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    Cool Cruiser

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    Sterling Heights MI
  • Interests
    Retirement, golf, travel, all sports - especially U of Mich, Notre Dame and Mich State University
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess in Mediterran, Baltic, British Isles
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Baltic and British Isles

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions everyone. The Google map shows many eating places near the hotel. The two restaurants mentioned all look interesting plus they are within walking distance of the hotel. It’s good to know there are options available for eating. Thanks.
  2. SeattleAirport (Sea Tac) We are staying at the Double Tree Hotel for one night prior to a cruise. Looking for suggestions on restaurants within walking of the hotel. Nothing fancy maybe something like Denny’s. Also, how safe is it to cross the main street in front of the hotel (if the restaurant is on the other side of the street)? John
  3. I agree with 2theship – you don’t need to pay for the EZ Air until final payment. Not @ 45 days. What airlines are you booked on? I this booking Flexible or Restricted? Is this an international flight? At far as “2 seats left at that price” - I never relay on that as a good number. It’s been my experience that number changes often. I always check the specific airline we’re booked on to get a real idea what seats are available. Per Princess web-site Flexible fares: Flexible fares are designed for those guests who have less certainty in their travel plans and want the freedom to cancel their flight arrangements easily. These fares are typically higher than Restricted fares, but include the following added benefits: Air payment is due on the date of the final cruise payment – not at the time of air booking. Air charges are fully refundable until 54 days prior to departure. With your Flexible air fares, you can change your flight up to 45 days prior to departure with no Penalty. Book your flight now with no amount due until cruise final payment.
  4. Hi traic73, You did not indicate which month you’ll be in Victoria. October or September? I checked the CVS web-site. The last shuttle bus leaving the Empress Hotel is 14:00 hours (2:00pm) for the month of October. The last shuttle leaving the gardens is 17:00 hours. That leaves you 3 hours at the gardens. With the ship arriving around 1:00pm this gives you about one hour to get to the hotel. If the ship arrives late you have less than an hour. In September, the CVS shuttle leaves the hotel at 15:00 hours. I would suggest checking out the Ogden Point Cruise Shuttle or a taxi to get downtown. The shuttle service is provided from the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal (cruise pier) to and from downtown. The shuttle runs a minimum of every 20 minutes. The last shuttle service is one hour prior to the ship's sailing time. The shuttle stops in downtown, at the 1000 block of Government Street. The shuttle costs C$11 for a round trip ticket; a one way ticket is C$6. The downtown area is where you'll find most of Victoria's attractions, including the Empress Hotel, the provincial Legislative building complex, museums, shops, restaurants and pubs. These sites are an easy walk from one another once downtown. John
  5. Erroneous charges happen on all cruise lines just as other have indicated. We always check our on board account every day either at the kiosk or Passenger Service deck. We never had a problem having charges remove. I often wonder weather charges that should be against our account end up on someone else’s account?
  6. I agree with knbcruisers -- you will get better suggestions and/or answers on the ALASKA Board.
  7. On a previous thread (around July 27th) there was a discussion on “refundable versus non-refundable deposits”. Some cruisers mentioned using Rate Code N7A to make a non-refundable fare to a refundable fare. The question came up while using the Landmark promo. Some Customer Reps did not have clue what they were talking about (relative to the code) while other Customer Reps understood. Check it out the thread. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682713-refare-with-non-refundable-deposit/
  8. Hi Qcruise The Star Princess which was built in 2002. The last dry dock for the Star was in December 2017 (13 days in Victoria, BC). Normal dry docks average 10 days. Here is a breakdown of upgrades/changes that were performed on the Star Princess. New carpets in dining room and Crooner’s Sabatini’s was updated with updated décor and menu Replace Mini-suite sleeper sofas New lamps with UBS charging ports in staterooms New knobs and drawer pulls in staterooms New carpeting, beds, & mattresses in staterooms New LED TV’s in all staterooms plus wall TV’s on deck 7 On-demand TV’s most likely to be activated when OM is operational Replace astro turf deck covering on upper decks Complete renovation of the swimming pool and hot tub areas Horizon Court New washing stations at the entrance Replace carpeting, floor tiles, tables and chairs New cutlery holders and furniture Repair/Refinish beverage station cabinets Replace Wheelhouse Dance floor Promenade deck new carpeting throughout Salty Dog has not replaced the Trident Grille Coffee and Cones has not replaced Scoops Updated exercise equipment New carpeting in Princess Theater New sound system in the Princess Theater New LCD displays screens with information in elevator lobbies and public areas Upgrades in the Casino which includes many gaming tables, slots and carpeting Ocean Medallion wiring installed (not active until subsequent dry-dock in 2021/2022) The ship operating systems inspected and repaired as required Power clean 1/3 of the air ducks in staterooms and public areas Balance to be completed on future dry docks Sand blasted and painted the lower section of the haul Haul art (sea witch) added Bathrooms not refurbished Hope this helps, John Source of information: Cruisemapper, Fleet dry dock schedule, blogs, Cruiser Critic, Google
