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  1. We’ve never cruised on the West Coast before, and we’ll be arriving to San Pedro at 6:15 am (Emerald Princess, Panama Canal). What’s the best way to get to LAX other than a Princess transfer? Our flight is at 12:15 and Princess says that is 15 minutes too early. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  2. We gave up our balcony for an inside last February on Regal and got 100% of our cruise fare refunded. A free two week cruise? I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Took the money and booked another cruise!
  3. If the flight can’t be changed, you could do carry-on luggage and save at least 30 minutes. Plus be first off the plane to grab a taxi.
  4. I wouldn’t wait until Monday to call!
  5. I got a significant drop after final payment on my Princess cruise. It was refunded to my credit card. I did have to change cabins (balcony) and although it was a “lower” category I like the location better. It never hurts to ask. Ask really nicely. 😊
  6. There were several scooters parked in the hallway on Regal Princess in February. I was in a wheelchair due to an ankle injury and I couldn’t maneuver past the scooters down the hall in some spots. My wheelchair folded up nicely under the desk area of our inside cabin, one of the “sideways” ones on Regal.
  7. We took three 2-week cruises last year and have the same booked for this year. Love being flexible to take advantage of last-minute deals. The best part of retirement is not knowing what day of the week it is.
  8. Prices are phenomenal on that sailing and there are lots of cabins left. I do not see the “new bookings only” phrase in the fine print. You may not even have to cancel. I have gotten price drops even after final payment just by calling and asking. Three drops on my upcoming cruise. I did have to switch cabins because that category sold out while I was on the phone with them. I actually like my new cabin better. I have saved well over $800 and did not lose any OBC. If you booked with a travel agent they will have to call for you, and they should be willing to do so.
  9. I agree with posting to the Princess board, there is lots of discussion on the topic. Yes, you can buy drinks as you go and they will be charged to your account. We don’t drink anymore but when we did, we put the same amount of money as the package on our account in the form of purchased OBC. If you don’t spend it all, it is refunded to you.
  10. 1. Silver Moon catamaran trip in Barbados. Only 12 passengers with a very attentive crew. We saw some sights, swam with sea turtles and saw a shipwreck, were served a fabulous lunch and free flowing beverages. It felt like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. 2. Whale watching in Alaska where we happened upon a pod of orcas who were ... very merrily frolicking in a most amorous way. 3. The Food Tour in Bergen where we tramped all over in the rain, popping in to meet chefs and eat amazing soup, fish, pastry, and reindeer sausage (sorry, Rudolph). Ended up with flights of beer and aquavit and a deep appreciation of the pretty city.
  11. As new giddy retirees we choose to cruise often and as inexpensively as we can. We book insides or GTY balconies and never pay more than $100 pp/per night. We don’t drink or gamble and have majorly downsized so we don’t shop much either. We will occasionally do a specialty restaurant or spa visit if we have OBC to burn. This is not a hardship for us, just the way we prefer to go. I had to chuckle at the lobster. Living in New England I wouldn’t dream of ordering lobster on a cruise ship. 🦞
  12. We were very pleasantly surprised on our recent Regal cruise that the library was quite well stocked, lots of new-looking books. Really a nice selection. There were lots of board games too, in the sturdy wooden boxes, to borrow or play there or in the Wheelhouse. I remember Scrabble, Yahtzee, Rummikub, and Mah Jong, there were other games too.
  13. My understanding is the move-overs are more commonly offered to those who live near the port and thus do not have to consider airfare. I have heard of people sailing a week or two later, instead of their original sail sate, for a full or partial refund.
  14. We were recently on the Regal and used only the medallion for everything; in fact we did not have a card at all.
  15. I’ve had ALL the way forward, ALL the way aft, high decks, low decks, in between. Motion doesn’t bother us at all (and we’ve seen some high seas). We often book GTY since it saves $$ and the whole ship goes the same places. Given a choice we pick mid-aft close but not too close to the passenger laundromat (Princess) and higher up to be closer to the Lido for morning coffee.
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