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  1. My research led us to book in January. I learned that the Fall (Oct-Dec) can be the rainy season...and by mid-Feb - certainly March, you can have HIGH humidity rates. However, I've also learned that weather is very unpredictable. You can travel to destinations during rainy season and have dry...and during dry season and have rain....so we went in with an open mind. Our reality taking the cruise mid-January was the weather was absolutely DELIGHTFUL. Warm but never extremely hot or humid. We enjoyed afternoons on the pool deck on sea days and were never miserably hot as I was actually expecting. Some ports were hot (90 degrees) and we were glad to get back to the ship and a/c but they weren't 'un-survive-able'. 🙂 🙂 The downside to our cruise was the choppy seas. I don't know if that was related to time of year or just our 'luck' but it was SIGNIFICANT...the entire time... There was NEVER a calm day the entire cruise. We were never without our sea sickness remedies...sometimes using more than one. I rarely wore my heels to dinner because it was actually dangerous to try to walk around the ship in them. and finally...we missed a port due to winds making it impossible to approach/dock. Again, I don't know if that's related to the time of year or just a random thing... but our experience.
  2. This may only 'partly' be related to what you're dealing with as our situation was different. We DID have a MAJOR dispute over points with Barclay Princess Visa, but not related to reinstatement of the points. However, perhaps what I learned can be of help to you... 🙂 That is...when you use phrases such as "This is discussed on CruiseCritic"...."there are people unhappy on CruiseCritic" (that was the situation for my problem) etc... etc... it GETS their attention (Barclay). According to their own policy, you're entitled to those points back. I was relentless until they did the right thing....that's just 'me'. 🙂 Anyway....you might try those magic words and see if they work for you too. Best of Luck!!!
  3. What are the movies shown at MUTS (January)?
  4. What are the movies showing at MUTS?
  5. We are wait-listed for an excursion...and I'm KICKING myself for allowing that to happen!!!! UGH UGH! Anyway, is it wise to go ahead and book another excursion to have something to fall back on? With the cancellation policy being 5 days prior to the cruise, if we DID happen to get onto our 1st choice excursion I'm assuming it would be 'at the last minute'. In that case would Princess allow us to cancel our 2nd/backup choice? Or would we end up paying for BOTH excursions? Does anyone have any experience with a situation like this? OK....and I know this isn't something anyone can answer with definity....I know that no one can tell the future....but I'll go out on a limb and just ask it anyway. 🙂 Should I even maintain 'hope' that we'll get on the excursion we're wait-listed for....Has that ever happened to anyone??? Or do we just need to chalk it up to "lesson learned" and accept our fate.... *sad li'l sigh*
  6. That's good to know. 🙂 Thanks! I have another question....if you don't mind.... Does the buffet have International themed nights? I noticed on the patters you posted there was a Panamanian buffet...are there others? Thanks!
  7. What are the amenities (shampoo, body wash, etc...) provided in Interior cabins? Are they the same as in balcony's? We've only sailed in balconies but have some in our group in Interiors for this next cruise and I'm trying to give them the information they need for packing. 🙂
  8. Did I understand correctly that you had a negative result on a flu test and were quarantined for a cold? Does Princess always quarantine for colds?
  9. I assume you're speaking of the Journey View? with the onboard activities you would see in the Patters? Like you, I too, hoped to see them after downloading the app....it didn't happen. 😞 However, they did eventually appear....but it was closer to 4 weeks pre-cruise....
  10. We have a hotel that is providing a free shuttle from the airport to their hotel...then TO the port on embarkation day for $10 pp. That was the rate at all the hotels I checked (probably 15-20 🙂 )...... I never saw a $7 rate. Where did you see that? I DID hear back from SAS this morning and they indeed don't do shuttles from PE to FLL. I have looked for other options besides a taxi as we're a group of 4 and really need to stay together. I wondered about the difficulty in finding a cab that would accommodate 4. I've now found Howard's Airport and cruise Transportation. They have EXCELLENT reviews and a rate very comparable to taxi but keeping us all together. We're going to go with them....I'll let you know how it goes 🙂 🙂
  11. I"m really liking what I see with SAS...the problem I'm having with the website is that I can't seem to find prices for transports from Ft Lauderdale hotels to Port Everglades...and after the cruise, from PE back to FLL. They quote prices to/from Port of Miami but nothing concerning Ft Lauderdale. I'm pretty sure I've been through every page on the website but perhaps I've missed something.... Does anyone know what the prices are for transports just within Ft Lauderdale?
  12. Is this only for those purchasing flights through EZ Air?
  13. How long does it typically take to get off the ship and through lines and customs at Port Everglades? (I'm reserving our transport.) We like to have a relaxing morning the last day...if possible. Our flights will be early to mid-afternoon so no rush for that. 🙂 Would a 9:45am transport allow enough time for customs, lines, etc... in the terminal? Thanks
  14. We buy Allianz through AAA. I prefer getting insurance through a 3rd party rather than the cruise line. We've only had 2 claims with Allianz....one they paid quickly and without hassle. The other we ended up dropping as we were taken care of by the airline (after they - airline- had originally told us 'no' ).
  15. I read the first page of this a few days ago and thought "Uh-Oh....people are going to get nasty". I stopped reading! (I hate nastiness!!) 😉 Then, today I saw there were FOUR pages. I did NOT go back and read them (the 'hate nastiness' thing....) but see that this last page has some really nice responses. Good!!! Would I surprise MY GROUP like that? Probably not.......but then you'd have to know 'my group' haha!! However, I'd LOVE to be on the receiving end of such a surprise. 🙂 🙂🙂 Please adopt me! Please adopt me! 🙂 🙂
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