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  1. We cruise a lot of different lines, but the most with Princess--this was our 13th cruise with them. It was disappointing enough that for the first time in quite a while we didn't buy and future cruise credits. Will we sail with them again--sure, but not as our first choice anymore. Price and itinerary will have to be stellar. Besides the beef, other food choices were worse than normal also.
  2. I appreciate all the advice and input. We don't have expensive luggage at all; bags were probably around $100, but are very sturdy and have lasted five years without any significant damage. They are a medium gray, had distinctive ribbons and identification attached, but were not locked (we never do). Maybe distinctive straps or as mentioned zip ties are in our future! They do not look expensive. Our bags are identical and were put in the hallway at the same time. We prefer getting off the ship late, when possible and waited until last call. When we realized his bag was missi
  3. Yes, we are prepared for a lot of work in order to be compensated. Still hoping it's found, but....
  4. Still hoping, but not very much.
  5. We are just off a 10 day cruise on the Island. This was our 13th cruise on Princess and the first time we felt some disappointment in the product. Some cutbacks didn't bother me, like the chair and table in the cabin which just got in the way. A few I dislike, like the shower dispensers. The worst cutback, very noticeable, was in quality of food, especially beef products in the MDR. I literally couldn't chew some of the tough cuts. The buffet selections were also pretty bad. This was an introduction to Princess cruise for my sisters (well, they cruised with them on
  6. We had escargot last week on our 10 day cruise. Also had one bar soap on the sink, and a tube of lotion. We had a pen and small notepad. No bucket chair but didn't miss it--it was always just in the way for us. No individual shampoos and conditioner, but it's been that way for years. I have to bring extra conditioner, otherwise my hair feels like straw.
  7. I agree--if I wear a pair of shorts or a top for a couple of hours, I will wear them again another day. If a top gets sweaty or dirty, of course that is it. I can do 10 days without laundry except that I do wash out underwear--I don't bring enough of that for 10 days. Over 10 days I may send out a few bigger items to be washed, if necessary.
  8. Thanks everyone--nearly 10 days now, so it's looking unlikely that it will be found, but it does have to be somewhere. Once we went to Hawaii but our luggage went to Australia--it caught up with us after about 4 days in Hawaii.
  9. We will definitely check our credit card insurance and with the airport also. It was mostly clothing in the suitcase--and a few things of mine--and not really expensive stuff, but, it will all add up when replacing. My husband's meds were in there--he only put them in until pick up, when he was going to transfer them to his carry-on. Probably the most expensive thing was one of our car openers. We have gone to purchasing a year-long medical only policy for most trips, unless they are super expensive, because, in most cases, we can afford to lose the trip price (don't
  10. Maybe 2 to 3 times, depending on many things. I usually walk, in excersize clothes, then put on a swim suit with cover-up for deck time, then nicer clothes for evening. In port, one outfit for port time, one nicer outfit.
  11. We returned from our Island Princess cruise Dec. 16th. We had a late disembark time due to our flight time, so were one of the last off the ship. When we got to the luggage area, my suitcase was there, my husband's was not. The staff was very helpful in checking by phone with various people and had us wait until the ship was cleared, with all passengers off, in hopes that someone took the wrong bag and there was a bag left. No bags left, not in crew luggage disembarking, etc. They sent us on our way after filling out an information sheet and giving instructions as to how to che
  12. As Hank says, with a little research you can DIY in most Caribbean Islands. We have also had good luck with booking a tour from the people selling them just off the ship or dock.
  13. I have seen what I would call fashion booties--really more like sandals than boots-- on cruises. If you need to wear boots for support, these probably wouldn't help. I personally don't wear boots to or on a cruise mostly because of packing issues. I could have used them last year on a Transatlantic in April with cool weather on the sea and in ports in Europe and would not have looked out of place in Europe. If you really need them for support, of course go ahead. I'd look for some that don't look too wintery though. And to say the Caribbean has 'winter'
  14. I used a jewelry roll for many years but lately I have been putting necklaces in tiny zip lock bags and then into a larger zip bag. I found a small pill case that holds earrings--I usually only take 3 or 4 pairs--and rings,; it is hard-sides. I have definitely cut back on how much jewelry I bring, which has made it all much easier. Also have been leaving home most of my 'good' jewelry, so I don't worry about packing the costume jewelry in my luggage.
