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  1. islandwoman

    Princess’ new (?) alcohol policy

    Since we arrived in New Zealand (and went on to Australia) I have not seen the threatening notice in the Princess Patter. Nor have I seen an alcohol confiscation table in ports of call.
  2. islandwoman

    Princess’ new (?) alcohol policy

    At LA embarkation, security was looking for any liquids in baggage. They went through my opened, partial 12 pack of Diet Coke cans one by one, possibly looking for beer hidden in there. They were making some passengers pour out their liquids. I had a large bottle of laundry detergent. They did not care about that. In both the Honolulu and Kauai ports of call, there was an alcohol surrender table. The one in Honolulu was around the corner from security. It didn't have any business. The one in Kauai was right next to security. That one had several bottles of wine on it. They were labeled, presumably with passenger names and cabin numbers. They were not "regional" wines. The problem with allowing the ship to hold wine for you until the end of the cruise is that it might be cooked by the time you get it back.
  3. I am on the Golden Princess for 20 days from LA to Auckland. At our first port of call, Honolulu, this appeared in the Princess Patter: “During the ports of call, alcoholic regional bottles, purchased during the course of the voyage will be stored by the vessel and returned to the guests of the final evening of the voyage. Any other forms of alcohol outside these parameters will be confiscated at the gangway and destroyed, including open bottles.” Apparently it isn’t allowed to bring wine onboard in a port of call even by paying the $15 corkage fee, unless it’s local to the port of call and then it will be stored until the end of the cruise. Who know in what conditions it would be stored? Princess sells a $60 + 15% tip per day unlimited drink package. The least expensive wine by the glass is $9 + 15% tip. The least expensive bottle of wine in the dining room is $35 + 15% tip. THERE IS NO MULTI-BOTTLE WINE PACKAGE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. This is what I found today on princess.com: As provided in the Passage Contract, guests agree not to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind onboard for consumption, except one bottle of wine or champagne per adult of drinking age (no larger than 750 ml) per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles are welcome, but will incur a $15 corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Liquor, spirits or beers are not permitted. Please remember that luggage will be scanned and alcohol outside of our policy will be removed and discarded.* Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty free from the ship's gift shop, or at ports of call, will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to the guest's stateroom on the last day of the cruise. A member of the ship's staff will be at the gangway to assist guests with the storage of their shoreside alcoholic purchases while our Boutiques staff will assist guests with shipboard alcoholic purchases
  4. islandwoman

    Having Ballot Sent To Port Agent

    Yes, once we had to call him (long funny story). I don't want to wait until we reach Tahiti to find the port agent information on the shore information sheet. So I'll use the Port de Papeete address. Should work. It's important to me to vote. It goes beyond wanting to do my citizen's duty. We even considered cancelling the cruise so that we wouldn't miss voting day.
  5. islandwoman

    Having Ballot Sent To Port Agent

    I received a response to my inquiry to my local Supervisor of Elections Office. Florida requires that an address in the first overseas port of call be listed as my overseas address. In my case, that would be Papeete, Tahiti. I called Princess for the Port Agent's address there, but the agent didn't have it. She gave me the address of the Port of Papeete. I'm going to use that. I'm glad they'll send my ballot by email. I don't think that snail mail would ever reach me using that address.
  6. islandwoman

    Having Ballot Sent To Port Agent

    I see that you live in Washington state. I live in Florida and have a similar problem, mostly solved. I'll be on the Golden Princess from September 23 until after election day. We're leaving Florida on September 17, before early voting opens. I do not want to miss voting in this election. I contacted my local Supervisor of Elections Office and arranged to get an Overseas Voter's Ballot. They will email it to me on the ship. I then have to print it out and return it by fax on or before election date. I cannot apply until I'm out to sea. The only problem I haven't solved yet is what to put for my overseas address. They won't be mailing anything there, but they require a "valid" one. I suggest that you contact your local Supervisor of Elections Office, or whatever it's called in Washington state and find out how you can vote from your cruise.
  7. islandwoman

    Moorea: tender dock area

    I think we might hike up "Magic Mountain" based on a review from tripadvisor: "My husband and I hiked up MagicMountain. It was only a short walk from the cruise ship tender dock in Opunohu. The hike is really steep and "breathtaking" but worth it. Uphill we hiked the shorter steeper route and came down the longer one through the woods. The 360 view from the top is fantastic and the hike was fun. Three ATV tours passed us and each tour guide offered us water, one of them even a ride. Everybody is so friendly there. The hike up takes about 40 minutes, downhill a little longer" Would you want to join us?
  8. islandwoman

    Moorea: tender dock area

    Have you decided what to do in Moorea?
  9. islandwoman

    Moorea: tender dock area

    Golden Princess. 8 AM - 5 PM Saturday, October 6, 2018.
  10. islandwoman

    Diving: Should we certify at home first or in Tahiti?

    I have run the pass in Rangiroa and it was a fantastic experience. But we had a new diver with us and he had such a difficult time that he had to hold the dive master's hand :( This is not for inexperienced divers. My first suggestion is that you do your classroom and pool work with a local dive shop at home. Before you sign up, be sure that they can give you a referral to a dive shop in Tahiti. Check out PADI affiliated dive ops in both places. Do your open water dives, completing your training in Tahiti. The reason I suggest that is because the conditions in Tahiti will be very different from the conditions in Lake Tahoe. For one thing, the water in Tahiti will be much warmer; you might not even need a wet suit. For another, in Tahiti you'll be diving in salt water instead of fresh. Both of those will change the amount of weight you'll need, among other things. On the other hand, if you want to run the pass in Rangiroa, you'll need as much diving experience as you can get. You could make a dive trip in 2019 to Cozumel where you could finish your certification and get some experience in warm salt water with currents. Also sharks, of which there are some in Cozumel and lots in Tahiti. Third option, get certified however is most convenient and when you get to Tahiti, have fun doing beautiful shallow dives. No need to run the pass in Rangiroa. There are lots of other, less challenging dives.
  11. My upcoming cruise will be visiting Tahiti, Moorea, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. I would like to have some currency for tips and incidentals, but I don't want to acquire a lot of XPF, VUV, or CPF. Are US dollars, Euros, or Australian dollars accepted in any of those places?
  12. islandwoman

    Moorea: tender dock area

    DH and I will be in Moorea on a cruise from 8AM to 5PM. We've been there previously and have done everything we find interesting on the tours that are offered. We would have booked a dive excursion, but the ship's time in port doesn't allow that. Is there anything to do/see within walking distance of the tender dock area? (shopping is not a priority) If not, can we count on finding transportation there or must we book a rental car in advance?
  13. islandwoman

    Rio to Iguazu to Buenos Aires to ship

    Thanks TiogaCruiser. I will check 01argentina out.
  14. islandwoman

    Rio to Iguazu to Buenos Aires to ship

    Thank you, capriccio. Were there any issues with your bags?
  15. Rio to Iguazu to Buenos Aires to ship: We would like to see Rio and Iguazu Falls before boarding the Coral Princess for a cruise to Santiago. We're undecided between booking the Princess Cruisetour or just the cruise and arranging the land portion on our own. So far, we've come up with this: Advantages of the Cruisetour: easy to arrange; less stress. Advantages of arranging it on our own: more flexibility; less expensive. Has anyone worked on this problem before? What did you decide? What would you recommend? Did you find an independent tour operator who could arrange the land portion of your trip? Would you recommend them?
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