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  1. Wow - Does being condescending to others give you pleasure? Perhaps it's time for another cruise................... I honestly thought Princess had a "Captain's table," but was mistaken - (Another post) But at least my post created the opportunity to hear some great stories from fellow community members.
  2. Amazing how people jump to conclusions, assuming I'll be yelling and throwing a tantrum. Those tactics hardly ever work, and leads to the embarrassment of the perpetrator and those around him /her. Nobody wants to help a jerk....... For me, "Hell to pay" means being a strong negotiator, but always polite and respectful.
  3. I don't see how Princess can invalidate a card they willing sold with no expiration date. If they wanted to create and sell new cards with expiration dates that's fine as the purchaser was made aware at that time. I will be using my card shortly..........they'll be hell to pay if it's refused.
  4. Thanks for the replies, we've done the Chef's table twice and it was enjoyable. I had thought Princess did a Captain's Table, but I'm probably confused with Royal Caribbean where I had seen a beautifully arranged table in the middle of the dining room with Officers and guests attending a few years ago.
  5. For those that have experienced this rare treat, what prompted your selection? My wife and I started cruising on Princess early on, and she's been on over 25 cruises while being just 42. Last week was our 20th wedding Anniversary and we'll be going on another cruise shortly to celebrate. (Full suite) Any advice on how we could improve our chances?
  6. Thanks everyone for all the wonderful suggestions.
  7. As the Coral Princess does not have a Vines wine venue, is there a bar within the main atrium that tries to satisfy that niche with an expanded wine list available by the glass? It's really one of our favorite venues and will be missed on an upcoming cruise.
  8. That's a great idea - I did just as you suggested. After some research, I was able to verify if we do not use the Southwest flight, my points will simply go back into my Rapid Rewards account with no penalty.
  9. My wife and I will be returning from a 4 day coastal on Sunday, September 29th arriving at San Pedro, CA. The flights back home are scheduled in a very frustrating manner, with one flight leaving from the very close-by and quick Long Beach airport at 9:04 AM. And a well-priced Southwest flight from LAX leaving at 9:25 AM. and an inexpensive 10:10 AM flight also from LAX. The flights get expensive any later than the 10:10 flight. We are both Elite, and can carry our own bags off the ship, so would anyone try and make one of the flights above? (I'm also TSA-Pre, but my wife isn't)
  10. We're booked next year on the smaller Pacific Princess and realize her entertainment options are limited. One of our favorite nighttime activities is going to Crooners and listening to the piano singer. Does the Pacific Princess host this type of venue at least several nights during a typical cruise?
  11. A couple of years ago we were on a cruise and the Cruise Director always ended his announcements by saying "Cheerio" Does anyone recall his name and what ships he's been on? Thanks
  12. It's definitely the lack of upbeat, modern music that disappoints us most with Princess. We've spoken to bands that have performed on many cruise ships and they tell us that Princess gives them a very specific song list that is very dated and conservative. Whereas lines like Carnival tell them to "Play whatever you'd like". Warm weather cruises should be more active and fun by their very nature, and this is where Princess fails in our opinion. How many passengers still remember the 50's and 60's songs they constantly play poolside? I guarantee fewer and fewer every year - it's a decreasing population. So for us we look to Carnival and RCL for warm weather cruises and Princess for cooler weather like Alaska and the British Isles.
  13. I must say the food in Planks was fantastic, and we spend many years living in Texas. Great value and service for the small $12 upcharge. Princess also did a nice job remodeling the area along with the buffet. The poolside Salty Dog was also a nice surprise, but we had mixed feeling on issuing everyone a pager after ordering - even if you wanted just an order of fries. And whoever came up with the $8 upcharge "Ernesto Burger" I question. Although good, it takes over 30 minutes to make. What????? (Of course you also receive a beer for the $8, so really it costs only about $3 net.
  14. I fail to see how any of this promotes the idea that we are "Entitled"....we didn't demand that tomatoes were waiting for us at the table, just appreciated the gesture when it happened in the past. I also acknowledged the pawn request was clearly a special request which would have been appreciated, but we still had a fantastic meal that met the expectations of its description. Do you feel any request a person makes while on-board should be considered displaying an entitled attitude? If someone prefers Tabasco with their eggs and it's not on the table, does it show entitlement to ask for some?
