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Some of you on here already know I have planned a 12 day Mediterannean cruise for my sister for her high school graduation gift from me that she knew nothing about. We port out of Barcelona and are going to visit some AMAZING places.

She is absolutely DYING to go to Barcelona. I'm not sure why.

Last night she graduated high school. Afterwards, at dinner, I gave her an envelope with all the information about our trip. Plane tickets, scrapbook pages of pictures of the places we are going to visit, cruise itinerary, and ship information.

The plane tickets are all seperate with each stop. She looked at the first one and said "Philadelphia?" I told her to flip to the next. She read a minute, screamed at the top of her lungs in the middle of the restaurant "I'M GOING TO BARCELONA!!!!!" and flew at me only to tackle me and cry her eyes out.

I AM SO EXCITED!! I just wanted to share our exciting story

And we leave in 3 weeks and 4 days
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what an awesome graduation gift

I've been to Valencia, Spain but not Barcelona
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geeeze !! you are making me dry my eyes. I know you will have a great time. what a great gift and great sister.
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CC you are such the sister!!!!!
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I appreciate the comments but I want to make sure of something...

I love my sister dearly and pretty much raised her the first nine years of her life (we're 8 years apart) so I'm more or less maternal towards her.

I've always promised her a big trip when she graduated, and not because I wanted to seem like an awesome sister, but because I love her so much. I know money doesn' t prove that but I wanted to do something huge, something unforgettable, that we could do together to have the memories to share.

Just want to make sure everyone knows I am not doing this for praise but strictly out of love

I love this board. Everyone is so nice and helpful here, I feel that if it has to do with cruising, I can share it. Thanks again!
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CC that is wonderful! What a great surprise!!! You two are going to have so much fun!! Of course we all want to hear all about it when you get back!!
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CC what an AWESOME gift! My oldest sister is taking her daughter on a Mediterranean Cruise on June 12. It is for my sister's 60th birthday. I hope you have a WONDERFUL time!!! You will have to let us know how you like it.
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Wow.... I'm speechless.... you are a very special kinda lady!
I hope you have a safe journey and a wonderful wonderful time.
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I'm so glad she finally knows..... I'm sure keeping this secret has been excruciating! You all are going to have a great trip and you will love Barcelona..... it is my DD's favorite city.

Don't forget..... we want a review, we want pics, we want to live vicariously.....

Speaking of Barcelona...... if you have time and can find it..... read Bringing Home the Birkin before you go or take it with you...... absolutely hilarious and lots of good stuff about Barcelona. I got mine at Sam's.
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thanks arkie...

it was killing me not to tell her...i've had it planned for two years!!
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Can I be your sister ??

I'll find something to graduate from !

Nicely done, big Sis.

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All that and your first cruise with Royal Caribbean too. We loved the Radiance Class ships and think you will as well. While in Barcelona, if time permits, try to visit Montserrat (See link below)

Take lots of pictures to share!

http://www.mrfs.net/trips/2003/Spain...ontserrat.html
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that is such a nice gesture that you have done. you are truly a wonderful and caring person. you are blessed to have a younger sister, who now appreciates you even more. have a wonderful time, and don't forget to let the board know how much fun you had.
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Some of you on here already know I have planned a 12 day Mediterannean cruise for my sister for her high school graduation gift from me that she knew nothing about. We port out of Barcelona and are going to visit some AMAZING places.

She is absolutely DYING to go to Barcelona. I'm not sure why.

Last night she graduated high school. Afterwards, at dinner, I gave her an envelope with all the information about our trip. Plane tickets, scrapbook pages of pictures of the places we are going to visit, cruise itinerary, and ship information.

The plane tickets are all seperate with each stop. She looked at the first one and said "Philadelphia?" I told her to flip to the next. She read a minute, screamed at the top of her lungs in the middle of the restaurant "I'M GOING TO BARCELONA!!!!!" and flew at me only to tackle me and cry her eyes out.

I AM SO EXCITED!! I just wanted to share our exciting story

And we leave in 3 weeks and 4 days
Can I be your brother and come to? I even gonna be your daddy.

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can you call my sister and tell her it's time me and her travel together and that every mom deserves a respite from their kids!
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one of the doctors i work with said "i got one of my kids a cell phone, and three of us chipped in! that's awesome!" lol

i am sooooooooo excited...we leave in 12 days!!!!!!
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Have a wonderful time! And post the pics here so we can see the looks on her face when she sees Barcelona!!
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Barcelona is a WONDERFUL city. If you can stay there for even one extra day I suggest that you walk the entire length of La Ramblas (approx 1 1/2 miles). There are many eateries, comedians, mimes, dancers, jugglers, human statues, and shops the entire length. We walked it about 3 times during our stay there prior to a Mediterranean cruise. So glad we had the time to take a relaxing stroll and stopping for all of the sites and activities.

Also, with extra time, visit Antonio Gaudi's archetectural structures (such as Sagrata Familia............the sacred church) or one of his apartment buildings.

You are a fantastic sister (Maternal Sister) and I hope you have wonderful memories to share for a lifetime.
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Wow!! What a great thing to do! And to keep a secret for 2 years! Have a great trip!
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When you post your reviews be sure to tell us how your sister liked her "gift" (I take it that the new picture/profile is you and your sister)

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HEY BIG SIS, THAT IS JUST AWESOME. HAPPY CRUISEING.
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reviews and pics coming this week i promise!

and yes, it is my sister and me in the profile pic. if looking at it, she's on the left, i'm on the right
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Congratulations to the new graduate and "kudos" to you, the Big Sister for
presenting with the both of you a fabulous trip but more importantly -
this very special time spent TOGETHER - start a journal so you remember
all the great places you'll see and things you'll do - It will be your best
"souvenir" to cherish for years to come. Bon Voyage and be safe !! 8)
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Can't wait to read your review and see your pics.

You just went on my dream cruise. I'm saving up to send myself on one.
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Quote:
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Congratulations to the new graduate and "kudos" to you, the Big Sister for
presenting with the both of you a fabulous trip but more importantly -
this very special time spent TOGETHER - start a journal so you remember
all the great places you'll see and things you'll do - It will be your best
"souvenir" to cherish for years to come. Bon Voyage and be safe !! 8)
Change that to "did see" and "did do". lol. Notice the date of this thread. They are already back from their fantastic cruise.
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They are already back from their fantastic cruise.
And we are still waiting to hear about it! No pressure, no pressure...Alright, a little pressure.
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you will have it by Saturday! i promise i promise i promise!!!!!
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