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  1. I even had trouble with an Ocean View back in 1999. Since then we have always had a balcony. Also, we book at least 18 months or more in advance to get the cabin we want plus we love sitting on our balcony either reading or just watching the ocean. We just couldn't give up that for what Princess is willing to give. Jennie
  2. Our cruise is on the 26th September and today I received first of all a text message and since then over a period of 3 hours, 5 emails with an offer to go from a large mini suite (Sun Princess and Club Class) to an interior cabin. We would get the whole of our fare back in OBC -a lot to spend in 19 days unless I use the Casino as some sort of bank to get the money back - plus an 8 night free cruise and $100AUD EZ air offer. We will not be taking up the offer as I am claustrophobic for one thing and secondly we love our aft balcony and Club Class. This cruise is leaving from overseas so I presume that is why we are not being asked to cancel the cruise as we all have our airfares in place. Funny that this morning I was reading the above posts and thinking how much it has changed as twice we have been offered an upsell to go from a mini to a full suite and of course we took both offers. Jennie
  3. You lived off Springvale Road, near Brandon Park shopping centre. We are off Blackburn Road, near the Mt. Waverley railway station. A distance of about 6.7km or 4 miles apart. Not far at all! You wouldn't recognise the area now! Jennie
  4. Cola Cruiser, thanks for your good wishes. We live in Mount Waverley which comes under Monash Council and we are not far from Monash University. Small world isn't it!! Jennie
  5. Thanks Cola. I didn't even think to look at the Patter. Will do exactly as you suggest. Jennie
  6. We will be on the Sun Princess in 2 weeks time. Normally we receive an email with the Captain's name etc. but this time we haven't received it. I am organizing the Roll Call get together and would like to find out his name as well as the Cruise Director's name so that I can give them an invite. Is there a phone number or a list where I can find out who we will have on board. I have sent an email to our Roll Call rep but she couldn't help. Jennie
  7. I have set a get together for our Roll Call for next month on the Sun Princess and my contact has been Coleen Reyes and her email is: <creyes@princesscruises.com Even though our cruise is not until September, I got in touch with Coleen in July and she organized it almost immediately. We are having it on our first sea day which is the day after embarkation and it is in the morning between 10-11am. Jennie
  8. Paige, So glad I found your blog though of course I read your F.B. entries every day. How is the ship and are the improvements a "wow' factor. We will be on her next year so I hope she is in good repair. Jennie
  9. I have just organized a Meet and Greet on the Sun Princess for next month and the contact for that ship was Coleen Reyes creyes@princesscruises.com> Jennie
  10. The first quote I received from Insure and Go for our September cruise was over $1800.00 for a 19 day cruise that was calling into Vietnam and Bali before coming down our coast.. We had done a cruise earlier this year where the Insurance only cost around $600 so receiving that quote was a huge shock. Luckily I had got it down by $300 but I found out later that if I had gone with RACV then it would have only been $1100 I am so lucky to have found RACV as they are saving us quite a lot. So good bye to Insure and Go. There is another firm which uses the same Provider as Insure and Go and they are called Tick Travel and their Insurance Providers are Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, which Insure and Go also use. Give them a try as I have found them cheaper when doing comparisons. Jennie
  11. We like Anytime Dining though after one cruise where we waited 40 minutes each evening for a table, we gave up and went back to Traditional until C.C. was introduced. Since then we have never had to wait for a table. We like that we can have a table for two without any hassle and that we are well looked after by the serving staff. We have had "specials" both for breakfast and for dinner which we normally don't partake of, though earlier this year when we were on the Sun, we were offered lobster for a main course and it definitely wasn't on the normal menu as it wasn't a formal night. We have also had a "special" for dessert. Of late we have been cruising on the Sun and Sea Princesses and we will be back on the Pacific Princess next year. Those mini suites are large and so different from the other ships that adding Club Class is an extra bonus. We will be on the Grand in 2021 for 38 days in a Mini and that will be a test as I am not so enamoured of not having a covering over our balcony. We are lucky that we have so many choices when booking a cruise and it is definitely each to their own. Jennie
  12. We have used Insure and Go for the past few years and have only claimed once when we missed a port 18 months ago. It was a painless procedure to claim and we were one of the only passengers on board amongst our friends who were able to do this with our insurance. Of course we do take the Cruise option which is most important when on a cruise. A few weeks ago my DH turned 80 and I went online to do the insurance for our forthcoming cruise. I nearly passed out when the quote came. It was literally hundreds of dollars more than any previous cruise insurance and yet we are only cruising from Asia back to Sydney. I phoned Insure and Go and the lass was able to take $300 off because this year alone, we have used them 4 times for trips with no claims. Talking amongst our friends, we took a look at the RACV Insurance Cover and I have just taken out the cruise insurance for our cruise next January which is so much cheaper when comparing RACV with Insure and Go. Both Insurers will insure those who are over 80 years which is a big deal these days as we are all living longer and are so much fitter than our parents. By the way, my DH does have a history of having a slight heart attack and has a stent. This has never worried Insure and Go. Always make sure you tell the Insurance Company if you have any pre-existing illnesses otherwise if something happens whilst overseas and it is to do with that complaint, you may not be covered. Jennie
  13. Thanks for explaining to me the difference of the two. I haven't taken much notice of the Internet package that was being offered so you have at least enlightened me on what we can expect in the future. I think our first experience of either of these new additions will be when we are on the Grand in 2021. For the moment anyhow, it is going to be exactly as we have been used to for the past umpteen years. Jennie
  14. We received an email this morning stating that it won't now be available for our cruise next February to New Zealand. They mentioned that it will now be late 2020. Not that it affects us, I am quite happy to use the Elite package of free internet and I won't have to worry about where to hang or put the medallion! We will be on the Grand in 2021 and we can enjoy using the Medallion then. Jennie
  15. Since Club Class has come in we have always booked a Club Class as we enjoy the anytime dining at the time that suits us which can be a different time every night. We also like that we have the same servers in a special part of the dining room. Other than that as we are Elite, the rest of the extras really doesn't affect us. We are booked on the Grand Princess for a cruise from Singapore to Southampton in March, 2021 and already all the Club Class Mini's have been sold. As we normally cruise on the Sun Class, we have only had those open balconies once before when on the Emerald when Club Class first appeared, but as the Club Class mini's are in the centre of the ship, we will have 38 days of an open balcony unless we get an upsell to a suite which did happen a few years ago on the Diamond. That is the one drawback of Club Class unfortunately. My friend who travels on HAL, told me that HAL is now trying to implement a similar class only I think they are calling it Orange. Jennie
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