Cruising the Med – 5/23/07 – On Our Way!

May 23rd is here!!!! It’s been well over a year since we booked the Disney Cruise in the Mediterranean. I’m very excited. Never been outside North America before. It also feels surreal… will we REALLY be in London and then Barcelona tomorrow?

As you read this I will be either totally calm or frantic with last minute things to do. Hopefully it will be calm Debbie and not frantic Debbie, LOL

We have a 7:00pm flight on British Airways. We are flying World Traveler Plus, which is a step above “economy” and a step below “business”. What we didn’t realize when we made the flight arrangements is that we could not reserve our seats until 24 hours prior. So, last night was a bit crazy as we logged onto for our check-in and seat assignments. We didn’t get the “worse” seats possible, but probably next to worse. Oh well, it’s just temporary, right?!

Since this is an international flight, our goal is to get to the airport EARLY. I’d much rather cool my heels in the airport instead of getting all hyper sitting in traffic. Living in the Washington DC Metro area – we have our shares of road issues. We will leave home about 2:30 to avoid afternoon rush hour traffic… grab some dinner, get online and wait for our trip to begin.

Approx 7:00am we will land in London’s Heathrow airport, change planes and head to Barcelona! Our layover is 2.5 hours which should give us enough time to grab our luggage, change terminals, go thru customs and any other adventure that awaits us in Heathrow. We should arrive in Barcelona noon-ish on Thursday.

We had Disney Cruise Line arrange our transfers from the airport to the hotel, Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona, so hopefully other than clearing customs and getting our bags, we’ll be at the hotel before we know it. We are supposed to look for the smiling Disney Rep in the airport.

Depending how we feel, we may decide to sight see on thursday afternoon. We really want to see buildings by architect Antonio Gaudi…this is a must. Either La Sagrada Familia and/or Park Guell. Whatever we don’t see on Thursday, we’ll hopefully get to the day we disembark the ship.

On Friday, we plan to tour Montserrat with several folks from our “group”. GaryF has been the incredible researcher and has everything all mapped out for us!

My next check in will probably be from Barcelona!

Deb – Life — IT Too Short!

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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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