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  1. Yes -- I would think Coral would be our first choice ... Someone else mentioned Royal - so I was curious about what others thought. I won't be the only one deciding so like to collect lots of input. Thanks!
  2. thanks for the replies ... sad .. we loved our cruise and my husband spent virtually all his free time on deck with telescope and binoculars -- and he wasn't the only one. I will let my family know to avoid the Island at all costs... The Royal has 3,560 passengers which is just too much for me. Do others feel like the Royal is a good option for someone who normally prefers smaller numbers? My husband fears crowded public spaces for eating and viewing ... Thanks.
  3. I sailed the Island Princess to Alaska quite a few years ago - pre refurb and in summer 2019 my extended family wants to go -- I prefer the smallest ships we can afford for this region which brings me back to these ships ... Can anyone explain the differences between these two now? Our party will range in age possibly from 11-65 years of age. The exact itinerary is not yet decided. I know a number of other Princess ships are also doing 7 day cruises to Alaska ... let me know if I'm missing something wonderful despite their larger sizes. Thanks!
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    Everything.. Norwegian BLISS! - launch April 2018 -

    maybe too soon for a question like this but we may take this ship to alaska in july 2019 and my husband is an avid birdwatcher ... We took Princess a few years ago to alaska and he spend most of the onboard time on various decks with a spotting scope and binoculars. He was not alone as there were others doing the same. They were always able to find out of the way areas that others did not go ... I can't tell from the photos if there is much access to the outside decks beyond where lots of others will be congregating... Does anyone know more based on any images or layouts that you've seen? I know he would be very disappointed to travel all this way to find he can't find any quiet or outdoor viewing for this purpose. Thanks!
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    Upsell, a good one!

    Congrats. We were offered $199 pp from lanai to vista and I wish we had taken it because the lanai was a bit of a disaster during our 7 day cruise. Enjoy.
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    Maasdam cabin 366 lower promenade

    We are not fans. my not so nice review:https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=588557&et_cid=2974649&et_rid=16786515&et_referrer=NULL
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    Thoughts on a 1 day cruise?

    Personally I didn't like the food or the entertainment enough on my one HAL cruise to get on for a single day cruise but I guess it would depend on where you live and what other options for entertainment exist there Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Got it the day after it ended Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    How to get to Charlottetown airport?

    Have you tried enterprise? Typically they will shuttle folks. We were able to use their downtown location and my husband took a $6 cab rather than wait for a shuttle. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. Filled out my survey with negative remarks and wonder if they'll contact me? Thanks.
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    Muster drill time for 4pm sail away ?

    I cruised princess and seabourn and didn't feel like cattle either time Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Muster drill time for 4pm sail away ?

    On deck lined up under your tender - no life jackets. Stood for at least 20 minutes .. barked at .. no info .. told to stand shoulder to shoulder Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    First HAL - meh

    I hear you but I am at that time in life where sometimes hot to me is not hot to anyone else so I need outside verification before I complain ... I had no complaints with the room temperature. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Does the Veendam still not have BB Kings?

    Not on maasdam either where we found the entertainment really lacking Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    First HAL - meh

    [emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Forums