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  1. paul929207

    First Cruise Planning Help

    We did the 14 day Baltic with Princess in July and loved it.
  2. We traveled with Alla in July and they did a great job.
  3. paul929207

    Cruise Curiosities for New Cruiser

    Staff rarely gets a day off. There schedules are such that each port day some will get enough time off to go ashore. As to the Cabin steward, we sail on Princess, but I am sure the answer is similar for MSC. They work two shifts a day. the morning and early afternoon are spent cleaning and supplying your cabin. They take about 15 minutes or to so each cabin. Mixed in during the morning will be training (some days) and breaks for breakfast, etc. So it is roughly 8am to 1pm they work. In the evening from about 5pm to 9pm, they straighten your cabin, turndown the sheets, etc. They will also do little things like leaving a candy on your pillow, distribute the schedule for the next day, put out a reminder if there is a time change. On our last Princess cruise our steward had 19 cabin.
  4. paul929207

    Milestone cruises

    That is one way to look at it. Another is the change gives better recognition for those spending a lot of time on Princess ships. When we hit 750 days in June, we were on our 47th cruise. That is an average of about 16 days per cruise.
  5. paul929207

    Elite Status Pursuer Question

    I am Elite and not convinced that the Elite perks are worth spending a lot to "buy" the status. Maybe if you are going on a world cruise, but for most cruises, not worth it.
  6. paul929207

    New to cruising and Princess..

    For each drink, 15% gratuity will be added.
  7. paul929207

    Anytime dining doesn’t work!

    That may be a little extreme. How about just dropping them from TD. There table can then be reassigned.
  8. paul929207

    Milestone cruises

    We hit 750 days on our b2b2b to northern Europe in June & July. We got a number of special perks. We got flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of the good champagne, tour of the bridge, and breakfast at Sabitini's for the leg we hit 750 days. That was on the first of the legs. Having the breakfast for 18 days was very nice. We were also recognized at the Captain's Circle party.
  9. paul929207

    Grand Princess wine packages?

    We like the packages. We go on mostly longer cruises. So we get the 12 bottle silver package. With that, we pay $20 (plus tip) for bottles costing up to $31.
  10. paul929207

    Internet options on Crown

    It is better to purchase the package on board, if you are getting the minutes for being Elite or Platinum. If you are not in these categories, you do better purchasing before boarding
  11. paul929207

    Anytime dining doesn’t work!

    I can only speak for my wife and I. We notify the waiter and the head waiter the night before if we will not be at our table.
  12. paul929207

    Grand Princess wine packages?

    I haven't been on the Grand lately, but all the ships I have sailed offered the wine packages.
  13. paul929207

    Visa requirement rulls by cruise lines

    Sorry, but you would not be allowed to board.
  14. paul929207


    The times in the email are suggestions not mandates. However, there are times when boarding is delayed, so there is no guarantee of early boarding. In NYC a month or so ago, boarding for the Royal Princess was delayed to almost 2 pm for a full immigration and customs inspection of the ship.
  15. paul929207

    A .... Timely Question to Fall Back on....

    My experience is that Princess will stick to local time. So they will set the clocks back an hour at 2am on Nov 4