I've booked a Suite - now what?

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#21
Texas
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Joined Sep 2008
Originally posted by OCruisers
CC Dining allows you to eat whenever you wish within dining hours so no need to change to Anytime.
You certainly get cans Diet Coke when doing your mini-bar exchange. We do that all the time.
If you have traditional dining, then you cannot eat anytime you wish - even with Club Class. Please look at the previous post that quoted the Princess FAQ. It is not proper to tie up a seat in traditional dining if you don't plan to eat there.
#22
Texas
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Joined Sep 2008
Originally posted by meatloafsfan
Thank you everyone.

So free laundry, breakfast at Sabatini's, and free specialty dining the first night.

I was going to pre-purchase the coffee cards (because we are big on specialty coffees) but maybe I'll wait and get them onboard (if they are out of diet coke for the mini bar exchange).

I will update my preference from late dining to anytime dining so that I free up the table.

thank you for your help. If there's anything else to add, please do so. The suite thing is new territory for us.
You do not need the coffee cards for breakfast. Specialty coffee and/or fresh-brewed coffee is available at no extra charge at breakfast at Sabatini's.

Breakfast at Sabatini's is usually not available on the day of disembarkation (or on a turnaround day in the middle of a B2B). On those days, you can eat breakfast in Club Class or you can order room service. The patter will say that room service is not available on disembarkation morning, and it is not available except for suites.

Your free laundry is same day service. If you have it out early enough in the morning (I'm not sure exactly what time), then it is supposed to be back that evening. Since I usually bathe and change after returning to the ship and before dinner instead of in the morning, I usually leave my laundry on the bed for the steward when I go to dinner - and it is nearly always back the next evening.

You will hear some people post that on some cruises laundry takes two or three days because of the large number of Elites on that cruise. That applies to Elite laundry (which is next day - not same day). Suite laundry gets priority and you should get yours back in one day no matter how many Elites are sending out their laundry.
#23
Scarborough ON Canada
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Originally posted by NavyVeteran
You do not need the coffee cards for breakfast. Specialty coffee and/or fresh-brewed coffee is available at no extra charge at breakfast at Sabatini's.

Breakfast at Sabatini's is usually not available on the day of disembarkation (or on a turnaround day in the middle of a B2B). On those days, you can eat breakfast in Club Class or you can order room service. The patter will say that room service is not available on disembarkation morning, and it is not available except for suites.

Your free laundry is same day service. If you have it out early enough in the morning (I'm not sure exactly what time), then it is supposed to be back that evening. Since I usually bathe and change after returning to the ship and before dinner instead of in the morning, I usually leave my laundry on the bed for the steward when I go to dinner - and it is nearly always back the next evening.

You will hear some people post that on some cruises laundry takes two or three days because of the large number of Elites on that cruise. That applies to Elite laundry (which is next day - not same day). Suite laundry gets priority and you should get yours back in one day no matter how many Elites are sending out their laundry.
Thank you for this. We are planning to bring my father's tux, do you know if dry cleaning is also included?

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#24
Calimesa, CA
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Joined May 2013
Originally posted by meatloafsfan
Thank you for this. We are planning to bring my father's tux, do you know if dry cleaning is also included?

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Yes. It's all on the same ticket. Just check mark the appropriate box. Don't mix cleaning and washing on the same ticket.
BTW: it isn't truly "dry cleaning", but it is similar.
#25
South Florida
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Joined Aug 2010
I've always swapped out the beer for Diet Coke and Sprite Zero with no problem. Just did it again last month. You'll need to call to swap.

Originally posted by GRAYTech
If the Window Suite is a "full" suite you will get the perks you noted.

Talk with the maitre d when you board to confirm your dinner preferences. You will get your choice of what you want with a full suite.

You can exchange the mini bar setup for more soda cans or coffee card. Sadly, Diet Coke will not be an option for you. You may want to bring some with you. You can bring water and soda on board without charge. Just limited to 1 750ml bottle of wine/champagne per adult without charge.

Take advantage of the first night specialty dining. You can choose either CG or Sabatinis. Take a look at the menu and decide. You do need to call the "dine" line to make a reservation which you should do "first thing" when you board as the "better" times fill up.

Free laundry, don't miss Sabatinis breakfast and ordering anything room service from the MDR.

Once you have sailed in a full suite you will likely never sail in anything less....
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#26
Texas
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Joined Sep 2008
Originally posted by meatloafsfan
Thank you for this. We are planning to bring my father's tux, do you know if dry cleaning is also included?

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The best list of suite amenities is in this PDF file.

As stated, you will receive "Complimentary same-day laundry and professional cleaning services". The cleaning is not "dry cleaning" as you would receive on shore. They don't use those chemicals onboard. It is another type of cleaning which should be satisfactory for most dry-clean fabrics. I have not used anything but the laundry service myself, so I can't speak to it personally.

They also provide "pressing only" service. Unless the tux really needs cleaning, that may be a better choice.
#27
West Virginia
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Originally posted by meatloafsfan
Thank you for this. We are planning to bring my father's tux, do you know if dry cleaning is also included?

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We always give my tuxes and DW's gowns to steward as soon as we can, so they can be pressed after the packing ordeal! Then they are ready for the formal nights. We find this to be the best suite perk for us.

Enjoy.....hard to go back! Safe Journeys, Paul


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#28
South Carolina
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Originally posted by NavyVeteran
If you have traditional dining, then you cannot eat anytime you wish - even with Club Class. Please look at the previous post that quoted the Princess FAQ. It is not proper to tie up a seat in traditional dining if you don't plan to eat there.
That's why they don't need TD when they want AT and they doing CC Dining.
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#29
Chelsea MA
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Joined Mar 2014
Originally posted by OCruisers
You certainly get cans Diet Coke when doing your mini-bar exchange. We do that all the time.

Ditto.
Tony
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