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  1. We have cruised on all mass market lines and at this point prefer Princess. However, my next choice is NCL. Couple posters above echoed my understanding that Princess is more of "cruise ship" vs "floating Vegas" (👀 at RCCL). I love quieter, more refined atmosphere of Princess ships with no late night parties (just not my thing) and stupid belly flop contests (👀 at Carnival). I like watching a movie or a concert on MUTS while DS is playing in the pool with other well behaved kids (yes, there are kids on Princess and they are almost all very well mannered). I truly believe that cruising interactions with people of all ages have given my DS an edge in dealing with adults in his daily life, he has no problem engaging adults in polite conversation and holding up his end of it.

    I absolutely LOVE not being disturbed by sales pitches, etc. in my cabin and over all sense of "no nickel and diming" during my vacation (👀 at NCL).

    There are obviously drawbacks to Princess (smaller cabins with no couch in regular balcony and below), different types of entertainment (I like it, some prefer other things), almost no night life, etc.

    One BIG plus of Princess for me is no smell of smoke anywhere but casino, which I obviously avoid. On my last NCL ship "brilliant minds" put smoking area literally next to kids outdoor play area.

  2. 30 minutes ago, Lady Arwen said:

    I just tried all August departures on Enchanted in 2020 and all of them offered "your cabin will be assigned" and no ability to choose a specific cabin.  How did you do this?  Which cabin did you choose?  We are booked on Enchanted and could not choose a cabin in either deluxe or premium deluxe, so I need to know how I can also book a specific cabin.

    I booked some time ago (end of June?) and all cabins were available. May be this is fairly new thing? I just checked my booking and my cabin is still what I chose.

  3. On 8/18/2019 at 2:14 PM, emeraldlake said:

    I just called Princess again and was now told that ALL Deluxe Balcony cabins on Sky and Enchanted for 2020 and 2021 can only be booked as Guarantee.  The cruise planner I talked to said to book as guarantee and when you get your assignment you can either try to change cabins or cancel.  WHAT???  This does not make any sense so far in advance. 


    I too am not pleased with these new tactics.  

    We have Deluxe balcony booked on August 2020 Med cruise on Enchanted. I booked directly on Princess site with no issues.

  4. Interesting that there is such wide range of feedback. We have sailed Regal in both Caribbean and Baltic, and internet is way better in the Caribbean. Baltic internet was very slow, dropped all the time and for sure you couldnt stream anything on it. To me this means that unlimited package is a must really, since I would have wasted most of my complimentary minutes just trying to check email.

  5. 10 hours ago, antsp said:

    Interesting that the ceo of Celebrity is currently doing q&a via cruise critic, maybe Princess ceo should do the same

    If memory serves me correctly, Jan Swartz (sp?) did the same guest spot on Cruise Critic couple of years ago.

  6. 12 hours ago, MrsRoper said:

    Does your description differ if in a mini- suite?  There are four of us and trying to get a sense of functionality when all the beds are in operation.... I assume it’s the same with a touch more space?

    We have also stayed in mini on Regal. It is has waay more space, 2 TVs (one aimed at sofa bed), privacy curtain between sofa bed and main "bedroom" area. It also has extra dresser space, larger bathroom with more shelving AND you can access balcony without folding the sofa bed (very tight, but doable). For 3 adults I would absolutely go with Mini. We have 2 adults and 10 yo, so deluxe balcony is still doable for us.

  7. We just spent 11 days on Royal in Deluxe Balcony. I would strongly suggest is vs upper bunk.Yes, it is crowded with couch folded out. No, you cannot squeeze by, you will have to climb over the couch to open the balcony door. Room steward folds and unfolds the couch for you every am and pm. If needed, it is easy to do it yourself too. Unfortunately I dont have pics.

  8. 5 hours ago, Jeter02 said:

    I've been doing Christmas and New year's onboard princess for the past 10 years. They do such a lovely job. The ship is fully decked out with beautiful decor throughout the ship. lots of Christmas trees, and Garland. Yes they do have Christmas carolers on the ship they do fake snow in The Piazza. They have the crew members and the guests all together sing Christmas carols in The Piazza area. There's gingerbread house competitions. For kids they have Santa come out and they usually give each child a gift. Christmas Eve they do read the story The night before Christmas and The Piazza in the evening. They do a Christmas Mass on bored if you want to attend. They put on a Christmas show on the theater. It's generally just a very happy jolly Time on board the ship.

    We have experienced Xmas and NYE at sea last year and are not going back to land! Best Xmas present I have received from DH in last 20 years and I am counting on the same present for next 20.

  9. MissP,

    I think $99 for all photos was very limited online only deal. We bought it for Panama Canal cruise. It was great, but kind of forced me to bring home more pics that I really needed :). I do like the 10 pis package a lot. Typically it is all that we really need at this point, ie how many champagne fountain pics can one have 😉


    I get that it is the tactic sometimes, but in our instance we have prepaid for the package sometime midcruise. Technically she (photog) could have charged us for the extra 2 pics. What she did, while being a small gesture, left me with positive "vibe" of photo staff and with feeling of not being "nickel and dimed" which is very important for repeat cruisers.

