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    Had a great time in Alaska, and I really love sea days!

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  1. They should have a pick up truck that they pile them into and dump them at the foot of the gangway! :)
  2. If flights are going to be cancelled by two major carriers, with no prior warning, it does seem risky to be a place to plan for a vacation. There is an advantage to booking a cruise, in that the cruise line would then need to figure out alternative destinations if the planned stops became unsafe.
  3. So great to see this thread is still going strong. Thanks for sharing those crazy complaints! 😉
  4. I'm interested in any advice about doing a Northwest Passage cruise. Any lines that you particularly recommend or routes to look for? I would be especially interested in covering the length from Greenland to Alaska, but I understand that there are only a few such journeys offered. Thanks in advance for your thoughts. Gordon
  5. Looking at TripAdvisor reviews, they do not have the best reputation. I would be especially concerned about the information that talks about the lack of maintenance on board, including the foul smelling heads (bathrooms), which are very preventable with proper maintenance.
  6. Always difficult to know if this is a one-off incident or indicates more attacks to come. I guess we have to balance risk v. reward in choosing whether to go to this, or any other, area. Trosebery, Have you already gone on your cruise or do this event have any impact on your plans?
  7. Thanks for the links. Yes.... Seems she is going to drydock. Quote from one of the other threads......."Today is March 3, 2019 and I just got off the Grand Princess in San Francisco. She is currently being loaded with tons of stuff and heading to Portland to be put into dry dock for 2 weeks of extensive upgrades. This was validated while we were onboard by the crew. She was in pretty good shape for our cruise but should be in great shape for the next one on March 20th."
  8. As of 12:15 pm on March 4 she is just off the coast from Eugene, OR. You can follow her progress on MarineTraffic: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/shipid:370965/zoom:10
  9. In Monterey your tender will drop you off at Fisherman's Wharf. An option would be an Uber or similar to the Monterey Zoo. I looked at the Uber website and it was quoting ~$20 to ~50 (depending on the size of the vehicle). I would check out their website, since you need to be on a guided tour and it looks like they offer them at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. If you ship is offering this as a shore excursion then they may have been able to set up a separate tour. We did an overnight stay at the facility (not as part of a cruise), which was really good fun, but if I only had one day in Monterey I would probably do something more local such as the Monterey Aquarium.
  10. Just a quick update on this. I spoke with staff from the National Park Service and they said that the reservation system has been working very well and has helped to ease congestion. National Park Service's Website. There is also a shuttle system available.
  11. Hi All, A friend lives on the southern Oregon Coast and could see the Grand Princess heading north. The Marine Traffic website says she is headed to Portland, and the 2018/19 Princess Cruise Atlas shows a gap between two Mexican Riviera cruises. One ended on March 2 and the next one is not due to start until March 20. Anyone know anything about that? I am guessing some sort of mini-refit? BTW .... If you are not familiar with the Marine Traffic website, it is a fun way to track your favorite cruise ships: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/shipid:370965/zoom:11
  12. Fun to hear of the wild and crazy things people do on a cruise! Great to see this thread is still going! 🙂
  13. Thanks for the posting the pictures! Great to see that they have added some many USB and regular outlets. Having an 'F" style European adapter adds another option as well.
  14. Thanks for that info. I have heard voltage as being equivalent to water pressure, if you are using an analogy of a plumbing system to an electrical system. The European plug would be using 220 volts, as compared to the American 110 volts, so it would make sense that your hair straightener would have more heat using the 220 volt system.
  15. Thanks everyone. I have asked my friend who will be on Norwegian Jade, in a mini-suite, to let me know how many of the European type plugs there are in the cabin, and I will post that information back here.
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