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  1. Our refund from Antarctica posted today too. It showed a process date of September 23 but appeared today. They processed it a week before the date they asked us to select an option by and it’s been just about a month since they canceled it.
  2. The ship has been in drydock for over a month and is undergoing sea trials according to the bridge cam. Sure wonder what was done for her to stay in drydock for so long.
  3. I've tried Chrome, Firefox and Edge and have never seen a chat button. I do see it on my iPhone but have never had that feature on my laptop.
  4. Our's is also on the Diamond. It was a "free" casino cruise that we paid a fee to upgrade from the cabin offered. We also paid in full for EZair, PVP, and an excursion. So we have quite a lot coming back, more than the current balance of our credit card!
  5. Some folks posted some great pictures on FB of the northern lights from the ship last month. As I recall the forecast was "active" and they lucked out with clear skies and of course the will to stay awake in the middle of the night to see them. Looks like the forecast is moderate tonight and active tomorrow night according to https://www.gi.alaska.edu/monitors/aurora-forecast
  6. If you try to look for a cruise on the Sapphire Princess, there are none for sale until October (Australia on the 25th). This is what it looks like which is why I'm wondering what they are going to do with the Sapphire in the meantime.
  7. They definitely react quicker when a guest cancels. If they cancel, they tend not to process the refunds until after the date by which you need to tell them the option you've chosen. For us that will be in a little over a week. I was hoping they changed their procedures as the cruise Princess cancelled disappeared from the Personalizer and Medallion app late last week and that's usually a sign that they have completed processing the option selected (refund in our case). But nothing yet.
  8. Not quite sure how Princess' explanation for these cancellations fits with the Sapphire situation. They already pulled the Sapphire from Alaska and substituted the Royal Princess. Now the Sapphire isn't scheduled to cruise until October 25, 2022 and that isn't a North American itinerary - it's in Australia. So where will the Sapphire end up?
  9. When will it stop! Soon I hope. https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/pause-extension-in-australia-through-mid-january-2022.html
  10. Edited above but this picture of the side of the balcony I think shows that the M107 balcony extends into that "white space", so a stairwell to the bridge may fit. But still it wasn't noisy at all!
  11. Of course now it's getting me curious. I looked back at my pictures and the only one I have of the balcony next door is from a video my DH took. Here's a screenshot with the balcony next door pictured. The divider in front of it is the edge of our M107 balcony. But looking at it again, it could be a stairway and our balcony extended in front of it. Can't tell... you are right we may never know.
  12. We sure didn't hear that door open and close. I wonder if it's a crew cabin? As I said, there was definitely an adjoining balcony next door but that could have extended from the cabin on the other side of the balcony. If it's a stairwell we sure didn't see or hear anyone using it.
  13. We were in M107 on the Majestic last month. It's odd that the deck plan for the Majestic Princess shows the same white space next to cabin M107 that the Sky Princess deck plan does. But there was definitely a cabin next door as I saw folks on the balcony where that white space would be. The divider between the balconies could also be opened (although we didn't do that as we didn't know our neighbors). And I don't recall an unmarked door there. So it's either a mistake on the deck plans or it was so unobtrusive that we didn't notice it. As for using the balcony, yes it can be quite windy but no, you aren't restricted from using it when at sea. We were headed into very strong winds and had quite a bit of rain during our cruise. We could wander around when the deck when the conditions were better and did also go out during strong winds when we stuck to the side of the balcony rather than the front. The sliding glass door to the balcony is on the side of the ship so you can go out at night. We did keep the bedroom curtains closed at night as that faced forward and light pollution may have caused issues for the bridge. And we actually have booked this same cabin for our cruise on the Regal early next year. Love the cabin and of course that balcony. Below is the notice that was on the wall of the cabin.
