Cruising the Mediterranean Part 4 – British Airlines and The Magic’s Journey Is Underway!

Thanks to everyone who has been sending information to me about my upcoming trip to Europe and the Mediterranean Cruise.

Here are two helpful emails I received about Luggage in London’s airports!

LisaC writes: Just came back from Gatwick. The luggage limit for checked bags is 50 lbs but they will honor up to 70 pounds until September as they have many overseas travelers who find this restriction difficult. All US based airlines are now on the 50 pound standard and enforcing it I hear. Second, BA and specifically the British Air Authority (like our TSA) hold EVERYONE to ONE carry on bag, period. So if you are transiting thru Heathrow or Gatwick be prepared to get all your stuff into one bag. You can immediately take out bits once you are thru the security checkpoint but going thru it’s ONE bag. We used standard rollaboard bags and they fit the limit just fine.

From Jeanine: Just got back from Greece where we flew part of the way on British Air. I was a little nervous also about not getting seat assignments until 24 hours before, but I was able to check online the day before and they had assigned us a window/aisle on the side so it was fine.

What I wasn’t prepared for, is that if you transfer in Heathrow, they limit your carry-on to 1 item–including purses! Even if your airline allows 2, they wouldn’t let people in the terminal unless you could stuff everything into 1 bag. Once inside the terminal, there were absolutely no luggage carts whatsoever so after carting around a heavy backpack for the duration of my 5-hour layover, I would never go through there without wheeled luggage.

Thank you Ladies!!!!!

The Disney Magic left Florida Saturday and is on it’s way to Barcelona! The Itinerary is as follows:
5/12/07 – Port Canaveral Sail Away
5/13/07 – Castaway Cay
5/14/07 – Sea Day (no port of call)
5/15/07 – Sea Day (no port of call)
5/16/07 – Sea Day (no port of call)
5/17/07 – Sea Day (no port of call)
5/18/07 – Sea Day (no port of call)
5/19/07 – Sea Day (no port of call)
5/20/07 – Tenerife, Canary Islands
5/21/07 – Sea Day (no port of call)
5/22/07 – Cadiz, Spain
5/23/07 – Gibraltar
5/24/07 – Sea Day (no port of call)
5/25/07 – Barcelona
5/26/07 – Debarkation

Here are a couple links of interest:

1) The Davidson Family are blogging their way across the Atlantic on the Disney Magic.

2) Track Cruise Ships on their journey Scroll down the page and enter the Disney Magic under Ship’s Name

Here’s the photo from 11am today:

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Deb Wills, founder of AllEars.Net, is an internationally recognized expert on Disney vacations ranging from Walt Disney World to the Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland and Adventures by Disney. For many years she participated in events designed to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer, which she herself survived in 1986. She now raises funds for FORCE - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, to increase awareness of hereditary cancers.

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