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    RCCL & Princess
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  1. We are also from Canada and are sailing out of San Pedro On Mar.30th, 2020 on the Emerald Princess. We heard about the Double Tree Hilton and the Crowe Plaza in San Pedro, but we chose the Best Western Plus which is only about a mile from the port and also has a free shuttle service. As we are driving, we chose the Best Western as they also offer covered long term parking for $10.00 per day where as the port parking I'm told is $19.00 per day. I guess your choice also depends on your budget.
  2. Hi scottca075, Thank you for your response. That helps a lot. We are actually booked in for 2 nights in order to get the shuttle time to the port when we want and get in a little sight seeing on our day in between. FYI. When you come from the frozen center of Canada, there is nothing blah about visiting in a coastal community. πŸ˜„πŸ˜Ž
  3. Have a wonderful cruise. We haven't tried the Panama Canal, but we've talked to other cruisers that did and they had a great time. We're 158 days away from our next cruise which is a 15 day sailing to Hawaii on the Emerald Princess. This will be the first time we've cruised somewhere other than the Caribbean.
  4. We've sailed with Princess, RCCL & MSC and have another Princess cruise booked for March 2020. Haven't done Carnival or NCL. So, I can't compare those ones, but we really enjoy Princess. It generally attracts an older crowd looking for leisure time. RCCL, also a great cruise line is developing into a more family oriented line with water slides, zip lines, surfing simulators, etc. on the newer larger ships and added to some of the older ships. MSC was a one time trial that we won't repeat. Opinions are subjective based on your needs and expectations. Can't speak for everybody, but we've never been disappointed by Princess.
  5. I would like opinions about the best mini suite location and deck for the Emerald Princess.
  6. Our first cruise ship was the Ocean Princess back in 2000 on a 7 day southern caribbean cruise out of San Juan. She now sails out of England as P&O's Oceana.
  7. We are booked into the Best Western San Pedro Hotel & Suites for a spring 15 day cruise. We booked long term parking at the hotel @ $10.00 per day.
  8. We are sailing from San Pedro for the first time at the end of March. We booked into the Best Western Plus San Pedro after reading some good reviews on Trip Advisor. We have also booked the long term parking at the hotel. It seemed like a good choice considering it's proximity to the port and the free port shuttle service. If you've stayed there before, I'd like to hear your thoughts about the hotel and the area around the hotel.
  9. When we were working, we would plan a 7 day cruise and another week exploring Florida. Now that we're retired, we like to drive to the port and explore along the way. We're about 2000 miles from either Florida or California. So, instead we take our time driving to and from the cruise port we are sailing from. We did that early this year as we sailed from Fort Lauderdale on a 21 day land/cruise adventure. We planned different routes down and back in order to see more on our road trip and we will be doing another trip at the end of March on a 28 day trip driving to Los Angeles and sailing to Hawaii.
  10. I have often envied those that live close to the Florida ports and the convenience and economic benefits it provides for cruising. Living 2000 miles away definitely adds to the cost. On the plus side. Now that we're retired, we get to see a lot more of the USA by driving and as we're in the centre of the continent, the distance to Florida or California is almost the same. So, now we also take cruises from the west coast.
  11. I can't think of a scenario that would stop me from cruising as long as my health allows me to travel. We've done 9 cruises with a 10th coming up in less than 5 months and never gotten sick while traveling on a ship. However, I've gotten sick while being on a plane. Now that we are retired, we choose to travel to port by car and avoid flying. I think that improves our odds of remaining healthy.
  12. Now that we're retired, we no longer fly to cruise ports. We live in the centre of Canada and choose to rent a car and drive to the port we will be sailing from. It's a more enjoyable way to travel. You have the flexibility to make side trips and see the sites. We can go where ever the wind blows us.
  13. Cruise Raider, Thank you for your explanation of the wine pricing. That will definitely help us with our decision as to whether or not to bring our own wine and pay the corkage fee.
  14. Does anyone know if Princess has a published list for the Silver/Gold wine list available for purchase in the MDR. We are considering bringing our own wine and paying the corkage and trying to compare the pros and cons.
  15. As we only book one cruise at a time, we usually will book 9 to 12 months out. Don't think I could be patient enough to book further out than that. πŸ›³οΈπŸ˜‰
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