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  1. I spent 3 days in Barcelona last November before our Spanish Passage TA cruise on the Sky Princess. After reading one favorable review, I contacted Barcelona Day Tours. I found them very easy to work with via email and felt their prices were reasonable. I ended up booking a full day tour for the four of us to Montserrat and cava tasting one day and a half-day tour of Barcelona city highlights the second day. We were very pleased. We had the same driver/tour guide both days and he was excellent. We used this company to get us "skip the line" tickets for Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia. We also had them secure reservations for dinner and a Flamenco show the second night. BDT is willing to work with you in terms of picking you up at the pier, dropping you off at the airport at the end of a tour, etc. I found this a good an affordable to maximize our time in Barcelona.
  2. Just sailed on the Sky Princess in November. I'm not gluten free but I was traveling with my cousin who is. We ate in the main dining room and the staff was very accommodating to my cousin's dietary needs. Each evening at dinner the head waiter would bring my cousin a menu for the next evening. They would go over the menu together, exploring what would be OK for my cousin to order. If he requested a special order not on the menu, it was not a problem. The head waiter would then write up his order and it was always there and correct the following evening. One evening when we didn't go to the main dining room, the head waiter still met with my cousin before the regular seating time to secure his gluten free choices for the next night. I felt like staff was very good about addressing my cousin's needs.
  3. We're taking a Princess cruise out of San Pedro in April. Since we live in a state where anything can happen weather-wise that time of the year, we'll be flying in a day early. Any suggestions as to a hotel in the San Pedro area? Preferably one that offers transportation to the pier. All responses appreciated.
  4. We'll also be on the TA on the Sky starting in Barcelona on Nov. 17th. We have excursions booked in Valencia and Seville, so I haven't done much homework on those two ports. As for Malaga, it does appear that you can walk into town. There is however a shuttle into the town center. It is not run by Princess and the cost is 5 Euros. What I read said when you walk out of the terminal, you will spot where to catch it. So we're going to try that. I have read about a couple of restaurants but am reluctant to list them here as I have no first hand experience.
  5. I've only eaten barbeque at a Trident Grill once but really enjoyed it. Not only was the food good, it was served up quicker than burgers usually are at lunch. We checked the menu a few times on the cruise and found that the menu does change from night to night. We just wanted a break from the dining room and decided to do that instead of the buffet, I'm glad we did.
  6. We've always had pub lunch on the Princess cruises we've been on. It's been quite a while since we were on the Emerald but we have had it on that ship in the past. I always make a point to look in the patter for it on sea days. It has sometimes been scheduled in bars other than Wheelhouse but it's always been offered in our experience. I'll be pretty upset too if it has been cancelled on all sailings.
  7. Whenever I open the Ocean Ready app on my android, I always find the battery near zero the next morning. I try to ensure that I turn it off after I use it. My tech skills are pretty limited but I think I installed it OK as I just received my Ocean Medallion for cruise I'm taking later this month. Any suggestions on how I can prevent this in the future? All responses are appreciated.
  8. We took the Ultimate Ship Tour a few years ago on the Island. It did seem pricey when we signed up for it but, in the end, I really enjoyed it and was glad we did it. As for the goodies, we didn't get a chef's coat or apron but we did get the cookbook the Princess chefs published, robes and some other items I've forgotten by now. One of the things I liked the most about the tour was that we were accompanied by a ship's photographer. I don't remember exactly how many photos we ended up getting, most were group shots but some were of just the 2 of us, but there were lots and I've enjoyed having them. At the time we did say we would only do it once. However, we are about to embark for at TA on the Sky and we are considering doing the tour again.
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