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Old 12-19-2012, 02:33 PM   #16
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Oh you are selling me! I know nothing us a guarantee with weather etc but I really want to see bears! And the dogs! Did you enjoy the Skagway day?? How were the onboard adventure perks? We have three kids under 10 traveling with us and my mother so it's hard to
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:03 PM   #17
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Oh you are selling me! I know nothing us a guarantee with weather etc but I really want to see bears! And the dogs! Did you enjoy the Skagway day?? How were the onboard adventure perks? We have three kids under 10 traveling with us and my mother so it's hard to
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We had lots of little ones and 2 sets of grandparents so no worries there!

Skagway was great, primarily for the train ride. While the "others" were crammed into rail cars, we had our very own complete with refreshments. Easy to move around and get just the right pics as the view changed. The suspension bridge was "okay" - fortunately we didn't stay long. Jewell Garden was another pleasant surprise to us - really enjoyed this stop.

On board, we (just 3 of us) felt like a big family. Really was fun to get together for activities and ABD surprises. Also, we all sat together at dinner so could compare notes on what everyone like best about the day. And since we were on the ABD package, we took LOTS of photos with the ship photographers as all of those are included. Usually we don't do this as they can be pretty expensive.

It was really hard to write that check the first time - just about doubled the trip price. It was most definitely worth every penny we spent to do it. Hence we're now signed up for ABD #3!

If you've never done an ABD before, then you don't know about all of the surprises along the way. Hopefully, no one will chime in and tell you as being surprised is half the fun of it! None of them are super big deals, just really makes the experience more fun for everyone.

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Old 12-19-2012, 04:08 PM   #18
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Our excursions did all go as scheduled.

Of course the helicopter ride and dog sledding were beyond awesome. We were told that if the helicopters were grounded, we would go to the dog sledding "summer camp" - not sure what that would have been like.
I did the "summer camp" dog sledding in Skagway. It was fun, as we got to meet the dogs (and puppies!) and learn about the Iditarod race. We got to ride in their wheeled carts that they use to keep the dogs in shape when there's no snow. It was fun, but I cannot imagine that it would in any way compare to actually dog sledding on a glacier. But nobody controls the weather...



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Old 12-19-2012, 05:01 PM   #19
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Thanks for the input! It Ll sounds good...
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #20
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ABD Naples Pizza Making & Capri VS PA Amalfi Coast & Pompeii

So we've taken the plunge and put a downpayment on the ABD Med inconjunction with DCL cruise. Thanks to all of you for your input. Now to decide if we sign-up for the Port Adventure Amalfi Coast and Pompeii Ruins Tour and skip the ADV Naples visit to a farm for pizza making and boat tour of Capri. Can't decide if we will really regret missing Pompeii and should just bite the bullet and pay the extra. Input from any of you who have done both would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:55 AM   #21
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We struggled with this too so I'll share my experience but I'm not sure if it will be helpful, as I think if I had to go back and make the decision again knowing what I know now I would still be undecided!

We really, really wanted to see Pompeii. We couldn't imagine going all the way to Italy, being so close, and not seeing it. I gave the feedback to more than one ABD rep about how disappointed we were that it was not in the itinerary. It was the only reason I hesitated before booking the ABD add-on.

We decided to skip the ABD excursion and did a port excursion just to Pompeii. The port excursion, including the tour guide DCL contracted, etc., really highlighted for us what top-of-the-line quality we were getting with our ABD excursions! Everything was just so-so compared to the service and special attention we had become accustomed to! That said, we saw Pompeii, and it was very cool. It was a bucket list item and I'm glad to have been able to check it off.

On the other hand (because there is always the other hand), most of the members of our ABD group sited that day in Capri as their favorite of the whole trip. It was a little sad to get all the pictures as part of our photo CD and see all the fun we had and feel like we missed out.

In the end, though, I think that if we had not gone to Pompeii I would still be regretting it. It would still be on my list of places to see, and I would likely be kicking myself for letting the chance pass by. So I don't regret our decision.

