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  1. I don't think I posted to this thread after our last cruise in December but I want to say that my Wife and I had the BEST experience on the Grand Princess last December 3rd! I agree that it's probably not a reflection of the cruise line brand but maybe more to do with the demographic that a particular cruise attracts. Our cruise was a 15 night Hawaiian cruise out of San Fransisco and I think that the Embarkation port and length of cruise may have been the contributing factors. We had 26 in our Group! We met every night for 15 nights in the Wheelhouse bar! One night we all had lobster dinner (reserved in the "anytime" dinning room!) Sue & I are still in regular contact with two gay couples and another lesbian from that cruise!!!! They ALL were amazing!!! And as you all probably know, the crew love the gays & lesbians... So we were treated like royalty!! So I recommend a longer cruise out of a more gay-populated port. It was magical!!! ... can you tell, we miss cruising right now... Stay safe everyone! We will all cruise again!!!
  2. I am sorry for your experience. We've experienced similar questions in the past but not recently. It sounds like you two handled her well. Sometimes, I have to remind myself that I may be the only openly gay person some people will meet so I try to be open, honest and kind. It sounds like you were all of those things. Her son may be the beneficiary of her experience with you leading to a better understanding (or not) of him. So good for you!
  3. Good Morning fellow land locked cruisers! I think I've be subscribed to this thread for years and it is indeed a long one! I think I've posted here years ago... But I wanted to post this morning about our wonderful experience on Grand Princess in December! It was a 15 night Hawaiian Cruise out of San Fransisco. The FOD meetings are now referred to as LGBT gatherings in the daily planner. (On Princess - "Patter") We had a Group of about 25 meet up EVERY night in the Wheelhouse Bar. We also all went to dinner together on one of the formal nights! If any of us saw other "family" during the day we'd invite them to the group and we grew as the days passed. There were 3 women and the rest were men and they all were wonderful! I am old enough (60) that I still crave "community" and my wife and I were welcomed with open arms! I don't recall any political talk but rather the usual cruise "banter"... what each of us did that day... the wonderful food we had ... where we were from.... This was my 8th cruise and the BEST cruise! I am still friends with 4 of the gentlemen from the cruise! We are missing one of the others that had stayed in touch with us and fear they've been taken by the COVID19. As one of them said "We are sad to think we may have lost one of our Sea Family" So even if you don't think you "need" community, Please don't pass up an opportunity to meet up with amazing people that you may not have otherwise met! Mishelle & Sue
  4. When we were on the Grand Princess Hawaiian Cruise December 3rd, I told all the Cigar smokers to sit by me (a cigarette smoker) because I LOVE the smell of cigars! They always remind me of my Great Gandpep who always smoked cigars! He had a permanent dip in his lower lip from where he held his stogie! We had about five cigar smokers on that cruise and they were always welcome in the aft outdoor smoking area on starboard side of Sun deck!!! I will always fight for your right to smoke outdoors with us!! NO ONE in our substantial smoking family on that cruise objected!! We also had bar service there since there were so many of us! Enjoy yuor cruises!!!
  5. Thank you so much for the information! I know we will have a great time even though it is looking like it will rain most of the time! Ha! I am so glad to hear that you also had a great time! Anticipation of a cruise and the memories afterward are always exciting for me!! Thank you again!!! Mishelle
  6. We are going on Grand Princess on Dec 3rd. We get back on Dec 18... Will try to report back. It will be our first Princess cruise.
  7. Hi Keith! We are not on this cruise but we are going on the Hawaiian Cruise out of San Fransisco on Dec 3, 2019 (Grand Princess) We've never sailed Princess and never a 15 day cruise and never Hawaii! Ha! So I will try to remember to check back here and update you as to our experience. If I forget... Just have a wonderful Cruise! I think it's going to be amazing! I've been following Roll Calls for ours and Star Princess for tidbits about a long cruises and Hawaii. Check and see if there is one for your sail date... Happy Sailing!!
