Med Cruisers...Let's Discuss Planning!(Updated Tour Info, Links & BCN Info on Page 1)

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  1. debsters41

    debsters41 DIS Veteran

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    We were hoping to go to pisa, climb the tower and then head back to Cinque Terre to see one or two villages. Has anyone done this? Can anyone suggest a good time to book the climb the tower at pisa tickets?
     
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  3. OrangeCountyCommuter

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    We are doing the train to the villages. I think there are some trails open, but the "harder" ones are still closed Since my mom is older I didn't think she would be up for harder so we will just plan to train between villages. May take the ferry some too.

    I think this is a do on your own and adapt as you go kind of day :)
     
  4. gatorfreud

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    I too want to squeeze in Pisa and CT but not sure we can... I want to book early pisa tickets, but then I am also afraid to miss the time!

    Glad to hear other boys liked Pisa! I guess I will take one for the team and miss CT.. . :( DH and I went to Pisa in 2000 and I did love seeing the tower! You couldn't climb it then, so I am looking forward to that!

    Kim :)
     
  5. tajz90

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    We climbed the tower in 07 and had so much fun that we want to climb it again this year. It's something not to be missed. I also would love to head back and check out Cinque Terre before we head back to the ship. Hoping we can squeeze it all in.
     
  6. nzdisneymom

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    Be sure to check out the train schedule for Cinque Terre area from La Spezia so you can figure out the times should you try to do both.

    They had recently re-opened the tower for climbing when we went in 2007. Our afternoon in Pisa was one of our favorite days on that trip. We did it through DCL and had an afternoon departure, so we had the morning to just sleep in or we could have gone off ship and into town or done something else in the morning.
     
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    We did this when we went. I picked out three villages I wanted to see. Take your swim things with you as we'll, as it's very hot and there is nothing worse than watching other people swim in the sea and you can't.
     
  9. nzdisneymom

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    Great tip, thanks. This might be our best opportunity for wading in he Mediterranean Sea :)

    Can you tell me how you got from where the ship tenders leave you to the train station? There are four of us.
     
  10. MinnieDiva

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    Walk. I'd say it's about a mile....longer than we'd anticipated, so get off the ship quickly. It's a nice walk, thru a main plaza area.....long...kind of like La Rambla...with shops and whatnot along the way.
     
  11. nzdisneymom

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    Thx. We were looking at Google maps to see how far it might be.



    Thought some of. you might be interested in this free app that will take you in a virtual tour of Sagrada Familia.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/la-sagrada-familia/id506107554?mt=8
     
  12. Stinkerbell1973

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    I swear you could do marketing or sales for DCL. DH and I were sitting around earlier today, watching Iron Man 2. Scene about the Grand Prix at Monte Carlo comes on...we start talking about DCL's Med itineraries...I start researching Med on disboards, I read THIS post - specifically your description of Rome and even more specifically the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica....and now I'm ~$5k lighter in the wallet and am reserved for May 31, 2014. We were going to do Aulani, or possibly EBPC.
    Thank you SO much for the time and detail you included in this post. I'll be referring to it a TON as we plan our trip.
     
  13. lilpooh108

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    Does anyone have any opinions/experiences on the NCL Jade?

    We're on the Magic in just a few weeks, but I got an email today about a KSF on the NCL Jade for this winter. We put a deposit down (b/c apparently I've lost my mind) because the price just can't be beat. The itinerary is to Greece & Turkey (which we really wanted to do w/Disney this summer, but couldn't afford). I have the last of my airline miles and so I"m considering it. Don't feel like starting a whole new thread to avoid the debate.

    Just would like to know whether anyone has cruised the NCL Jade, specifically to Europe. Thnx. ;)
     
  14. OrangeCountyCommuter

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    I have not but my TA has and we are looking at it for 2014. She was positive about it
     
  15. woody73

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    We sailed on the Norwegian Pearl through the Panama Canal. The Pearl is a sister ship to the Jade (both are in the Jewel Class).

    We were very very pleased with the Pearl, and would not hesitate to book another Jewel Class cruise.

    Woody
     
  16. lilpooh108

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    Thanks. We cruise for the food. How does the MDR and quick service food compare to DCL? We don't plan on doing specialty dining (maybe just 1, if there are 2-for-1 dining specials on board).

    (I've read that service isn't all warm and fuzzy, which is fine with me.)
     
  17. woody73

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    IMO, some dishes were better than DCL, and others not as good.

    Some highlights: chicken wings at Blue Lagoon (24 hour cafe), several flavors of hand scooped ice cream at the buffet, fresh crepes made to order in the buffet at dinner.

    As for service, it's not Disney.

    YMMV.

    Woody
     
  18. lilpooh108

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    I'm planning out our 2 precruise days in Barcelona.

    Our hotel stay comes with a free 1-day HOHO ticket pp.

    Do you think I will need a 2-day metro travelcard? Or just a T-10 card will suffice? I probably shoulda ordered the travelcard last month since it's only 3 Euro shipping but now it might be too late....the TMB doesn't ship T-10 cards. What do you think?
     
  19. JOANNEL

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    We are just back from an ncl med cruise. Let me know if you have any questions. Stayed three days in Barcelona. Beautiful city. Used Romeinlimo in all three italy cities. Amazing. Did other cities except Ephesus on our own. Ran into Rick Steeves in Ephesus!!!.
     
  20. debsters41

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    Now I am concerned. The T-10 ticket should be easy enough to buy on arrival, shouldn't it? That is what I was counting on.
     
  21. lilpooh108

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    It should be and I've read that it's available in the automated machines. I only wanted the 2day before arrival since we'll have a group of 9 ppl and I didn't want everyone meandering around the metro station getting our tix. 3 euro would have been cheap for shipping.
     

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