It seem unreal that two years ago, Disneybrit took a trip on the Disney Cruise Line’s adventures in the Mediterranean. Well, here we are again, back in Barcelona on Cruise countdown minus 1 day and counting. Over the next 12 days, Disneybrit will be bringing you a blogs of everything g that goes on on board the Disney Magic as well as some of those things that happen on shore too. Today we start with the eve of our adventure – Barcelona.
It was a pretty early start to the trip. The alarm rudely awoke us at 5.30 in preparation for making our way to London Gatwick for an 11.30 flight. Often we will attempt to fly from somewhere closer (East Midlands and Birmingham being closest) but having found British Airways flights for a fraction of what budget airlines Easyjet and Ryanair wanted to charge we opted to travel further afield. After a 3 and a half hour journey (thanks M25) we made it to the terminal for a swift bag drop and headed straight into departures for a bite to eat. 40 minutes passed, our gate was called and we headed to the plane without any delay.
Usually we fly everywhere on a budget airline. It’s cheaper, it’s as simple as that. But what a difference it makes flying with BA. Yes, it is there budget Euro Traveller class but as we boarded we were offered complimentary magazine and newspapers. Already off to a good start! Once onboard we noticed leather seats, friendly staff and an actual seat back pocket to put things in (take note Ryanair). Event the seat reclined! Before take off, children were given an activity pack and 20 minutes after take off we were served lunch and a drink. This was on an hour and a half flight, no cost for food and even the hold baggage was included. This was my first experience of flying with British Airways and I definitely will be again.
After arriving at Barcelona it was a quick taxi ride to the hotel (22 Euros) and after relaxing we headed to the Gran Via 2 shopping centre for some dinner.
After a quick KFC, we took a wander round the shops, picked up some drink (you can take as much as you can carry on to a Disney Cruise) and visited Soulda Park, the kids fun fair outside the shopping centre.
After 10 Euros of rides we strolled back to the hotel for the evening. Tomorrow sees our first day on the ship. Check back on a regular basis as we will upload a report for each day as and when we have Internet access.