  15. We cruised the Med--including Italy and Greece earlier in May than that--mid May--and it was warm to very warm each day. Of course weather can vary, but we had no rain and temps were mostly in the 80's--and very, very hot in Ephesus. We wore shorts (mine are about knee length) every day except in Istanbul, where it was somewhat cooler--but not jacket cool. I don't typically use the pool on cruises and this cruise was very port intensive, so not much time for that, but people were definitely using it. Of course i would bring a variety of choices, such as cap
  16. We are just off the Island Princess. For the first time in 13 cruises with Princess we were disappointed in the food--it has been two years since we sailed with them. The MDR menus were just ok, except for most of the beef, especially anything resembling steaks or roast beef. I actually couldn't eat some of the beef choices due to toughness and/or over cooking. The petite filet mingnon I ordered one night was about 3 inches round and 1/2" thick and very, very well done. I ordered median rare. My husband's was fine. They did offer to replace it, but we were trying t
  17. For our two full crossings, it was very hot, humid and sunny. Last week's partial was much cooler--still 80 or so, with some periods of heavy rain, luckily when we were in the bus, and a little light rain a couple of other times. Cloudy and not nearly so hot and humid. So, you just never know.
  18. My sisters just did this tour through Princess last week. They felt it was a great experience to see the whole canal (we were on a partial transit, Island Princess) rather than just the eastern locks. BUT the tour arrived back very, very late--9 PM--so late that ship crew made a line and applauded and handed out some free drinks when they finally made it back. Ship delayed tentative 6:30 PM sailing for them. The reason for the delay was given as just 'it's the canal'--locks were very slow on the western end for some reason. They did enter the lock with a bigger cont
  19. I agree with all of the above opinions. We've cruised with up to 7 grandkids; have clear rules especially no balcony without an adult present, but it would be really, really difficult if not impossible to 'fall' off a balcony or almost anywhere else on the ship without trying really hard (by climbing on furniture, for instance) or doing it on purpose--or possibly stupid drunk behavior. Really, for normal people or kids it is not going to happen. Also, all the balcony cabins I have been in have either a high glass barrier or a solid metal barrier--not rails that could be climbed.
  20. We usually tip $10 per person for a tour, depending on length and quality. Maybe more if it is a full day tour and the guide is great. For just 2-3 hours, maybe $5 pp. If I did not leave a tip I might try to explain to the person why, if they seemed reasonable; for instance, bad attitude, too many or too long shopping stops, or just general unpleasantness. Luckily we have very rarely had guides that bad.
  21. We just did this tour last week through Princess. It was a wonderful tour and definitely not focused especially on shopping. We did buy a small basket, and many other people bought things too, as they are much more authentic than the ordinary (made in China?) souvenirs you see. But it wasn't all about the shopping--we maybe spent 5 minutes doing that and no one spent more than a half hour. We loved the canoe ride and learning and seeing traditional ways of living. It felt pretty 'real' to me and not just a big show. We had a fabulous tour guide--Alex-- who really concentrated
  22. We've cruised about 40 times and can honestly say we've never had a bad cruise. I can say the same thing about our Island Princess 10 day Partial Panama Canal cruise that we just got off of. Some good, some bad, some so-so. We've sailed the island before, before they added the cabins, so I did miss the all-around Promenade and the adult pool; otherwise didn't notice much difference. The ports and routes were good; have been to all before except Limon. We did private tours every day except for the Panama Canal, where you have to either do a Princess tour or stlay on
  23. We've sailed the Getaway twice; same exact route since the second one we were on a birthday cruise with my sisters. They were cruise newbies; we have sailed three times now with them and they liked the Getaway cruise better than Celebrity or Princess. Great entertainment, they loved the Mojito bar and the food was very good, especially since we ate at several specialty restaurants, having a lot of OBC to use up. The MIllion Dollar Quartet is an absolutely fantastic show! We'd definitely sail on the Getaway again. Cannot compare with the Majesty as we have
  24. We haven't had to fill out the health questionnaire for a couple of years. Personally, I would not cancel for a cold, and I don't think the cruise line would deny boarding either. Although I have allergies (mostly under control), I have not had a cold in many years--probably due to being an elementary teacher for 20 years. I completely believe that our immune systems grow stronger with 'practice' and that a too-clean environment actually can end up back-firing.
  25. We got back yesterday from the Island Princess. We had a bar of soap and tube of lotion on the sink; liquid soap and shampoo/conditioner in the shower. As I dislike liquid soap, I brought an extra small bar to use in the shower. I also brought small bottles of conditioner as the shampoo/conditioner combo does horrible things to my hair. In the smaaalllll balcony showers, I find the liquid dispensers very frustrating to use. Didn't miss the tub chair at all. Did notice a definite downgrade in meals, especially beef--couldn't even eat some of the entre
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