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snowskier

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  1. We have never been charged the gratuity.
  2. Layers are the answer but make sure they wick -- wool is nasty as it gets wet and you will be cold. Sweating feet in wool socks. sweating with a wool layer next to your skin -- not going to be happy. There is a reason those of us that work / play in the snow all winter avoid wool and anything else that doesn't wick. Under Armour and others make great base layers. As for outerwear -- there is a reason Columbia is a price point product (i.e. cheap). Don't let those silver dots that they brag about fool you -- silver dots are just that, silver dots. Guarantee it will be a one and done purchase when it comes to cold weather.
  3. Funny how many people responding to this question appear to feel it is just wrong to flaunt their status by wearing the pin but make sure their response states how many cruises they have been on or what their loyalty status is.
  4. Just off the Royal and not a chance this happened. Still a significant number of people with TD that waltzed into AT whenever they wanted. Every time we sat at a shared table, at least half the people were proud of the fact that they had TD as a backup if there was a wait for AT. It wasn't after 7:30 --
  5. I would be willing to bet a business case has been done across the Princess brand indicating that going to NY year round just isn't a profitable decision. Seems there are many more variables in making this business decision than "the other guys sail full from NY and we don't sail full from FL so we should move a ship". If only things were that simple.
  6. Worn it with a wrist band on three cruises and never had a problem. When you first put it in the band it seems like it will fall out but once on your wrist it is secure.
  7. I have worn the wristband on three cruises. Never had a problem with the medallion falling out. Initially I thought it might but once it is on your wrist no problem. Husband used the clip and it went missing while on shore. Real pain when we returned to the ship with no medallion. He had it clipped so it would ‘land in his pocket’ if it came off - didn’t work.
  8. Two weeks ago on the Royal I asked for Volcano and was informed it has been removed from the kids menu. If I really wanted one it they would probably make it but I had no desire to be "special" so ordered the Banana Split which they now have on the kids menu as a replacement.
  9. Because there is no way one could get bit by the Zika mosquito on the ship???? How Princess keep them off the ship? Really doesn't matter how many CC members are about to jump on the bandwagon with -- I have never seen a mosquito on a cruise ship. If there is one, it carries Zika, bites a pregnant person, who cares that others have never seen a mosquito on a ship. Bottom line - Take a chance with the health of your unborn child or miss a cruise and lose some money. Is the gamble worth it? Only OP can decide.
  10. Because (as the OP stated) they have Euros left over from previous trips and would like to use them? Credit card just doesn't accomplish that.
  11. We ordered ours well in advance and received them two days before the cruise. Previous responses to this question have been all over the place. Some say they came FEDX, ours came US Mail. Some say they came from Singapore -- ours came from Miami. Some got them a couple weeks before the cruise -- some didn't. Bottom line -- they will come when they come -- there is no answer that works for everyone.
  12. Princess has it on a regular basis -- saw it in the Patter several times last week. They even have Karaoke on steroids with Voice of the Ocean. I never saw it, never even walked by the venue where it was held so don't know anything else about it. If OP wants to make sure they don't sail on a line that has Karaoke not my place to judge and tell them how to cruise (just don't attend) -- but did want to provide a response that reflects what actually happens on Princess.
  13. Yesterday Marcus was the CD. Haven't seen him today and things constantly change so can't guarantee who it is today or will be tomorrow.
  14. I asked the excursion desk on the Royal Princess yesterday and they said $34/pp for transfer from San Pedro to LAX. Google is your friend for checking rates for taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc.
  15. We have done bike tours in all these places had a great time. Hilly? Narrow Roads? Isn't that what riding is all about? Yes you can rent a bike and try to figure out where to go and what you are seeing. Personally I feel, the info the leader provides is a great way to learn about the country without sitting on a bus packed with people. Bike tours eliminate much of the whining we see on CC -- no fighting over seats on the bus, small group of like minded / active people, fun way to burn some calories, no shopping. You get to see local places a big bus can't get to and are too far to walk to. If you like to ride -- go for it. They always have a "chase vehicle" to pick up riders that can't make it. No shame in getting on the vehicle, at least you tried.
  16. All mine get thrown in the trash.
  17. Following the above logic the Princess INTRAnet (never have seen it written with the caps this way) should let OP access the Princess Travel Insurance App because I think we can all agree Princess Travel Insurance is Princess related. The Princess INTRAnet allows access to princess.com so maybe the app can be accessed as well. Would be interesting to hear from someone that tried so we all know the real answer.
  18. Respectfully, with the exception of the first point, if one believes the posts on this board these challenges happen over and over and over on ships that have been in service for weeks and years. Might be a different reason for the problem but the reason really doesn't matter. No one here has the stats to start saying -- it is more likely to happen on a new ship / line. Maybe, just maybe, a new line will have learned from the mistakes of the current lines that keep doing the same old thing, maybe they will be more Guest Service oriented and maybe the first cruise will be close to perfect? My glass is half full. We would do it in a heartbeat IF there was a new destination. There are too many places to explore in this world that are not accessible from the water to repeat ports we have already been to. The only cruise I would repeat would be an expedition ship to Antarctica -- no ports just the beauty of nature.
  19. Devastated --"cause (someone) severe and overwhelming shock or grief". I am so sorry OP has experienced such a severe reaction to a mistake / challenge related to a cruise. Sure hope things get better.
  20. What does this have to do with answering the OPs question about Princess?
  21. Google is your friend for this answer
  22. The one I booked yesterday went down $200.
  23. Not motivated to research HAL but Princess Vacation Protection DOES have medical coverage. It would probably only take a couple minutes for you to compare the two plans.
  24. That will never happen on CC! Always a consistent answer.
  25. Learn how to use the watch on wifi at home. There is nothing magic about wifi on the ship. Google is your friend -- so many sites that take you through this step by step.
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