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

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  1. lilpooh108

    lilpooh108 DIS Veteran

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    Wow that is high, plus interest. That's too bad.

    WDW Princess--yes you can physically see the chip on my cards. You'll most likely need these to do automated machine transactions if you don't feel like speaking to a teller.

    Four swampers--thanks. I'll just use my debit card I guess.
     
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  3. DL1957

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    Past overseas cruise we have exchanged $$ at the purser on the ship. You cannot use a credit card or charge to your room but I believe they take travelers checks. Their rate is good and at the end of the cruise or whenever you like they will exchange back any paper currency to the currency you used to get the Euros. We are on the 6/15 cruise and there is a meet for this group as well.
     
  4. drlaurafsu

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    We just got back from Paris and had no trouble using our debit and credit cards (none of which had chips). Occasionally we had to swipe, but never did we have an issue where they didn't take our cards.

    Another tip I can give is consider using your data plan instead of cell minutes. Or get a minimal number of minutes and spend more on data. There were 4 of us in Paris and 3 of us got data. We then used an app called Whats App to stay in contact. You can text through Whats App...and it goes over your data plan rather than voice or a special text plan. I'm pretty sure I didn't use any voice minutes. And bonus...you can upload photos to FB while you are gone if you want. :cool1:
     
  5. lilpooh108

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    This is great. Was there a fee to change currency? Was the rate pretty good or no?
     
  6. bats

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    Great info, but please let me make it very clear ... Europe is not the mugging capital of the world so please don't be overly worried about having things stolen.

    It's the same in ALL big cities that have tourists .. new York, Orlando, London, LA ... All the same I'm afraid so just be careful, don't flash cash and diamond rings around (like you would!!!) and keep your bags with you.

    We have lots of ATMs in Europe, but you may want to get some Euros beforehand, or change some on the ship .. I believe the rate is a fair one.

    I think I've already mentioned the company we used in Italy, but it's worth putting it again so you can get quotes from them too ... Www.yourtourinitaly.com. I can't recommend them enough .. They organised a tour guide for us, advance tickets, all their drivers spoke perfect English, they were polite, good drivers, informative and just generally excellent!! The owner is called Aldo and its his sister who responds to the emails.... Not sure they'll remember me but we had 42 people on a Rome trip last year .. If you do email, tell them I sent you (maybe I'll get a free holiday to Italy)!!!

    We're on the 4 night 6th August and the 7 night 10th August .. A little back to back in the Med!!!

    Joa

    ETA: we all use Whatsapp .. It's great! You can also get free pay as you go sim cards here .. If anyone would like me to look up more info about them for use in Europe, just pm me.
     
  7. DL1957

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    No fee and rate was in line with the exchange rate for that day and they exchange it back at the rate you purchased it at.
     
  8. NAG

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    Just 2 comments here for the kids....

    Heat and Bathrooms:

    Weather may be fine, but be prepared for brutal heat. In June 2007 it was well over 100 in Pompeii and people were hopping from shadow to shadow. Not everyplace is air conditioned (including some areas of the Vatican). Unless you want to pack 2 or 3 outfits a day (and pay for the extra luggage on the flight), plan on changing clothes at/after dinner. Then wear the same thing that night on the next day's tour. As the trip progresses, the late nights, early mornings and "get going to see everything" days will wear you out. The heat makes that worse.

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    If you run across a free bathroom, use it!
     
  9. lilpooh108

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    Actually, we're looking into this. My plan is to stop at the Virgin Mobile store during our London portion and pick up the 2 cheapest PAYG phones. I tried buying them online but it won't let me purchase 2 at a time and I don't wanna pay for shipping twice.

    Do you know if Virgin Mobile has "fair" rates outside the UK in the rest of Europe on the PAYG plan?
     
  10. bats

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    I'll have a look this week for you.
    Perhaps ill look up all,of our biggest mobile suppliers and post it all up here.
    Could always post 2 phones to me here in England and I'll post to you ... Actually, you don't know me .. Stupid offer!!! Ha.
    I'll come back with some mobile prices ok.
     
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    bump
     
  12. lilpooh108

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    Thanks! You're awesome. Don't worry about mailing the phone, we totally don't mind stopping at a store for them. I've looked up Virgin Mobile prices for Europe rates but I have no reference point for the "norm" and so I can't tell if it's a good idea or not.

    Any other companies in the UK that does PAYG that is easy to get a phone from?

    It seems the Virgin Mobile stores are easy to find.
     
  13. bats

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    The most common networks here are:

    O2 (our network)
    Vodaphone
    Virgin
    Tesco (like Walmart) .. In fact, check this one out first as tesco are renowned for cheap prices.
    Three (mainly used for data as network not strong for calls
    Orange

    I'll have a look at our rates this week as Mick and I both get good deals with O2 so we can do a comparison.

    Don't forget that if you have a tri or quad band phone, you shouldn't need a new phone here .. Just a sim card. It's what we do in the US.
     
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    Is Tesco any good for the rest of Europe?

    My idea was to get a new cheapie phone so that we don't have to bring our Triband phone. If we lose the cheapie phone, oh well. My Triband phone is actually kinda pricey. We're leaving the iphones at home.
     
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    Bump! More planning tips please! :goodvibes
     
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    I've heard that even though they don't charge a specific fee, their exchange rates are worse than other cards that do charge a fee.

    :rotfl2:
    Here in Philadelphia, they're not that slick. They just shoot you & take your wallet.
     
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    We have used the Venture Travel card twice and the prices are good.
     
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  20. 2PrincesseInTow

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    We were in the Med summer of 2011. I researched strollers forever as my then very small (35lb) 5 year old loved to be carried but I didn't want to carry her through Europe. I got toe Uppababy G-Lux stroller and it was great. I'd recommend it for your 3yo and have the baby in a carrier. I think a double stroller would be a hassle in some places. The Uppababy is super light but I felt easier to push than an umbrella stroller on cobbled streets. It has a shoulder strap and when we got to stairs or other places were the stroller didn't work we just folded it up and thru it over my shoulder. I was able to take it on one flight as a carry on and it came in very handy with a sleepy kid on an overnight flight.

    I saw a question on Pompeii. We used See Sorrento, Marcello Maresca was great. My youngest (DD5) stayed in the kids club that day but I know that's a hot subject for some here. But knowing my daughter and having been on another DCL cruise prior, I knew that it would be a better choice for our family.

    Good luck! You'll have an amazing vacation. :banana:
     
  21. heatherbelle

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    On my last Med cruise I had a Pay as you go SIM card from O2 and I spent around £5.00 in total, including calls within Europe, FB and I had free texts anyway as it was part of my pay as you go package. If that helps.

    The minimum top up with O2 is £10. When I was in the US though, I used around £25 mostly spent on a couple of phone calls and lots of FB time. We also used Skype a lot too, which of course is free.
     

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