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abbydancer

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  1. As mentioned above, it's the time of the flight - not when you leave the ship. When we used it in 2018, we were at the last departure time.
  2. Space permitting you can - 10.00 pp for breakfast, 20.00 pp for lunch, and 30.00 pp for dinner. (pp=per person)
  3. We had one as our first suite, as that was all that was available. After the first day we forgot about the pole. We've been in S2s since, partly because we go with friends who want cabins next to us, which you can't do with S1s. I'd book book another aft S1 in a heartbeat.
  4. Yeah - the only problem - it's a cruise I do every summer with my sister. That one was the 2018 one. In 2019, we did Aqua. For 2020 she decided Aqua and Concierge were nice, but she now wants only the Sky Suite.
  5. We once upgraded from a Concierge to a sky suite because someone on the roll call pointed out a price drop. (About 4 of us did that - and ended up becoming friends).
  6. An assortment of comments here .... I live on my roll calls - I've made lifelong friends. Some I just stay in touch with via email or facebook. Others much better. Some examples. We met a couple from Seattle at a roll call meet up on a California coastal on Princess. They were on a cruise a year later with us. A year after that, we did a cruise with them, and a couple they knew from a different forum who lived near us (but also on our roll call). The friends who lived (they've moved) near us are some of our closest friends. When they come back to visit, we're the top of their list after family. I was visiting my sister in New York last summer, and she decided to have a debate watch party. She invited a roll call couple friend of mine - now they are her friends. The list goes on. I mostly book tours set up by my roll call. Almost always they are perfect. Although ... About 10 years ago I set up a tour in Montevideo of a local winery. I think we had 12 people, and the tour could take 15. A couple of months before the cruise, I got an email from the winery asking if a couple who had contacted them directly could join us. We said it was fine. (We met them on the ship simply because quite accidentally, we had lunch together). Come the morning of the tour, at 7 am I get a call from them saying they were sick and not coming. Fortunately, the tour cost was combined with the winery tour/lunch, and transportation/city tour. The winery graciously only charged us for their share of the city tour/transportation. (Funny thing - 10 years later - next time I was in Montevideo - did the same tour, with 19 people. Two days before I get a call from a group of 3 that they had to disembark in MV to get a flight home. They covered most of their transportation cost, giving me cash). I'm also good at meeting roll call people in advance, either local to me, or if I'm traveling. So, I'll start many cruises having met a couple of people.
  7. My sister and I had about 75.00 left in OBC on our last cruise. We each put close to the max into a slot machine, and played for a bit. I lost about 5.00 of mine and cashed out the rest. She won, (10s of dollars - don't get too excited) and we cashed that out. Am I not supposed to be able to do that?
  8. The Star had a better itinerary - ie 16 days vs 14, so one more in Antarctica and we got Pueto Arenas and the Beagle channel. h I like the Eclipse better a ship, though, and the X experience slightly more. The Coral right now is my favorite Princess ship.
  9. I'm following. I've done 2 Antarctic big ship trips. Star Princess in 2010 - got to most of what we were supposed to, and then last year on the Eclipse - we had great days in Antarctica, but it was shorter than the Princess version. We had so much fun on the Star that we had to go again. We had great tablemates on that one.
  10. Last time we had friends join us in Luminae it was, 10 for breakfast, 20 for lunch and 30 for dinner. We're on a cruise in 2021 with two sets of friends. When we booked, we were in concierge with friends A, however a few months later friends B booked a Sky suite and we promised we'd go to a sky suite with them, abandoning friends A in the main dining. Because of that, we plan to treat them to dinner in Luminae some nights. I believe that you have to clear it with the Maitre'd for space. A couple of years ago we ran into some friends we knew on the ship, and since we were in a suite and they were in Aqua we had breakfast in Aqua together one day, and we brought them to lunch in Luminae another day. It was 20.00 per person then.
  11. We used it in September of 2018. Worked fine, in that we got our luggage in SF and our friends got theirs in San Diego. That said, one of the friends reported her suitcase was damaged. She had no way of getting the damaged paid for, as who knows where the damage occurred? Room to dock, dock to airport, SEA to SAN? Could have been anywhere.
  12. We did LPC on the Edge when it first launched. DH thought it was one of the best meals he'd had on a cruise (it was the Petit Chef and Friends menu - NOT the original menu). I've now done it 3 times, and still think it's a once and done. Each time, I went with people who'd never done it before. I might be talked in the the Edge menu again (and theyd have to do a lot of talking), but not the steak and lobster one. Personal preference.