  15. Of course, I didn't observe those in the buffet, poolside, or having room service those evenings. I took the OP as a question regarding the public areas most commonly associated with formal nights and assumed they were already aware they could stay in their room or away from the entertainment areas of the ship
  16. Just a few observations: Service was good overall, but lacked the special touch and attention we'd appreciated in the past. Like waiters remembering we like sliced tomatoes nightly and having them on the table when we arrive for traditional dining, or a little extra effort like presenting a cheese plate without asking. We really enjoyed the Ultimate Balcony Dinner, but they wouldn't honor our request to be served the Crown Grill tiger prawns instead of the smallish shrimp cocktail from the dining room. In the past, I believe this would have been done as a nice exception. One big mystery is why, with Princess cutting costs everywhere and focusing on generating more revenue, would they not have more live entertainment poolside? The steel drum player (One guy with drums and a computer), party band, and DJ combined didn't play more than 3 hours a day poolside during sea days. I would guess more music would equal greater drink sales, therefor increasing revenues. Besides, those entertainers are on-board anyway, and I would think they are paid by the week. While BOGO is gone, why wouldn't a $1 off drinks while music is being played poolside not be a good idea? Princess needs to start thinking a little out-of-the-box to generate additional revenue without having to continue cutting service levels. Bars / restaurants do things like this as standard practice - it works.
  17. We just finished a 10 day Caribbean cruise and I'd say 60% of men wore a suit, 15% wore a sport coat, tie and slacks, 10% were in full tuxedos and the remaining 15% either wore a tie and slacks or didn't dress up at all. It was quite a bit dressier than I had assumed, with the men dressing more formally than many of the ladies. (Lots of Chico style jackets with slacks - very few gowns or formal dresses) But being a longer 10 day cruise and not just 7 brought out an older, and probably more affluent crowd. There were almost 400 Elites and 600 Platinum passengers. Elite cleaning service did take 3 days
  18. I'm really grinding Jeune by email for our date next week, but so far she's not budging. Their website shows at least 35 rooms still available that day, but she won't give us a Day Pass saying they are unavailable.
  19. On a 28 day cruise, I would certainly expect almost everyone to dress somewhat formally, as the average age on such a cruise will skew into the 70+ range on average. My wife and I will be embarking next week on a 10 day Caribbean cruise and she'll be wearing a cocktail dress and I will be wearing slacks, shirt and tie for each formal. In fact, she will wear a dress every evening and I'll be in slacks and a collared shirt every night except the first at last, when jeans are considered appropriate.
  20. What day are you in Antigua? I'm showing the Jewel of the Seas is only there tomorrow the 25th and doesn't visit the island next week on the voyage leaving San Juan on the 29th.
  21. I tried to get a day pass for May 7th and had no luck at all............... They said none where available even though we're past Sandals guests and plan on staying with them again.
  22. When the package was truly unlimited, I agreed that sharing was inappropriate from an ethical standpoint (Like the buffet example given earlier) But with the newly imposed 15 drink limit, I think Princess changed the equation..... It can be justifiably argued that you've prepaid for 15 drinks per day - so sharing those 15 should be your choice.
  23. I just came back from the Imagination 3 day and think this would be a huge improvement. As it stands, everyone is exhausted from Ensenada being on the first cruise day which really affects the elegant night that evening and the nightlife afterwards. Then on the last night (Saturday) the ship is really hoping since passengers can sleep in that morning, but are exhausted again as they wake up early to disembark. The change will allow more sleep on Friday (At sea) after the long embarkation day and an earlier evening on the final day (Saturday) after the trip into Ensenada. Better all the way around in my opinion.
  24. Personally I tip 20% on food when the service is good to excellent. But allow an extra $5 - $10 for a bottle of wine regardless of the price. There's just no reason to justify a $30 tip to pour a $200 bottle of wine requiring the same effort to serve a $25 one.
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