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New York Nana

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    Saratoga Springs, New York
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    reading, travel
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    Princess

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  1. We were on last month and it was open 24hrs. The treadmills/bikes are not set up yet with TV, so you'll have to bring your own entertainment if you like to exercise that way.
  2. Thanks, I wasn’t aware of that since I was cruising!😀
  3. We just disembarked from the Sky P. On Saturday. When we got through the luggage collection area, everyone was directed to 4 lines of facial recognition cameras. You looked at the yellow light and the screen lit up green and you were good to go! No passport to show, no stop at the C&I desks. Not sure what indicated some people fbeing told to go to another line. Maybe declaration? We have Mobile Passport app and completed the questions prior to leaving the ship, but that didn’t seem to make a difference.
  4. No TV set up on any of the equipment yet. Bring your own!
  5. Does that mean a name/cabin #? Would they have access to our account information or is that only through the IntrAnet?
  6. yes, us too! I was so glad to see Martyn Moss and Dan Falconer on board! They are a dynamic duo for sure!! Great addition to the ship’s entertainment!
  7. Yes, WhatsApp can be used on the MedallionNet only. The only way to communicate on the ship's INTRAnet is with their messaging system. We didn't find that too user friendly because there is no 'alert' to let you know you received a message.
  8. On our Med cruise this summer, we each (7 of us) had WhatsApp on our phones. While on board and using wifi, we were all able to call and text each other without any problems. MedallionNet was not yet activated on the Emerald P. While on the Regal last month, with Medallion Net, we were again able to use WhatsApp for calls and texts. We were also able to use iMessage because we all had an iPhone.
  9. We board the Emerald on July 6. Around June 17 I went into our personalizer and just happened to check the available internet packages. We're Elite, but our granddaughters are coming with us and I had previously purchased them the 'social media' plan for the week for $59.99. I was surprised to see a "MedallionNet" plan for unlimited internet for the week for the same prince of $59.99! I purchased 2 packages and cancelled the the social media package. When I went back in the next day, the MedallionNet plan was no longer showing, but it still shows on our itinerary and I have the receipt for the purchase. I contacted my PVP and she was unable to find out if this is legit or not but thought they were perhaps offering it to certain cabins(?). Anyway, I plan to bring my receipts with me when we board to show Pax Svcs to confirm what plan we will be credited for having purchased. I'll let you know how it turns out!
  10. We just got off the CB on Saturday. I made my own mailbox to take on board and my cabin steward loved it! 2 magnets, a hole punch and a plastic expandable folder that doubled as my document folder pre and post cruise. Most evenings, however, he put the next day’s Patter on our bed at turndown. I agree that sliding papers under the door are a hazardous and uncomfortable delivery system!
  11. I am onboard the Caribbean Princess right now. When I logged into Medallion Net, I was given 2 options. Select my 150 free minutes or purchase unlimited with a 25% discount. I selected the unlimited and my account was charged 49.99. My OBC easily covered the expense. I’m glad I didn’t pre-purchase for $59.99. This was for one device usage at a time. There was also an option to use 4 devices ( I don’t recall the cost). My DH cost to just use his free minutes. The speed is unbelievable! I have been able to stream shows from HBO Now without any delay or slowdown. And no need to logout.
  12. I have been able to reserve excursions and ‘pay’ with my OBC with no problem. It gives that option when you select to reserve the excursion. It continues to show the full OBC available on the summary, but the excursions Reservation page shows it “paid”.
  13. We’ve taken 5 cruises with Princess to Alaska. 4 of the 5 included Glacier Bay NP, one ‘tried’ to go to Tracy Arm but heavy ice floe prevented a safe passage and we diverted to another glacier (sorry, I can’t recall which one). We always go in late May and early June, so ice movement may be different in September. I can say without hesitation that Glacier Bay is worth it. It’s almost a full day’s cruise into and out of the park passing by some beautiful sights. NP rangers join the ship near the entrance of the park to provide informational lectures, commentary, table displays and one on one interaction with passengers. Additionally, the ship has a destination expert on board throughout the entire cruise. While in the park, shipboard activities are limited to allow everyone to experience the park without distractions. Once you reach the Marjorie Glacier, the ship cuts the engine and allows you to just watch and listen to the Glacier. Large calving activity will literally make the ship rock and you can hear the passengers ‘ooo’ and ‘ahhh’ in response! After about 30 minutes, the ship slowly makes a 180 so passengers on the other side of the ship can watch. Of course, the upper decks offer many viewing opportunities. We’ve been there on bright sunny days and overcast, drizzly days. The experience was not affected by the weather. Also, if anyone in your group has served in the military, they get a $100 OBC! You just need to send Princess a copy of the DD214. They also will offer various sales that may offer the drink packages (Sip and Sail). You can rebook anytime before final payment to take advantage of these sales. Just be aware of any limitations. I don’t believe you will regret it and will cherish the experience shared with your parents! Barb
  14. Oh yes! We had Olimpio as our steward on the Caribbean P. in October! He was hands down, the BEST cabin steward we’ve had! I don’t know where your cabin is, but we were hoping to have him again since we’re in the same cabin in a couple weeks on Baja mid-ship. I’m enjoying your ‘live from’ with all the updates on the Medallion. We were on the last cruise before it was going full bore (free internet!). Just received our new Medallions today in the mail and I’m anxious to try out the additional features besides it just opening our cabin doors. Safe travels! Barb
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