I just think that whatever you decide, you will have a day that you'll never ever forget.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:35 AM   #22
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Tracyz, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this issue. While you didn't help me with the decision (LOL) it is nice to know someone else shared my thoughts on this issue. My DH says we should do Pomeii because it is a bucket list item for me too. But the reality is he doesn't care if he sees these ruins or not. It is like the antibellum homes in our south, he doesn't remember one from the other 100 I had him take me to.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #23
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I'll post my experience, as I also had the same conundrum. I'm afraid I'm not going to help much, either. Pompeii has been on my list since I was a kid, and studied Pompeii in school. It just sounded so cool. I talked to ABD, and discussed the issue with them. They said I was (obviously) free to skip any activities I wanted to, but I was on my own to arrange the trip to Pompeii. I was hoping to maybe do Pompeii instead of the farm/pizza making, and rejoin the ABD for the time in Capri, which I also really wanted to do. Both ABD and the Adventure Guides (once I got to the ship) told me there was no way to coordinate that. If I skipped the start of the excursion, I missed the whole thing. I'd read other people's reports about this activity (it's part of the Bella Italia ABD) and based on their descriptions of what a great day it was, I decided I'd make it back to Italy some time, and do Pompeii then. But I wanted to do the pizza making, and especially the trip to Capri.

I do not regret my decision. While I know I would have loved Pompeii, that day with ABD was wonderful. The time at the farm, and the pizza making, was amazingly fun (and tasty!). And the trip to (and around) Capri was spectacularly beautiful. I'm very glad I decided to stay with the ABD. If I thought I'd never return to Italy, I might feel differently, but I'm pretty certain I'll be back and see Pompeii some day.

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Old 12-21-2012, 10:01 PM   #24
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Pompeii is amazing! You'll have to book a return trip so you can do it all! If you are truly torn 50-50, I would stick with the abd since you've paid for it and very likely to enjoy it! And them book the abd Greece trip and see akrotori which is simikar
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #25
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Pricing?

I had no idea there was a ABD add on for the Med 7-day cruise! Not to be tacky, but I can't find pricing for it...can anyone give me a per person ballpark price? We have already booked cruise (2 adults, 2 kids) and interested in this as an alternative to individual excursions.

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Old 12-25-2012, 08:03 PM   #26
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ABD doesn't post the pricing for the cruise add ons. You have to call the Disney Cruise Line to get a price quote. I was quoted $2299 per person for the 7 day cruise.
It sounds expensive, but compared to a week long ABD price quote, it seems reasonable. If I add together my cruise cost with the ABD add on, it is still less than any 1 week ABD trip for me, and I will have all of my meals covered rather than most. We do have an inside room, so my cruise cost is low. I decided to splurge on the tours rather than the room for this trip. Being in multiple foreign countries where we don't speak the language, I thought it would be great to have someone else looking out for us.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:18 PM   #27
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Thanks so much for the info.! I have never done an ABD but knew with the level of service it would be significant, and like you said, in this situation an appealing possibility!
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Thanks so much for the info.! I have never done an ABD but knew with the level of service it would be significant, and like you said, in this situation an appealing possibility!
The ABD also includes a lot of little extras. I'd double-check with ABD for this year, but in the past, it has included all of your tips (except for the Adventure Guides' tips - but it includes things like your stateroom host's tips, tips for your server, assistant server, head server, bus drivers, etc). It also includes all of the photos taken by the Adventure Guides as well as a CD of all of the photos taken by the Shutters photographers onboard the ship. There's also a case of water, a group dinner at Palo, a session with the ship's historian, etc. That's on top of covering all your excursions and meals on shore.

I loved the ABD add-on. I actually signed up for the cruise just so I could do the add-on...

Here's some links to info about the Add-on for the 7-night cruise:

http://www.adventuresbydisney.com/eu...ses-vacations/

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cr...ventureseurope

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