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  1. On 4/15/2024 at 2:14 AM, arxcards said:

    If the onboard currency for your cruise is as you describe, in $AU, gratuities are included in the fare. 

    This is correct for cruises booked and paid for in Australia. For those of us booking elsewhere, gratuities are added daily on the standard package and included with Plus and Premier packages if paid in GBP or US dollars.

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  2. We did Princess’ circumnavigation of Australia for 26 days on 29th February 2024. Enjoyed our time on board the Coral Princess.


    However, it seems that Princess is now using industrial ports, quite a way outside the towns they purport to be visiting. In most cases shuttle buses were provided without cost, but the organisation for shuttles was poor and time on land curtailed.

  3. 10 hours ago, cynbar said:

    Looks like there is a lot of variety from one ship to the next. I admit I have never seen Fish&Chips on an always available menu.

    We had steak, as well as fish and chips on the ‘Favourites’ Menu, on our recent Coral Princess cruise.

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  4. It’s kind and considerate to others to set an alarm on your phone to make sure you are back by the time your wash or dry has finished. Or just take a book and sit there.


    I have seen many an angry passenger waiting for someone to empty their machine, and others removing clothes and moving them, to have access to machines.

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  5. We try not to send out daily…every four/five days on our recent 26 night cruise. Separated colours and whites in different bags. We took photos of everything we were sending and wrote on the bag that we wanted a cool wash to avoid shrinkage. Took two/ three days as many elites on that cruise.

  6. Thanks for all your answers. Have returned from our 26 night cruise with pre and post cruise stays making 35 nights.  I struggled to cut down on shoes and took eight pairs. However, I tried hard to avoid wearing all of them, as an experiment, and managed to use only five pairs. A lot more than many would take, but a target for me in the future.


    Many thanks.

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  7. Thank you, this is what we thought..have not previously requested a kettle for Caribbean cruise, but after realising how much we enjoyed having one on the Australian cruise, thought I’d ask if anyone had managed to acquire one. As you said, asking the steward costs nothing.


    Thanks again.

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  8. We disembarked Coral Princess, after a 26 night cruise around Australia, on 26th March. Still waiting for final folio…so glad I printed out a paper copy from the Folio Machine, on our last morning. Hope it syncs with credit card bill !!!!

  9. We have just returned from a ‘Round Australia’ cruise where we were able to request a kettle for our balcony cabin. We know we can use  Room Service, International Cafe or take a thermos flask and grab some coffee from the buffet.


    For us, a kettle is most convenient for early morning and late evening coffee.


    Please can anyone advise whether this is possible on Caribbean cruises…Enchanted Princess especially. ?


    Many thanks.

  10. No way to order robes pre cruise for us in UK..at least I have never managed to find a box to tick!


    On meeting the steward, we give him/her a list of things we would appreciate..ice, wine glasses, robes, bar soap, paper Patters, no ‘Junk mail Effy/ Art Auction’ etc. All requests swiftly sorted. 


    Robes on our last two cruises seem to be made of a different fabric..more like old fashioned crimplene,  so don’t shrink.


    We tip cash when steward has gone over and above..which has been always on our 25+ cruises.

  11. 28 minutes ago, BamaVol said:

    Neither one of you will need a QR code.  Just bring your medallion and passport.

    Yes, as I mentioned in the original post, we have boarded just showing our passports..BUT..and this is the big but…we are NOT able to have medallions mailed to UK and I certainly do not want to face ISSUES, having flown half way around the World to Australia.


    27 minutes ago, Rick&Jeannie said:

    This is true...even if you *did* have a second QR code, either one would bring up the same booking.  But as @BamaVol says above...you really don't need one at all.  We have *never* been asked to see one at multiple ports.


    We have boarded in Fort Lauderdale and San Antonio (South America) just showing passports….but I am a worrier…if Princess tell me I need QR codes for both of us, that is what I will have to travel. We now have a QR code each..just in case !!!!

  12. Checked in weeks ago, today was the day We were meant to access our QR. Codes for boarding. Have done this several times since Medallion was introduced. This time, app would only let me access mine..nothing for husband. Phoned Ocean Ready. Rep told me that we only needed one QR code as we are in the same cabin. That didn’t ring true at all. Phoned travel agent who said we needed a QR code each. She explained what we had to do, log out of my name, log in again with booking number rather than name…both QR codes appeared..not too difficult, even for a technophobe like me…..We have previously just boarded by showing passports, but being a long way from home, felt the need to have everything that was recommended. Why can’t call centre staff be trained to help rather than give incorrect information ?

