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Europe 2018 DNR Cruise

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime on Better Off Med! our first group trip to Europe. Five dazzling ports, an amazing ship filled with amenities, available personalized door-to-door travel arrangements from our industry leading travel partners and a wonderful group of friends to share memories that will last forever! Perfect for first timers and seasoned travelers alike. All at great, competitive prices! Don’t miss the boat!

Date: Jul 29-Aug 5, 2018 on the NCL Epic.

Location: Departs Barcelona, Spain.

Nearest Airports: Barcelona International (BCN)

Ports:  Five Historic Ports including: Naples, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Cannes, and Palma Majorca.

Pricing: Cabins start at $1099/person (plus taxes and port charges). No additional fees required to join when you book directly through DNR Cruises, although additional on-board gratuities will apply. Here are some sample prices:

$2515.94 – Inside Cabin for two with taxes, port charges and the drink package included.

$3515.94 – Balcony Cabin for two with taxes, port charges, drink and dining package included

$3875.94 – Mini Suite Cabin for two with taxes, port charges, drink and dining package included

Pro Tip! Want to make your trip extra special? Consider an Aft Balcony cabin for spectacular views or a Spa Balcony or Spa Mini Suite for an even more relaxing experience. You can also buy separate spa passes to add to your reservation (limited spa passes available). 

Current Promotion: We have a special group promotion on this sailing that including most Free at Sea options including Open Bar drink package. Studios and inside pick one, balcony and mini suite pick two. Suites have all current Free at Sea promotions included at time of booking. Our special drink and dining packages have gratuities included! A great value.

Solo Travelers: The NCL Epic does have studio cabins, priced specifically for solo travelers, starting at $1150. You may also book other cabin categories as a solo traveler, although the single supplement will apply. Prices in this category WILL GO UP WITHOUT NOTICE as it sells out, so it is best to book as early as possible.

Making Payments: Payment in full is due now at the time of booking.

To Book: When you are ready to book, fill out DNR Cruise Information Form (reservations must be made directly through DNR).  If you have additional questions or need more information before booking, please email us at derek@derekandromaine.com or call (920) 543-6769. Cruise Hotline Hours M-F 11am-1pm ET, Sa/Su 11am-4pm ET.

What is a DNR Cruise like? Check out these videos which give you a peek at the fun you’ll have sailing with usDNR Beginnings (Cruises 1-3)Fall 2015 DNR CruiseAlaska 2016 DNRCruise and our latest video Love Cruise on the NCL Epic, which also includes a look at the ship we are sailing on in Europe. 

The NCL Epic is a beautiful ship featuring 20 dining options, great shows, attractions and amenities, all in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. You’ll love this ship! And our group! Derek answers all your questions in this :30 minute video overview.

Pre-Sail Barcelona:

Come early! ShoreTrips offers a full day exploration of Barcelona excursion of FRIDAY 7/27 and a Flamenco show and dinner (recommended time 7:00pm) on SATURDAY. On Saturday night, join DNR at the Axel Hotel Sky Bar after 9:30pm to meet other travelers. We have a recommended host hotel (the Axel Hotel) and for those wishing to extend their European vacation some recommended short two day trips to nearby Paris, Athens, London or Amsterdam! Contact DNR Travel to book the host hotel and extended travel: dnrvacations@dt.com or call (855) 203-6528.

DNR Cruise Calendar and iConcierge App

Learn how to subscribe your smartphone to our DNR Cruise Calendars – so your BOM 2018 Itinerary can be viewed right on your smartphone’s Calendar! Or simply view the Calendar on our website. Or click here to download the BOM 2018 Itinerary. Download the iConcierge app before you sail to connect with others on the ship. TyJack is also managing a DNR Cruiser Directory, which can help find other people on the ship and people to share rides with.

Post-Sail Europe:

The cruise ends on Aug 5, 2018 but the fun continues! Extend your stay with extra days in Paris at The Gay Games (Aug 4-12, 2018) or Disneyland Paris, or take a quick trip to Greece, Amsterdam or London! Once you book your cruise, our experienced travel partner can assist you with air travel, additional hotel stays, guided tours and adventures and more, all at great competitive prices. Head out on your own, or network with others on Facebook from the DNR Cruise to keep the group fun going! Contact DNR Travel to book extended travel: dnrvacations@dt.com or call (855) 203-6528.

