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CaliforniaDon

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    San Diego area (Escondido), CA
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    Destination overview shore excursions.
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    Princess, Celebrity, Norwegian
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    West Coast, USA , Caribbean
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  1. We just booked a balcony cabin in response to a sale email from princess. We did this while on another cruise, and when using our future cruise credit the OBC was less than expected. We got $25 per person instead of $50 for a seven day balcony. After an attempt to explain to us that seven days was really six nights, and after I did not believe that, The future cruise lady checked somewhere and reported back that since we paid for an inside cabin (the sale offer) we got the OBC for an inside cabin rather than the balcony, since it was a free upgrade. Has this happened to other people? I suppose either way makes sense. We DID book a balcony but just got a good price. Our payment document does indicate that we got an upgrade from category I F.
  2. We know with Princess that past performance is not an indicator of future treatment - so keep a positive outlook. HOWEVER, on a Caribbean back to back, I put a case of 12 bottles in with checked bags, clearly marked as a wine box, and inside on top, I had a big note that said something like: Cabin XXX, Davis, Don and Catherine Booking ABCABC - 2 bottles, Booking GBACAG: 2 bottles - Corkage fee:8 bottles. Thanks The box arrived in the cabin about an hour after suitcases - rope handle removed, tape cut on 3 sides at the top. 8 of the bottles had stickers, 4 did not (I could/should have specified which) - and there was a receipt for the corkage fee, which had been charged to my account for the 8. So, YES, that time, they did exactly what seemed right and they had time to think about it. Next time, hopefully it will be the same. If not, enjoy the wine anyhow.
  3. Swapping what for what? This may be a good place to mention this. Our last trip was our first Elite (yay) and we got our mini-bar on schedule. I knew we could trade the booze for beer and so forth, but was surprised that they wanted a play-by-play on the phone of WHAT I was trading for what. So, on that phone call on busy embarkation day, be ready with specifics. As I recall, I could get Bud Light as a beer choice, so my order might have included trading Dos Equis for Bud light as well as naming each booze bottle pair. Likewise trade the 2 Coke for Diet Cokes etc. The delay in getting the stuff swapped was multiple hours, and, as I recall, they said that I did not need to be present in the room for the swap. -- Thanks for those photos, they will allow me to prepare my swap list well in advance and have it ready to read on my next cruise.
  4. I tried one on the Regal last spring, and got the burger and beer special - figuring it was a way to get a cheaper beer. As I recall, it was an odd experience. I think that the burger was brought to me at a table near the venue, but I had to go get the beer myself. Then the bookkeeping on the bill was odd. They charged full price for the beer, but only a little for the burger instead of the burger price plus cheap beer. The total came out the same. In spite of the logistics being a bit odd, I would say that the burger was fantastic. - It is all a matter of preference, but I felt it was good enough that I stopped by and complimented the "chef" on his work. I would do it again once or twice - for the cheap beer, of course!
  5. We have used that a few times and it works fine. Others may want to comment, but WE never had steps to deal with when disembarking, and used the ship elevator only to get to the assigned waiting lounge. Now, while you can carry off any-sized luggage, you do have to carry all of it. We did a practice run before the trip to be sure that our carry-on could attach securely on top of our big suitcase, AND that you can reach the handle comfortably with the second item on top. Most of the trip can be worked on the 4 wheels of the suitcase, but sometimes you may have to tip them onto 2 wheels - for the escalator, or rough terrain, etc. All in all - even though you are pushing your suitcase a lot farther, it is pretty good in that you are getting off earlier and getting on your way.
  6. In March, 2019, on a back to back on the Regal I printed my two boarding passes but never needed them. In this case I boxed up a dozen bottles of wine and put a note inside the top that said 2 bottles for reservation XXXYYY, two bottles for reservation YYYZZZ and 8 bottles for corkage fee - along with my name and cabin #. I gave up the box along with my suitcases at the terminal. The suitcases showed up in a timely manner, and closer to 5 pm or so, the box was delivered. The rope handle and wrapping was cut off, the top was cut open on 3 sides and two new documents were on the top. One was a printed naughty note saying the box had been opened the illegal contents confiscated, and the other was a receipt for 8 x $15 In this case they accepted my math, billed me for the extras and put corkage stickers on 8 random bottles. No bottles were missing, and there was no indication that the procedure was improper. Next time I would specify WHICH bottles were to get the stickers. What will happen next time? Who knows, but not lugging around a HEAVY box of wine worked fine.
  7. NIGHTCLOCK is the app used here. I am sure others would work too. 3 or 4 of those extra strong magnet hooks come in handy for a lot of uses. I got mine at a Lowes, Depot hardware store.
