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  1. As far as I can learn, the only difference is that you don't have to wait for them to pull your card and give it to you at check-in, as you already have your medallion. The rest has to be exactly the same. So....maybe a minute or so saved at check-in.
  2. Remember that many British attend to the strict rule: tuxedos are NOT formal attire, they are "evening wear". Formal is white tie.
  3. But it does have something the others don't. A separate sitting area with tables. I like it.
  4. We have never seen anything different for Elite (or any other class) on returning from Princess Cays. There is ONE line for everyone.
  5. Your mileage may vary.......I will NOT barge ahead of anyone else by flashing a black card. I enjoy the laundry, the bar setup, the discount and definitely use the free internet minutes. Those do not diminish anyone else. But just because I have a black card, that does NOT make me any better than any other cruisers, therefore I will not put them down.
  6. Ummm, no. That's not what we are talking about. The subject was going ahead of everyone else for the tender, not boarding the ship in the departure port. There, Platinum and Elite have a different waiting area, sometimes with refreshments, sometimes not. And, as far as I have seen, go aboard with everyone else. You say they have eliminated that, so we will see next February, when we sail from Ft. Lauderdale again. As someone who has applied for, gone through the requirements, and getting the Global Entry, I have no problem walking ahead of everyone else disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale (doesn't help in any of the other ports we have gone to). That's a totally different thing. That is the ONLY time I have seen us going ahead of anyone else.
  7. Agree! I love to talk to first time cruisers and share their wonder at the cruising lifestyle!!
  8. Ummmm......No. We have been Elite for 7 cruises. Never seen that. (Wouldn't be that arrogant if I did see that!)
  9. We usually bring a couple of bricks of Pepsi Max on board, as they sell only Coke. Never a problem; tape them together and put a luggage tag on.
  10. We are booked on Pacific Princess next month (August). Sure glad we were able to get that in. Never been on Pacific, but LOVED Ocean Princess, her twin. (14 day Southern Caribbean for Christmas and New years, followed by UK circumnavigation.) We were so sad they sold Ocean Princess. That was our favorite out of 11 different Princess ships.
  11. I would. I have 22 of them and enjoy browsing through them and reminiscing on a cold winter night...... Yes, I have had to ask for them the last few cruises.
  12. That was one of the things we very much disliked about MSC.
  13. Agree. Refresh and upgrade, don't go to a lot of changes to the traditional Princess decor we love. Example: when Caribbean Princess came out of last drydock, we loved the freshening, especially the delightful buffet upgrade. But it was still obviously Princess, so we felt at home and booked her again.
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