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  1. Smart thinking! I need to get some of that OBC soon!
  2. I have booked my teen kids in their own cabin twice. I call Princess directly, and they have booked the kids in their own cabin without any trouble at all. They would have been 12 and 16 the first time, then 13 and 17 the second time. The booking staff then linked our reservations together so I could buy soda packages and make reservations for all of us. We got extra door keys at the Customer Service desk soon after we boarded. It was no trouble at all. Don't worry about booking one kid and one adult in each cabin. Just call Princess directly and they will take care of it for you.
  3. Why are they putting Medallion Net on her if she is going to P&O in October? They hadn't even switched out the TV's to the new wall mounted flat screens when we were on her in October. And there was no sign of an Medallion installations.
  4. Recently on the Star, the prizes were usually coasters, wine stoppers, and stainless steel water bottles. There was one instance of a guest yelling at the cruise staff because she thought her answer was correct. She would not shut up. So I yelled out that she needed to calm down, and that it was just trivia. She did shut up after that. I think people need to be called out for their bad behaviour. I also had one guy accuse me of cheating, saying that I googled an answer. Buddy, I don't get wi-fi, on the ship, and I certainly wouldn't bother using it to win a Princess Coaster...
  5. What type of cabin were you in? What deck? So exciting to have the rare Barrel Chair! Ha ha!
  6. I got the same notice last night for an upcoming California Coastal on the Star. I assume it's US based, as it affects all of our port stops in California. We will have less time in San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara and LA, but no change in our arrival time back in Vancouver. Sadly, it cuts 3 hours off San Fran, 2 hours of San Diego, and 2.5 hours off our LA stops. But I'm glad marine life is being protected, in a small way.
  7. No, this is a little game that some cruisers play. It seems to be more popular on Carnival. If you find a duck you can post it on social media. You can keep it or re-hide it. There is another cruiser on RC who hides little bears, and he wears a t-shirt that says Papa Bear. It's all in good fun. Yes, if the crew finds them, I'm sure they get trashed. Along with all the one-time use styrofoam cups and plastic lids from the cafe, and all the other garbage generated by 3000 guests.
  8. They don't do VOTO if they don't have enough sea days during the trip. They need to have one day for song selection/practice with the band/backstage walkthrough, and another day for the actual show. They had it on my family's first cruise, a 7-day Mexican Riviera trip, but not on our second cruise, a 7-day California Coastal, that had more port days. Both were on the Ruby, and I've done it on the Emerald as well.
  9. I've stayed in the Aft Riviera rooms 3 times on the Ruby/Emerald, and there was no noise at all from Cafe Caribe. It is very close to the aft pool and deck, and easy to pop into Cafe Caribe for tea/coffee and a snack to eat out on the deck. I love this location!
  10. Ensenada and Santa Barbara. But I've only been on West Coast/Alaska cruises.
  11. Another option would be to do a Northbound trip from Vancouver on one cruise line, then do the Southbound on a different cruise line. Then you have the option to stay for a bit in Anchorage and explore in between cruises.
  12. Thank you so much for your honest opinion! I have heard that many people are not big fans of Michael. This actually gives me great hope on my chances for working as an on-board naturalist. I don't have the 'hands-on' Alaska experience, but I've been an Interpreter/Naturalist for many years on the BC Coast, and I love working in front of a crowd. I don't have any books to sell either, so that's a plus! 🙂 Thanks again!
  13. Thanks for your great detailed review, and all the photos. Our family has sailed on the Ruby twice, and we love her. Thank you also for your thoughts on the on-board Naturalist. I have heard interesting views on Michael, and his style. I am also a Naturalist, and am hoping to work on-board the Princess ships at some point. Would you mind telling me more about his presentation, and what he talked about? Thank you! Wonderful pics of all those humpback whales, by the way!
  14. Can I ask why the Naturalist was a disaster? It's my future dream job, and I'm trying to get as much info about it as possible! I've heard that some cruisers don't like the delivery style of one of the Naturalists who is often on the Princess Alaska runs.
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