  13. We were in 2131 on the Equinox a couple of years ago and heard noise a couple of times, but not bad. I've got on two more cruises - on on Eclipse and one on Solstice. I don't understand why cruiselines (not just X) put the high end rooms directly under the buffet.
  14. On my post of my husbands mistagged luggage? The story doesn't end there. When we arrived back in San Francisco late at night (after spending a few hours in New York with my sister), we pick up the bags and are about 20 minutes after leaving the airport when we get a call from United baggage services saying that they have my husband's bag and we have someone else's. Yup, we turn around and go back. Identical bags. And FYI, the bag was not black and an Eagle Creek bag, so not that common.
  15. We had a similar situation disembarking in New York. My bag was there DH's not. He finally, after all the bags were off loaded, had a luggage area worker walk around with him, and he found it in a completely different color group, with different tags attached. We had a car service picking us up (along with another couple) and they charged us for waiting. I contacted Princess support to try to get them to reimburse us (it happened in their hands). They wouldn't but did give a refundable OBC on a future cruise that more than covered it. Best of luck OP.
  16. I've been in 3 suites so far. First one with DH, we didn't quite know what he could do, so we didn't ask for anything. Our butler came down to Luminae one morning to see if there was anything he could do. He later gave us a bottle of wine. Next time, my sister and I upgraded from a balcony. When I told her the butler could bring morning coffee, her comment was "you already have that" (the previous year she would get up before I did due to living in different time zones, would go to the pool and come back with coffee for me). We did once ask for 4 wine glasses and cheese and crackers instead of the usual afternoon treats, as we had friends coming who'd never seen a suite. He brought the glasses, a bottle of champagne, a shrimp plate, chocolate covered strawberries and a cheese and meat plate. Last time, we had coffee most mornings, occasional lattes and snacks and a few other things.
  17. Thanks. When I click it, I just get deck plans. Nothing about dry dock dates. And I'd like to know what you used to determine it was going back to 2020. Nothing I've seen says it's going back.
  18. Where did you see that it's back to 2020? Everything I've seen still says 2021, and if it went back to 2020 that's rather annoying as we had to change our cruise (although, we did get an extra day for the cost of port taxes only). And on the plus side, I'll be on it with my sister in August 2020.
  19. The Eclipse goes to drydock for the X revolution (AKA Edge-ifying) in April of 2021. It was, I believed moved because of the incident with the Oasis of the Seas in drydock - it threw off a lot. They changed the later cruises completely, cancelling the cruises to Hawaii and then onto Vancouver, instead doing some Asia and then from Japan straight to Vancouver. (We were on the 4/22/21 to Hawaii) and got moved to the Solstice a couple of weeks later, with price protection and some OBC.) So I don't think it would be in dry dock twice a year apart.
  20. My sister and I have modified the burger in a couple of ways. She asked for it to be a grill cheese sandwich ie, a cheddar grill cheese with onion jam. I have them cut the burger in half horizontally so it's thinner. (Or put a kids burger in)
  21. I enjoyed your post from Mykonos - we were there on our cruise and really didn't like it. Probably because we didn't book any tour with ship or private and there were 5 or so ships in port. Way too crowded. If I'm there again, I'll try to find your tour guide.
  22. We talked to the Luminae staff about the main dining menu thing. The reason, of course, is that Luminae is miles away from the main dining room (ok, maybe not miles, just decks). So, they don't have easy access to the main dining kitchen. I was told that if you didn't want the Luminae menu, they'd call down to the main dining and you could go there. Not the best solution, but understandable. They were less clear about special requests made the day before. I suspect at that time they just didn't know. Enjoying your reports - it's fun to revisit our cruise of 2017.
  23. I'm not sure the problem isn't with the Big Box Agency. I know what the contract says, but we had a ship redeployed from under us and X was quite reasonable. Full refund or price protection onto a similar cruise. (and it was for 2021, but the price protection included 2020). I know it wasn't completely cancelled, but I still think there's something wrong here.
  24. Hi Jim Following along as usual. By the way we had friends do the walk down in Santorini and they said never again. They found the donkey poo situation difficult. YMMV. And let me know if you want me to water your plants or something ....
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