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  1. You’re welcome...good luck! 🙂
  2. There was a press release on 5/9/19 for AU/NZ cruises from October 2020 to May 2021. http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=140690&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2398162
  3. I think that Princess should offer the additional 25% discount in exchange for our free minutes when booking in advance.
  4. I didn’t pre-purchase an unlimited internet plan & during the first 24 hours onboard had the option to purchase the unlimited plan for 25% less than the pre-cruise discount. I’d have to exchange my free internet minutes (Elite/platinum) to get the discount but instead just used my free minutes. As shown in this screenshot this had to be done within the first 24 hours & have read posts that when going to the Internet Café within that time frame some passengers have reported receiving a credit of 25% of what they paid pre-cruise...$120 pre-cruise was $90 onboard within the first 24 hours in exchange for our free minutes.
  5. We’ve had 3FF on TA cruises including for this November which we booked in September 2018. As posted availability is based on when the cruise sails & based on past years a 3FF offer beginning in September would be for Summer 2020 to Spring 2021 cruises.
  6. If like in recent years the 3FF will be available a day or two after the Landmark Sale ends on 9/3/19. It’s usually my best booking option but the 3 benefits have varied although the past couple of years it’s been like last year as shown in this link. https://www.princess.com/news/news_releases/2018/09/Princess-Cruises-3-for-Free-for-Everyone-Sale-Returns-Offering-Onboard-Perks.html
  7. That’s the one...our flight wasn’t until 1400 so we didn’t rush off the ship because passengers with earlier flights needed to disembark ASAP. Our luggage wasn’t found in the designated area which then closed to consolidate all bags to another area where we finally located them. Early season arrivals in Vancouver can experience issues which hopefully was smoother for you disembarkation. Thanks for the updates about the Royal’s first Alaskan season.
  8. We booked 20 months in advance & the time changed 14 months before the cruise. I don’t know how far in advance tidal charts are available but know the Royal had to reduce the height of the stacks (6’?) for the bridge. We arrived on the Royal before your cruise & about a month before they changed the Vancouver arrival time from 0600 to 0730 for operational reasons. Thankfully it didn’t affect making our flight but some passengers were worried about earlier flights that met the original Princess timeframe before the later arrival was announced.
  9. Great...thanks for refreshing my 8+ year old memory about the process. ☺️ We experienced the process for our YVR/OGG flight with going through US authorities at the airport before boarding our flight...also Easy Peasy! We’re disappointed that our time in Victoria was reduced...we still arrive at 0800 but now depart at 1730 instead of the original 2300.
  10. I think the PVSA is a strange & outdated regulation but that’s another discussion. Switching ships does allow sailing from Vancouver to Whittier & we also considered going to Seattle for a cruise the next day roundtrip to Alaska.
  11. idahospud...we sailed the Royal LA/Vancouver in May and will again in May 2020. Next year’s cruise stops in Victoria before disembarking in Vancouver. Will we be processed by Canadian authorities in Victoria? We haven’t sailed the itinerary that stops in Victoria since 2011 & would appreciate any insights you might have to share...thanks. 🙂
  12. I researched the LA/Vancouver/Whittier/Vancouver cruise on the Royal this year...it does work.
  13. I researched the option this year to take the coastal to Vancouver and continuing on the Royal to Whittier & learned from knowledgeable people that the PVSA would not allow it. However if I had continued back to Vancouver like you’re planning that makes it a legal routing. We disembarked in Vancouver and it was an easy process to go through the Canadian authorities. My guess is you’ll have to go through immigration in Vancouver before reboarding the ship for your B2B cruises to Alaska.
  14. You can bring as much bottled water as desired & it’s been posted that you can put a luggage tag on a case to have it delivered from the pier to your cabin like other luggage. You can also bring soda onboard the same way or by carrying it onboard with you. We primarily drink the very safe onboard water but when wanting some bottles for in port we pre-order bottled water...12 - 500ml bottles for $7.08 but it must be purchased in advance through your Cruise Personalizer.
  15. That’s your prerogative to violate their clearly stated policy for the fee free bottle or for additional bottles without paying the fee which I follow & that’s what I posted.
  16. I agree & when their wine policy changed several years ago Princess acknowledged that passengers want to try other wines not available from them & to have the option to bring onboard other wines subject to the fee.
  17. You’re welcome! I like their policy allowing passengers to bring onboard as much wine as desired that’s subject to the $15/bottle fee for more than 1 bottle. We’ve brought a bottle or two from ports of call that’s also subject to the $15/bottle fee but haven’t been charged the fee. We take our wine to the dining room where we pay the $15 fee so we either pay it sooner or later unless consuming it in our cabin.
  18. That’s still their policy stated in their Alcohol FAQ: “One bottle of wine or champagne per adult of drinking age (no larger than 750 ml) per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles are welcome, but will incur a $15 corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed”.
  19. If no one can provide examples you might want to contact your cruise’s M&G coordinator for guidance. A link to the thread with some updates: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2661254-meet-and-greet-coordinators/
  20. You’re welcome Tony...I’m happy to have new options & with a wine package it’s like a cruise long wine tasting for my wife & me. 😊🍷
  21. New fleetwide MDR wine list (+18% tip) full bottles/by the glass: https://www.princess.com/downloads/pdf/ships-and-experience/food-and-dining/beverages/Wine-Menu.pdf
  22. I agree with Colo particularly for a transatlantic or longer crossings to not arrive on sailing day. I would only consider arriving on sailing day if the next ports were nearby.
  23. You’re welcome...enjoy both cruises! We liked having the loveseat couch for when the weather wasn’t good to be on the balcony. We greatly enjoy the Royal-class ships & so happy to drive to the Port of LA to cruise on the Royal Princess. 😃 Besides coastals & Mexico wished the ship did the roundtrip LA to HI. 😎
  24. I’ve had standard sized balconies on the Royal & Regal and think 3 people would need to stand up. The Deluxe Balcony cabins have the same 9’4’ balconies as most other balconies but have the loveseat couch by the balcony. Premiere Deluxe Balcony cabins are described as having larger balconies. Most of the side facing balconies are the same 9’x4’ (about 20% less space) but there are some larger balconies that are more expensive aft facing & Dolphin deck fore & aft side facing balconies (Majestic, Sky, Enchanted only). We’ve enjoyed the UBD several times on the Royal/Regal but there’s not enough room for 3 people. We liked having a slightly larger balcony with an Emerald deck obstructed view balcony cabin in the bumped out midship section. The only view obstruction was when looking down & seeing the open Promenade deck. Here’s our slightly larger obstructed view balcony cabin:
  25. There’s no limit to how much laundry you have done...we usually send in clothing every 3-4 days. Sometimes on the larger Royal-class ships it takes longer...up to about 72 hours.
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