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earlydiner

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About earlydiner

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Everson, WA
  • Interests
    Cruising, sitting in our oceanfront condo, family.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess and Royal
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Panama
  1. earlydiner

    I do flaunt my C&A Status

    It seems that we have drifted many different directions from the original post, and that is perfectly fine. I just want to bring us to my version of maybe a curve ball. We have been on about an equal number of Princess and Royal cruises. We enjoy both so usually choose by itinerary and price. We are platinum on both lines. As I was just reading the "benefits" of the different tiers, I noticed that very few of Royal's "benefits" cost Royal any dollars. Great to have priority seating in the theater but that doesn't cost RCL anything. Might cost those at a lower level a seat however. As platinum on Princess we get some practical "benefits" like free internet and soon free laundry and with Royal we get a lapel pin.
  2. We have been on about an equal number of Princess and Royal cruises. We enjoy each so usually choose by itinerary and price. We are platinum of both lines. As I was just reading the "benefits" of the different tiers, I noticed that very few of Royal's "benefits" cost Royal any dollars. Great to have priority seating in the theater but that doesn't cost RCL anything. Might cost those at a lower level a seat however. As platinum on Princess we get some practical "benefits" like free internet and soon free laundry and with Royal we get a lapel pin.
  3. earlydiner

    liberty of the seas??

    Just looked and they are all listed. Something must be incorrect in your search. We were on LOS last year with all our kids and grands. It was a great ship. Have a great cruise.
  4. earlydiner

    Roatan excursion question.

    I will second SirRedman's comments on Bodden Tours. There were 9 of us ranging from 13 to 70 and were all had a great time. We snorkeled, and saw much of the island but everyone's favorite was their monkey, bird, sloth zoo. Our guide was at the ship to pick us up and was ours for the day. Highly recommend them.
  5. earlydiner

    Vancouver to California - Best time to cruise

    We have taken this cruise on the Star a couple of times. I believe they were 10 days. Also taken it on Celebrity and Royal. All have very similar itineraries including Astoria, San Francisco, and Victoria. Royal is R/T Seattle, two cruises every September. They were all great. (I've yet to be on a bad cruise). Fall definitely gives you the best opportunity for good weather.
  6. earlydiner

    Thoughts on my first Princess cruise 😎

    Love it:cool::cool::cool:! :cool:
  7. earlydiner

    Motion Sickness prevention

    Since you are leaving out of Vancouver, I would recommend you go to any drug store and buy a motion sickness product called Gravol. There are two kinds- a four hour product and a slow release 12 hour product. These are both ginger based with other goodies added. Neither are available in the USA and are over the counter in BC. We live 4 miles south of the border so we are always stocked up. My wife calls it a life saver.
  8. earlydiner

    Galveston Boarding

    Agree with Skippy. We arrived at about 10 and didn't wait at all for security or check in. Then we did wait for about 45 minutes to board the ship. There you have seating and drinks. They call you in the order you arrived (after Platinum and Elite) to board the ship. Early is best. Get on the ship before the masses arrive. Have a great cruise. The Liberty is a beautiful ship with lots to do.
  9. earlydiner

    Prepurchase water prices doubled!

    Twenty years ago if someone read this much discussion on "water", they would have said you are crazy. The ships's water is probably purer than the "filtered" water in a PLASTIC bottle. I'll drink to that--ship's water that is.
  10. earlydiner

    Price Drop! GREAT deal on Star Princess to S.A.

    Thank you for your post on "deals" that do show up. It proves we need to check prices on each cruise we are interested in daily. We booked a 15 day Panama Canal cruise in November on the Coral three weeks before embarkation in an obstructed mid ship cabin for $599. Had never seen that low before and haven't seen it that low since, but they do show up. By the way, the cruise was GREAT.
  11. earlydiner

    Seattle Embarkation

    Your timing should be perfect. Go right to the pier, check in, and you should be on the ship around noon. Good way to beat the rush. Have a great cruise.
  12. We also did the Pacific Coast last year on the Explorer and just booked it again for 9/21/18. We are 90 miles north of Seattle, so it is very convenient. We are with you on the coconut macaroons-love them and I'm with your husband on the prime rib. We also have MTD - love to meet new people each night with a table for 6-10. We love the MDR for most of our meals. So elegant and we love being pampered. Although we are generally Princess cruisers, this is a great, friendly ship. Maybe see you on board.
  13. earlydiner

    Pier 91 - Seattle

    Gone out of pier 91 on both Princess and RCI. Yes there are the platinum/elite lines. Last time, however, the general line was much quicker so that is where we ended up. This port is very efficient on both embarkation and disembarkation.
  14. earlydiner

    WiFi calling with Verizon

    We used WiFi calling with AT&T on the Coral Princess Panama Cruise. We had 500 "free" minutes and used almost all of that time with kids and grands. No Problems.
  15. earlydiner

    Ship time on a full Panama Canal transit

    The Coral full transit in November/December took 9 hours from East to West.
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