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  1. I enjoy sailing out of San Pedro since I only live approximately one hour away driving time. With the introduction of the Royal to Southern California, does anyone know what this has done to the parking situation? If multiple cruises are leaving on the same day with relatively short cruises (7 days or less), I would imagine the parking lot can get extremely full and couple this with the USS Iowa parking that on some days there may be no place to park at all.
  2. Last cruise I took on the Ruby my barrel chair was gone! (Balcony). I immediately told my steward and lo and behold 2 hours later someone appeared with a barrel chair. I saw them later stacked floor to ceiling in a supply room. I complained to Princess when I got home but we will see how far that goes. Balcony rooms really do need that extra chair. Otherwise, the one desk chair is all there is and if someone else visits your room they have to sit on the bed.
  3. I will be flying up to Vancouver next month to overnight before sailing on the Star. Does anyone have a suggestion for a nice hotel? Not too terribly expensive but perhaps in a nice area and convenience in getting to the ship the next day? Thank you in advance.
  4. This website was very helpful.
  5. We are considering a transatlantic cruise on the QM2 which we have never done before. Balconies are rather scarce and not seeing much available except for High Deck 8 - obstructed balcony. Can someone give me some insight into how much of an obstruction there is? Would I be looking directly at the side of a lifeboat or is there still a decent ocean view? Have sailed on Princess many, many times but am not familiar with the QM2 and am not getting the information I am looking for on the internet. Thank you from Laguna Beach, CA.
  6. I have made many cruises on Princess but only on the Ruby, Crown and Sapphire. The Royal is finally coming to Los Angeles next year and we would love to try her out. The snag may be the pools. We love the Terrace Pool on Deck 14 in the back. It is removed from most other ship activities and is adult only. I have checked the deck plan for the Royal and don't really see anything comparable. We are considering a 7 - day to Mexico and a pool will be required for us. The only pool I am really seeing is the one large pool midship. I am aware of an adult only pool forward but do not know if this requires an additional charge like the Lotus Spa. Any input on this who from those who love pool activities (adults only) would be greatly appreciated. Note: Because of my work schedule we would need to take the cruise during Spring break in LA. And we all know how many kids that will draw out!
  7. I just got off of the Ruby today as well. The embarkation was absolutely flawless. I have never seen an embarkation go so smoothly. was surprised to see that life vests are no longer needed for the muster drill. WE all nearly had to "muster" second night out when a woman went missing from Aloha deck. It took announcements ship wide every 15 minutes starting at @230AM before she was found. If she was not found I was told everyone was going to have to go to their muster stations so the entire ship could be searched!
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