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  1. The Tutti salad bar is fabulous. Better than any salad offering that Princess has (that includes the Royal class ships).
  2. Just returned from Royal Princess a few weeks ago and thought Grand's Alfredo was vastly superior to Royal. Oddly enough, I thought the pizza on Royal's higher desk was better than Royal's Alfredo. Grand's Alfredo is absolutely fantastic!!
  3. The new NCL is NOT the same as what people remembered 10-15 years ago. The entertainment is indeed outstanding and the food is actually quite good. The key as you pointed out is the vibe. Each cruiseline has their own personality.
  4. You can make the request; however, it depends on availability. Most of the time, they will just have strawberries. On a few occasions, they may have blueberries mixed in but that's not the norm.
  5. What are your thoughts on the pros/cons of Statendam and Edge and how they compare to Regal..I've done HAL's N. Statendam and PCL's Regal but not the Edge. I have my own opinions betw/ Statendam and Regal but I would be curious of yours since you did all 3!!
  6. Your experience with the beef products is not suprising. As part of PCL's food budget "cut program" THIS year, they switched beef suppliers and it has been uniformly worse than before. With the exception of the PCL's Royal Class ships, NCL's Getaway class fleet easily offer a better cruising experience.
  7. You mentioned you have been on Regal. How would you compare the MDR and buffet on both ships?
  8. It would be great to hear your view after your Emerald experience. Having sailed both lines, a few comments: (1) If you are use to the Breakaway class ships of NCL, you will be really disappointed with the buffet on Emerald. THe size, quality, and variety is lacking on Princess. As others have commented, the specialty dining quality is superior on NCL. Service in the MDR is better on Princess; however (and this is a big however), the dining room service team has too many tables and it takes longer to finish a meal than on NCL. The Anytime dining setup on Princess is really poor compared to the freestyle version of NCL. The MDR portion sizes on Princess are smaller than NCL but I view that as a positive as you can sample more stuff on the menu. Mentally, just be prepared for a more "leisurely" dining experience. (2) Nighttime entertainment is heads and shoulder better on NCL so please lower your expectation on the shows and quality of musicians / singers / dancers. However, Princess does a better job in the daytime with lectures and on-site commentary preparing you for your Alaskan experience. (3) As someone else posted, the age group is older on Princess so you will have a more sedate experience which can either be a pro/con depending on your POV. (4) Generally speaking, the ship staff on Princess is better than NCL but it really depends on the individual you encounter and the type of problem you may have. As long as your primary goal is to experience Alaska, you are going to have a great time on Princess as I feel they are the best mainstream line in that region. If the comfort amenities (food, entertainment, internet, etc.) are important and NCL's Getaway class is your baseline for comparison, you will need to lower your expectations.
  9. I remember those...really enjoyed seeking them out in the morning. What was also fun was reading the versions for audiences in other countries for a different perspective. Thanks for bringing back those memories!!
  10. I'm over it now but that was a big complaint I had for the longest time...probably 10 years since they had it. If HAL, Celebrity, RCL, NCL, and RCL can offer it, there's no reason why Princess can't.
  11. Poor planning on so many levels with this current Princess management group. Cut the food budget and waste $$ on this tech nonsense which has the potential to open up litigation and PR problems in the future!!
  12. Pics and written info would be appreciated. I for one am a tad nervous if there are changes as the other Royal Class ships have the best buffets in the cruise industry IMHO and fear that WFM on Sky is a marketing code word for food cutbacks with gimmicky food selections. Hope I am wrong.
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