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  1. Yes, you can but that doesn’t accomplish anything. Princess is now 100% reservation via the MedallionClass app so there’s no pre-requested or pre-assigned table seating other than what you reserve in the app.
  2. He arrived home yesterday. No word on future plans.
  3. Actually, a friend emailed me and alerted me to the post. Looking forward to meeting you in 2023. 🙂
  4. Thanks for thinking of me. I’m not really “dark” but once CC dropped Tapatalk, I found it a PITA to post on CC. And yes, I am active on several roll calls. Here are my notes from our experience. I’ll probably set it up again for my sister, who passed away a couple of years ago. Ashes at Sea Updated: You now send your request with your name, ship name, sailing date, and booking number to ashesrequest@princesscruises.com “The purpose of this is to provide information for those who might be considering this. It's illegal to do this on your own without permission or within 12 miles of the U.S. so please keep this in mind if you respond. This is a quote from the response I got from Princess: "Thank you for your request to spread ashes while at sea during your cruise onboard the Sapphire Princess, cruise #XXXX, commencing January 5, 20XX. "We would like to inform you of the following: * Ashes must be contained in a biodegradable urn * Ashes/Flowers may only be spread in International waters * In accordance with environmental laws, only ashes, biodegradeable urns and biodegradeable flowers are permitted to be spread overboard. Cards, paper, metals, plastics and other non-biodegradeable items are not permitted. * Our ships do not employ a Chaplain "The ship will be notified of your request and you shall be contacted while onboard. You will be informed of an appropriate time to carry out the spreading of the ashes. A member of the ship's company will escort you to a suitable private location and stay with you during this time." Once onboard, I went down to the Passenger Services Desk with a copy of the above letter. Naturally, no one at Princess had notified the ship, but not to worry. I received a call from Trent, from Customer Service, the next morning and he told me he would check with the navigator to find out what days and times would be possible. He called me back the next morning to say that any time our third sea day on our way to Acapulco would be fine. After conferring with my sister, we set a time of 11am. We all arrived at the Passenger Services Desk at about 10:45am and were met by Manuel, who was going to help us. He had arranged for a gorgeous flower arrangement (at no cost) for us to toss with the ashes and led us up to deck 7 aft. He had two crew members stationed on both sides of the ship who closed off the back of Promenade deck after we passed by. We went to the very back of the ship and had a few quiet moments while my nephew opened the box and then sent Jim's ashes out to sea. I followed with the wreath. We stayed there for about 10 minutes, each wrapped in our own thoughts and memories. It was very short and simple. Princess couldn't have been more supportive or sympathetic. They were respectful, and it was just the way my brother-in-law would have wanted it, and my sister was comfortable with. The above is not for everyone, obviously, but in case this is yours or your loved one's wishes, I wanted to share. “
  5. Not sure what to tell you. I’d booked an inside guarantee on the Sun with the Plus package and have now booked an inside guarantee on the Crown without the package and the price difference is huge (less.) Massive. Like the Crown is half the cost of the Sun would have been. I don’t spend time in my cabin so a balcony isn’t a “must.” I’ve never done a guarantee before so we’ll see what happens.
  6. I’m re-booked from the Sun Princess to the Crown Princess 7/3/21. The difference between the “Savers” and “Plus” is huge so the Plus isn’t worth it to me since I rarely drink and get the free WiFi anyway. Got specialty dining plus extra OBC.
  7. I agree. The law was passed to protect US shipping, which still very much exists. Cruising is relatively small compared to international shipping. Several years ago, Senator Inouye of Hawaii, whose wife happened to be a godmother for an NCL ship, tried to amend the PVSA that would require all foreign-flagged ships to spend 50% of all port time in foreign ports and some other changes. Of course, that would have allowed NCL, which at the time had three US-flagged ships sailing in Hawaii, to be the only ships that could sail to/from Hawaii and Alaska. Then, some senators, such as Ted Kennedy, realized that would also kill the cruise and shipping industry from New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle as well as most of the Alaskan cruise market. It would also kill hundreds of thousands of jobs in the shipping and cruise industry. Needless to say, it didn’t pass.
  8. True but if you need handicapped parking and park closest to 93, it’ll be a hike from pier 92. Yes, same parking lot but equidistant only if you park in the middle or back of the parking lot.
  9. Confirmed by Princess to TAs that it’s the Crow.
  10. Received notification this morning from my TA that it’s the Crown. She sent me the itineraries and pricing.
  11. Can always ask to have the thread title changed and moved.
  12. If you were booked on the Sun 7/3/21 and haven’t joined the roll call, it’s there. 🙂 I’ve been booked on this cruise for quite a while and was disappointed to learn it’s been canceled. For those of you who have been on these boards a while, “Wizard-of-Roz” and her dog Horton were booked on this cruise. Her sister-in-law just posted on the roll call that Roz passed away last week. I’ve sailed with her quite a few times over the years and was so sad to hear this. RIP.
