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  1. We're thinking about doing just this next April 2020.....our Koningsdam 4 night repositioning cruise debarks in Vancouver the Oosterdam will be right next to us going to Seattle overnight so we're thinking it would be an easy way to get to Seattle to visit our kids then fly back there. Makes sense dollar wise......
  2. They change out the duvet comforter on top between guests.......part of the new bedding
  3. I have to say that we really enjoyed our experience on board the Oasis of the Seas, however it was five years ago during November. Not so many kids aboard then, and it was the only cruise we ever took where we NEVER HAD TO EAT AT THE BUFFET. There were so many other food venues to eat at we never went there, and it was a good thing because you got in line before you could even go inside. We had a central park balcony which was different and we enjoyed it. Agreed it's a different type of cruise, that class of ship looses much of your connection with the ocean as all inside areas have no windows out to the sea......it was like a giant shopping mall. Had to get up on deck to see the sea. But the adult solarium up front was fantastic.
  4. We've booked as far as two years out (got insurance that far out) and if you take advantage of the sip n sail or three for free you usually must book out as much as 1.5 years out. I'm retiring next year and very excited to be able to take advantage of last minute deals.
  5. Princess average drink prices range now from $8 to $12 bucks per......so if you would get over five or six any given day (and that would include coffees) it would be cost effective. Remember on port days usually don't drink on board so much.
  6. Only once did we get into port when they had to put the ship down at another pier at the end of Port O Call as it used to be. They took us by bus to the regular area where two other ships were docked that morning. Only happened that one time about 4 or 5 years back. It added time to the debarkation process of course. To be safe I would not book a flight any earlier than around noon.
  7. Ensenada is an easy walk into town now.....they've created a nice bridge that takes you along the waterfront to the flag pavillion. We love to go to El Corralito for great margaritas and food.....have fun.
  8. Just off it as well and 2.5 is correct......
  9. I know on Princess they are being replace with hand washing stations as you enter the buffet.
  10. We were just aboard her two weeks ago.....see my review. While we love the covered pool/ conservatory for cold sea days and all of the things spoken of above, she is 18 years old and in need of major plumbing repairs. Heard she is going in for dry dock next April to refit her for medallion so one can hope they will address the plumbing all over the ship. We ate at Sabatini's and it was very good.
  11. We were just aboard the Star two weeks ago for a Seattle based coastal. The ports were remarkable ....weather was everything from 45 to 95 degrees. The ship is in need of plumbing repairs all over but other than that was fine.
  12. We were just there last week, and while we did have more the just your four hours, we walked into town and took a pickle boat back to Fisherman's wharf then walked to ship. We were away from ship around four hours. I would take a cab into town and go to Irish Times pub/restaurant and have a scotch egg and a beer......just a suggestion......:)
  13. Update.....our tenders went to Fisherman's wharf as usual. On the plus side.....we did walk out to the Coast Guard pier and found a wonderful little food place that had scotch eggs on the menu......we turned our friends on to them.....they were great there and we also got them in Victoria at the Irish Times pub/restaurant......we get one whenever we see on a menu.....yummy.
  14. We have sailed Princess mainly, also Carnival and RCI......we live on the West coast so NCL has mostly pulled out of LA like RCI. So now I just heard a radio commercial about the NCL Joy sailing out of LA this January and it has a five night baja to Cabo and Ensenada which we're thinking about doing. Now with our usual lines we get a stockholder OBC and perks with our loyalty level.....why should be try NCL in January...? At our age 50's and 60's our kids are grown with no grandchildren yet so we avoid ships with lots of kids type entertainment these days. That said in January I would think this sailing would not have too many children. We'd just do an interior to keep costs in check. Can we ask anyone who has sailed the Joy to chime in and tell us what they liked or did not like to help us make this easier....? Thanks in advance.......:)
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