Ground Transportation

This Barcelona Tourist Guide gives helpful suggestions for getting from the airport to the hotel. The train goes to the Bacelona Sants station and the Axel Hotel is only one mile away. There are also apps like Cabify (Spain’s version of LYFT) and group shuttles from the airport. If you know a bunch of you are arriving around the same time, arrange a group shuttle together (listener recommends the Easyjet Speedy Shuttle which you can book through Expedia).

We are working with ShoreTrips to put together shuttles from the Axel Hotel to the NCL Epic on Sunday morning. You will get an email from ShoreTrips when that is available. For transportation from the ship to the airport after sailing, book on NCL.com when you are doing your online check-in.

Credit Cards, Money and Phones

Spain uses the Euro and you can get Euros at almost any ATM, which has the best exchange rate. 40 Euros is about $47. You can also use your standard credit cards almost anywhere as well. You may want to let your credit card issuer know you are traveling internationally so you don’t have an issue. Also check to make sure they don’t charge foreign transaction fees.

To use your phone internationally, ATT has a $10/day program and other carriers offer similar programs for your smart phone. This might give you a bit of peace of mind while traveling that you can use apps on your phone and also reach other listeners if need be.

Shore Excursions

We have partnered with ShoreTrips, an outside shore excursion operator to offer a selection of great excursions at each of the five port stops on this sailing. Recommended optional shore excursion details are available now. You can also book excursions directly through NCL.com when you are completing your online check-in.

Some shore excursions haven’t met their minimums yet. Most only need 8 people so reaching a minimum isn’t difficult. However, we will alert the group on Jul 1st for any excursions that haven’t met their minimum so those in the group have time to make other arrangements. Here are the excursions that haven’t yet made their minimum but are just 1 or 2 people away from being confirmed:

Naples: Capri Day and Highlights of Amalfi Coast

Rome: Private Full Day in Rome

Livorno: Cinque Terre & Pisa and Chianti Countryside

Cannes: Best of the French Riviera and Cannes & Antibes

Mallorca: Walking Tour of Mallorca

Travel Insurance

We STRONGLY encourage the purchase of travel insurance to cover not just last minute cancellations or missed flights but also medical emergencies. Outside companies offer great coverage at competitive rates or you can request to add NCL Book Safe Travel Insurance to your reservation. We also partner with an outside travel insurance provider that offers excellent coverage at good prices. You can get a quote by filling out the box below:

Additional Information and Links:

NCL Cruises: Preparing For Your Cruise

NCL Cruises: What To Pack

NCL Cruises: Terms & Conditions

DNR Cruise Time Line

Time Of Booking: Payment in full is due.

Jun 3, 2018: Order your BOM Light Up The Night shirt by NOON ET!!!! Hard deadline.

Jun 20, 2018: Final deadline for ordering Cruise Survival Kit, Passport Book or BOM shirts.

Jul 1, 2018: Cruise packets will be mailed, including BOM 2018 Itinerary, name tag, Light Up The Night shirt (if ordered) and other essential cruise items.

Jul 28, 2018: Flamenco Show and Dinner at 7:00pm, followed by Bon Voyage Party at 9:30pm at the Sky Bar at the Axel Hotel, Barcelona.

Questions? Email derek@derekandromaine.com.

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6 Responses to Europe 2018 DNR Cruise

  1. StantonInAustin August 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

    OK – Who is planning for Disney after the cruise? Any idea how many of us are required for group rate and isn’t there a radio host somewhere that we know who has a hookup at Disney?

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    • DNRShow
      DNRShow August 3, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

      There are a bunch of people going to Disney post cruise. Our travel partner is working on hotel, etc. in Paris after the cruise but you should contact them sooner rather than later to start getting it set up.

      dnrvacations@dt.com and the phone number is 855-203-6528

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  2. trebor_llerys October 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    Any idea about a timeframe for host hotel info? I need to make arrangements to get my cruise paid ASAP!

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  3. V and Cherie
    V and Cherie January 21, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    Some are staying after the cruise, but we are going for a week+ before the cruise. Doing some traveling around but will be back in Barcelona the Friday before the cruise leaves. Going to spend Saturday exploring Barcelona and of course the sail away party. ?

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  4. Jack Rowley April 26, 2018 at 12:03 am #

    Can’t wait for this trip, Looking forward to seeing everyone again

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  5. Jeff in California May 29, 2018 at 12:58 am #

    Travel insurance question: Is the “Princess Travel Insurance” link supposed to be a link to NCL travel insurance?
    I already ran my numbers through the Allianz box below that link but figure I’d check about that one too.

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