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  1. NavyVeteran

    Two sevens equal fourteen or do they??

    More veterans and shareholder OBC for 14 days than for two 7 days. However only half as much loyalty OBC.
  2. NavyVeteran

    Caribbean Princess - full suite questions

    You are correct that the suite amenities no longer specify Sabatini's breakfast. It lists "Complimentary Specialty Dining Mimosa Breakfast (daily)" instead. This is because some ships have the suite breakfast in the Crown Grill instead of in Sabatini's. But it is the same breakfast in either location. As a suite passenger, you have the choice of locations for breakfast - you can eat the "Complimentary Specialty Dining Mimosa Breakfast" in Sabatini's or Crown Grill, the Club Class breakfast, or a room service breakfast in your suite using the full MDR breakfast menu (not the Sabatini's or Crown Grill breakfast menu).
  3. NavyVeteran

    Booking and Cancelling Excursions/OBC

    A Princess agent can book an excursion for one passenger using another passenger's OBC with no problem. If the agent knows what he or she is doing, it can be done very quickly. Call Princess directly even if you booked through a travel agent - they still handle the excursions directly. If I speak to an agent that doesn't know how to do this, I usually just hang up and call back until I get an agent who understands the process. I have veterans and shareholder OBC and DW does not. I cannot move the stock to her name because I own it in an IRA. I have booked her excursions with my OBC several times. If you book using OBC, they don't actually charge the OBC until you are onboard. When you are onboard, the excursion charges and the OBC are both listed on your onboard account. This is good because the excursion charges use non-refundable OBC first - even if the nonrefundable OBC was not available when you booked them. If you prepay for excursions using your credit card and then cancel onboard, then you receive refundable OBC. My brother and I were on a cruise together recently. I pre-booked my excursions using OBC and he pre-booked using his credit card. My onboard folio showed all my excursion charges and OBC separately. His onboard folio did not show his excursion charges. He then cancelled one of his pre-paid excursions. After cancelling one pre-paid excursion, the charges for all of his excursions appeared on his folio along with a refundable OBC for his prepayment. Since I had listed him on my onboard credit card, his excursion then applied to my nonrefundable OBC first and we received refunds for the remaining (refundable) OBC. I'm not sure if Princess accounting will continue to work the way it worked for us. If so, and if you have to prepay for some excursions because some OBC is not yet visible when you book them, you may be better off booking an additional low-cost excursion to cancel as soon as you are onboard. Our experience was that by cancelling one prepaid excursion, all prepaid excursions were added to our folio along with the refundable OBC for the prepayment, so that they were applied first to the nonrefundable OBC.
  4. NavyVeteran

    AT&T phone/texting cruise packages

    I have successfully used Wifi calling with an iPhone 8 Plus and AT&T with no problems. I leave the phone in airplane mode with Wifi turned on to make calls. I also have cellular data turned off to be safe. DW and I each receive the free Platinum internet minutes, and that provides more than enough minutes for me to make calls when I want. One problem with Wifi calling is that I do not receive voice mail, so I receive no messages until I get home. Another problem is that I do not receive text messages when in airplane mode with Wifi. However, I do receive test messages from other iPhones, since they are sent with using data instead of using AT*&T's text message service. This is good for me using Wifi data. However, it could be a problem for someone with free text messages but paying for cellular data - the iPhone text messages would charge for cellular data instead of for text messages.
  5. NavyVeteran

    Best Island Princess dining room to access by scooter?

    The Island Dining Room on deck 5 of the Caribbean Princess is accessed from the atrium. You can use the forward or midship elevators or the panoramic lifts with no problem. I believe you are referring to the Palm Dining Room on deck 6 (used for early and late traditional dining) which can only be accessed by the two aft elevators. The Island Princess does not have the aft dining room. Both of its dining rooms can be accessed by multiple lifts.
  6. I cannot see any subscriptions. I go to My Activity Streams but all streams are empty.
  7. NavyVeteran

    Dining Options

    Your are committed to Early Seating. You can eat in the buffet, the grill, or another location later but not in the main dining room. You are reserving a table for Early Seating. If you ate later in a main dining room, you would be taking up two seats in the dining room, leaving less room for other passengers.
  8. If you are in a non-premium category and wanting to switch to 3 for Free, Princess has a price available for that cabin even if your category is sold out - since it is the same price as the lowest category of that type. With Sip & Sail, every category has a different price, so they may not be able to rebook unless your category is available. I do know that I was not able to rebook Sip & Sail when my category (S7) was not available.
  9. NavyVeteran