  13. According to a well-known Entertainment Director, Carnival Corporation constitutes almost 50% of the mass cruise industry. Combining loyalty programs would be an anti-trust violation. P&O owned Princess before being bought by Carnival Corporation. Once P&O was purchased, the two lines became separate entities. Because they were once the same company, loyalty was reciprocated for years.
  14. Canceled: 3/13/20 Cruise: Royal Princess 4/18/20 Mexican Riviera Requested: FCC (100 + 50%) Received: 6/1/20 Applied to 10/24/20 Mexican Riviera cruise on the Royal
  15. As said, Carnival Cruise Lines doesn’t own nor is the parent company. Carnival Corporation is and if the corporation’s policy is doctor’s note or chronic condition, it would affect not only Princess but HAL, Cunard and Seaborne which tend to have older demographics.
  16. Seems to me that as a TA, you’d have a lot of experience with people canceling their cruise and EZAir after final payment and before the non-refundable date. What has happened with your other clients? How was it handled before this pandemic?
  17. According to MarineTraffic, she’s due in LA tomorrow (Monday) at 5:30am. The Mercy is at pier 93 so she’ll probably dock at pier 92.
  18. Actually it, does make a difference. Every cruise credit counts towards the Loyalty OBC. That extra OBC on every cruise regardless of length makes a difference. I get an extra $100 on every cruise. The Loyalty Credit is with the 21st, 32nd, 42nd and 52nd cruise credits for $25, $50, $75 and $100 respectively. It's based on the # of cruise credits, not the # of cruises, and applies to a cruise of any length. 20 - 31 cruise credits $25 onboard cabin credit 32 - 41 cruise credits $50 onboard cabin credit 42 - 51 cruise credits $75 onboard cabin credit 52nd cruise credits $100 onboard cabin credit
  19. One thing to consider when booking a B2B as one cruise is that if there is a fare change on one of the segments, you can’t re-book at the lower fare. One segment might be eligible for one promotion and not another. Three years ago, I booked a B2B as two separate 7-day cruises with a $1 deposit. A few months later, I got the “Sip ‘n Sail” promotion and was able to get $300/cruise segment for $600 instead of the beverage package. I also got a lower fare on each. A year later came the “3 For Free” promotion. One cruise segment was re-fared for $600 less although I lost the $300 OBC but I got the gratuities so I came out ahead. The second cruise segment fare wouldn’t have changed so I left it as is. At the end, I paid a lot less for both cruises and got a lot of OBC. I think my final folio bill was @ $12. So, consider all of the possibilities when deciding whether to book a B2B as one or multiple bookings.
  20. On ships that had or have cases of COVID-19 onboard, all of the soft goods are being either replaced or washed in super hot water. Affected cabins will be thoroughly disinfected. On the Diamond, even before it was disinfected, they found traces of virus on the ship and the media reported that. What the media didn’t report is that the traces weren’t active. They were dead. This is from the New England Journal of Medicine:
  21. I’ve stayed at a number of different hotels in the 17th Street area. Not a big fan of the Renaissance since if you have a car rental, it’s expensive to park. Breakfast isn’t included so that’s another expense. Liked Hyatt Place... large suite-like rooms and includes breakfast. When I was there in January, I spent a few days pre-cruise so I had a rental car. My friend and I booked a 3-bedroom, 2-bath AirBnB that was about $150/night including tax, cleaning fee, etc. (the week before the Super Bowl when hotel prices were doubled.) It was between the airport and the port, lots of restaurants and stores nearby. I’d certainly consider it again if I were staying longer than an overnight.
  22. A day or so ago, before the CDC announced the ban on cruising until July 15th, Carnival announced that the first ships to commence sailing would have a reduced passenger capacity so I think that’s likely at first. I’d like to see hand washing stations at each entrance to the buffet. I personally hate the HAL buffet where you have to wait in a line for someone to serve you... it takes a lot longer and often, the first food gets cold while you’re getting the rest. Not sure how to compromise on that. I can see everyone’s temperature being taken at embarkation. Perhaps random testing during the cruise. I’m allergic to hand sanitizer and most wipes (I can use Clorox wipes) so I can’t use them (I’ve been chased by passengers in the buffet and berated/screamed at for ruining their cruise for not using the sanitizer) plus they are marginally effective. They do little for Norovirus or COVID-19. It’s a fine line between treating passengers like children and expecting them to be adults and responsible. Pretty sure there’ll be a lot more cabin and public space cleaning. I can also see staff in the buffet required to wear masks and gloves when near food. I think you’ll see more passengers wearing gloves in the buffet. Maybe require passengers to wear gloves there.
  23. Thanks. 🙂 You never know. I’m cruising again next month and haven’t any plans to cancel. I agree with you about boarding the ship. Once I’m over the gangway, I’m in my “happy place.” Love being onboard a ship.
  24. Thanks, Patti. 🙂 I'm tending to not take big/long cruises but still have several cruises booked. Often cruised with my sister, Nancy, but she passed away a year ago. 😓
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