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  1. We are on the Grand now heading to Hawaii and were in a mini suite that lost power. Although it’s been a hassle moving to a smaller cabin, we feel very fortunate that we were given a balcony room. I want to give a shout out to the fantastic crew. This situation has been difficult for them, especially since they are also dealing with a norovirus outbreak. They are continuing to provide superior service and we are grateful. As for the condition of the Grand, it is really showing it’s age and could do with some upgrades.
  2. If you use a higher voltage item like a flat iron or curling iron, you may need to also have a converter. Check to see if your appliance is listed as dual voltage. If not, you’ll need the converter.
  3. Our cruise is departing March 31 in Sydney, and we just received our medallions on Monday, March 20. I was worried that it was cutting it a little close since we actually fly out on the 26th. The return address was from New Jersey.
  4. We also plan to rent a car when we stop in Lahaina in April. We've reserved from Budget in Kaanapali and it looks like it's about 5 miles from the cruise port. We plan to take an Uber if available but not sure of the cost.
  5. I realize that deciding on surgery is a very personal decision, but count me as one who would be encouraging it for arthritis in the hip. My sister had both hips replaced in 2022, one in August and the other in November. She diligently followed her therapy routine and is now back playing pickleball and raring to go for our 29 day cruise in April.
  6. Our cruise will be stopping in Papeete on a Sunday in April and I've heard that many of the shops may be closed. Do any of you know if that is the case for the market/shops near the cruise port?
  7. Thanks so much for the information and the beautiful pictures!
  8. We will be stopping in Papeete on our Princess Grand cruise in April. We would like to spend some time at the beach and read that the Toaroto Beach near the Le Meridien resort is a nice white sand beach. Has anyone been to this beach? If so, would you recommend it? Is there another beach that may be better? Would it be easy to take the bus or is it better to go there by taxi? Thanks in advance for your answers.
  9. Thanks for the replies. We are already paid in full and I'm trying to purchase the Medallion Net now before the price goes up next week. I think I'll try calling just in case they will let me use the gift card over the phone. If not, I'll just take it on board. We'll be on a 29 day cruise, so I'm sure it will be used up, especially if I don't stay away from the casino!
  10. I tried to use a gift card to purchase Medallion Net on the app but it only allows me to use a credit card. Does anyone know how to use a gift card on the app or will I have to call Princess?Thanks in advance!
  11. Thanks to you and the others for the detailed explanation. I do have the United App on my phone and they have my contact information. I'll be sure to check my flight often, especially as I get closer to sail date. Thanks all!
  12. I have booked an EZ Air flight for March of 2023; this is my first time using it. I'm rather confused as to how the process works. Since I have a United confirmation number and I'm able to go into United and view my reservation, does this mean it has been ticketed? I have not yet made my final payment. After reading some of the horror stories, I'm getting a little concerned, especially since this is a flight from SFO to Sydney and it only happens once a day, I believe.
  13. I don't remember the exact cost but it was around $3 - $5. You need to use cash but the driver does have change. As an FYI, the bus is actually a van that holds about 10 people. They stop whenever someone waves them down. Nothing fancy but an easy way to get to the beach.
  14. Thanks to both of you for the information. In checking a little further, it appears that it will be docking in Ijmuiden, which will make a longer commute time to get into the city.
  15. Do any of you great CC folks know which cruise terminal Carnival uses in Amsterdam? It looks like the main one is the Passenger Cruise Terminal near the city center, but there is another one called Felison Cruise Center which is several miles away. Thanks for your help.
  16. We were in Belize last week and did the Princess ship excursion to Altun Ha. It included a one hour trip on the river where we saw some manatees, monkeys, and iguanas. We stopped for lunch and then took a bus to the ruins. Our large group was split, so the other group did the ruins first and then the boat ride. The ruins and historical information were very interesting and there are a set of wooden stairs on the tallest of the ruins that many of our group climbed (at 74, I decided to skip that!).
  17. We were there last week and took the yellow bus out to Hell because we just wanted to see some of the area. We stayed on the bus and told the driver we wanted to be dropped off at Public Beach on the way back, which worked well. When we were done at the beach, we just walked back up to the highway and waved down the bus to go back into town. It was an easy walk from there to the ship (we were on Princess).
  18. We were at Public Beach last week. We got two chairs and an umbrella for $15 although he originally asked for $20. We were the only ship in port that day so there were not many people on the beach. It was great!
  19. We’re on the Caribbean Princess right now which departed from Ft Lauderdale on Saturday. We took our antigen test on Wednesday and had no problem at check in. We are fully vaccinated and boosted.
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