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  1. Great photos but just have to ask about those aft cabins on the Emerald deck. I notice they are right above the upper level of the Universal Lounge. Is that kind of noisy in the cabin while shows and practices are scheduled? Also, how about vibrations in the aft cabins on the Coral? We book aft cabins often and some ships shimmy and shake, some pop you right out of bed when the thrusters are set in motion and some ... nothing! Although I usually don't mind being the very aft cabin on either side of the ship, it doesn't look like the balcony affords much shade there on the Emerald deck....maybe choose the next one in rather than the very last one? One last question ... is smoking allowed on those public decks that are aft facing? TIA
  2. Unless there is a delay, I think everyone needs to be onboard at least an hour prior to their sailing time. The muster drill must be held prior to heading out to see now and believe that is scheduled for 3 PM (or thereabouts). To be on the safe side, I would plan on being ready to board around 2 PM ... and no later than 2:45 PM for a 4 PM sail time.
  3. That would be my preference as well. Also, I wish they would allow us to use our onboard credits for this to book it online. This would alleviate a lot of running around to make reservations and such that first day onboard. Oh ... and if I could add to my wish list, I would love to see the wine bottle packages available for purchase ahead of time, as well....again, where we could use our onboard credit. It seems so easy ... yet, so hard.
  4. How very true!! We sailed on the Crown Princess when she was fairly new and booked a guarantee balcony cabin. Wow! What a mistake .... however, it really was of our own making ... at least the cabin choice! It was the cruise to end my cruising days ... everything that could go wrong, short of sinking, did go wrong and I wrote headquarters to tell them about our disappointment. Well, in response, they offered some very generous compensation to book another Princess cruise (which I swore I was just done with) but, I booked another sailing ... and yes, on the same ship but this time, I booked my cabin very carefully and even chose an inside cabin. Well, it ended up being such a wonderful cruise and I am so glad I didn't judge the entire cruise line, much less, the whole cruise industry on that one massive compilation of mishaps. We ended up sailing on the Crown a third time ... another winning cruise and glad we gave her that second chance.
  5. I've heard this before as well. I sure wish that Princess would take your status into account when booking the package online ahead of time. We had it booked ahead of time and read that it was cheaper to just purchase onboard ... so, that's what we did. It really only saved us a little under a dollar a day to do it that way, so not sure if that was really worth worrying about. If it were a long cruise, maybe so ... but $6 less ?? It isn't the end of the world one way or another.
  6. We stayed in 9307 on the Solstice up in Alaska ... wonderful cabin. There is a slight bit of your balcony, if standing by the railing, where people from deck 10 could look down on you. Hopefully, people are respectful enough to just look at the beautiful scenery and not onto other's balconies. There's always one in the crowd but it wouldn't deter me from booking this cabin again. We had no soot issue and no vibration issue to speak of. It was a concierge cabin, so a bit more than a regular balcony but well worth it .... and you get extra points towards your tier level.
  7. Yes, the e tea hangers the room steward brings are those that are either from the laundry or ones people leave in the cabin. Sometimes, they are quite misshapen ... but think they weed them out after they are really bent out of shape.
  8. You just can't imagine how happy I am to hear this since I have two more sailings booked on her for next year. There were some awesome staff members but, just not enough of them. To be fair, we were on the very first sailing that the Medallion went live .... but it still just seemed like they were terribly understaffed. Now, I have no worries about those future bookings.
  9. Precisely! I am planning a big birthday cruise for next year and wracking my brain with so many choices of sailings that are similarly priced. Celebrity, which is always my first choice requires a long flight. I would say Royal and Princess are probably tied for second place but of those two Princess has the better itineraries. I am considering HAL, Carnival and NCL as well but it’s hard not to get any of the loyalty status perks, even though we’ve sailed on all three of these lines a few times each in the past. I find is surprising that some on here have ranked Carnival higher than NCL ... even though we’ve had greta fun on each of our Carnival cruises in the past. Ahhhh ... isn’t it greta to have such a variety of choices?
  10. We continue to book the Grand even though she is probably my least favorite ship in the fleet ... her and the Golden. But, up until our last sailing on her, she's always had the best service ... called her the ship of 'yes' because nobody ever said 'no' to us for any reason. Well, that ended on the last cruise on her. We still have 2 more sailings booked on her ... but I won't be heartbroken to see a new Princess ship home ported in SF. Now, if only we could get the Royal here ... you'd see one happy camper!!
  11. Thank you for your comments. We sailed on the Royal last April and have her booked for another couple of cruises in 2020. We were impressed with the ship ... she just sparkles! We were also impressed with Matt O and the piano player at Crooners as well as the entertainment overall. We also loved a couple of the waiters and bar tenders, love their new wine list, the food was pretty good .... but it just seemed like the service was lacking in so many areas. I wrote my review at the time describing it was like they were, somehow, expecting 1000 less passengers to be onboard. I completely gave up on the buffet as it was total chaos and there were several times the waiters said they just didn't have time or that it was a pain to get us what we wanted ... some didn't even say that, they just ignored our requests. These weren't even elaborate requests ... they were things like olive oil instead of butter for our bread, cappuccinos with our breakfast in the dining room, our wine that had been opened with our pub lunch, event. Couple that with being seated for dinner and it took a full 45 minutes to even be acknowledged ... yikes! Well, even if we still can't get some of those things ... we are very glad to hear the service has improved. Enjoy your cruise ... and thanks for your comments! They are very encouraging!
  12. I pretty much agree with you on the listing above but having never sailed on MSC, I can't judge. There were things I really liked about Norwegian that might give her a tie with Royal and Princess ... but, Celebrity is also #1 in my book.
  13. Very good point ... For some, this is a good deal but it is not even close to the $39 as it appears on the website.
  14. It is actually a complete turn over of all the cabins ... and a lot more involved than how they clean the rooms during a longer cruise.
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