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    Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. There's an observation deck on 2 decks forward. I want to say in addition to Caribe you can also go out to a similar observation deck on Baja? It's either the deck above or below. Sailed on island back in December and based on intel from cruise cruitic I think I went out onto the Caribe one for sail-away from Ft Lauderdale and was surprised to see people immediately below me on an identical observation deck one deck down. On our sailing neither observation deck was very well known...my wife and I were the only ones out there and on the deck below us another couple had that one to themselves. Word will probably spread a little more with Northern Lights involved though LOL
  2. My original math where I feared a threat to March cruises had assumed the inaugural sailing WAS the November cruise. I had mixed it up with the Sky's launch timeframe in Q4 of last year, not realizing Enchanted was actually originally slated for June of this year. So the reality of June delayed to November actually does land grenade-close to the 6 months that popped into my head, so I guess I've got that going for me. Hope all goes well and November kicks it off for Enchanted.
  3. I'm slated to go on March 27th sailing out of FLL. Just today read the article confirming that the Enchanted was delayed. Can't say I'm shocked given the situation but I hadn't come across anything confirming it until today....perhaps subconsciously on purpose. My first thought was I can't imagine it's less than a 6 month delay, which would eat up the March bookings. Admittedly, the 6 months without any substantiated logic or calculations....it just felt like a reasonable time-frame for a delay given the situation. Realizing I'm pulling that 6-months number entirely out of my "hat", I searched the boards to learn more and this thread gives me some hope, although I am still considering making an additional backup booking for March on the CB with intentions of watching the situation and cancelling as necessary. We're pretty locked into the March & FLL combination and would rather be on a repeat cruise than nothing at all. Thoughts? Any updates since this thread was last touched?
  4. Same. Just a quick bonus getaway from the cold thanks to a great deal. In the grand scheme of cruises it was a perfectly nice few days but not much from it was likely to make anyone's lifelong cruising highlight reel.....seems much more significant in hindsight now!
  5. I don't see any other messages of yours that provide any of these details so if I've just missed them then ignore this, but I'm pretty sure that would depend on when you cancel. They allow cancellation up to 48 hours prior to sailing but if you wait that long it will be 100% FCC. I think anything under 30 days would be 100% FCC. Prior to that I gather it will be a mix of refund/FCC based on the standard cancellation policy...the difference from normal being that the cancellation "penalty" becomes FCC rather than an outright loss for you. For example if you're 65 days out there's usually a 50% cancellation penalty at that point.....now you'd you'd get 50% refund and 50% FCC. Also the other thing someone pointed out was anything purchased through cruise planner...excursions, on board packages, etc. would be a straight refund regardless of timing.
  6. Fair enough. Concept is the same though. I don't want my money regardless of how I get it - I will never be able to get those prices again. First world problem...there are greater tragedies in the world for sure, but if I can keep them I will try!
  7. Sailing May 17....like most, the biggest fear is not illness but quarantine. I am assuming in the next 2 months this will either blow over or blow up. Either way the decision will become clearer as we get closer. If I had a sailing 48 hours from now I would not be cancelling, but I don’t love the current trajectory. Not panicking but watching. In reality if they’re sailing I’m probably going along. I’m too stubborn with the $18 drink package and $50 coco cay beach club to get those back in FCC and have to rebook at current rates lol
  8. I feel like it's not impossible to get an adjustment/OBC after final payment - I've done it before (although it wasn't nearly as easy as it is before final payment) but there's definitely a point where you've entered last minute pricing territory where you just have to tip your cap to anyone who was willing to wait it out that long to book the cruise. One thing I was able to do with last minute pricing with ease was to upgrade my room. I hit a point with my last cruise where they wouldn't refund my $100 difference to the currently offered last minute pricing but they did allow me to pay the $10 difference to upgrade from a balcony to a mini suite. Likely not applicable in many situations but just throwing it out there.
