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  1. In 50 cruises, at least half August-October, we have been impacted by a hurricane once. In our case Sept 2017 Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale) was closed when we were due back on our first cruise. Seven day Eastern Caribbean turned into 10 day Western. Plus next cruise was officially shortened to 4 days. Extra days were basically free and you had to ask to add gratuities back on. Drink packages were extended and internet was half price. For the 4 day we could either cancel for 100% back plus some airline credit or sail with 50% back as refundable onboard credit and 50% back as a future cruise credit. So second cruise was free. This is pretty typical of what happens in a hurricane - the cruise line does a decent job of compensating you. In our case we were already on the ship and still got the second cruise free. Cruise lines worked with passengers to help them fly out of Cancun if they needed to get back. People living in Florida that didn't have power were given balcony rooms for $400 if they wanted to stay aboard for the next four days. Note that this year the same thing happened - cruises extended or cut short. So it can happen. We've been doing this since 2004 and have been impacted once. In March you can get snow preventing you from getting to the ship. Always fly in at least a day early, buy insurance and don't sweat the small stuff.
  2. Since you are on a B2B, print out SetSail passes for all the cruises. They may or may not store the extra bottles for the second and third cruises so know which bottles you want to keep for the first cruise.
  3. Ships are close to identical except for Solarium design, the musical, and a couple of dining options. Harder to get to the port for Harmony. Harmony is slightly newer, so tends to be more expensive. You really need to check the port boards and see which have things you would prefer to do. Also check ship excursions and tour consolidators like ShoreExcursioneer and ShoreExcursionsGroup for what are generally offered. All have been hit by hurricanes and are rebuilding (French side St Martin is still in bad shape) and need your tourist dollars. We like them all; Sant Maarten, St Thomas, St Kitts, San Juan in descending order of preference. If you decide to go to San Juan and have a National Parks pass, take it for fort entry.
  4. Everyone got certificates from Princess and there was a ceremony at the pool. Representative volunteers (3 or 4) participated in the ceremony.
  5. We typically sit at the same table in Anytime Dining for an entire cruise. Many times the table number changes - people setting up the dining room put a bunch of the markers on one table while setting up. Our waiters just find the right number for us and move it to our table. Also fairly common for the waiter names to be the lunch waiters.
  6. B2B on Navigator a few months ago. Two in room. Two cups first cruise. Four on second. First two cups continued to work for whole second week. Steward thought it was funny when he delivered them and enjoyed lining up the extra cups in different ways throughout the second cruise (yes, he was a character!).
  7. For us normally it is 3-4 days. Latest cancel was from their end cancelling an excursion. Posting date is 1 day on credit card account but looks like it was back-dated - showed up today but dated 9/12, so it took around 6 days. Had gotten three reductions in this excursion so was disappointed they cancelled that tour.
  8. Your SetSail paperwork is used until you can get access to your cabin and cruise card. Each person with a package should have a separate SetSail pass.
  9. Escape room on Navigator did appear in the Cruise Planner a couple of months out. Well worth doing. Nothing else had reservations, although the ice show with many drones did fill up about 15 minutes before the show. Skating views are best near the ice. Drone show is best if you are near the back.
  10. The Navigator facility is a dedicated, high-tech escape room. Only a few locks and lots of room-specific puzzles. And the entire group is needed to work multiple puzzles. This one did cost $20.
  11. LeeW

    Is Nassau Safe?

    You are unlikely to even see an actual refugee from the other islands. Tourist area is pretty built up and any refugees are going to be elsewhere on the island. While we think the Straw Market is a bit too pushy for us, it doesn't stop us from going anywhere in Nassau. The Bahamas economy really needs you to spend money there right now.
  12. The Trident Grill near the pool stays open late on most nights and sometimes has special menu nights. Keep an eye open in the Patter or for signs on the grill. Not predictable, though. Grill has been renamed on some ships to Salty Dog, but still has similar menus. Dislike Ernesto, but loaded fries are great.
  13. The little mermaid is little. Like kid-sized. You have to walk by a much larger statue to get to the fort or out to the main street. But consider buying a Copenhagen Card before you go. Includes admission to most museums, bus/train transportation, Tivoli, and even the canal boat cruise. The dock for that is adjacent to the end of your pier/little mermaid and will take you over to the scenic dock area and near several museums. View from the canal boat may be better than from shore. You won't see everything in a day, but three or four museums/castle admissions pays for the Card and works like a Fast Pass - bypass many ticket booth lines. With a tour you will spend a lot of time waiting for other people on the tour.
  14. Four cruises booked with $52/$56/$65/$65 prices currently. The only thing I have noticed is higher prices on big ships and 2020. Not seeing any sales yet on shore excursions for 2020 either. Constant sales of various prices on 2019 cruises.
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