Magic in the Mediterranean: The Disney Cruise Line Mediterranean Cruiseby Kim LaPaglia, PassPorter Guest Contributor
Last modified 02-16-2011
In May 2010, our family embarked on a dream vacation. We flew to Barcelona, Spain, and then sailed for 10 nights aboard the Disney Magic. The voyage around the Mediterranean took us to sights we had only dreamed about seeing. I still can't believe that we toured such wonderful Old World places as Pompeii, Rome, Pisa, and Valletta.
We had sailed with the Disney Cruise Line to the Bahamas and Caribbean. Yet the preparation for a European cruise took much more planning. If you are considering a Mediterranean (or Baltic) cruise or are fortunate to already have one booked, don’t forget the following:
• Get your passports early and make copies of all important documents. Take one set of copies with you and leave the other set with a trusted friend or family member.
• Check and re-check your flight arrangements. We flew with Delta and while I was pre-occupied with worry over the Icelandic volcano creating havoc with our airline schedule, I neglected to keep an eye on our flights. When I went to check-in online for our flight, our seats were no longer together. My 11-year-old son was at the back of the plane! This was our first trans-Atlantic flight, so seating arrangements were important to us. We did get it worked out so that my son and I sat together while my husband sat behind us. Learn from my mistake and even if the weather is cooperating, keep an eye on all of your flights. Our return trip had also changed!
Tip: Finding Your Way on the Disney Ships
Here's a tip on navigating the large Disney cruise ships! The hallway carpeting on the stateroom decks can tell you which direction is forward (the front of the ship) and which is aft (the back of the ship). On the Disney Magic and Wonder, look for the blue arrow in the carpet -- it points forward. On the Disney Dream and Fantasy, look for the map in the carpet -- north on the map points forward. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, as my son would say! - tip contributed by Jennifer
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Margaret and Mary explore Pompeii
About the Author: Kim LaPaglia is one of the inaugural Disney Moms Panelists. In 2009, she served as the DCL Specialist for www.disneyworldmoms.com. Kim shares more of her cruise experience at her blog, http://stopamoment.typepad.com/disney_journeys/.
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Thanks for the great article! We're doing the same cruise in June of this year so I really appreciate the tips.
Thank you for this great article Kim!! We have considered a Mediterranean cruise because of the wonderful ports of call but haven't booked yet. One of my main concerns was how to plan such a special trip. Your article is a great guide on how to begin. I have travelled to Italy myself and took bus tours and they were wonderful. There is so much to see and not much time to see it in...so planning is a must! Thank you again for some great advice!
Great Article and wonderful tips. I think planning in advance is so important on this kind of vacation. You are going oversees, so checking flights and reconfirming all reservations is a must. Also this type of cruise is so port intensive you can only see the highlights. Think of it as as a "best of" tour and choose what you really want to see. My husband and I did the cruise last August and it was so amazing.
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Updated 02-16-2011 - Article #579
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