no thanks. I figure tips like these will help us avoid pitfalls, etc. Here are my questions. 1) Got all your flights booked? Inter-Europe flights booked? Where do you plan on storing your stuff before/after the cruise? We have a late flight out of BCN to CDG. What do we do w/luggage? How is EasyJet at BCN? Crowded, well managed, etc? 2) My family has an odd number of 9 people. We can't save money by booking a minivan with a private tour company, and every company I've contacted wants to put us on a minibus (thereby eliminating any savings). What to do? Just book through Disney? Does Disney waste alot of time? I hate waiting around on the ship for people to disembark w/the Disney Excursion. Precious time wasted. Will it be bad to just book through Disney? 3) Any family friendly restaurant recommendations in any of our Med port cities, or for London, Barcelona and Paris? We have 7 adults, 1 infant, 1 toddler. We've done Europe as adults, but never with kids. We will be a hassle to seat, I'm guessing. My days of "get up and go" are over 4) Any typical tourist things to watch out for w/kids? Touring w/kids is very different than touring with adults. Any places that surprisingly don't allow strollers? Any weird things I should know about before I get there (to do with kids)? 5) How do I manage a 12 month old and a 4 YO? Double stroller (prob not)? 1 stroller and 1 baby carrier? Ask DH to wear a hiking carrier and let 4YO walk? I'm considering jet lag, and might just bring 2 $15 umbrella strollers and throwing 1 away if it gets to burdensome. 6) How much should the cab fare be from Barcelona central to the port? What do you plan on doing? Help! Thanks everyone! I'm hoping to get a good discussion going. P.S. I have been checking Cruise Critic, but I love my DIS'ers. It's a familiar place here. Let's chat.