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  1. Random thoughts about the ship: 1. MDR food is MUCH improved! Dinner last two night was flavorful and warm. Buffet still lacks variety and taste IMO. 2. The soda package is advertised as having smoothies but there are no smoothie anywhere. 3. Tendering process the best when compared to other cruise lines IMO 4. On demand TV and internet work well. Internet was a little off today while in Kotor but otherwise fast.
  2. Just checking in again. Santorini Port- tendering process fast and seamless. We got an early start at 8am and had no wait for the cable car up to Thira. We walked to the local bus station. The directions on Tom’s cruise website is accurate and detailed. If in doubt The locals were very helpful. The ride to Oia is 1,80 E each way. We stood in the bus part of the way there b/c it was very full. Enjoyed a beautiful morning, had a few drinks and took many pictures. Ride back was easy and bus picked us up where it dropped us off. Bus was only half full and an express ride back to Thira. Ride the cable car back down ans had no wait for the tender back to the ship. Kotor Port- What an amazing sight as we got off the tender this morning!! The landscape is absolutely beautiful. We didn’t wake up early enough to watch the sail in but we watched the sail out and loved it!! We had a private tour with M tours. Our tour guide Milo was excellent- easy to understand, entertaining and full knowledge. He actually gave Bill Gates a tour a few days ago!!:). We wish we had more time here.
  3. We have had no problems with the mattress. Very comfortable. Yes. On demand movies and a huge selection of them!
  4. Athens- traveling the Mediterranean
  5. Quick note about internet- we purchase 1 device onboard and it was $119 for 14 days. It is the OceanNet and great speed. Unlimited photo package was $299 onboard. I think it was offered as $199 before boarding online. So consider repurchasing.
  6. Hi- we are currently in the Emerald Princess. We just boarded yesterday and I wanted to post a few observations so far. Embarkation: 1. We flew in the same day as the cruise (scary, I know;) but we had no issues with flight delays, etc We did take a taxi from the airport to the port and I think we were “ taken for a ride”. The lady at the airport and most people online said it should cost about 50E but we were charged 80E. So if taking a taxi to the port consider taking prearranged transport in athens. 2. Check In was a breeze. No lines. Rooms were ready when we boarded at 2:30 and luggage arrived soon after. BTW- there is a Durty Free store after the X-ray check In area which sells wine and other alcohol. We already purchased two bottles of wine before security and wished we had waited as the selection was much better in the Duty free. We had dinner at the Crown Grill the first night using our BOGO offer from the coupon book. Service was excellent but the food was not good. Nothing compared to our previous experiences at specialty restaurants in Celebrity in terms of meat quality and taste of the food. Only the first night so we will see if the food quality improves. Not impressed with selection in the buffet at lunch today either. Hopefully dinner tonight will be better. No problem using an old Coffee Card I got from my friend. International Cafe was nice and ice chai I got this morning was tasty. Guest services was a zoo all day yesterday but much better today while at the port of Santorini. We request extra keys to be made for our rooms twice and they still don’t work:( Tendering process was excellent and we had a very short wait this morning at 8 am to get on shore. So just a few observations so far. Any questions that that I can answer let me know.
  7. Where are smoothies available on board? Specifically on the Emerald Princess? Thx!
  8. We had Lauren on Tuesday (the day of the ban) and she was awesome!! Very sweet and upbeat the whole tour. Driver Alex was very courteous and safe.
  9. We have 2 cabins - one with my son and me and another with my husband and other son. Does this mean we need to buy a package for each cabin if we want our group family pictures?
  10. Does anyone know if Princess offers discounted Specialty Dining rates onboard? We have travelled on several Celebrity Cruises that were offering 30%-50% or BOGO offers onboard (especially on the longer European cruises when the restaurants did not fill up).
  11. I am not seeing these offers under the "Deal" section of the website. Does it take a day or two update?
  12. So we can "cash out" all our OBC through the casino with no penalty ?
  13. Thank you for the replies. Anyone try the specialty dining on board? Any favorites?
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