  8. TIME CHECK! I am listing this item, not because it is so great, but because I was just sooooo pleased with myself at how well it did the job that I wanted done. I wake up in the night and need to know how tired I still am, so a peek at the clock will put me right. After a few marginal solutions, here is my best. This phone app hangs high from the ceiling, so both sleepers can see it - and it has a dimmer, so it would not be this bright at night. The phone is left on charger, since I hear it eats battery life. More on my hobby web page http://beercruisers.com/hacks/index.htm
  9. Agree! We booked the same thing this spring and specifically booked two legs separately. It worked fine for us - we did not need to notify anyone, (although we did make sure our cabin steward knew) and, sure enough, our mini-bar showed up for leg two. They DID, however, seem to know that we would not get our liquor purchase delivered to our cabin at the end of leg 1 as some people had been able to do in bygone days. They managed to solve that little "flaw" in their system. Sigh.
  10. Before going on our March 2019 back to back Caribbean cruise on the Regal, I had checked out the options for wine management by reading other posts. Here is what we did, and how it worked. We took a case of 12 assorted 750 ml bottles. We packed them in a Total Wine empty box that had flimsy dividers in it. I then tied some clothes-line type rope around to make provisions for a handle of sorts. I made sure that the box could not slip out of the rope and fall to the ground - even if being mis-handled a bit by the boarding process. I taped the box shut, and taped a couple of luggage tags on two sides, wrapping them over a corner, so they each could be seen from 2 side of the box. I took the other sides and Magic Marker-ed my last name and cabin #. I put a layer of bubble wrap on the bottom of the box before re-inserting the dividers. It made me FEEL like that was safer, anyhow. The box was super-heavy, and wrapping a rag around the "handle" rope helped, but just a little. I gave the box to the baggage handler at the dock, along with our 2 suitcases and $10. I asked him to guard the box carefully (being a wine box, he might have guessed what was in it.) What I had not seen on the Cruise Critic message board was -- I put a large sheet of paper in the top of the box, with big writing saying: 2 bottles for Booking XXXX, 2 bottles for Booking YYYY - 8 bottles for Corkage - and my name and cabin #. RESULT - Our luggage arrived promptly, but no wine. A few hours later, there was a door knock and we were handed the box - minus the rope, the tape was slit open on 3 sides and my paper was in there, along with 2 other things. One was a printed card that spoke of the screening that found excess bottles, etc etc. and the other was a receipt for 8 x $15. All of the wine was still there. TWO CONCLUSIONS: The system worked. They allowed my 4 freebies (for the two legs of the BTB) and they stickered 8 bottles and charged my account. What I failed to do was designate which bottles should have gotten stickers. I feel like I easily could have done that, so that the dining room staff did not end up swapping stickers so I could keep the odd wines in the cabin. The stickers do tend to self-destruct when re-assigned which might have been an issue if we had carried a bottle somewhere other than the main dining room. As with all Princess procedures, the next time might yield different results, but that time it worked as I had hoped.
  11. How often do you need to detach your medallion and hand it to staff? I have a great 3 foot expanding belt chain but no quick disconnect (yet)— so I order a beer at a bar, or on the ocean now app — can I complete the deal without unclipping? Are there other times that one needs to detach? What about people with wrist bands?
  12. We know that we could bring a case of wine aboard, (beyond the one per person) subject to the corkage fees. Does anyone have experience with the larger 1.5 liter bottles - (a case of 6 vs 12- 750 ml bottles)? Does Princess charge double corkage or have a fit etc? Has anyone brought one of those jumbo boxes of wine for possible corkage? I don't see THAT at the dinner table. Chateau Walmart works for us in our cabin, if it is allowed. Perhaps they will charge a "screw-toppage" or "plastic spigot" fee?
  13. Hi - If I pre-order a bucket of beer and have it delivered to my cabin on boarding, will I get hit for sales tax? As I recall, when I went to get one at the pool bar pre-departure, they were going to add the tax unless I waited an unspecified amount of time until their computers disabled the tax. This falls, for me, into the "adding insult to injury" category.
  14. CPAP management is part of the cruising adventure - with several good ways to get the job done. My own solution is to take a 3 foot little power strip (one without a surge protector feature) and put it in your checked luggage. Then I carry an 8 foot or so brown extension cord in my CPAP bag. I also pack a 3 way plug for the extension cord. That has covered all kinds of issues, including chargers with space-hogging wall warts, etc. The one time they abruptly decided that my surge protected power strip was too dangerous, they DID issue me a huge 20 foot extension cord - but they never have bothered my regular extension cord. On boarding day when our cabin steward checks in with us I have always asked for "distilled water for my breathing device" and the steward has never been surprised and always brought it by the end of the first evening. Laying the short power strip on the desk allows the CPAP to reach the bed easily. I leave it set up, but remove the hose each morning. By the way, I borrow a book from the library that is just the right height so the back of the CPAP rests on the lamp base, and the front is leveled by the book. I return the book at the end of the cruise. Sleep well!
  15. Hi - I did the pictures a while ago but - - when you get the page with the bubbles for different features, one is "Security Photo" and another says "Profile Photo" -- Each of those gives you an option to add a pic with your camera, or add an existing file. I hope that helps. Security is the photo for staff to ID you, and Profile is the avatar, or informal identifier. If it is unclear, I can try to take a picture of MY phone with my wife's, and include that here. This whole thing is best taken with a winky-face for now.
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