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  1. Have also been attempting to get through. Got the same response (“bye”) over several attempts the last three days. We’re still waiting for our FCC from a cancelled cruise in April. We did get the refund but awaiting the 50% FCC. Each time I call, I’m told “it’s being processed.” Trying to be patient, but it’s been 4 months.
  2. Fabulous log of your visit to Singapore. Looking forward to more entries. As mentioned earlier, a welcome distraction to current events and issues. Thank you for sharing.
  3. We cancelled 5 days before Princess called it. And yes, I completed their request form. Based on their May 5 email, they have us down for requesting the balance due back to our cc but were trying to encourage us to go for FCC, which we have no intention of doing.
  4. We too are patiently/impatiently waiting for the refund. Our cancelled cruise was from April 7 (CA Coastal). We were refunded 50% to our cc and were told the other 50% would be FCC, which still has not appeared on our Princess account. We then got the email of May 5 encouraging us to take the balance of the 50% in FCC. We decided to get the balance due us refunded back to our cc. And so we continue to wait. Seems phone calls to Princess are a waste of time. 🙄
  5. It is the card you used to pay balance on cruise. We cancelled on 3/8 and the credit showed up on our card on 3/9.
  6. Roger: I cancelled our April cruise on Sunday as well. We did receive a credit to our card on March 9. I am planning on filling out the online reimbursement form for the additional cruise credit, as mentioned in today’s info.
  7. I’ve also experienced the above and frustrated. BUT, I chatted with a Princess rep on their site today and asked for suggestions on when to call. She recommended calling today, about an hour before they closed, which was 6pm Pacific time. I called about 5pm PCT and immediately got someone. Was amazed. I did cancel our Pacific Coast Cruise, reluctantly, but feel it’s in our best interests. We’re both healthy but know we’d be basket cases if we were kept on board, circling out in the Pacific. An earlier post mentioned about quarantined passengers getting free booze...all I could do was shake my head. 🙄 Now I see the State Dept. recommendation to not cruise. Hoping somehow they can get a handle on all this. Anyone want to buy some Carnival stock? (Bad joke)
  8. Thanks JF, I searched but could find nothing. Guess will wait a few days and make the dreaded call.
  9. The recording when calling the 800 number states you may cancel your cruise “using online tools” as opposed to being on hold forever. Anyone familiar with this? Our cruise doesn’t depart for 30 days but still anxious to be done with the arrangements. Thanks!
  10. We’re on this booking as well. Strongly leaning towards cancelling.
  11. We were on the Regal as well last September for the Baltic cruise. I agree with everything mentioned above, especially the need to be well rested for this very busy itinerary. We used ALLA tours in St. Petersburg and we thoroughly enjoyed the guide, the quality of the transportation, the timing of our visits and various stops. We toured the Hermitage on Monday which is normally their closed day. I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like on a regular business day. We had a leisurely tour and were able to see everything and were not shoulder to shoulder the way they say it usually is. ALLA tours is also available in several of the ports. We got on the ship the day we landed in Copenhagen, which in hindsight was a big mistake. It’s always difficult to get any amount of sleep on a red eye (despite the never ending wine ha ha) as we only managed to get an hour or two. By the time we got on the ship, unpacked a little bit, went to the Muster drill, and thought about getting a little something to eat, we were ready to go to bed for the night at around 7 PM. But as a result of going to bed so early we were up and ready to go at 4 AM. We went down to the Piazza, visited the International café and enjoyed an almost empty piazza. It was a beautiful morning and walking around the Regal at sunrise with very few others around was a rare experience. So I guess you have to weigh your pros and cons. As an aside, we did stay an extra couple of nights in Copenhagen at the end of the cruise. Had a wonderful time and especially enjoyed Scandinavia. Would love to do it again soon. Have a wonderful trip. (Sorry for rambling...)
  12. We spent an overnight in Vancouver following our AK cruise in 2017. We did the HoHo bus and thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the stops as well as the narrative. In fact, we’re in the midst of plans again for this city following a CA coastal cruise in April. We think Vancouver is a cool city and looking forward to seeing more!
  13. We have done two cruises to AK, both on Coral Princess. As mentioned above, the itinerary is wonderful and the Naturalists on board add depth to the area. I would recommend you do the land tour in addition, to spend time in the interior and experience Denali. Talkeetna is a fun, funky little town. On the first cruise, we did a rafting trip down the Chulitna (IIRC) river and ended up in Talkeetna for lunch. There is a shuttle in town that takes you back to the Princess lodge. Another plus is that Princess has its own lodges. While they are not 5 star hotels, they are appropriate for Alaska. Our only disappointment was the Princess hotel in Fairbanks. (Very small dining room, open limited hours, facility not appropriate for the large influx of visitors - hopefully improved since our visit in 2017.) We have gone in late May and Sept. The fares are better but the weather (at least our experience) was far better in May. Enjoy and book soon! Our favorite is also the Coral (we have reservations in her for our SA trip next month too.)
  14. Several of those are impossible to hit on a 7 day cruise out of FLL (Aruba, Curaçao), but I agree, variety is nice!
  15. One of my favorites, last had it on the Regal in Sept. Always good!
  16. We had a similar experience this Fall before our Baltic cruise. We changed flights due to timing and was quite a bit cheaper. We were outside the 45 day window but had completed the final payment. A quick call to Princess and we saw a credit on MC three days later.
  17. Am looking forward to following you on your trip. The Coral is our favorite! We are taking same itinerary in Feb 2021, so will eagerly be taking notes. Have a wonderful time and thanks for sharing!
  18. Thanks all for your tips and advice. LAX sounds very much like JFK and restricting access to terminals. Our current environment. Sad. Fortunately we have a relatively early arrival time, 10:30. I get very impatient waiting for that transfer bus to load and fill. It seems to take forever. Ready to get the party started upon landing. 😎
  19. Any advice for transfer from LAX to pier in LA? Princess transfer is $34.00pp. Am thinking Uber will get us there much faster. Curious about cost. Thanks.
  20. Absolutely my favorite cruise thus far. I was a bit concerned about all those consecutive sea days, but enjoyed every moment. We found plenty to do and were never bored. I should admit that headed back to Ensenada and then SF, I did get a bit impatient to return. I know the laws mandate a “foreign stop” but wasn’t interested in Ensenada at all. Just my two cents.
  21. Agree with above, love embarkation day lunch in MDR. Be aware that some crew will try to steer you towards buffet. Or another good option is Alfredo’s (if present).
  22. As mentioned above, go to the excursion page that you signed up for, look on the left lower side of that page and it will show you whether or not restrooms are available. Hopefully that’ll answer your question.
  23. Just my two cents here. We took an Ultimate Ship Tour on the Grand in April, which included their medical center. I’m an RN and did over 30 yrs in critical care. The first thing I spotted was a crash cart with all the expected supplies. The defibrillator was a slightly older model than in our hospital but surely quite functional. They actually had two patients present. I noticed their cardiac rhythms were being monitored continuously. They were staffed with two ED certified Physicians. The types of medications they had in stock were quite impressive. Hopefully your hubby and you will be reassured about going on that special cruise.
  24. I too like a straw in my drink. We were on the Regal a few weeks ago and always got one when requested.
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