  13. On 2/9/2024 at 4:32 PM, steveso said:


    Also I understand that if you use a decent US agency then if the price of the cruise drops they will pass this saving to you but you don't get that in the UK.


    We are allowed to make one change to our bookings in UK..but at an admin cost of £100 per booking. Only useful if there is a big price reduction and you need to be careful that you keep any ‘perks’ .

  14. Just found where I read cans are included in Classic Soda Package.- from our personaliser.


    What is Included

    • The package includes all, fountain sodas, and cans of soda and juices (excluding the fresh juice bar), mocktails, and smoothies as per the menu.
    • The package may be used on our Private Islands and all onboard Food and Beverage Venues and other areas such as the Theater or public spaces that offer beverage service. Selections and service are limited to that venue’s menu offerings and operating hours.

    Package Details and Qualifications

    • There is no age restriction for purchases of the Classic Soda Package.
    • The Classic Soda Package is USD $14.99 per day plus 18% service charge (totaling $17.69 per day) for all itineraries except Australia. The package is AUD $23 per day which includes a service charge for all Australian based vessels. A tax may be added at the time of purchase for certain itineraries or ports of embarkation. You will be charged the full amount for the complete voyage at the time of purchase.
    • The Classic Soda Package must be purchased for every day a passenger is sailing. Partial / Pro-Rated Packages or segments of a guest’s voyage are NOT accepted, although some exceptions may apply, such as the World Cruise. These exceptions, IF applicable, will be displayed in the Cruise Personalizer at the time of purchase.
    • The package is offered onboard on day one and day two only.
    • The package is NOT available for pre-purchase within 3 days of sailing.
    • The package is NOT refundable or transferable once purchased onboard, and for advance purchased packages, NOT refundable or transferable within 3 days of sailing.

    Exclusions and Limitations

    • Does NOT apply to bottled, specialty or premium coffees and teas, hot chocolate, ice-cream based drinks or any items offered in Retail Venues or Shops onboard.
    • Can NOT be used for Mini Bar Items. Additionally, the package cannot offset the cost of, or be a substitution for, special or private events such as cocktail parties, wedding receptions or similar. Please contact Group Onboard Services for additional details or clarification.
    • Souvenir Glassware is excluded but is available for an additional charge.
    • Excludes and is not combinable with other Programs, Promotions, Onboard Specials, or Buy One Get One type offers, or food items for sale such as ice-cream etc.
    • Not all exclusions or limitations can be foreseen or published here and may exist or be implemented without notice.
    • The Classic Soda Package excludes all alcoholic items, nor does it provide a discount for any alcoholic drink.

    Terms and Conditions

    • Packages may NOT be shared, are NON-transferable and NON-refundable.
    • Only one beverage is allowed per guest per order, a time interval between orders may by applied by our point of sale system (POS) or in some instances, manually, at the discretion of the vessel.
    • Orders are only accepted from and fulfilled for, guests whose name and folio number are assigned the package as reflected in our system.
    • Shipboard management reserves the right to add additional restrictions or limitations, revoke or cancel the Classic Soda Package at any point during a Guests voyage for any reason with or without a prorated refund, including but not limited to guests who: 
      • Provide beverages to other guests or do NOT comply with the terms, conditions and limitations of the package.
      • Have an account that reflects a pattern of consumption that is wasteful, excessive, or appears to violate the non-sharing policy.
    • Princess Cruises may modify, amend or update the terms and conditions of our beverage packages at any time with or without notice to guests. The terms and conditions as published on princess.com on the date of sailing will apply.
    • Pricing is subject to change without notice, and for vessels designated in a foreign currency, packages purchased in advance may vary from onboard pricing due to timing and currency fluctuations. Guests will NOT incur additional charges, nor be issued any credits or refunds for such currency variances.
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  15. Ozwoody- Many thanks for your spreadsheet.


    Think I have read somewhere that the Classic Soda package now includes cans. It seemed to on our South American cruise this time last year..but we were always checking our folio, just in case! We weren’t charged extra on any occasion, over 18 days, but that might have been a fluke.🥫

  16. 7 hours ago, Relaxing Robbies said:

    Mocktails like Zero Pina Colada and Zero Mohitos cost $10.50.


    4 hours ago, Womble99 said:

    A can of soft drink was $3.50

    Thank you both..this was exactly the information I needed. Two cans and two mocktails would be $Aus 28..if the Classic  Soda package is $23 , it would be worth getting that…Obviously for both of us.


    Relaxing Robbies- do you mean Zero mocktails with Diet Sprite or just non alcoholic cocktails ? Husband is diabetic so we struggled to find Zero sugar mocktails on last Princess cruise- they kept suggesting using soda water which isn’t so tasty. Thanks.

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