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Coral Springs, Florida
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Started reading about the TA before we left on April 27 and glad to find the BI today. I'll use some of your comments in my journal. We took all private tours so our experiences are different from yours but just as positive. I plan to write a review as others comments and recommendations really helped me plan. I can't pick a favorite port as they were all good but wish the weather had been warmer. I read the Guernsey book on the crossing and was so disappointed to miss the port.
How can I find the rest of your LIVE from the TA? We booked our next cruise to the South Pacific on this cruise~ join us on April 1! Karen
Somerville, MA
3,165 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
Originally posted by seamwoman
Started reading about the TA before we left on April 27 and glad to find the BI today. I'll use some of your comments in my journal. We took all private tours so our experiences are different from yours but just as positive. I plan to write a review as others comments and recommendations really helped me plan. I can't pick a favorite port as they were all good but wish the weather had been warmer. I read the Guernsey book on the crossing and was so disappointed to miss the port.
How can I find the rest of your LIVE from the TA? We booked our next cruise to the South Pacific on this cruise~ join us on April 1! Karen
Karen,
You can find ccrain's live TA thread here:
The Caribbean Princess TransAtlantic
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Brick, New Jersey
30 Posts
Joined Jan 2013
Thanks so much for this posting, we were on the same cruise from 5/12 and were so sad to leave! Hands down our best trip ever! I just finished reading your post and reliving our time.

We did all self-planned and/or self-guided tours, so we had some completely different experiences. We are also a late 20's couple, so had some different experiences in that respect also (I know someone had originally asked if there was stuff to do for a younger crowd- this definitely depends on what you like to do, but if you're expecting a Carnival like atmosphere, you won't find it, but there are definitely things to do). But I plan on putting together a summary of our experiences and information on my extensive planning, so I can hopefully help some people because the information I got from this board was truly invaluable.

Thanks again,
Pam
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San Diego
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by TheMacs0908
Thanks so much for this posting, we were on the same cruise from 5/12 and were so sad to leave! Hands down our best trip ever! I just finished reading your post and reliving our time.

We did all self-planned and/or self-guided tours, so we had some completely different experiences. We are also a late 20's couple, so had some different experiences in that respect also (I know someone had originally asked if there was stuff to do for a younger crowd- this definitely depends on what you like to do, but if you're expecting a Carnival like atmosphere, you won't find it, but there are definitely things to do). But I plan on putting together a summary of our experiences and information on my extensive planning, so I can hopefully help some people because the information I got from this board was truly invaluable.

Thanks again,
Pam
Looking forward to hearing about your trip!
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Melody
Los Angeles
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Joined Oct 2008
It was a wonderful report, as usual, thank you so much!

No Royal or Regal in your near future?
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New Jersey
322 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
Hi,
I will be sailing on the Caribbean Princess on July 23rd. Just curious as to who your cruise director was on this voyage. Thanks in advance. Hope you all had a wonderful time. I am looking forward to this voyage.
Pat
California
345 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by TheMacs0908
Thanks so much for this posting, we were on the same cruise from 5/12 and were so sad to leave! Hands down our best trip ever! I just finished reading your post and reliving our time.

We did all self-planned and/or self-guided tours, so we had some completely different experiences. We are also a late 20's couple, so had some different experiences in that respect also (I know someone had originally asked if there was stuff to do for a younger crowd- this definitely depends on what you like to do, but if you're expecting a Carnival like atmosphere, you won't find it, but there are definitely things to do). But I plan on putting together a summary of our experiences and information on my extensive planning, so I can hopefully help some people because the information I got from this board was truly invaluable.

Thanks again,
Pam
I am REALLY excited for your review. I'm in my mid twenties and will be going with my family who range in age from 16-73 so your review will give an interesting contrast!
3,226 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Originally posted by Working 2 Cruise
It was a wonderful report, as usual, thank you so much!

No Royal or Regal in your near future?
But waiting for better pricing. right now they are at a premium...
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Los Angeles
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Originally posted by ccrain
But waiting for better pricing. right now they are at a premium...
We might have to wait for a while, although I have seen people saying that they had price drops. Would love to do the B2B Caribbean on the Royal that the Emerald is currently doing....
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3,226 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
I have scanned the 12 day CB BI patters in black and white. They are about 12.5MB in pdf format.

Let me know if you want a copy and I will email them. If you have a website to post them or a suggestion where I could post them, let me know...
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Brentwood, CA (East Bay)
201 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
Originally posted by Victorious8
Thank you so much for the tidbit I am hoping this is still the case when it is our turn next month. I have copied down some of your tips and plan to share them with the rest of my family. I look forward to checking out your Patters!
Hi there, we've just finished the same cruise. FYI we love our California wine so we brought a shippers case with red wine and had the box with us when we registered on April 27. The guy at the desk told us that is the way wine should be brought, no problem whatsoever. We also had 3 other bottles in with our luggage as the shipper box holds 9 bottles, again there was no problem we did have to pay $15 corkage fee for every bottle opened and kept at the dining room.

