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  1. Yeah, and to me, that's not what I'd call a great substitution. Oddly I'm not seeing the 2021 version at the moment although I know it was there (maybe it's been dumped), but the 2022 one is an uninspiring itinerary that lacks what you used to get on the R ships - namely stopping at smaller less traveled islands. My expectation is that we'll start looking at Oceania, Viking, Azamera, lines along those types. I know there's an argument that they might be more expensive, but when you looked at what those R class 14 days trips at christmas cost, I'm not sure the argument holds up
  2. I wouldn't say the loyalty changes are going to be a huge factor for me, although if they took away my free laundry that'd really kinda annoy me :). That said, a far bigger issue for me is just that Princess is moving further and further away from the product that I came to enjoy. That's a *much* bigger problem in my book. Right now we're booked for 30 days next summer (and honestly, I'm not overly convinced that cruise will happen), but after that, I'm not sure what we'll be booking. Getting rid of the Pacific Princess and the 14 day christmas/new years cruise that she used to do before w
  3. I'm just glad to see Pacific is staying in the main fleet and not staying in australia. Interesting that it looks like it'll be back in FLL in early Nov 2021. Normally they don't have it back here until late december. Wonder what exactly they'll be doing with her then.
  4. I always find it amusing, seems like any company with fan forums somewhere, there's always people complaining about the fact that the company's website doesn't always work. Try taking a look at the folks doing disney trips sometimes if you want to see people complain about problems with websites. (And if you look in the Royal Caribbean forums, there's probably people complaining there too, and I honestly think there's a lot on their system that's truly worse than the Princess ones.) The reality is these systems are pretty complicated, and it's not all that hard to break them. An
  5. This is something that's just really all over the board. Some people like to tip (or claim to) a lot extra, some people will tip some extra, and some will be content with just the auto gratuities. (And then of course you get those that want those removed). Personally, I think it's hard to guide anyone what they should tip. If you leave the auto gratuities on, you've met any real obligation that you have to the crew. Beyond that, it's an entirely personal decision. Typically, on a 7 day cruise, *if* I tip extra, I tend to do about $20 for the steward, $20 for our mai
  6. Hmm, based on that it would kill off the holiday cruise that Princess has been doing on Pacific. I like that holiday cruise, and take it when I can, so that would really annoy me. Personally, I have zero interest in Cuba, and honestly have never quite figured out what the fascination everyone seems to have with doing it is for.
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