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  1. M1 mini-suites participate in Club Class Dining and do have a different set of perks. All other mini-suites are the same, aside from location. On the Royal Class ships, because of the way the balconies are shaped, mini-suites with bigger balconies might be considered "Premium". That designation denotes a large balcony, but no greater perks/benefits.
  2. The words "Duty Free" put people in a hypnotic trance that causes them to lose all sense of reason.
  3. Folks...the posts you are replying to are from December, 2016 and pertain to a cruise that has already ended!!
  4. If four pieces are too many for you, ask them to cut it into two. We order two pizzas and share them among three people and find that this is a perfect amount when accompanied by a salad and later by chocolate mousse at the IC.
  5. Was there any reason to revive this zombie? I kind of doubt that the OP is still soliciting opinions.
  6. It never fails that after I spend several thousands of dollars on a cruise, airfare and excursions, I always spend way too much time comparing various ground transportation options, trying to figure out a way to save a couple of bucks. In the end, the cheapest option might save me $50 over the most expensive. So now I try my hardest to resist the temptation to overthink it and plan for a cab or an Uber. Won't much matter if my vacation costs me $5,500 instead of $5450.
  7. If Princess put a 7-11 on board its ships, can you imagine how many threads would be started here asking what the hours of the 7-11 are? ;p
  8. This simply isn't true. (I note that you used the term "cruise lines" plural, so perhaps you are addressing this generically. My comments apply to Princess specifically.) I have brought wine on board in St. Maarten, Mexico, St. Thomas, Montenegro, Rhodes, and other non-winery ports. And I have done so openly, never once hiding the fact that I had a bottle of wine in my possession. While the hard liquor bottles have been tagged and collected, the wine has always passed right through.
  9. Yes. Here is what you can bring: One bottle per adult at no cost which remains free of charge if consumed in the cabin. If the bottle is brought to a public venue, it is charged a $15 corkage fee. At the initial port of embarkation, you can bring on board as many additional bottles as you choose. Those bottles, (beyond the one per person described above) will be assessed the $15 fee right then and there at the time of boarding, and charged to your stateroom account. Those bottles can be consumed anywhere for no additional charge since you have already paid for them. At ports of call, if you bring on a bottle of wine, it will most likely be waved on through for no charge at that time. The ship has the right to charge you $15 when you bring it on, but I have never seen that happen. They seem too busy collecting and storing bottles of hard liquor that need to be stored by the ship until the end of the cruise. Since that wine bottle was not charged at the time you re-boarded the ship, you can, of course, drink it in your cabin without fee. No one is spying on you to see if you open the bottle. If you take it to a restaurant or bar, the server will check to see if this bottle has previously been assessed a fee, and seeing that it has not, you will be charged $15 at that time. Not sure what would happen if you try to bring a case of wine on at a port of call. I have only brought on one bottle per person per port, and never been charged. If you bring on a case, they might take notice and charge you the fee at the security station or perhaps require that you store it until the end of the cruise. Never seen anyone bring on that much at a port of call, so I just don't know. Perhaps people who have cruised up the coast of CA, France, Spain or Italy might have some experience with large volumes purchases at ports.
  10. Why would I want my cruise ship to replicate my local mall? I don't really do much shopping on board. I prefer to spend my money with the local vendors who are welcoming the ship into their homeland. So no "Diamonds International" or other similar multi-national stores. I look for handmade crafts, Christmas ornaments, hand-woven textiles, etc. Putting a Lands End and a Starbucks on my Princess ship would really bum me out. To me, this would be the antithesis of "mixing it up a bit". To the contrary, it would be "falling in line with the norm."
  11. It appears to me that this is a fairly old video with shots captured on ships other than Pacific, and some narration that has been added to make it appear up to date. At the very end of the video, (2:43) the narrator says "the small ships of Princess." This video had to have been made when there were more small ships than just Pacific. The reference to "Come Back New" could have been dubbed in to update the video, but all in all, that video looks to be several years old meaning that the area in question on Deck 10 is not the result of a reconfiguration and instead, is simply not on that ship at all. There is no way that a newly shot video of a newly configured ship would be done in such low resolution. Edit to add... For comparison sake, I took a look at the video of CB, knowing that that ship had recently undergone some significant changes to see if the video captured that. According to the video, Sabatini's is up top, aft. And there is no mention of the redesigned dining venues. Clearly these videos haven't kept up.
  12. It's all a matter of preference and opinion. If Princess called me up today and offered me a free cruise in an inside cabin, I would turn it down. My wife won't spend a minute in an inside cabin. I wish she would, as it would mean far more cruise for us. But she won't. Not even for free. So had I purchased a cruise and then been offered 100% of my purchase price back as OBC in exchange for moving to an inside cabin, I would turn it down, which is the same thing as saying that the offer wasn't worth much...to me...personally. To you? Different story.
  13. There is an emotional uplift when getting an upgrade that instills a positive feeling toward the cruise line, and that can make a person a customer for life. When the process is reduced to an economic transaction, there is no sense of gratefulness to achieving the upgrade and likely no positive return for the cruise line. But when the cruise line bestows upgrades to people gratis, it creates good customer relations and a sense of being made to feel special that can imprint on the guest and turn them into a loyalist. This is far more valuable to the cruise line long term than some extra cash. I would argue that the bidding process could actually achieve the reverse and leave the losing bidders feeling bitter and shut out. Maybe it isn't the cruise line's fault, but the cruise line will bear the brunt of the ill feelings about the entire transaction and that is bitterness that the cruise line would rather live without.
  14. If you are using the small wine glasses that you will get in your cabin, you would have to excuse yourself 4 or 5 times during the course of your meal to go back up to your cabin to get refills. Isn't it easier to bring the bottle with you and pay the corkage than to try to circumvent the modest fee charged coupled with 5 trips to your cabin during dinner? Even with the larger Bordeaux glasses that we bring with us, a bottle accounts for 6 proper pours. So that's three for me and three for my wife. If we each brought a glass with us to dinner, I (and it would always be me), would have to take both empty glasses back to the cabin twice more during dinner to finish the bottle. And that assumes that we drink at the same pace and always have empty glasses at the same time, which is actually a rarity.
  15. I find the reverse to be true. You seem bothered by the fact that I don't find them completely useless.
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