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Vacation of a Lifetime (where to go, what to see, etc)

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*Sorry that it has taken so long to get back on here. These last 8 months have been hectic to say the least. I previously posted on May 2010.
*We have 15 months until the vacation of a lifetime. I really need to start fine tuning this trip.
*In June 2012, my family will set out on a European Adventure. The journey will last approximately 16-17 days. The "family" consists of my daughter (this is her graduation present, she will be 18); my parents (they will be 62 and are frequent vacationers); and myself (I will be 44 at time of the trip).
*We are not sure how to view Europe at this point. Orginally we discussed the following:
(Day 1) Flying from Mobile, AL to London, England (arrive midday on day 2)
(Days 2-5) Tour London (3 nites/3 days) (Day 5-Leave London via Eurostar Train to Paris, France-arrive AM)
(Days 5-9) Tour Paris (4 nites/4 days) (Day 9-Leave Paris via Flight to Barcelona, Spain-arrive AM)
(Day 9) Spend day in Barcelona
(Days 10-16) European Cruise (Ports of call-each 1 day only: Toulon, Nice, Florence, Rome, Naples)
*Our family is very interested in seeing as much of Europe as possible. Landmarks are important to us. We are blessed to have 16-17 days to do this. We want to be tired when we get back home...lol. It is a vacation; however, it is an opportunity to see & experience lots of Europe.
*The following are questions that I have (any feedback/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!):
1) Should we take the 7 day cruise and visit the 5 sites for 1 day each? or should we forego the cruise altogether? The previous posters have suggested spending that extra time on land. Our main reason for taking the cruise was the convenience of having the same room for 7 days (not having to move luggage around so much), concierge laundry services, and to be able to visit so many places.
2) If we don't take the cruise, where are places to visit? We really wanted to enjoy Rome, Nice, Florence, & Naples.
3) Is 3 days enough to see London? Is 4 days enough to see Paris?
4) Leaving London via Eurostar Train to Paris, is the Eurostar Train a good way to travel? It shows the ride from London to Paris at 2.5 hours.
5) What are suggestions for sleeping/hotels? London, Paris, Italy, & Barcelona? We had talked about getting just 1 room for the 4 of us at each place. Posters have suggested 2 rooms because of the bathroom. Are the rooms small? What are some higher end hotels in these locations?
6) What landmarks would be good to see/visit in London, Paris, & Italy?
7) If we kept to the schedule from Days 1 - 9 (London & Paris); then on Day 10, should we fly to Italy (somewhere so that we can still visit Rome, Florence, & Naples) and stay there the remaining 6 days?
*Any suggestions/advice would be so helpful at this point. I realize that we have plenty of time to plan this; but I would like to get things organized, so that I can book flights/cruises as soon as they are available.
THANKS!!!!

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