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  1. Amazing scenery. Most wildlife seen were birds. But it’s the landscape that we love on this ShoreEx. —Marne
  2. A vote for "love the cruise!" This May, my wife and I will take our 7th Alaska cruise. We took the flight once. We took the Wildlife Safari once. In May, we're booked for Misty Fjord for the fifth time. 'Nuff said. --Marne
  3. Fuerte Amador question for Alaskanb and DiamondDiva Like daydreamer16 in post #3 above, my wife and I will leave from San Francisco on the Coral on 15 February for a Panama Canal cruise. Your reviews were very helpful! We will be meeting someone in downtown Panama City on the morning of our tendered stop at Fuerte Amador. We'll take a tender from the ship to the end of the causeway, then catch a taxi or a hired car to our meeting. On your cruise(s), can you recall at what time tender operations started in the morning? For our cruise, the listed arrival time at Fuerte Amador is 7:00am, and the earliest ShoreEx has a 7:30am start time. Thanks in advance for your help! --Marne
  4. My wife and I will be aboard the Coral Princess for a 7:00am -to- 6:00pm port stop at Fuerte Amador. We will be getting off the ship there to meet someone in downtown Panama City. If you have recent experience at this port, please let me know long can we expect to wait on board before we can get a tender to the shore. Also, I assume that there will be taxis available near where the tenders dock. Correct? --Marne
  5. My wife and I will be aboard the Coral Princess for a 7:00am -to- 6:00pm port stop at Fuerte Amador. We will be getting off the ship there to meet someone in downtown Panama City. Does anyone have recent experience at this port? How long can we expect to wait on board before we can get a tender to the shore? Will there be taxis available near where the tenders dock? --Marne
  6. My wife and I are booked on a Princess cruise that will stop at three of the Canary Islands, Madeira and Vigo. Looking for alternatives to the ship's ShoreEx offering, several of the pax on our roll-call have found interesting private tours by searching these CruiseCritic message boards. They searched for posts mentioning 'Canary Islands'; the name of individual islands (like 'Lanzarote' or 'Tenerife'); or the name of specific port cities (like 'Arrecife' or 'Las Palmas'). The trick is not to search only in these Port-of-Call forums. You'll do best by searching 'Everywhere'. That will search ports-or-call, and also CruiseCritic roll-calls, cruise lines, discussions and more. The 'Everywhere' choice will pop up when you enter something in the Search field, that oval-with-a-question-mark at the top-right of this (and every!) message board. Happy cruising! --Marne
  7. My wife and I are interested in a fall 2019 Princess cruise, so we enquired with our TA about cabins. He replied with the current 'Anniversary Sale' pricing, which he noted had non-refundable and non-changeable deposits. We could live with non-refundable as long as we could switch the reservation to another sailing. But we're too flexible and spontaneous (my wife says "wishy-washy") to opt for non-changeable fares. Our history — and likely future — is rife with changes to cruise reservations for not-covered-by-insurance reasons. So we chose not to book the itinerary now, but we told our TA that we were seriously interested in it and would continue to watch it. I know that 'Wave Season' is coming up, but I'm not really sure what that means in terms of offers and conditions. Also, we'll be sailing with Princess in mid-February and could book while we're aboard. So here are my questions: → Are either wave season and/or on-board bookings unencumbered with non-changeable deposits? → Which are better, wave season deals or on-board bookings? → And if sailing during wave season, do the on-board booking deals get better? Thanks in advance for your answers. Happy New Year! --Marne
  8. What's up with this $99 price? When I go to cruise personalizer, the Premium Internet package is $199 for my upcoming cruise of 15 days. Why are other folks getting 14 days for $99? And note that for 15 days, $199 is more than the $9.95/day other posters have mentioned when exceeding the Platinum minute allocation. BTW, both my wife and I are Platinum. So I assume that we each would get 250 minutes free on our cruise. Together, that's a bit over 8 hours, right? Enough for one person for one afternoon! (Granted, that's for a non-cruising lifestyle; it's harder to type with an umbrella drink in one hand.) --Marne
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