  9. 100% enforced. Sorry to say your sampling approach will not work on a very large scale on Princess at this point. To be fair unlike other cruise lines that do offer unlimited, princess does not require all adults in a room to purchase the package. While it was technically a better deal before they implemented the limit, it still seems fair in the current market. I'm slightly biased because the fact that I can buy it for myself but not my wife is a huge win for me. It takes hundreds of dollars off the top of a princess cruise compared to another cruise line where we'd both be forced to purchase it. So, if they need to limit their exposure to the risk of people sharing the package to avoid gone down the "all adults in the cabin" policy adopted by so many other lines, that's fine by me. I only hit the limit once on a sea day where I started early. They also make really weak drinks if mixed drinks are your thing. I would never share.
  10. I use a TA who is a family member. Kind of obligated. I don't mind it and there's always a little bit of OBC through her agency but I would probably go direct if not for the family factor. To me a TA would add enough value if they watched price drops and notified you. Needless to say that doesn't happen for me, I'm on my own the same as if I booked direct. Despite that, she is very responsive and is willing to put up a fight with the cruise line when needed, so it works out. It's just still on me to watch prices, know about promos, etc...and there are plenty of moments where it becomes obvious that I'm way more familiar with cruise related issues than she is. I actually ran into a situation where it was to my disadvantage that we used a TA. It had nothing to do with a lack of competency of the TA or human error, just the fact that a TA was involved at all nearly cost me $. The situation: Apparently princess pays TA's their commission as soon as you make final payment. When we requested a price adjustment they initially said they couldn't do it because the TA commission check had already been cut. It was still 95 days out so final payment wasn't even due yet. Would have been a no brainer for at least OBC without the TA commission check issue. I had just made the payment because it was close enough and I wanted to check the box...lesson learned. We ultimately did end up winning that argument and getting it adjusted, apparently along with a good deal of attitude and a pretty clear "don't ask again" to go along with it. I believe if I had been direct, 95 days out I could have gotten the adjustment easily, even with final payment in. The complication was the TA commission. I only know this BECAUSE of the family connection, I'm sure most TA's would not have been so forthcoming about it...but it's good to know.
  11. Pretty sure that's a no. I've been on mini's on Crown, Emerald, Caribbean, and Island. From my recollection 100% identical crown/emerald/caribbean. The only notable difference between the Island and the others was that they wall-mount larger TV's on the wall rather than use the top shelf of that half-circle shelving unit (I'm sure there's a word for it but I don't know) in the middle of the room. I considered this an upgrade because it meant larger TV's, more storage space available on the shelves due to the lack of TV's, and a couple unused power ports on the top shelf which are used for the TV's on the grand ships. Otherwise identical.
  12. Looks like somewhere in the $50 ballpark before tip in a standard uber X.
  13. Just did the app check-in myself the other night for the first time. The app walks you through it step by step; nothing complicated. If you have your passport handy and are prepared to take your own photo, it takes a matter of minutes. Yes your phone can scan your passport. It goes into camera mode and you just point the camera at your passport and it picks up the numbers it needs. It CAN be a little challenging to get the phone to register the passport...kind of like getting a difficult bar code to scan at a grocery store. My passport scanned almost instantly, but on the other hand my wife's I had to shift it around in different angles with the light to get it to click. I have no idea why the two were so different. You can also select an option to manually enter the numbers rather than scan...honestly that's probably easier. There's not a lot of numbers to enter. I think it's just the passport number at the top right and the expiration date. Other than that it's very basic information entry into the app (name, address, emergency contact) and the security photo. Make sure you've got decent lighting and have your face presentable to whatever degree you find acceptable for your on-board security photo. Once again it just uses your phone's camera function. You can do any portion of the check-in you want and come back later, the app will save it, but won't provide you with your boarding pass until you've completed it. This will be my first royal cruise so I can't speak to how much it helps at the check-in process. Princess, where I do have more experience, has a similar pre-check-in process in an app with its medallion program and I'd say it saved me maybe 10-15 minutes at check-in. Not a huge amount of time but it's always nice to breeze through check-in, and as far as the additional effort required to bother with the app in the first place, I never mind finding things to work on related to my cruise as time is winding down 🙂
  14. I'm not an expert but this photo is what I could find in a pinch. Really you can see it in virtually any decent quality photo of the sky princess. L221 is on the same level as the skywalk but slightly forward. You can see where the stateroom balconies on that level are recessed relative to the skywalk and lido window'd section. The deck above overhangs so you couldn't look up at the sky. I haven't stayed in one of those rooms but I'm a fan of covered balconies.
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