    Club class dining and full suite

    I have also, but you have to pay for them (or they are included in your 15-drink limit if you have the PBP). At the suite breakfast, they are included (and they do not count against your 15-drink limit if you have the PBP).
  10. I am not able to modify my flexible EZAir flights on the Cruise Personalizer. When I try to modify, the website takes me to a manage flights page for those flights with no option to change flights. Those occurred on two different bookings. I was able to book new flights on a cruise with no flights previously booked but I was not able to change flights already booked. I did not try cancelling and booking, since I never cancel flights until I have better ones confirmed. I called Princess. The Princess representative had seen the same problem from a previous caller, and she had duplicated the problem on her own computer. She had reported it an hour previously from the previous caller, but she had not yet received any information when it would be fixed. The Princess representative said EZAir was working correctly on her work computer, so she would have been able to rebook for me if I had wanted (she had duplicated the problem on her personal computer - not her work computer). I decided to wait until I can work online myself, since my cruises are still far in the future. Normally flexible EZAir is one of the best things on the Princess website. It's great being able to look at options while keeping the old flights until confirming better ones. I always book flexible EZAir flights 330 days prior to my return date and then look for better ones later.
  11. NavyVeteran

    Another Elite Laundry Question - Sorry!

    Sometimes the steward does not turn laundry in early enough in the morning to meet that morning's deadline. Since I normally bathe and change in the evening before dinner, I normally leave my laundry on my bed for the steward when I go to dinner. Then it definitely is turned in before the deadline the next morning. In your case, I see no reason to hold your laundry until Sunday morning - turn it in on Saturday evening. It may make a day's difference in when you get it back.
  12. NavyVeteran

    Latest Disembarkation in Athens from Emerald Princess?

    You will need to be out of your cabin by 8:00 am. However, you can take your carry-on luggage with you to the dining room for breakfast and then to one of the bars if you want.
  13. NavyVeteran

    Club Class pricing during 3 for Free promo

    This is a problem with all Princess sales - and one that I've run into several times. If there are no cabins available in a category, then you can't get the new fare because they don't have a new fare for that category. I was able to get around this problem once, but it was a gamble. I asked the Princess representative to change me to another category under the sale and then to change me back immediately to my previous cabin using the sale. In my case, it worked. The cabin was still available for me to book a couple of minutes after being released. But it was a gamble - I could have lost my original cabin (and category) completely. In my case, I was willing to take the gamble because I had also booked the same cruise on another date which I would have taken as my backup if I had the lost the cabin on this date. Don't try this unless you don't mind losing your cabin.
  14. NavyVeteran

    MDR Menu substitutions

    I have never seen a problem with customizing the order. You can order any vegetables that are listed on the menu for any other main course instead of the ones listed for the main course you order. It does take the waiter more time. Instead of going to the kitchen and grabbing an already prepared plate, the waiter would have to place the special order and then wait for it to be prepared. However, this is a normal part of the waiter's job. If you have any food allergies that are serious enough to be bothered by cross contamination by the waiter removing something from the plate, then you shouldn't be ordering from the waiter anyway. Anyone with allergies should be ordering from the head waiter the day before. Then they will have exactly what you want ready for you with no cross contamination.
  15. NavyVeteran

    3 for Free Details - September 6 - November 19

    It depends how you book. If you book two 7-day cruises as separate bookings, then you receive the OBC advertised for each 7-day cruise added together. If you book them as a single 14-day booking, then you receive the OBC advertised for a 14-day cruise. This is one reason I always look at the cruise both ways. For example, a 14-day cruise is worth $250 for veterans and $250 for shareholder compared to a total of $200 for veterans and $200 for shareholder for two 7-day cruises. On the other hand, two 7-day cruises are worth twice as much loyalty OBC as a single 14-day cruise. It would work the same for a promo. Sometimes the OBC for a single 14-day cruise is more than double the OBC for a 7-day cruise - and sometimes it isn't. Look at the cruise fare and all the OBC you are entitled to - not just that from the promo.
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