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  1. Does anyone have anything good, or bad to say about the far forward deluxe balcony cabins on Riviera deck on the Majestic (or Regal, or Royal if push comes to shove. The deck plans seem to indicate that these cabins are mostly connecting cabins on the Regal and Royal and that is a no-no for me)? Cruise critic search sucks, hence my question. I’m looking at a cruise next year on the Enchanted. Suites are all gone, except the Sky suite, which is just a smidge above my budget (if a smidge can be considered around $20K USD! 🙂 ) There are no club class minis available, so I’ll make do with a balcony. The ship in general is pretty full, but I noticed that 9 out of 10 of the DE forward deluxe balcony cabins on Riviera are available, which would give me the impression that there is something wrong with these cabins? I saw a view view from the balcony of R202 online (the only 1 of the 10 that is taken) and it does look as if these cabins are pretty close to the bridge overhangs. Anything else I should be concerned about? My cruise would be a 14 cruise, with lots of sea days, so the sofa in a deluxe balcony would be a definite plus.
  2. I wonder if they will rip out the Asian market offerings (Karaoke, Chinese Restaurant, modified Vista lounge, larger casino) on the Majestic for her West coast swing? No Crooners, no cruising for me. Wouldn’t have minded trying the Chinese restaurant though.
  3. I’m booked on the November 21 cruise from LA to HI. and return and I don’t see us being able to take that cruise 😞. Looks like I’m going to have to remember how to cook turkey as this will be the first time in years that we won’t be on vacation over Thanksgiving. Im toying with a TA on the Enchanted next April and even that might be a tad optimistic.
  4. And Japan celebrates it on a Monday this year and Germany celebrates it in September, or October. I’m pretty sure that Princess is not going to bother with Thankgiving celebrations for each country that celebrates it at a particular point in time, but those cruises that do touch the CONUS do seem to make an effort to celebrate/ decorate for Thanksgiving given the majority of passengers are likely from the US.
  5. Was this on a cruise that did not originate or terminate in the US? Not many countries outside of the US, Canada and some Caribbean Islands (Liberia and Japan to name a few) actually celebrate Thanksgiving. We did a Tahiti cruise over Thanksgiving about 10 years ago and although turkey was one the menu for the American passengers, I don’t recall the ship being decorated for the occasion.
  6. We usually find that Princess switch to their Christmas decorations on turnaround day after The Thanksgiving Cruise ends. We once did a b2b on the Regal with the first week being the Thanksgiving week. Come turnaround in FLL a whole crew of decorators came on board and took down the turkey stuff and set up the Christmas decorations, so we got to see the transformation in action.
  7. I’ve done multiple Thanksgiving cruises on Princess. They usually have a formal evening on that date and as has been pointed out, they will serve roast turkey. Being formal evening, there is usually steak and lobster available as well, so I always pass on the turkey. 🙂 I’ve done two Christmas and New Year cruises on Princess. One year, we were about 9hrs behind UK time, so at 3PM the festivities started with a party at Skywalkers. Some officers were present and they turned on the TVs above the bar and we watched midnight strike in the UK. That was a long day as I think I got to bed around 3AM and thankfully I had an AIBP that was not limited to 15 drinks, or I would have been dry by around 9PM as we also celebrated midnight EST, CST, MST and PST before getting to our own New Year.
  8. The original 10 course meal in Sabatini’s on the Diamond back in 2005. I haven’t been back to Sabatini’s since they switched to the 3 course choice options. I still frequent the Crown Grill most cruises, though there has been a marked drop in quality over the years. When we first started cruising in the early 2000s, there was always one, maybe two meals on a cruise, where we thought “wow”. It’s been a number of years now since that last wow moment. Case in point would be the dessert soufflé. I couldn’t get enough of them on our 2003 HI circle. These days, they are pretty tasteless and stodgy.
  9. Well I figured out where I was going wrong with my first search. I had selected business class both ways. It was picking up some business fares in United for the domestic leg and then business fares on AA for the return, so would need separate tickets hence the restricted fare type and the silly $13K quote. I then noticed an option to select the class for each direction, so I selected first for the domestic outbound and business for the international return. That brought up flights in the sub $1.5K range in total for both directions. A little bit of tweaking dates and using MIA instead of FLL and I have a very nice itinerary planned including a widebody with lie flat seats for the transcontinental flight as well. 😉 Now I just need my plans for August to go awry and get a refund and this cruise is a go for us, subject to covid, airline and cruise solvency, pestilence, locus plagues, etc.
  10. Thank you. 👍 I had always gone through to picking a cabin and only then started looking for flights. For my cruise, Alicante was not an option for the return airport, so I switched to Madrid. My first search was rather disappointing. The quote was $13K+ each and that was a restricted fare, so almost 2x what I could find. I saw upthread that domestic savings aren’t all that good, but international is where the savings are to be found. I dropped the SAN-FLL as I can book that myself and I saw flexible fares. At first I thought, oh, the new search must have dropped back to economy as I was seeing fares sub $1K. Hitting the show details revealed the international flight in business and the domestic connection in First! Now that is a result! This cruise might be a go (assuming that there in a cruise industry next April. (And assuming a separately booked ticket from SAN to FLL in First doesn’t cost around $5K 😋 (or ALC to MAD)
  11. Is there a way to see EZAir fares without having a cruise booked? I’m looking at the Spring TA on the Enchanted next year and would need a flight from SAN to FLL and then a flight home again from Spain. The cruise ends in Barcelona, but if possible, we would prefer to fly home from Alicante just down the coast so that my wife can stop in to see her sister for a few days. Looking at open jaw flights on ITA Matrix and Google, flights in business/first are stupidly expensive for what is effectively one domestic itinerary and one transatlantic itinerary. My wife and I can both fly to and from the UK in business over Christmas for what 1 passenger is pricing out for the TA Cruise. EZAir might be the solution, but given the refund situation, I’m loathe to make a booking “just to see” what the airfare might be.
  12. We got a similar email for our cancelled Alaska cruise that was supposed to depart tomorrow. We had gotten an identical mail in April that offered the same $150 credit as long as we booked before May 31. The new offer is valid for cruises in 2021 so long as they are booked by the end of June. We would rebook in a heartbeat but there are only 4 similar itineraries for next year, all on the Sun and they are completely sold out of suites and mini suites for all 4 cruises. I’m not going to pay the same for just a balcony next year, compared to what we were going to pay for a window suite on the Golden for the cancelled cruise.
  13. Just checked my Captain’s Circle account and the FCD for my Alaskan cruise that was supposed to depart from San Pedro tomorrow (was cancelled on April 14 which coincidentally was final payment date) just showed up and the cruise has disappeared from my future cruises. 😉 I had booked this under a Non Refundable Deposit, so I’m glad to see it show up as a FCD, rather than simply being refunded to my credit card as there is a cruise we have our eye on for next April.
  14. We did the 10 day Tahitian cruise back in 2008 over the Thanksgiving holiday. We also did a 4 night stay right before the cruise, so were there for a fortnight in total. We only saw real rain once and that was the overnight stop in Bora Bora. The weather for the rest of the vacation was ideal.
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