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  1. capriccio

    What time are rooms ready please

    This was our experience on the Ruby Princess this summer - and the first time we've experienced it in almost 25 Princess cruises. Not only were the fire doors closed, they are also alarmed if you try to open them (just ask my DH)!
  2. As far as cold towels Princess does the same. As others have said, easy embarkation with no crowds is dependent on the time. Beginning about an hour before all on board time the lines can be longer. The same happens when numerous cruise line excursions return at the same time. It can also be a function of ship size - the increased number of passengers on the bigger ships means more people trying to re-board at the same time.
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    Regal Mistake

    And two rows of lounges outside the aft doors on deck 7 (the Promenade deck), including 2 lounges (at least on the starboard side) that face aft.
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    Change in Traditional Dining Times?

    In my earlier posting about the schedule on the Ruby Princess, it was specifically noted in the embarkation day Patter when the doors would close: Michaelangelo - deck 5 midship (anytime dining): 4:30 - 8:30 pm Botticelli - deck 6 aft (traditional): 5:30 (1st seating; door will close at 6 pm) 8 pm (second seating) DaVinci - deck 6 midship: traditional dining: 5 pm (doors close at 5:45) anytime dining: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
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    Change in Traditional Dining Times?

    In the 11 years we've been sailing Princess I don't remember traditional dining ever being at 6:30 (too late for first seating) or 7 (too early for second seating).
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    Key West - Conch train or Trolley?

    When we were in Key West a few years ago we took the trolley because I liked its itinerary better (more stops and better coverage of the area) so I suggest you check out both websites to see which appeals to you more. You can also check out the Key West Port of Call Board: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/95-key-west/
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    Traditional Dining Times on the Ruby!

    On our Ruby Princess round trip Seattle cruise to Alaska that began on June 30th, this was the dining schedule posted in the first day Patter:  Michaelangelo - deck 5 midship (anytime dining): 4:30 - 8:30 pm Botticelli - deck 6 aft (traditional): 5:30 (1st seating; door will close at 6 pm); 8 pm (second seating) DaVinci - deck 6 midship:  breakfast port days: 7 - 9 am breakfast sea days: 7:30 - 9:30 am  lunch sea days (including Ketchican with 1 pm sailing): noon - 1:30 pm afternoon tea: 3 - 4 pm traditional dining: 5 pm (doors close at 5:45) anytime dining: 7:30 - 9:30 pm 
  8. We (family of 6 adults and 1 toddler) were on the Ruby Princess the first week in July. DH and I are frequent Princess cruisers (elite) and everyone else was on their first Princess cruise. DH and I think that our meal at SHARE was the best we have ever had on Princess and that includes 3 Chef's Tables (food and wine were excellent but too much in 3 courses with no choices) and 1 Winemaker's Dinner (again excellent food and wine but it was also 3 courses and no choice if I remember correctly). SHARE is 6 courses - obviously not monstrously large helpings - and you chose from 3 or 4 offerings in each course. With such a large group we were able to taste almost every dish and since we all had the premium beverage package we purchased two bottles of excellent wines at a 25% discount. We are all still talking about the dinner! Our last couple of meals at the Crown Grill (on the Royal and Crown Princesses) can be best described as meh. Normally we try each specialty restaurant on longer than 1 week cruises.
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    Change in Traditional Dining Times?

    On our round trip Seattle cruise to Alaska that began on June 30th, this was the dining schedule posted in the first day Patter: Michaelangelo - deck 5 midship (anytime dining): 4:30 - 8:30 pm Botticelli - deck 6 aft (traditional): 5:30 (1st seating; door will close at 6 pm); 8 pm (second seating) DaVinci - deck 6 midship: breakfast port days: 7 - 9 am breakfast sea days: 7:30 - 9:30 am lunch sea days (including Ketchican with 1 pm sailing): noon - 1:30 pm afternoon tea: 3 - 4 pm traditional dining: 5 pm (doors close at 5:45) anytime dining: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
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    NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES

    Should you decide to do a full day tour, we wholeheartedly recommend Overlord Tours https://www.overlordtour.com/product-category/tour-from-ports/ Many times someone on your Roll Call will organize one. I'd check your Roll Call for ideas if you haven't already.
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    River cruises in Holland

    OP - welcome to cruise critic! You didn't ask this but as someone who has visited Keukenhof (the magnificent gardens outside Amsterdam and a must see on any spring visit) multiple times, I recommend a mid to late April date. The tulips (of course it can vary year to year) begin blooming in mid-March, hit their peak in mid-April, and are done by mid-May. Check out https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/discover-holland/traditional/tulips/tulip-season-in-holland.htm
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    Dining Room Open on Embarkation Day

    The specific MDR and the hours (noon to 1:30 always in our experience) will appear in the Dining Section on the back page of the Patter which will be in your room when you drop off your luggage and available at the Passenger Services Desk if cabins aren't available until after dining begins.
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    Dec 15 Star - Pachacamac Pyramid's Tour

    This is a great tour and an excellent tour company! We did Pachacamac the first morning of our two day tour with Haku in December 2016. You need to post this on our Roll Call which consists of fellow passengers on your specific cruise. Go to the Roll Call section on the Home page, click on Princess, assuming it is the Star Princess (if not click on the appropriate cruise line) click on ship's name, then look for the thread that includes your embarkation date.
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    River cruises in Holland

    When you go to the river cruising forum as recommended, start by looking at the stickies at the top of the page posted by Host Jazzbeau. There is lots of interesting information on river cruises to get you started.
  15. If you have time to do any sightseeing (via the water taxi at www.watertaxi.com and/or the sun trolley at www.suntrolly.com) or if being in downtown (Las Olas Blvd) Fort Lauderdale is important, pick the Riverside. The location is wonderful.
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