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About Italy52

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    Northern California
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    Liked them all - 48 cruises & counting
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Med. & Alaska

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  1. Would you be so kind as to share the date of your May cruise? We had a May 20, 2020 cruise to Alaska that was cancelled by Princess (paperwork sent to Princess on April 17, 2020) and an August 16, 2020 cruise to Alaska that was cancelled by Princess (paperwork sent to Princess on May 8, 2020.) Thanks.
  2. We tipped the driver $5 total for the two of us. We had no bags on the bus --- we just appreciated the safe driving. With that being said, we did notice that only a small handful of people tipped.
  3. We booked our cruise in September 2019 and paid the $29 pp for the one way transportation. Perhaps there was a price increase after our booking and that is why yours was a bit more pp.
  4. $50 per person? Was this one way? We did the LAX to San Pedro with Princess in February and we paid $29.00 per person.
  5. If interested in whale watching, there are two vendors that I recommend: Juneau: Jayleen's Alaska, https://jayleensalaska.com/ Icy Strait: Glacier Wind, https://www.g-wind.com/ We have gone with both companies multiple times and always enjoyed our trips. This board, as well as TripAdvisor have lots of favorable comments on both vendors if you want to check them out for yourself. While both options above are smaller boats, they do give the best vantage point. I have been on the bigger boats for whale watching and did not enjoy it at all. Too many people and we were always jockeying for a place to take pictures. If sea sickness is a concern, take precautions and you should be fine. We always take our Bonine the night before our cruise and continue it during the entire time while on board the ship and have never had a problem. Make sure to consult with your health care provider to see what would work best for you should you desire to take anything.
  6. Glad to see you got some satisfaction. Our May cruise was 5/20/2020, cancelled by Princess and our TA on 4/17/2020. Please come back and let me and others that might be affected by May cruise refunds when you get yours. Thanks!
  7. Italy52


    Fully understand your reasoning. Princess needs to do a lot of damage control in my opinion.
  8. Update, I just called Princess to check on the status of my refund for my 5/20/2020 Princess-cancelled cruise. My TA cancelled the cruise with Princess on 4/17/2020. I was told that my Option 1 refund had not been processed and he did not know the status other than that. He did say that the refunds were being processed in the order of sailing date --- which I know is not the case due to what I have read on the boards --- I am sure he is just saying what he has been told to say. Just wanted to pass this info along to the original poster since our cruise dates were very close to each other.
  9. Italy52


    What??????????? There really isn't any sense to how they are handling this whole cancellation business. Today, we should have been sailing to Alaska on the Coral for our B2B. Trip was cancelled by Princess and TA on 4/17/2020. Went into FCC to see if there had been any progress on refund as we took Option 1 and nothing. In fact, our Coral cruise entry totally disappeared from our cruise history. I called Princess to see if the agent could give me an update on refund and was told nothing had been processed and that they are processing claims in order of cruise date. I thanked him and said I wish his answer was correct but unfortunately, I have seen people reporting they had received refunds for cruises that were past my cruise date. So sad. We were going to plan another cruise with Princess but we are rethinking the situation due to the long refund processing time that you and others have experienced. Think I will go check out Celebrity's website. Hope your situation gets taken care of soon.
  10. I booked my May 2021 Alaska cruise as soon as my May 2020 Alaska cruise was cancelled on March 17, 2020. Since I booked, my new cruise price has gone up in price quite a bit. For the new booking, I booked with a future cruise deposit that is refundable. Have not put any additional money down on the reservation.
  11. My cruise was a B2B on the Coral Princess leaving 5/20/2020. Princess cancelled my cruise and my TA (same as your travel company) sent in the paperwork on 4/17/2020. I opted for #1 and still waiting like the rest of the others on this board. When I cancelled my TA told me it would be around 90 days for reimbursement. I have also heard that Princess is working on refunds in date order of cruise. Everyone's case and needs are different. For now, I will wait and be patient. Hopefully, Princess will not try my patience with with an extensive overdue of repayment.
  12. We have been to Alaska 27 times and have only seen a few bears from the shore line while on whale watching tours. A couple of years ago we decided to take a bear watching tour to Anan Creek and we really lucked out. We saw about 8 bears (in the streams getting salmon, going up and down the hills, climbing the trees, walking down paths. We were on an elevated platform which also had a blind below so we had a couple of vantage points. We enjoyed our tour so much we booked the same the following year.
  13. Just checked with DH and he said approx. 15 feet.
  14. We took a bear watching tour with Island Wings --- destination Anan Creek. This bear was spotted on our walkway just prior to us going down the path. We all waited until our guide gave the "all clear." Wonderful memories were made that day. We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sad that we will be missing Alaska this year.
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