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  1. Pretty much up to you. See if you can find some youtube videos of the type of cruise you'll be on. It should give you an idea of the dress style. For us, we just bring sport coats, ties, & vests & just mix & match. Other nights is smart casual for us: Collared button down shirts & khaki type pants.
  2. Boy, talk about blunt! The CD certainly didn't mince words.
  3. As long as the smell is confined to your cabin, possibly. I'm extremely allergic to any of that stuff(the detergent aisle drives me nuts)I would consult Princess. Why risk causing other Pax possible problems. Actually, after reading some of the replies, it's for keeping the bowl "fresh". I thought you meant the scented twigs/leaves & such. I don't think it would cause issues at all. As for the alternate???? LOL!
  4. We're in the hospitality industry & yes, we tend to over tip as well. You want to have some fun? Go hang out near the service desk & watch the amazing amount of pax lining up. Yes, a few are quibbling about unwanted/mystery charges. A lot however are trying to remove the auto tip. Stand close enough to hear the pax "Beyotching" about the horrid service they encountered. Some are probably upset that whips aren't included in their staterooms!
  5. Do you ALWAYS eat in the buffet? In most cases then the buffet staff would be sharing in the tips. Overall it's a huge pool & it gets spread among nearly all the staff(non mgt. of course) I do believe the bar staff are NOT included in the normal tipping pool, but share in that nice little "charge" you see when you sign the bar slip. I'm pretty sure that's only for bar staff, as not all pax drink.
  6. That would include steward assistants & staff you see cleaning in "common" areas as well as in staterooms. The person vacuuming the hall way is a good example.
  7. No, actually, Potstech is correct . It does say "across the fleet". That means it's done on ALL the Princess ships. It does not mean that a gratuity you pay on the Regal for instance, is partially/wholly shared by any other Princess ship. The line just has the same rule fleet wide.
  8. It does say that, but I agree that it isn't spread fleet wide. Sounds like some corporate baloney to me as well.
  9. Either way, it comes out the same. We do budget the gratuities. Sometimes we'll pay them in advance. We still always pay them extra on the last sea day as well. Love to see the cheapskates who skip that last dinner to avoid doing that. They're often at the guest service desk removing their standard gratuity as well. If you don't believe me, try sitting there on that last night & watch. Some of the pax get quite vocal when asked why they want to remove the auto gratuity.
  10. Late response to an old thread. We'll sign up when on our Hawaiian trip in late Jan. We've done "Le Bourgeoisie" on Oceania's Riviera a few times recently. That was the dinner to measure everyone else's by. If we get to try it, we'll compare the 2. Pricewise it's about the same. You do get very nice wine tastings to go with each course of your dinner on the Riviera, however.
  11. Mickey was an enormous talent for the slickers, but no one could do a glug like Carl Grayson. Unfortunately few could drink like him as well & when Spike tempered the drinking, Carl was one of the first to go.
  12. They still get their gratuity. Usually it's a package deal. In most cases it's really not free! You're paying for it through some kind of package deal.
  13. Good 'ol Jimmy! Forever looking like he was weaned on a pickle!
  14. Thanks, as always! I know I'll miss the food. Oh well.
  15. Usually the food is better. That's NOT saying it's incredible. Usually the top seafood & beef selections occur these nights, but it's still not like it was say 5 years ago.
  16. We're kind of creatures of habit(me & my spouse)If the ship has great features food, entertainment, etc. We'll book it more than once. We did 5 on QM2/3 on Celebrity/2 on Oceania(would have been 3)Others have been once here & there. We'll do another on Princess in Jan. Hawaiian trip. Entertainment often stays the same, but enough "one" nighters & such come along to keep it interesting for us.
  17. REAL butter on mine, please!
  18. Hey, guys! Yes, you're not alone about NCL. I don't know if you heard, but Richard got an e-mail from Princess about a trip to Hawaii next Jan. Well, he dug in his heels about always going to the Caribbean. So now I ended up cancelling the trip on Oceania & we'll be on the Star Princess. Sure going to miss the food on Oceania. I booked a Club Class Minisuite(really just a larger balcony room)for the perks. Pricewise, it was not much cheaper than Oceania. I did prefer Celebrity to Princess. At least the Royal class was pretty equal. I do have to say I never saw so many drunk pax as we did on the Regal. I did like the fact that Princess does a better job of having LGBT meetings than either Celebrity or Oceania. I posted an inquiry on the Gay cruise section about the Hawaii trip. No responses so far. Like on Celebrity/Oceania, we'll see other same sex cruisers, I'm sure.
  19. I think returning a neck tie is NOT in the same category as refusing a free cruise. Stop making this about you & your need for light! This was about a lack of appreciation. In regards to the price differences between inside & outside cabins, have you actually cruised?? You should obviously know the difference in price between an inside & an outside cabin. It's listed on ANY cruiseline brochure. In most cases it's well over $1K P/P. As for us we've done everything from suites(Cunard) to insides on Celebrity/Princess/Oceania. On Oceania, we did take upgrade offers. Not free, but reasonably priced.
  20. Glad you pointed out his lack of "tact".
  21. If someone "offered" to pay for your trip, why would it not be a gift or present? If you had to pay it back, then yes, it would not be a gift or present.
  22. You'll find the Sanctuary is a great place to unwind. It was $40 a half day when we were on the Regal in 2016. Hopefully, it hasn't gone up by much. Dining was quite good. Much better than our 2017 Eclipse trip. Exception were the specialty rest. which were still excellent. The Regal buffet was the most varied we've ever seen. That does NOT mean the best(our 2 Oceania trips attest to that)but variety was exceptional. Sabatini's/Crown Grill were decent, but a far cry from the quality of Toscana/Murano on the Eclipse. I do recommend checking the lunch on the ship. They had an outstanding English pub style meal on our cruise on Regal & we loved it. Check with guest services to see if it's offered. There is an ok tea service offered daily, but a more high-end one offered for about $25 that was worth it. Again check with guest services. Check out the "Chef's table" or perhaps "Ultimate Balcony dinner". We're foodies & always check these things out. If you are in a suite, then they fail miserably compared to those on Celebrity. No butler service/no canapés/No Sommeliers' on any Princess ship. Overall Princess offers a good product, but just a tad below what Celebrity offers. I do highly recommend Oceania! That being said, we are on a 15 day trip on the Star to Hawaii. We don't expect the same ambience of Oceania, but my spouse wanted to try something different.
  23. As Foghorn Leghorn once said "View total Eclipse free? That's the way I like 'em, totally free!"
  24. Wow! I mean Wow! You think a free offer for an inside cabin is NOT a reasonable offer? Considering the remarks you've made about some of my past posts, I certainly wonder a bit about you!
  25. I would think that considering the fact she's willing to pay for your trip, you'd show a tad more gratitude! If you don't like it, you certainly can choose to pay for your own cabin & feel free to upgrade it yourself.
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