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    Apple Watch useage on cruise

    Thanks, this all doesn't surprise me. Darn. Was hoping I could get the family apple watches, and then walkie-talkie to each other around the ship.
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    Apple Watch useage on cruise

    Thanks, Paul. So the Walkie Talkie function doesn't just function device-to-device over a Wifi network, but actually requires outside internet to work?
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    Apple Watch useage on cruise

    Thanks, Pam! The Apple Watch can (at least new models) connect to Wifi, even when the paired iPhone is not present. Yes, you're right, the initial phone pairing is via bluetooth, and then after that, the devices communicate with each other via bluetooth and wifi. https://support.apple.com/en-ae/HT209071 I notice it does say in that support link that you can even choose which wifi network the watch connects to, if you have watchOS 5 or later. But the last paragraph states: I'm wondering if Princess's network would indeed be one of these captive networks, for starters. The idea would not be to access the outside internet via Princess@Sea, but rather use the Princess network as a LAN, with the Walkie Talkie function, for multiple Apple Watch owners to be able to reach each other over the LAN. In the past, on Princess, I have noticed that the LAN function (i.e. looking at the daily calendar) is fast and reliable. Obviously worlds different from accessing the internet.
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    Apple Watch useage on cruise

    I'm very interested in the topic of Apple Watches and cruises. I'm thinking it would be fun to buy the family Apple Watches for our upcoming Princess cruise. Searched the forums, glad to find this thread. So for Apple Watch users, what I'm specifically wondering is, if you've been able to use the Walkie Talkie function while wandering around the ship, over the ship's Wifi. Was it with your iPhone constantly being with you everywhere on the ship? Or did the watch function on it's own over Wifi? Apple indicates the watch may not connect to some Wifi networks if they require sign-up logons.
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    Internet Package for 1 Device Question

    Here's my experience, just off the Diamond Princess. - Onboard, each cabin occupant can create a login profile for the ship intranet network. (Note: This is NOT the internet) The ship-wide intranet network works very well, and has multiple features, including seeing your onboard portfolio charges, and creating a personalized activity calendar each day from the scheduled ship activities. (an online Patter) One cool thing is, you can send free text messages to each other and other cruisers through this intranet. Very useful for a family of 4, as long as each person is carrying a wi-fi device and is logged into their profile. - Each cruiser can be logged in to their own profile, at the same time, and even with multiple devices. Several times on the cruise, I was logged into my profile simultaneously on my iPad and two iPhones. - However, if you've purchased internet service, it is only available for THAT person that purchased it. And then that person can only use it on one device at a time. We were told that buying an internet package, anybody in the cabin could use it. That's technically true--for the others in my cabin to use the internet, they had to log out of their profile, log in with my profile, and then connect to the internet, which prohibited me and anyone else using my profile from using the internet. Of course, this also blocks the whole purpose of having a separate profile for each person, so you can text each other, and each person can have their own personal daily calendar. It would be better if an internet package purchase was automatically shared with each cabin occupant. Heck, they way they make you share internet with the rest of your cabin, you could just as easily share it with anyone else on the cruise, just have them log in with your profile.
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    All Inclusive Photo Package

    Definitely possible. I have found Princess to be quite variable and often conflicting in stated information and policies. FWIW, this was on the Diamond Princess, sailing out of Sydney. If we do this again, I'll definitely be asking onboard.
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    All Inclusive Photo Package

    For what it's worth, I discovered something interesting for back-to-back cruises. I bit the bullet and got us the $199 photo package for the first cruise. Still felt like even $199 would be too much for the 2nd of the B2B, so we didn't get that. On the 2nd cruise, they snapped a good picture of me, so I asked them to confirm it'd be $25 for the picture. Really nice guy in the photo team responded, "well, it's only $50 to continue the photo package onto the 2nd cruise for a back to back". So, yay... $50 for the photo package, another 2 weeks, that's definitely a deal. Unfortunately, it was later on in the cruise before we found this out, but still, good deal!
  8. Does anyone have a link then, to a GBR day trip that they’d recommend OTHER than Green Island? I can’t find any actual trips, only people saying to do something else Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Is Princess still offering the $99 Photo Package?

    I’m onboard the diamond right now and it’s $249 Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Hotel in Anchorage prior to land tour?

    Living in the Anchorage area, I always use the Hilton when staying in town. They give great service, and we always enjoy our time there. Highly recommended. Plus, it's just across the street from the hard Rock Cafe, one of my favorites. Right there by everything else, too.
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    Soda and More Package

    Got me my rum "flask" to carry around the ship. :) Figure if it's washed out well, should be perfect. Small, fits in pocket, nice and discrete. 200ml allows for 4 big shots.
  12. Particularly liking the kid insight. We're on the Diamond with kids this week. They'll be disappointed if there's no water slide. But the kids love the Duck Song. If they can do it for karaoke, they'll be ecstatic.
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    Upsell (A True Story)

    Me, offering you a free million dollars?
  14. Well now I'm confused. I realize Green Island isn't deep in the GBR, but it's still part of the reef, and you'll see a sample of the coral and marine life, no? What's a good place or company that does a better GBR day trip?