  14. Here's more info on the LNG operations at Port Canaveral. It's done from the new terminal 3 which is very close to the jetty and the open ocean. The other terminals are further away. We heard a bit about the infrastructure required earlier this year while taking a catamaran from Port Canaveral. Quite interesting and I would not be surprised if they didn't move a sphere ship here too at some point. https://www.portcanaveral.com/About/Recent-News/Port-Canaveral-Gets-Underway-as-North-America’s-Fi
  15. It has been providing LNG to the Mardi Gras since her inaugural voyage at the end of July. Would love to have a Princess ship in Port Canaveral. The LNG terminal is within walking distance of our friend's condo. Would be awesome to walk to a cruise!
  16. Like others have said, it's no big deal to us. I also had a problem early on in the cruise remembering my mask but would catch myself when I was just a couple steps away from the cabin door. My brain was in cruise mode which never required a mask before so I slipped momentarily a couple times. But everything was fine. It didn't change our enjoyment of the cruise one bit.
  17. Oh no, I don't like to hear that you weren't well, especially before such a long journey home! And I hope your son is doing better.
  18. Looking forward to reading your experiences on the Majestic. We were on the August 8th cruise and loved (practically) every minute. Have a wonderful cruise!
  19. Thank you for the advance notice of the live from! I have to say I am missing reading about what's going onboard this week. Hope you have a wonderful cruise, and that the Wifi on the Grand works much better than it did on the Majestic!
  20. Yes, I knew about the fact that being vaxxed or tested eliminates the need for quarantine and there could be some folks who could choose the quarantine route. And the proof of vaccination requirement for Maui restaurants just went into effect today. They also are at 50% capacity. We have already checked and our favorite take out places are still in business so I imagine we will be enjoying many meals on our beautiful oceanfront Lanai. I didn't know about the wristband, will definitely ask about it!
  21. Whoa that's quite a mistake - and an upgrade! We've stayed at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge twice which is right in "town" and where most of those on Princess land tours stay. The Denali Cabins are owned by a company called Pursuit as is the Backcountry Lodge. We stayed at the Denali Cabins and took the Pursuit bus tour to the end of the road in Denali to Kantishna where the Backcountry Lodge is. We spent a couple hours there but know that staying at that lodge would be cost significantly more $$ than the Princess lodge would be. Our trip that included Denali Cabins was booked independently and I don't know of a connection between Princess or Holland America Group to Pursuit. So that's quite an interesting mistake you have there. It will no doubt be fixed at some point but you should think about calling back when (if??) things calm down. EDITTED to add: I now wonder if Princess is thinking about a joint venture with Pursuit? You couldn't do this in the maximum of two days currently allotted to staying near Denali but it would be an interesting addition for those who want to really get away from it all.
  22. We just made arrangements to go to Maui in late October. We used to go at least twice a year prior to our cruising days and I sure miss it! I've already filled out the information on the Hawaii Safe Travels site and we have no problem with any of the precautions. Our just booked flight looks empty which actually makes us feel better as that is the only part where we will be in close contact with other humans. The fact that Hawaii is only letting in vaccinated or recently tested folks certainly helps. If you go, hope you enjoy the Big Island!
  23. On the Majestic this summer, they no longer had port tees or ballcaps. And they didn't have the outlet or daily sales in the aisleways (there were some but not every day). I thought it might just be one of the temporary changes due to Covid but it sounds like they are aiming higher in terms of merchandise available for purchase onboard.
  24. The only thing that I can say is that it's a lot better than it was at the beginning of the pause. I waited more than 3 months to get everything back on a May 2020 cruise but fared better than others as I got most of it back quickly (I cancelled 2 days before the pause was announced). And yes, Antarctica is gone for another year. It would have been a return for us as we cruised that area with Princess in January 2020 and I was quite relieved when Princess cancelled. I don't think that part of the world is ready for tourists just yet. I did feel bad for others who would have been cruising Antarctica for the first time.
  25. Princess definitely takes longer to process the refunds for the cruises they cancel vs. the ones that a guest cancels. It was explained to me that they wait until the date posted on the notice that provides the cancellation options to start processing the refunds. And the explanation was that it allows time in case the guest changes their mind and decides to go with FCC or move to the new cruise offered. I asked why that would hold up the refund of EZAir and excursions. There was no explanation given. Our Antarctic cruise was cancelled by Princess on August 26 and I don't expect to see our $$ back until after September 30th.
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