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  1. Thanks for all the tips! We booked C417 for January. Looking forward to our first Princess cruise and seeing what it's all about. Now I have to familiarize myself with Princess Cay options for things to do. I'm assuming this is Princess' private island, similar to RCCL Labadee or Coco Cay.
  2. The use of balcony when in port only information was actually from the Costco Travel website. M105 and M106 on their deck plans both have icons that the key indicates. AVAILABLE DECKS:Lido Deck (Deck 16)Marina Deck (Deck 15)Riviera Deck (Deck 14)Aloha Deck (Deck 12)Caribe Deck (Deck 10)Dolphin Deck (Deck 9)Emerald Deck (Deck 8)View all decks STATEROOM TYPE:Suite Stateroom Edit FILTER BY CATEGORY:View Category Details $2,145 MF $2,301 MC Guaranteed Staterooms Available from $2,145 Additional categories may be available on other decks. SELECTED STATEROOM: Please click on the interactive deck plan to select a stateroom Search for a specific stateroom CONTINUE Key To Symbols Will accommodate third person Will accommodate third and fourth person Balcony access when in port only Balcony door blocked when upper berth is in use Connecting staterooms Fully accessible stateroom, roll-in shower only Ambulatory accessible stateroom, accessible features may include grab bars and/or fold-down shower seats Will accommodate third and fourth person, fourth berth is a rollaway bed Marina Deck (Deck 15)
  3. Thank you for the suggestions. I don't think we want to pay extra for the Club Class, as we want to stay within a certain budget. I thought when we looked at the front ones on the Marina deck, there was a note that you could only use the balconies when the ship is in port? What about C417 or C423 on deck 10, the Caribe deck? Is there a certain side of the ship, port or starboard that allows smoking on the open air decks, like Clebrity does? We like to avoid booking a cabin on the outdoor smoking side.
  4. We are considering booking our first ever Princess cruise in a mini-suite on the Regal Princess, and wondered where the best cabin locations would be. We are long time Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruisers, and don't know much about Princess at all. My husband wants to start trying other cruise lines and this cruise works well as far as ports, sail week, and price. We usually book starboard on X ships so we don't get any smoke drifting on our balcony. Thanks for any information, we will have to decide soon.
  5. In February, we were on the Edge in an S2 sky suite. We loved our cabin. Glad to see the rockers were all taken off the ship and sent back to the vendor (they were taking up too much space and were obstacles for people). We were told that they do read/monitor cruise critic and were listening to the feedback. The cabin could use a cocktail or other table in front of the sofa (now it is just a small round cylinder -not very useful) and the balcony table is much to small to even think of eating a meal off of. We really enjoyed the retreat sundeck area and lounge. Around the ship, there were a lot of venues with ample seating - Eden, Martini Bar, Rooftop, etc. What we did notice was some areas felt more enclosed. We missed the soaring spaces of the S Class ships. The merchandise in the shops was not to our liking. Most of the shops sold jewelry and not much else. Restrooms were an issue. A lot of areas had a single restroom (Retreat, Luminae, near the Martini Bar). When there was a ladies restroom with multiple stalls, it was impossible to tell when they were occupied. Definitely a learning curve with the technology in the bathrooms which at times malfunctioned. We were traveling with friends and had booked this cruise over two years ago when cabins first opened up. We were taking an informal poll while we were on-board and a lot of people had booked when we did and got cabins at a much lower cost than what they are currently going for. We will most likely not be sailing on Edge again in the near future at those prices, and most people we spoke with said the same thing. So it will be interesting to see if prices come down once the backlog of first-in bookings passengers clears.
  6. We were emailed an upgrade offer on a cruise we took in February 2018. The way it worked was someone from Celebrity's pre-cruise concierge desk chose the people to offer the upgrade to. We are elite, and the way the process worked was the first person responding to the email got the first pick of available upgrades. Our choices were Celebrity suite, Royal suite, or Penthouse suite. We were originally booked in a sky suite, and chose to upgrade to the Penthouse suite for $1500 total for a one week cruise. We asked and were told we would receive points based on what we had originally booked, a sky suite, We were also told that only people who booked directly through Celebrity, not through a travel agent were offered upgrades. Now that they have switched to the Move-up program, there probably will be no need to spend time sending emails or phone calls to selected guests trying to up sell empty cabins. Probably a more efficient move on their part, and the bidding process will give them valuable information on what people are willing to pay for the various categories.
  7. Does anyone have any recommendations for lunch at a Paladar or restaurant in Old Havana? I did a search, but didn't find much information.
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