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  1. I recently sailed solo on the Majestic 33 day cruise from Sydney to Seattle. There were lots of solos, and it was easy to meet other solos by attending trivia and teaming up with them, or requesting a shared table in the MDR. I could spend as much or as little time with other people as I wanted. The Princess sponsored solo get-togethers didn’t interest me and it was so easy to meet solos just by doing what I like to do around the ship.
  2. The onboard laundromats use tokens purchased with your medallion. $3.00 each for wash and dry, $1.50 for packet of detergent.
  3. Yes, everyone in the cabin must have the Plus package.
  4. Safer to book on-line, in my opinion. If you call the main customer service number you’ll probably get the call center in the Philippines.
  5. I had the exact same situation when stopping in Victoria recently on a cruise. At the first shop I went to in Victoria, I was buying about $18 worth of merchandise and asked whether they could take the $100 bill. The said of course, and my problem of the “too large” bill was solved.
  6. Regarding the Plus package, I am a non drinker, and it makes financial sense for me to get the package. Tips $16 a day, internet $25 a day. That leaves $19 a day for specialty coffees, bottled water, the juice bar, fresh-squeezed orange juice at breakfast, and of course the two casual meals. Totally makes sense for me.
  7. On one of the cruises I have booked, I noticed after booking on-line that I had selected a “connecting” room. I don’t like being in connecting rooms, so I called the call center to change to another room. I obviously got the Philippine call center, because the person didn’t know what a connecting room is. Once I educated her, she took about 15 minutes and told me there were absolutely no non-connecting rooms available on the ship (1 year ahead of the cruise). I found one that would suit me and said I wanted to change to that, and she said I had to cancel and rebook. I asked her to check with someone else. After about another 15 minutes, she came back and it had been change. Never again will use the call center for anything.
  8. Your best bet with this short notice would be one of the airport area hotels. In Downtown Seattle proper you would be hard pressed to find anything in the $150 range, especially with short notice.
  9. And the Nexus card comes with TSA pre-check, which is a great perk!
  10. EDL’s also apply to Mexico and some Caribbean nations covered by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
  11. If it’s truly an enhanced driver’s license (not REAL ID) it will suffice for entering Canada by sea. Only 5 states currently issue EDL’s, Washington, Michigan, New York, Minnesota and Vermont.
  12. I’m looking forward to being with you on this 33 day voyage from Sydney to Seattle, and am eagerly awaiting your live review. People see and experience different things on the same cruise, and I am interested in your point of view. Nancy
  13. Thank you for coming back and letting us know. Congratulations and best wishes in the new job!
  14. When you get to your cabin to pick up your sail and sign card, it may be Platinum. That happened to me on my first Diamond cruise. I was looking forward to my white Diamond card, which Guest Services was happy to provide me with.
  15. In my experience, 9 times out of 10 they give you the punch card automatically with your first order. If they don’t, I don’t think it’s intentional. Just busy and forgot about it is my guess.
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