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  1. I would also recommend the Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 area. There are a lot of chain hotels around and not too far from the cruise terminals. I've not seen any of the city hotels that have shuttles so taxi/Uber to terminal.
  2. If you are on Princess, you'll probably be at the Pier 27 terminal. It's very nice but the only separate waiting section is for Elite and full suite passengers. (maybe also Platinum but I'm not sure). If you are on Carnival you may be using Pier 35 but since I've never boarded from there I can't speak to their waiting areas. Happy sailing!
  3. Are all the courses unlimited? Thanks.
  4. I think I know who you mean, I too enjoy his walk throughs.
  5. I just go to You Tube and put in the name of the ship. there are usually a lot of videos for that particular ship by everyday cruisers. I don't watch anything produced by the cruise line. You can put in the name of the port and get good videos that way as well. Happy cruising!
  6. Thank you for mentioning this, I was unaware. I just downloaded it as well.
  7. @RGEDad What time did you arrive? Perhaps that was the reason? We've cruised many times from Pier 27 and never had that problem. We usually arrive before 11AM. since we need to checkout of the hotel by then. Maybe it's less busy then. I wonder if the previous cruise was a little late getting in? We usually do the latest disembark since we don't need to get anywhere right away so it's usually pretty cleared out by then and easy to get a cab. I'm sorry you did not have a better start to your cruise. Sometimes something like that will put a damper on your whole day.
  8. Did the sea horse farm several years ago, definitely worth it. Very interesting.
  9. I love to watch your videos on cruise news, short and to the point. Maybe we'll see you on board some day.
  10. Just now received an email with an itinerary change. We are on the Ruby in December for the r/t S.F. to Hawaii. The Lahaina stop has been changed to Kona.
  11. It's nice to eat on your balcony but you can do it in your stateroom as well. They will provide the table and chairs.
  12. We did this for our 50th anniversary last year, had to move it inside because of the wind. We got all of the above plus a chocolate cake, which was larger than the ones in the dining room for special occasions. We had a delicious meal and will do it again.
  13. My husband needs wheelchair assistance for boarding. At Pier 27 in S.F., when you arrive look by the wall of the building for wheelchair assistance. They will take you up into the terminal, thru security and then thru check in. They will the leave you in an area with others needing assistance. A Princess employee will then push the wheelchair up the gangway and onto the ship. They will usually take you to wherever you choose to wait for the rooms to be ready (buffet, lounge etc). A tip is always appreciated. There is a separate check in line for those needing assistance, no need to worry about the blue/green lanes. I don't know if they will take your whole group of 15 so you may need to split up and set a place to meet on board. Happy cruising!
  14. We don't rent a scooter but an oxygen concentrator from Special Needs at Sea. It's always been delivered.
  15. marden1970


    There is a beach that is a short walk from the ship in Kauai. You could also take the shuttle to Anchor Cove and walk over to it.
  16. We did the Ultimate Balcony Dinner last year on the Crown for our 50th anniversary. It was very good. There was Champagne and a delicious chocolate cake, which was larger than the one you would get in MDR or specialty dining. It also came with a complimentary photo and flowers. I believe it was $110 with a tip for the waiter. It is delivered course by course. Somehow the waiters in Crown Grill found out it was our anniversary cruise and we got another cake and the waiters singing Happy Anniversary".
  17. The last time we cruised from there (about a year ago), you had to enter the terminal and there was a person taking names for wheelchair assist. There were chairs to sit on while waiting. A person working for the port will take you from there upstairs, thru check in and then thru security. They will drop you off in another seating area to await a Princess employee to wheel you onto the ship. We use this for my hubby as he has trouble standing and would never be able to walk the gangway to board. They will drop you wherever you want once on board. A tip is always appreciated. Happy cruising! I wouldn't wait in the line, just walk up and tell whoever is at the door that you need a wheelchair.
  18. You would need to have your phone with you to do that. I don't carry mine around so I order from a waiter but on our last few cruises that has been very difficult. There weren't enough of them and those that were there mostly just walked around trying not to look anyone in the eye. They never asked you, you had to flag them down.
  19. We were recently on the Crown and my husband's favorite was a white chocolate latte.
  20. We were on the Crown in Dec/Jan and I was always able to get 2 scoops of chocolate gelato at Coffee and Cones, no extra charge. We had the Plus Package but no one ever asked for a room number or even looked at a screen to see if Medallion showed.
  21. I agree - we did it over the holidays on the Crown, it was held at dinner time in the back area of the buffet. We shared the bucket, $39 per person even though the Patter said $29. Poorly prepared food, the best part was the Key Lime dessert.
  22. On our last cruise on the Crown (Dec/Jan), there was sometimes a pianist.
  23. I've never traveled with an infant but would the tour company require a child seat to comply with whatever the law is in Alaska?
  24. There is sometimes Twinnings brand.
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