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  1. Wonderful live thread!! Could you please tell me when the second formal night is on the Western part of your cruise? I know the first sea day is the first formal (except Christmas Day on your cruise) but not sure of when the second one would be with all of the port stops. Thank you
  2. Wonderful Review!! I love all of the food pictures. Can't wait to get on the Sky in a few weeks for our Western Caribbean sailing and try all of the new food items. I like Princess the best of all the cruise lines but I would sometimes get tired of getting the same food all of the time. Glad to see they are trying some new items. I have a great rest of your cruise!
  3. Thanks for taking the time to do this live thread. I am really enjoying it! Do you know if they still have the Princess Pop Choir? I have participated on previous cruises and I know the friend we are traveling with in January would love to participate.
  4. Thanks for doing this live report. We sail on the Sly in January and appreciate all of the info before the cruise. Hope the weather improves, I did see some sun in one of your posts, for the rest of your cruise.
  5. Thanks for your take on Take 5. Since jazz is my favorite type of music I am looking forward to this area on our cruise in January. What instruments make up the jazz band?
  6. Thank you for an excellent "live from" review of Sky Princess. It made me even more excited about our cruise in January.
  7. First let me say that I really like to book private tours but some locations I just feel safer with a ship's tour. We're going to Belize and I wanted to go to Lamanai Mayan Ruins. It is a little bit of a ride from port and I have never been to Belize before so I booked the ship's tour. Because I like to research everything I started to look for a private excursion to Lamanai. I found one at half the price of the ship's tour. I submitted the Best Price Guarantee paper work to Princess and it was approved. I ended up with $81 extra OBC pp for our cruise. That will buy a few extra drinks!! After having success with this excursion I booked one in Grand Cayman also at half the price and now I won't have to wait for a tender. This is the first time I have tried the Best Price Guarantee. I may do it again but I do like the personal attention and the better itineraries on private excursions.
  8. Thank you for the info I meant the cruise to Lamanai is about 30 minutes and the river cruise with Altun Ha is 2 hours.
  9. I can't decide which Maya ruins tour to take, either Lamanai or Altun Ha with a river boat tour. I have a lot of OBC so I am thinking of doing the tour with Princess because of the distance. Both tours include a river cruise, Lamanai is about a half hour and the Altun Ha is 2 hours. Lamanai includes lunch. I will also look into price matching with a private company. Thank you for any help you can provide.
  10. Thank you. This will save me some work.
  11. I was wondering too if they have announced any winners. I have a photo on the Royal and when we sailed on her I booked a room across from my photo. I have a cruise booked for January on the Sky and am hoping I will get to see my photo. If anyone hears anything please post here. Princess did let us know if we had a picture selected for the Royal.
  12. We recently had a private tour with Jorge of Port Limon tours (portlimon.com). We had emailed Jorge about some things we wanted to see (sloths) and do while on our cruise stop in Limon. Jorge always immediately responded to my emails and was very helpful on what we could do on our port stop. We ended up visiting the Jaguar Rescue Center, hiking in Cahuita National Park, visiting a fruit stand for sampling fruits and coffee and a souvenir shop next to the fruit stand. He also made a stop in Limon at the local super market for us so we could purchase some Costa Rican coffee at a great price to take home. He had a sign with my name on it just outside the cruise port so it was easy to find him. We then started the 1 hour and 20 minute drive to the Jaguar Rescue Center. The ride went quickly because of the beautiful scenery and getting to know our new Costa Rican friend Jorge. We arrived in plenty of time for the 9:30 am tour at the center and had a wonderful tour seeing a lot of sloths of all ages, playful monkeys and other animals. I highly recommend a visit to this rescue center. I knew I wanted to see sloths and didn't want to take any chances of not seeing them in the wild so I knew this was a good place to see them for sure. Next we went to Cahuita National Park which is a beautiful location along the sea. Now was the time to look for animals in the wild. We saw a sloth in a tree that Jorge spotted along with a bat under a large leaf. Also lots of monkeys playing in the trees. Jorge knew the plants and was great at spotting wildlife. I like fruit and even though I know I am unable to bring it home I like to sample it while in port. Great fruit and coffee samples were found at the stop on the way back to Limon. There was also a nice souvenir stand next to the fruit sampling where Jorge knew the owners. We found some nice sloth merchandise to bring home to remind us of our stop in Costa Rica. The last stop was at the super market for our coffee purchases and were back to the port with some time to look at the souvenir stands at the port. Jorge can arrange any type of tour for you visiting any sights that you want to see. I know there are plenty of other things I would like to do on my next visit to Limon, Costa Rica and will definitely have Port Limon Tours take us. Jorge is a very personable guide and I highly recommend a tour from Limon, Costa Rica with him.
  13. Thanks for posting all of the patters. Now I really can't wait until our cruise in 2 weeks!
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