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Old January 4th, 2007, 04:30 PM
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I'm a TA and I know what is listed for Elite perks but I was curious as to first-hand experience. A client of mine wants to know whether the canapes were worth it and how many times they could get them. They were also curious as to the afternoon tea to be delivered to their room. What is included? Has anyone tried any of these services and what is your opinion?
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Old January 4th, 2007, 04:46 PM
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Canapes are canapes, you get them on formal nights and sometimes randomly. Personnally, I would rather have a bag of potato chips. The one time bar setup is good and you can exchange for your personal wants. The best perk is the free laundry and drycleaning, next to that the preferred tender passes. Also, since we have been elite and even before we have been invited to the most traveled luncheon/cocktail party - but - this is not a given.

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Old January 4th, 2007, 05:09 PM
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On the Sea this past December, they delivered a canape menu to our cabin around 10:00 AM the morning of formal nights. Those are the only nights (unless you are booked in a full suite) that they deliver canapes to you. 7 Days would equal two formal nights=canapes delivered twice. Funny thing was, the canape menu stated it needed to be hung out on the door by 9:00 AM to have them delivered that evening. HUH? Made no sense to us. Tried hanging it out as soon as we got it and they were never delivered. Finally contacted the room steward the last formal night and asked how we could hang it out by 9:00 if it wasn't even given to us until 10:00? He called room service and placed a special order of us. They weren't anything special. and not an assortment. Just a plate of one type of canapes. Several different kinds to choose from but still, nothing that great and all the same.
Have never tried the afternoon tea service in the cabin, but have read where some have tried and room service had no idea what they were talking about. Guess it depends on what ship you are sailing on if they know about some of these Elite perks.

I do agree though, the free laundry and dry cleaning is one of the greatest perks they offer.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 05:21 PM
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We were on the Coral 10 day in December - we had canapes 4 times and once an order of chocolate dipped strawberries - now these I would prefer in place of the canapes.

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Old January 4th, 2007, 05:48 PM
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Different ships, different service. We have had fancy assortments of canapes plus strawberries and, on another ship, the menu for your choice, I always take the strawberries. We've never tried the tea. I'll take the laundry any day. Hubby likes the bar.
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We had a menu for our canape preferences on the Dawn a few months ago. The idea of a bag of chips instead appeals to us. We love the free laundry service and the mini bar set up (hence the need for chips). The priority tender tickets are also a winner.
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Sometimes it is easy to exchange the bar setup -- sometimes it is not easy. We don't drink sodas, beer or liquor and would prefer only wine and water.
Sometimes you can chose which canapes you want and have them delivered at a particular time (we pick just chocolate-covered strawberries). Sometimes the assorted canapes were delivered to the room when we were at dinner and have just sat there, dried up and got thrown out -- that is why we would rather have ALL strawberries anyway. I would rather have pretzels than the rest of the stuff they deliver.
Notice that I have said "sometimes" on just about everything? Even on the same ship on different voyages they may have different policies.
We do LOVE the complimentary laundry/drycleaning, the priority tender passes and the free internet.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 11:09 PM
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Canapes are canapes, you get them on formal nights and sometimes randomly. Personnally, I would rather have a bag of potato chips. The one time bar setup is good and you can exchange for your personal wants. The best perk is the free laundry and drycleaning, next to that the preferred tender passes. Also, since we have been elite and even before we have been invited to the most traveled luncheon/cocktail party - but - this is not a given.

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I take the choc covered strawberries instead all week.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 11:53 PM
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We finally tried the afternoon tea and thought it was very good. A plate of little sandwices, scones with clotted cream and jam and marmalade, some fancy little cookies. We ordered ice tea and coffee and got both.

This has to be ordered several hours before (maybe 7?) and it is just delivered to your cabin, not served to you. We will definitely do it again.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 12:11 AM
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Cool Canapes are canapes

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I'm a TA and I know what is listed for Elite perks but I was curious as to first-hand experience. A client of mine wants to know whether the canapes were worth it and how many times they could get them. They were also curious as to the afternoon tea to be delivered to their room. What is included? Has anyone tried any of these services and what is your opinion?
Hey, not very exciting, but a nice touch. We got little squares of bread with salmon, caviar, salami etc on them, and also choc strawberries.

Tea is tea -- regular or herb tea, little biscuits, etc. Again not exciting, but a nice touch.

If you are a TA -- definitely take the Princess courses! DW is a Commodore and that is why we get the Elite treatment! Kind of fun!
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:40 AM
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Merced Mike I'm also a TA and I'm a Commadore with Princess and a new Elite member. Do you really get the same benefits as all other Elite members.My first Orincess cruise will be coming up soon very excited.
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Although canapes are supposed to be complimentary for elite members on formal nights only, on both the Golden and the Sapphire I was offered free canapes nightly. I always get the chocolate dipped strawberries. They are the best option. The other canapes are mediocre.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 09:54 AM
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I too recently achieved Commodore status due to the Princess courses. We just returned from a 10 day on the Sun Princess over Christmas.

The priority boarding was wonderful, as was the tendering.

We received the canapes in our room on both formal nights, no form to request or choices, just a plate of capapes that neither of us would eat. They were always delivered while we were at dinner and we didn't leave til after 8.

We used the free internet a lot! Didn't use the free laundry, I prefer to do my own.

Did as the room steward to exchange a few items in the mini bar and he did it no problem.

Also the 10% off in the shops came in a little handy.

Enjoy!

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Old January 5th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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For the record - I love the canapes!

There's a newly announced Elite perk: your choice of disembarkation times to suit your plans. It was announced in the same memo to TAs that explained the additional consideration of days sailed to determine status in the Captain's Circle.
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Choice of disembarkation time is a nice option although I haven't seen that one yet. We typically manage to get the time we want anyway but that certainly isn't a given.
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Merced Mike I'm also a TA and I'm a Commadore with Princess and a new Elite member. Do you really get the same benefits as all other Elite members.My first Orincess cruise will be coming up soon very excited.
Please share with me what a "commodore" level passenger is with Princess?

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Old January 5th, 2007, 03:49 PM
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Please share with me what a "commodore" level passenger is with Princess?

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...a level of achievement for Travel Agents who participate in the Princess Academy Program to educate TA's about the Princess Product.
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In other words, TA are getting a reduced rate and elite perks? Wow! Guess we were in the wrong business. I'm sure that won't be a popular thought on this thread.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 06:01 PM
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In other words, TA are getting a reduced rate and elite perks? Wow! Guess we were in the wrong business. I'm sure that won't be a popular thought on this thread.
Just sailed with one that had recently gotten that status. Not sure how many Princess cruises they had been on, but I don't think very many, but they were sportin that black card.
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You mean one of us should have been a travel agent rather than going over 350 days to get to Elite? Rats! Nancy
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