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  1. We have done this at least 6 times including Feb 2020 (last Princess cruise) and other than tipping the driver we have never paid the hotel.
  2. Princess ships atmosphere in general is relatively casual. There will should be two formal nights where dressing up is encouraged but not strictly enforced. All other nights smart casual is the norm (No shorts, tattered clothing, etc.). Princess has both Fixed seating and open seating plus you can call the Dine Line to make reservations (old system theoretically you will be able to do this with your smart phone/tablet with the new Medallion system). Regarding hotels there a two 3-ish star hotels in San Pedro (Crowne Plaza and Doubletree) that have free shuttles to the pier. Alt
  3. All the Princess Grand and Grand Plus ships fit in Bora Bora and Moorea. We have done the 28 day cruise on the Sapphire, Golden, Crown and Emerald (x3). What the larger ships probably can't do is the smaller Tahitian and Marquesas islands but since HALs Zuiderdam can do them I might be wrong. We are currently booked on the Zuiderdam stating Feb 22 for 35 day Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas R/T from San Diego. One small comment it is Motus not Mutus.
  4. Nope, MedallionNet was fully operational on our Feb 2020 28 day cruise and they were almost ready to turn on the Medallion System, we still had a Cruise card but you unlocked your room by tapping an Icon on the wall no more slot in the door.
  5. When did you cruise? Emerald did not have the MedallionNet until sometime mid to late 2019. When we did Hawaii in Feb 2019 the internet was basically unusable but when we did 28 day Hawaii Tahiti in Feb 2020 it worked perfectly the whole cruise.
  6. It's not the same but we just booked Holland America Zuiderdam 35 day RT Hawaii Tahiti cruise from San Diego Feb 27 - Apr 3 2022 that hits all the same islands as Pacific Princess and a couple of extras (only once of course!) and it doesn't require a Transpacific flight back from Tahiti or Australia/New Zealand.
  7. The Emerald was almost ready on our Tahiti cruise this February (Fast Internet, New TV monitors and the Cruise Card unlocked the door by Tapping on the Medallion pad) so there is very little they need to do to turn the system on.
  8. It's actually more like a failsafe drain in case the one around the shower footprint gets clogged with hair. Hint: The shower drain can get clogged, happened to us in February on the Emerald Tahiti cruise.
  9. I don't have an answer to your second question but on the first I would be very skeptical that French Polynesia and Samoa will be ready by next March (definitely not this November). My DW and I were on the Emerald 28 Day this February and were lucky enough to make FP but not Samoa. Very shortly after FP was shut down as a protection measure since people in the South Pacific are very susceptible to diseases. My guess is that is will take a widely distributed effective vaccine before reopening. The only thing that might change this would be some type of ship wide negative COVID te
  10. I know there is a Virtual Regal TA thread https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2746501-live-virtual-transatlantic-on-the-regal/ right now but looking at Bridge Cams and AIS Vessel tracking she is actually on the way now currently ENE of Bermuda! Additionally, Crown is a St Maarten now and Island is also bound there. Anyone on this all knowing board have any details?
  11. I just noticed on the Princess web cams and MarineTraffic AIS that Sapphire and Majestic are also destined for the Philippines, interestingly the Sapphire shows destination Manila vice Subic Bay. They are close together above Brunei so they should get there long before Royal and the Carnival and HAL ships.
  12. Looks like Royal Princess is taking crew members back to the Philippines. It docked in San Pedro today and looking at the AIS Marine Traffic site it looks like Star, Grand and the Eurodam all looped thru the Harbor and transferred crew members. Does anyone have more details or news?
  13. Search the internet for Princess Handicap Staterooms and you will find several pictures/videos. We are currently in a Handicap Balcony on the Emerald which is 50% larger than a regular balcony with tons of room to move around everything. (We are not mobility impaired just assigned as our Reserved Balcony).
  14. Per Princess website Island Princess is a MedallionNet ship which means it has the fast internet but not all the other Medallion features.
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