  9. Outerdog -- I agree the “2019 Cruise schedule” to the system is restricted on Seattle Port website. However, if you view the “2019 Cruise Fact Sheet” is states the following: Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 • The Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 anchors an 11-acre vibrant, multi-use complex along Seattle’s downtown waterfront. It is the home port to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises. Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91 • The Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91 is located at the north end of Seattle’s waterfront, just 10 minutes from the famous Space Needle and the city’s retail core. It serves Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, HollandAmerica Line, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International. Based on the above information, I believe the Grand Princess will be using Pier 91. John
  10. Thanks for the information. We’ll check our Monterey Bay Watch and others for sure. The weather will be factor if we decided. I goggled Old Fisherman Grotto and it looks like a winner. DW really likes fish. The photos of menu items look great. If time allows we’ll give it a try. What are San Drabs “fresh from the bay”?? How far is the Monterey Plaza Hotel from the pier? We may take a walk over there to check it out. John
  11. I have the same problem as Wonder 18. The system will not accept my HomeAirport – DTW. Final payment made on my cruise several weeks ago. I’ve tried several times since then to add DTW. The system keeps telling me “incomplete” for both my wife and myself.
  12. Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) held its annual shareholders' meeting April 19th 2019 in London, England, and has announced that all of the resolutions recommended by the Boards of Directors were passed at the annual general meetings. This included the stockholder benefit (on board credit) which has been renewed this corporate calendar year. I hope the Board of Directors will continue to recommend the renewal of this benefit for many years to come. This benefit has served me well over many years. Barron’s article June 28th – “After hitting the rocks on reduced 2019 corporate financial guidance, the shares of the cruise line operator Carnival now look like a bargain. At about $46, the shares are off almost 15% since the lower corporate forecast on June 20th and are trading where they did 20 years ago. Yet there is reason to think they now have bottom.”
  13. I agree with others. Take the train and enjoy yourself. What kind of things are you looking to do -- easy tours, moderate tours, or severe tours – backing packing, air flight, white water rafting, etc. There is so much to choice from. In Skagway, the White Pass & Yukon Railroad would be one I would consider which I believe it an unforgettable journey to White Pass summit (have your passport ready because Canada Customs will check when you enter Canada). The train leaves not far from the pier. If you have 2 days in Denali I would recommend the Tundra Wilderness tour into the heart of the DenaliNational Park. No cars are allowed passed the Savage River Check Station (mile marker 15). The US Park Service uses concessioners (Aramark Joint Ventures) which offer several types of bus services into the park -- free buses, narrated buses and non-narrated transit buses. Again, no cars are allowed past mile marker 15. It should be noted the park road extends 92 miles from the park entrance to its terminus in the old mining community of Kantishna, this mostly-gravel road traverses boreal forests and sub-arctic tundra. Crossing rolling mountainsides and sheer cliffs, the road meanders through scenic vistas and prime wildlife viewing areas. We have been to Denali twice and plan a third next July. In the past, we travelled to the EielsonVisitorCenter (mile marker 66) an always seen wildlife. John
  14. John99


    Welcome to cruise critic! DW and my self have been to Alaska twice and are planning a 3rd cruise/tour next July. We have been on over 20 Princess cruises including the Ruby. I love the ship. You’ll have a great time. Skynight, Mike45LC, Cougaraz, JF–retired RRT and others are spot on with their advice and comments. Don’t worry. I see you’re from Texas and probably flying in and out of Seattle (SEA) for this cruise. If you’re are in fact flying out of Seattle Airport (SEA) after your cruise please check out this FREE luggage service. Seattle Port Valet The web site states “luggage free” & “complimentary”. I understand FREE. They recommend you check in “early” at the ship’s Guest Service. Sign up and obtain a board pass and luggage tags. They truck your bags to the airport. You don’t see your bags until arrive at your destination. You can even track your bags. Nice feature. Seven (7) airlines participate in this program. Sorry, only domestic airlines. The Port of Seattle is the sponsor for this FREE service. Good luck and have a great time! John
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