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About WallyNDiane

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    Greensburg Pa
  • Interests
    History, Photography, fishing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity Royal and NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Belize Laminae tour - best ever

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  1. On our Feb 2020 cruise we were asked to watch a safety video in our room. We then attended a muster drill that was held in the main theater. No one had to bring life vest but they showed how to properly put one on. It was a quick and easy process. We were led by our group leader to our muster station.
  2. My wife and I were on the Norovirus shortened Caribbean Princess cruise that sailed last February 2. We did not get sick and despite the virus concern, we made the best of our cruise despite missing 5 of our 8 ports. At the same time, the Covid 19 virus was just starting to catch the attention of Americans. While we were disappointed by missing the 5 ports, we really enjoyed Princess' movies shown on the outdoor screen as well as in the theater. The movies were great and we really enjoyed the excellent sound system on both the outdoor screen system and the main theater. They played several con
  3. I have no vote. But I would be a bit concerned putting too many ships in the Caribbean in the meat of the summer hurricane season.
  4. I bought 101 shares today. It is what it is. Long term we will be ok. I booked a Princess Cruise next February.
  5. We just completed our first Princess cruise in February. It was a Norovirus shortened cruise and we did get to experience the emotions of a fairly "safe" intestinal bug. I can't imagine the stress placed on the crew and passengers when a more lethal virus outbreak is present. I applaud Princess as well for pausing their cruises until this virus outbreak is better understood and contained. While it had to be a difficult decision, it was the correct one. Time will only tell how this all shakes out. But we all hope that the long term impact is neglible for the public and for business.
  6. We did our 1st Princess cruise in February. We found the food to be excellent or lackluster. Our favorites. Calamari in Sabitini's was the best we have ever had. Plentiful and simply delicious. Black and Blu Onion Soup in Crown Grill. Very nice and the blue cheese didn't overpower the soup. Ribeye in Crowngrill, perfect steak, perfectly cooked. The volcano ice cream dessert off the children's menu in the MDR was very good. On the breakfast buffet, I enjoyed the corned beef hash with the grilled tomato to be very good. The lunch buffet was so so. I did lov
  7. We were on the Norovirus shortened Feb 2 Caribbean Cruise. Once the virus outbreak became known, we didn't make any changes to our cruise routine. Cruising in mid winter during the peak of the cold and flu season and with an older cruise passenger group, cruise passengers are always subjected to a higher chance of catching a virus, We take every precaution we can, including taking our own alcohol based hand de sanitizer with us to use after we get our food in the buffet. But it is what it is. We take every precaution and hope we don't get sick.
  8. We were on the shortened Feb 2 CB cruise. Couple observations we made. 1) Some people would bypass the hand washing line at the buffet and tell the staff member standing at the station that they were just cutting through the World Markerplace buffet as they were headed to the rear Salty Dog/Steamers buffet. On one occasion we saw a couple who bypassed the wash station standing in line getting served at the World Marketplace. Despite the Norovirus they knowingly bypassed the hand wash station. 2) We saw people wash there hands then immediately take their hand and rub the
  9. EDVM96. Thanks for the photos. I said rice above, but after your photo and consult with my wife, it was Risotto not rice. But whatever it was, it was a tasteless paste that delivered no flavor or moisture to the tail. We already booked our 2021 cruise so the lobster in the MDR didn't deter us from returning to Princess.
  10. Unfortunately our lobster was the worst we ever had on the last formal night. It was a dry tail (no drawn butter) sitting on a bed of very tasteless dry rice paste. Both my wife and I requested a second tail and when the waiter asked us if we wanted the 2nd tail, we both said no. It was our worst meal of our cruise. My wife ordered a lobster tail at the Crown Grill. It was large and served with drawn butter. She thought it was excellent. This was on our Feb 2 Caribbean Princess cruise.
  11. We said the same thing about the omelette beepers. While it was the last night of the cruise, those voting gizmo's they hand out for that singing competition is another source. Bottom line, there are many potential things that people touch or sneeze/cough on. Some are easily cleaned, some aren't. That's why chasing these viruses is so darn difficult. Nothing beats washing your hands frequently and using your own hand sanitizer frequently. My wife brought two small hand sanitizer dispensers that we used all the time. Tough battle as people are aged and traveling in the
  12. My wife and I were on the shortened Feb 2 Caribbean Princess cruise. Couple comments from our observation. The passengers on that sailing looked Old. Saw more canes, walkers,wheelchairs, scooters than on any other cruise. The ocean was really calm but I saw more people hanging onto the hallway safety rails. The other thing we noticed was the slow elevators. People were constantly pressing the elevator buttons despite them being lit. So handrails and elevator buttons are another potential source on the bug. Menus are also being touched so cleaning hands with Purell after handling the dining roo
  13. On our Feb 2 Caribbean Princess cruise we arrived at the terminal at 12:15. The line to get into the terminal was quite long. It was wrapped onto the front of the terminal. From our experience, the wait was to get through the security clearance X-ray stations. Once we cleared security, we picked up our Medallions and started walking to the ship in just a few minutes. I didnt pay attention to the time, but I estimate 20-30 minutes line time to get through security.
  14. We were on the Feb 2 Norovirus cruise. When we arrived back in Ft Lauderdale, we saw sanitation service trucks already parked on the dock. So I am sure that ship was as sanitized as possible. Indeed Princess staff served food, drinks and seasonings in the buffet. Average age of the Feb 2 cruise passengers were quite old. We saw more canes, walkers, wheelchairs and scooters on this cruise than any other cruise. I would not hesitate to cruise again on this ship.
  15. We were on the Feb 2 Caribbean Princess Norovirus shortened cruise. From my observation, the cruise started out in a normal fashion. Winter is the heart of the cold and flu season so there are always people on the cruise with colds. Unfortunate consequence of winter cruising. However my wife and I commented as soon as the first night on the age of the passengers. Empirically, this cruise probably was the oldest average age cruise we were ever on. We ate one night with a couple who were 94 and 92. We saw more walkers, canes and scooters on this cruise that ever before. Then the Noro
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