  10. Cobber, only the chosen pics were included in the download. We actually ended up with 12 pics total because my DS couldnt make up his mind about what to choose and photographer, he made friends with on the cruise, just told him to take the two extra. It was very nice of her.

  11. As for why Princess?

    We have tried all mass market lines and Princess fits the bill for all of us. It is fun for all of us, everyone is entertained and I feel like DS is learning to be a polite and refined young man that can fit in with anyone (his age, my age, old timers, etc.)

    Also, I really appreciate all the live bands on board, I feel like Princess has really stepped up with quality of acts on board.



    We normally choose Caribbean for flight convenience, especially if we travel with my grandmother (90yo), but recently did Baltic and LOVED it. DS is heavily lobbying for Greece cruise next summer 😃

  12. Why cruising?

    We both work, so not having to do any housekeeping for 1-2 weeks AND not have to worry about driving anywhere in traffic AND not to have to entertain DH/DS is priceless to me. 

    Also, where else can I convince 10 yo to wear a tux???



  13. So I have sailed in both mini and deluxe balcony (not aft) on Regal. For the price, I would totally do the deluxe balcony again if you are 2 people to the cabin (with 3, like us, I would go for mini and sacrifice the balcony). Pros and cons:

    Mini suite


     +more storage space

    +tub instead of shower

    +more bathroom storage

    +second TV


    - VERY SMALL balcony

    - price


    Deluxe Balcony:


    + balcony that's actually usable

    + price


    - less storage space and bathroom space (it was sufficient for 3 of us, but tighter than what we are used to)



  14. We have been on Royal for B2B (dec18/Jan19) and on Regal for two different sailings (April 18 and June 19). IMHO they are effectively identical ships. Aside from Medallion actually working on Regal on last sailing, I could not discern any effective difference between the ships.

  15. 13 hours ago, oncruisecontrol said:

    Yikes!  That kinda scares me.  I trust the opinion of a New Yorker on pizza as I'm from New Jersey and also know good pizza.  We're going on Regal in February, and Princess' pizza was always something I raved about since our 2013 voyage on Crown Princess.  I hope Regal can get it together in the "pizza department" by February.

    If you are a pizza fan, than Alfredo's (deck 7, free of charge) is a MUST for you. They have this venue in both Regal and Royal (assume Sky too) and it is phenomenal.

  16. I have actually bought this package on board of Regal in June. Our package included 10 pictures (not portraits, any pics) AND digital download of all of them. Photo staff person we talked to allowed us to keep going through pics and add to our "selection" pile daily and on last day we chose 10 pics. We were even able to swap background on one of the "candid" pics to what we liked more. Package was the same price on board $189.

  17. On 7/4/2019 at 4:56 AM, Bazandgiz said:

    Thanks for your review, it was a great read!


    We did a Baltics cruise last year and loved it, we're hoping to get back there in 2021.


    Were you able to build your own itinerary completely with City Break in SPB? We did a tour with Alla Tours last year, and they were great. However if we go again, we'd like to do a tour without the Hermitage (we're not big museum people, I got bored pretty quickly in there). I haven't managed to find a tour company that offers anything without Hermitage (so clearly I'm in the minority when it comes to what I consider to be the sights to see!)

    I am with you! I would totally skip Hermitage if I could! Couldn't on this trip, but totally planning to if we get back out there!

    Yes, I literally listed all attractions I wanted to see and let tour company figure out the rest. I have contacted 7 companies in my search and some of them didnt want to do custom tour (Alla), some didnt respond (Anastasia), some gave me outrageous $$$$ price. I was hesitant to book with relatively unknown company, since everyone on cruisecritic talks only about "top 3", but I shouldnt have. We had great experience.

  18. Cringo,

    we were in Helsinki from 11 am to 6pm officially, unofficially we got clearance to leave around 10:45am. We were one of the first off and headed straight to the cabs. Got a cab to Market square where it took us couple minutes to figure out where to buy tickets to the ferry. We ended up doing public ferry because timing was way more convenient, they leave literally every 15-20 min. With short trip to Suomenlinna, we were on the island before noon. I believe we spent about 2 hours at the fort, could have spent longer but we also wanted to stop at Hard Rock cafe in Helsinki proper. I would absolutely visit at least Suomenlinna museum and watch a movie about the fort history. We also visited Finnish military history one, it was interesting, but not really worth it unless you have military history buff in your midst.

  19. We have been cruising Princess (and some other lines, but not Disney) with DS (now 10) since he was a baby. DS loves cruising and his (and ours) preferred lien is actually Princess. Kid club is great with very good counselors and a ton of activities. On newer ships (Royal class) DS loves participating in all the game shows.

    We have just returned from 11 day Baltic on Regal. DS loved the cruise, but actually wished for more "sea days", so he can go to kids club more :)

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