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  1. When our 2021 cruise was cancelled for being 8 days or longer, we picked out a 2022 cruisetour we wanted to book. Called up our assigned PVP at Princess and she offered the $200 deposit saying it was a part of the coupon book she'd been given to hand out to her cruisers. If we had just booked ourselves online, we would have been forced into paying the $800 deposit. We did have FCC of course as this is booking #4 that we've parlayed FCC into after the other 3 were cancelled. Maybe seek out who your assigned PVP is and contact them directly mentioning the coupon book?
  2. Just take note of what both couples want to order and call it in from the cabin you want it delivered to. No need to split anything between accounts. Doesn't matter who ends up eating the food but you may want to specify needing silverware for four(usually they ask how many people for that reason). The only issue I'd see is if the person in the other cabin orders something that has an extra cost like the whole pizzas. Then the charge would be billed to your cabin and you can get paid back by your friend however you both choose.
  3. Our last experience in club class dining, granted it was back in 2017, one of the night's extra dishes was lobster thermidor. The chef offered to make me another one when I devoured it but I wanted to have the room left to enjoy the regular menu items I'd ordered. Might have just been a luck of the draw because the other nights were usually pasta dishes or some sort of appetizer. I wonder if the tableside chef assigned to Club Class plans out their dishes or is it all under the direction of the head chef who plans all the meals.
  4. To add to the helpful answer above, if you're looking for half covered/half uncovered, the best aft deck suite to get is on Baja deck. We've sailed in both the aft corner suites on the Regal on Baja deck and Caribe deck and there's a difference mostly in how much room to walk around between the railing and balcony furniture as the Baja deck balconies are deeper. Caribe deck top photo (from 2017) Baja deck bottom photo (from 2014)
  5. We sailed the Island Princess back in 2016 through the old locks but had a suite on the side, C704. We put ourselves on the waiting list for an upgrade to the penthouse or premium suites but only were ever offered handicap ones at the aft. While we wouldn't have taken a handicap cabin, we did some research and they were included in the list of cabins where they block use of your balcony when in the locks because of the cables used. We ended up befriending the couple staying in one of those and they confirmed they weren't allowed to use their balcony until we left the locks. You might want to m
  6. Been seeing a few asking about upcoming Alaska cruises so I thought I'd share what the cruise tour combo was like for us on the Grand Princess. A Feast For Your Senses: Fuel for your sense of wonder and sense of humor
  7. Been seeing a few asking about upcoming Alaska cruises so I thought I'd share what the cruise tour combo was like for us on the Grand Princess. A Feast For Your Senses: Fuel for your sense of wonder and sense of humor
  8. We did the 15 day Connoisseur tour with stops in Fairbanks, Denali, McKinley, and Kenai before doing the southbound inside passage cruise on the Grand Princess. I've been writing up our experiences at the lodges and tours on my blog, A Feast For Your Senses: Fuel for your sense of wonder and sense of humor. Will also cover our ship tours soon. Hopefully it helps answer some of your questions.
  9. We did the Connoisseur cruise tour back in 2015, Fairbanks to Whittier for 8 days and 7 days on the Grand Princess to Vancouver. With Alaska cruising season coming up, I have started writing up our trip on my travel blog. Hope it helps answer some of your questions and if you think of any that it didn't, please let me know.
  10. Thanks for the advice! We're definitely leaning toward going into Toronto early and touring some on our own as well.
  11. Thank you georgiacat, this information was very helpful!
  12. A rundown would be so helpful! I'm having a hard time finding reviews online about the land portion. For the time at Niagara Falls, did you feel like there was enough time there? Are these few tours they list ones that last all day or is there a lot of down time at the hotels? Thanks!
  13. Sorry, should have been more specific. The itinerary starts in Toronto with 5 days on land ending in Quebec City where we board the Caribbean Princess for a 13 day sailing down to Fort Lauderdale.
  14. Can someone who has done the land/cruise Canada combo share what it was like on the land days? We've done the Connoisseur Alaska land/cruise combo where we had a tour in each city as a group with the option to add more for ourselves to do but the itinerary for this one sounds like you spend most of the time seeing the cities while you travel by bus to the next town instead of tours. Thanks!
  15. We sailed on the Regal Princess on the Baltic itinerary in 2017. According to the Patters, the main theater showtime varied based on whether it was a production show or guest entertainers. Production shows were held at 8PM and 10PM each night while the guest entertainers held shows at 7PM and 9PM.
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