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John Reid

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  1. In August, 2008, we booked a 7 day, Alaska inside passage cruise on Golden Princess. We got a mini-suite with large balcony for under $1,099 per person. A steal. It wasn't only the cruise industry that was hit by the downturn. We flew from BWI to Seattle (Jet Blue non-stop there; Delta one-stop return) for $188 round trip per person, tax, tag, and freight. 

  2. 1 hour ago, Hensley3 said:

    Thanks everyone!

    A balcony cabin became available this morning so we just upgraded. 


    SO, we are now in an aft balcony at the back of the ship on Deck 4.  Are we in worse shape now LOL?

    The club ends at the rear elevators. The aft balconies go back from the far end of the elevators and are not directly over the club. Each cabin further back, less and less of a chance. It's possible no aft balconies hear anything. Are you on the same side as the club, port/left?

     Enjoy the balcony and cruise.

  3. You may be getting responses from people who booked mid-ship forward on deck 1. If you are on the port side by the dance club, you've got a problem. The club is on decks 1 and 2. We booked a french door cabin on deck 4 about 40 feet forward of being over the dance club. We thought we were safe. The room vibrated with bass until two plus in the morning. I could feel the vibrations in my pillow and mattress. You could feel the vibrations walking in the passageway - on deck 4! I tend to walk the promenade deck in the evening before bed. It is on deck three. I could hear the music and feel the vibrations in my feet through the teak flooring. 

    This was our experience.

  4. Because of the unpredictability of the weather there, the range is wide. Sailing out of Seattle on Golden Princess, we had a relatively calm sail. Returning, we hit consistent 17 foot waves for about 12 to 14 hours. I don't get seasick, so I was out and about. It seemed like an 85% drop in people out there with me.

    You will not know in advance.

  5. 4 hours ago, Aduntu said:


    I did call back after being told that by AA and a supervisor was able to remove it. They confirmed I didn't have to mail the letter. I got a receipt and it shows the plan being declined. Now the amount paid is greater than the total charge, so I will be watching my credit card for the refund.

    Glad it became easier. That it is happening at all borders on fraud.

  6. 9 hours ago, cruiselover19811981 said:

    Last time we sailed with Royal, we had the old school "envelope" system. Our past few cruises on NCL were all the prepaid gratuity system. So what do most of you do? I am tempted to prepay and get it over with on one hand, but then don't want to give the cruise line my money ahead of time on the other hand. Thoughts?

    I don't think your question is being interpreted the same way by everyone. I don't ever "prepay." I don't make any payments long before they are do. If something goes awry in advance, the money is still in my pocket. If you don't act at all, the gratuities are placed on your shipboard account on a daily basis. Envelopes and hand-overs are a personal choice in addition to the gratuities. As far as "getting them out of the way so I don't have to worry about it later," It's the same amount of money and it just goes on your credit card for most people.

  7. 47 minutes ago, RRLLAL said:


    Then bust a gut. From the triumph to the sunrise it was a total transformation. 


    It took awhile, but now I can see clearly.  My wife is about to go through elective plastic surgery. The surgeon told her she will feel like a new person. I'm going to rename her. I'm deciding between Sunblock and Sunburn. 

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