  8. Thank you!!! We are going to be on the Grand Dec 3rd!!! 🥰
  9. So for all those who helped me put this together, THANK YOU! For all those who stumble on this thread, here is what I put together! Good luck with your event!! A spread sheet is attached. The cost is $20 cash per person. Couples may choose to “share” a seat, dividing the set number of spins as they see fit. Please Note: Others are welcome to join in the day of the Slot Pull even if they did not sign-up online, but a minimum of 10 players in advance are needed to go forward. No sign ups allowed after the event begins. I will have a sign-up sheet available at the Meet & Greet for anyone wanting to join the event at that time. Day and time to be announced at the Meet & Greet. (If we have 10 players signed up in advance of the cruise, I will meet with Casino Manager on Embarkation day) Minimum of 10 players needed to play the Slot Pull. Maximum number of players will be 50. (If more than 50, then a 2nd team will be created.) Money will be collected, noted on a spreadsheet and entered into the chosen machine directly before commencement of play. Once all monies are in, the play will begin with the players turn in order of the sign-in sheet. The sign in sheet will list names of players and cabin numbers. I ask for cabin numbers in case we need to call with any changes. (We may be able to use the Princess@Sea feature for this but am not sure) We will be using a $5 machine (if more than 20 players then we may use 2 machines). We will feed all of the money into the machine(s) all at once. We will play on a slot machine at max bet, usually a video slot, with an interesting bonus feature and a jackpot potential of at least $2,000 and inclusive of a progressive jackpot feature. We each take 4 spins - if a $5 max bet, 5 spins - if a $4 max bet. Wheel Of fortune has been suggested but not mandatory. All money and spins will be tracked on a spread sheet along with tallied wins. For security and tax purposes a single S&S card will be used to track play on a win/loss statement. If a large enough jackpot is won and all participants agree - play may be halted at that point even if everyone has not had a chance to take their spins. All must agree otherwise we will continue to spin until all have had their equal chance to increase the winnings. If no jackpot is won and time allows, the group can elect to have another round of play. (majority vote) after each player has had at least 1 round of play to hold a second round of spins, the number of spins will depend on the remaining credit balance on the machine. End of Game Payout: After all have spun, the credits left on the machine will be divided to the nearest dollar and paid out back to each player as immediately as is possible after end of play. The Casino Bar would be a good meeting place to complete this. Each player will sign the spreadsheet acknowledging their receipt of these funds. The uneven remainder (if any) will be awarded to the player who gets the group the highest amount on their slot pulls. Each person’s winnings will be recorded at the time of their pulls so we know who will get the side pot of the money after the even dollar pay-out. TAXES: In the event that any single winning pull results in a credit payout exceeding $1,199 (USD) the casino will issue a hand payout in the form of a check (cashable at the casino cage) and fill-out a 1099-G form reporting the win to a single SS# to the IRS. So as to not wipe out one person’s share of the overall winnings, a percentage (Determined by Princess Cruise line) sufficient to satisfy IRS requirements of the hand payout amount, less the group buy-in, will be taken off the top of the community pot and given to the “winner of record” (the person accepting the IRS paperwork) to cover the additional income tax burden. Door Prizes: There is no Casino Liaison at Princess (that I am aware of) prior to our Cruise, so once on board, I will meet with the Casino Manager to schedule our event (Usually the 1st or 2nd sea day of the cruise) I will also ask if they would be willing to provide some sort of door prize(s). Since this is a courtesy, I cannot guarantee what - if any - prize(s) will be supplied, but if given, these are usually things presented to winners at ship sanctioned activities like a bottle of house wine or shirt. If prizes are provided, they will be available for selection at the end of the slot pull by the highest winner first, then the second highest winner, then the third highest winner, and so forth, until all gifts are claimed. From my research, this is always a fun event with everyone cheering the others on! Join us if this sounds fun to you!! If you want to sign up, just let us know here, or email me at mishellemccormick@hotmail.com. Also, If anyone else would like to help or take over this event, Just let me know!" Slot Pull.xlsx
  10. Got it!! Thank you!! And thank you for the sample announcement!!! Happy cruising!!
  11. Wow! Thank you! You make several of these steps so much easier!! I've incorporated them into the "Rules of Play" that I am getting ready to submit to our roll call!! Thank you so much! I've made a simple spreadsheet (attached) but wonder if I've left anything out. If you have any suggestions or corrections, just let me know! Thank you again! Mishelle Slot Pull.xlsx
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