For everyone else, I did Zumba just about every day with Nat, sometimes twice a day, and he is pretty good. We also did all the ball room dancing lesssons and the ball room dancing in the evening for both legs of the cruise, it was a lot of fun. For the first leg, there were too many couples and it was quite a squeeze, but for the leg starting on May 12 there were only 5 or 6 couples so we had more room.
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Atlanta
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We will be on this cruise in August and would love to see your file of Patters.

Thanks for the wonderful Live from!

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Somerville, MA
3,165 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
Originally posted by Posaune
We will be on this cruise in August and would love to see your file of Patters.
Ohhbother has uploaded her 12 day BI patters from May here if you're interested:
May 12 British Isles
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Sharon
Seeing the world one port at a time, on Princess

Our Princess Photo Albums

My Princess Blog Entry

Crown Princess Eastern Caribbean 1991, Dreamward Bermuda 1994, Sun Princess Western Caribbean 1997, Grand Princess Grand Mediterranean 1999, Dawn Princess Southern Caribbean 2000, Ocean Princess Mexican Riviera 2001, Crown Princess Hawaii to Tahiti 2001, Dawn Princess Eastern Caribbean Explorer 2002, Carnival Conquest (it was free) Western Caribbean 2003, Dawn Princess Full Transit Panama Canal 2003, Caribbean Princess Eastern Caribbean 2004, Coral Princess Panama Canal 2004, NCL Dream Western Caribbean 2005, Caribbean Princess Western Caribbean 2005, Coral Princess Alaska Land and Sea 2005, Caribbean Princess Eastern Caribbean 2006, Golden Princess San Juan to NYC 2006, Star Princess Scandinavia/Russia 2006, Star Princess Western Caribbean 2007, Crown Princess Eastern Caribbean from NYC 2007, Star Princess Egypt/Aegean 2007, Emerald Princess TransAtlantic/Europe 2008, NCL Dream Bermuda 2008, Star Princess Mexican Riviera 2008, Caribbean Princess Eastern Caribbean from NYC 2009, Ruby Princess Europe/TranAtlantic 2009, Ruby Princess Southern Caribbean 2010, Emerald Princess Western Caribbean 2010, Golden Princess Hawaii 2010, Ruby Princess Eastern Caribbean 2011, Ruby Princess Greek Isles 2011, Caribbean Princess B2B Southern Caribbean 2012 Emerald Princess Southern Caribbean Christmas 2012, Caribbean Princess British Isles 2013, Caribbean Princess Canada/New England 2013, Royal Princess B2B Caribbean 2014, Caribbean Princess Caribbean 2014, Island Princess Grand Med 2015, Ruby Princess Baja/Sea of Cortez 2016, Royal Princess Eastern Caribbean 2016 and 2017
3,226 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Originally posted by crusdiva
Ohhbother has uploaded her 12 day BI patters from May here if you're interested:
May 12 British Isles
Much better than mine. I deliberately scan in B&W to be able to email them.
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Past Cruises (All Princess):

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Chicago
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Joined Mar 2012
Originally posted by ccrain
05-23-2013 – In Route Guernsey

My least favorite days of the cruise – packing day, and then flying day, and then back to work day. The seas are slight for the ship, but white capping and does not bode well for Guernsey tendering. So it’s time to wrap this cruise up and prepare for the next one.

Overall this was a good cruise. We had a lot of fun seeing and doing a lot of different things. Having friends on this cruise also made it special. We had a great time dining with people we knew, and liked! The ports and for the most part, the excursions, were fascinating with a lot of different sights. Even the food wasn’t too bad! The itinerary on this cruise was hectic, packed but very interesting. Not a dud in the bunch. Yes the bus rides could be long, but that is the nature of the beast. The highlights: #1 has got to be Normandy, followed by lunch in the Eifel Tower, Edinburgh Castle, Dublin Glendaloch, Kirkwall Ring of Brodgar, Glasgow Glengloyne. Dublin, Cobh, Southampton, Belfast and Glenock on our own were really fun as well. Thankfully we had no duds as tour guides. They all were knowledgeable, friendly and interesting to listen to.

The service on the ship was excellent. Very few slip ups here and there, but nothing to write home about. Besides, as the comedian said, here’s your two free muffins – now shut up!. Incredibly enough, in 27 days we did not once have breakfast in the HC or the MDR. The IC was sufficient for us and the service with Elizabeth and Beatriz was fantastic. Sabatini’s new menu is good, but I do miss the old one a bit. It had a different flair. Crown Grill was excellent, as usual. We did not do a UBD or Chef’s table on this cruise – and that was ok as well. (We spent out our budget on excursions!)

Overall a good cruise and a good itinerary. Highly recommended.

That’s it for this cruise. Talk to you all later…
Your review was wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.