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  1. I have never found the barrel chair to be "in the way" of anything. I always used it for various purposes and feel it is needed. Having just a bed and a desk chair is very lame. One needs sitting furniture. Imagine a hotel room with no sitting area. Gross. Dragging outdoor furniture inside to use it not only cumbersome and not everyone can manage it, but it's tacky. Would you drag your patio furniture into the living room at home? Plus, it's dirty from being outside. They made a bad decision taking away the chair. They were already not competing well with other cruise lines that have a small sofa in a standard balcony cabin. Now they up against that with no sitting furniture. Pretty lame IMO. Our upcoming cruise we booked a deluxe balcony so we get a small sofa. Part of the decision to spend extra was because our last two cruises on other lines, we had a small sofa in our rooms and did not want to go back to just a chair, or possibly no chair. Sitting on a bed is not comfortable, you don't need to be disabled for it to be unpleasant. I don't know what some people need the extra space for where the chair was. What are you doing in that space? Standing up, I suppose. I will never book a standard balcony on Princess if I don't at least get a chair. It is a total dealbreaker. I can sail other cruise lines and be happier with their standard balcony.
  2. That's great news! I loved that feature on my last Princess cruise. I used to watch the old episodes on tv but I haven't seen them in a long while.
  3. The Starbucks analogy does not work. You did not pay thousands of dollars to enter a Starbucks. It is free to sit in Starbucks. You paid thousands of dollars to enjoy your cruise. I do not understand why some people want to deny the logic that people with food need a place to sit and eat it. One cannot eat standing up very easily. People just hanging out or playing games don't NEED to be in a food venue. They can be anywhere. So why not let the seats for those who want to eat, if it is at a crowded time? Of course people will linger a few minutes when they're done, that is normal. Use the etiquette you would in a dining room. When you're done, don't hang around forever while no longer consuming food and beverages if people are waiting for tables. This is just common sense. If everyone on a cruise of thousands decides not to have any consideration for their fellow passengers, then it would be a pretty unpleasant cruise. It's the people who have the courtesy that make life livable. I for one always try to be that way in life, wherever I am and especially on a crowded place like a cruise where we are all squeezed in and need to try and get along and share limited resources.
  4. I guess to clarify, if no demand then do as you please. If high demand for eaters and drinkers to sit down, probably find another place to play games if you are not also eating and drinking, and if you’re doing both then that’s cool.
  5. I think the tables immediately adjacent to the IC should be for people eating and drinking. It is a cafe, where food and beverages are served, as opposed to seating and tables in non-food venue. Would you walk into Vines, not order any wine and set up your checkers game? No. How is this any different? If the IC was more enclosed with the tables all on the inside, more like Vines, then maybe people wouldn't do it. I would not linger in those tables if not consuming food or drinks and I knew there was demand for table. If nobody is around then fine. But there is nothing more annoying than getting food and having nowhere to sit down and eat it.
  6. I've done the oxydermy microdermabrasion facial a couple times and it was very good. Also the ionithermie treatment is pretty unique and cool. They may give you a hard sales pitch at the end of your service to purchase costly beauty products. Be prepared, it can get intense!
  7. There are plenty of entertainment venues on the ship. Lots to do at night. This is one of the things I like about NCL. You don't have to rely on the main theater. It would have been a whole year since you saw it, it could feel not so tired/boring. Anyway I hope you find lots to do and have a great cruise.
  8. Yes I did notice that. I figured they got complaints it was missing from Sky so they put it back. Who knows.
  9. Thanks for the updated story! What kind of looney books a cruise for someone without their knowledge? It's unnerving that it can even happen. Glad you got the explanation and had it resolved.
  10. I don't care whatsoever about post counts. What, is that a status symbol or something? It's not to me. Gimme a break. I do find the story bizarre and I will not change that statement. If you read a post you don't like, you can always walk away without negatively commenting on it. How about that for an idea.
  11. No we have no OBC unfortunately!
  12. I was hesitating to book now because you have to pre-pay and I wasn't sure how easy/fast it is to get a refund if we change our minds. That's how long since my last Princess cruise, back when you could book now and pay later. Otherwise I would have booked already since I'm a real planner type. I guess I won't wait too long.
  13. Aren't snails cheaper than shrimp? Weird. I would eat either one happily.
  14. You took the words out of my mouth!
  15. I have never had a cruise booked so far out before. So I am not sure when is the best time to book my excursions with Princess. I have a Christmas cruise, western Caribbean on the Sky. Should I assume more excursions will be added to the list over time, or they're all listed already? Like I said, we usually book much closer to sailing and then book excursions in a short amount of time afterwards. I don't wanna book too soon if there might be more added, as I'm not terribly crazed about any of the current offerings.
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