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  1. Can you select a preferred boarding time if you have not made the final payment?
  2. We have booked the Del Senato for three nights pre-cruise. Would it be better to book something like Romecabs.com rather than try to find a taxi with enough room for us and our luggage? Can a private car from Romecabs take us right to the Del Senato? We hope Covid is controlled so we can take this trip.
  3. We are planning a cruise out of Italy in November. 26 days with Med and Trans Atlantic. We will probably have four pieces of luggage. We would like to stay in the area near the Pantheon, but understand that is a traffic restricted area. Hotel assured us that taxis can get to the hotel easily. Having never been to Italy, we have no idea how large the taxis are. Are they large enough to carry us and all our luggage? We can book a pre-cruise through the cruise line that includes transfers and hotel, but that is more expensive and does not give us a hotel near the Pantheon. Hotel recommend
  4. No. Princess and Carnival, along with Holland America, cruise lines are separate cruise lines under the umbrella of the Carnival Corporation. Status is not transferable.
  5. I have used EZ Air twice. In both cases we were able to book our air travel as soon as the air schedules were released. In both cases Delta had the best schedule/price for our itinerary. We were able to choose seats on EZ Air. The seats and booking showed up on the Delta web site even though we had not paid any more than our deposit for the cruise. We were able to make changes to seating on EZ Air and changes to flights as prices changed. We never pay more than the original deposit until three days prior to final payment date. Flights on EZ Air showed up on Delta site also.
  6. You don't catch disease from the cruise ship. You catch disease on a cruise ship from a passenger/crew member that brings the communicable disease on the ship. The ship could be sterilized between cruises and there could still be a disease outbreak of the flu or norovirus or other disease (coronavirus) because someone unknowingly (or knowingly) brought the bacteria or virus onboard at embarkation. You cannot disinfect every arriving passenger.
  7. You cannot maintain 6 foot social distancing on a cruise ship. I suspect there will be very little "safe" cruising until there is an effective vaccine or an effective treatment. If you have to be concerned about social distancing on the tenders, you also have to be concerned about dining, buffets, shows, activities, art auctions, casinos, etc. We have a long wait before "safe" cruising happens. Cruising while confined to my stateroom and balcony with room service is not my idea of a cruise vacation.
  8. I think the eMuster would be okay for those who have cruised multiple times on the same cruise line and particularly the same ship or class of ship. We know the drill; we know where the muster stations are located or know how to find them by looking at the back of the stateroom door. I am so familiar with the Royal class since we haver sailed on the Royal, the Regal, and the Sky Princess; also on several of the other classes of Princess ships. But for those who are either new to cruising or new to the cruise line or new to the specific ship, the live muster drill requires them to actually g
  9. Disembarked the Regal Princess March 1. Received a check yesterday from Bottomline Technologies for the unused refundable OBC. Three weeks after disembarking. It has taken as long as six weeks in the past.
  10. We already had three booked, one for late summer 2020 and two for 2021. The Grand, the Sky, and the Discovery Princesses. Since we have not approached final payment for any of the three, we have a lot of time to make a decision to cancel or go. We will cruise with Princess again in the future as the Coronavirus pandemic ends.
  11. We have always purchased Princess Platinum insurance and have had to use it twice. One time was because of a serious medical issue with a parent (who was not part of our booking) and the other time was a “for any reason” issue of potentially bad weather issue. Would not sail without the for any reason coverage.
  12. If a person is on a B2B Cruise, and if he/she completes their fifth cruise credit on the first cruise of the B2B, he/she is platinum on the second cruise of the B2B
  13. We use the toilet in our stateroom and avoid public toilets as much as possible to reduce the possibility of exposure to norovirus.
  14. I don't feel it's an issue either. We enjoy getting dressed up on occasion also, but not because of the photo opportunity; we never purchase photos from the ship anyway. So we do not waste their time by posing.
  15. Our observation over the last three years on the Regal Princess in both the Caribbean and Canada/New England is that smart casual is allowed. Most men wore a sport coat with or without a tie. Some wore a dress shirt without a sport coat either with or without a tie. A few wore a tux. A smaller number wore smart casual.
  16. We drink the tap water and think it is fine. No unusual taste. I think the orange juice for breakfast at the buffet is okay; I don't normally drink fresh squeezed juice anyway, so I don't know the difference. My wife orders cranberry juice at breakfast in the buffet and there is no extra charge for that. We drink diet soda (Coca Cola products are on board, but we have brought our own Diet Pepsi on board at Ft. Lauderdale since we have moved to Florida). We have purchased Diet Coke on board, and I believe you can order from Room Service and get six cans for the price of five. I
  17. Normallly the exclamation mark does not disappear unless everything is complete AND the final payment date has passed.
  18. We have an upcoming cruise with $1300.00 of OBC. That includes $250 for shareholders and another $250 for Military/Veterans. Of that $1300.00 only the $250 for military OBC is refundable.
  19. We were on the Regal in Brooklyn in October. We were told that staterooms would not be accessible until 1:00 and that an announcement would be made when ready. Since we know how busy room stewards are on turn around day, we did not attempt to go to our room until 1:00. We always turn our luggage over to the porters and only carry a tote on board with electronics, jewelry, and medications. So we just boarded as usual, had lunch and then chilled and watched people until 1:00. At 1:00 we heard no announcement, but just went to our room at that time.
  20. I have the Medallion App on my iPhone. I was able to do the entire Ocean Ready process on it other than completing the Personalizer, which I always do on the desktop. Make sure your Medallion app has access to your phone's camera. We used the Medallion app for our profile and security photos, taking them and entering them directly into the app. And we were also able to "scan" the passport bar code using the Medallion app. The issue I had with scanning the passport bar code was getting the passport to lay flat and to lay where there was no glare on the passport.
  21. If your medallion does not show your correct status (elite, platinum, etc.), and if you want it to show the correct status, you can take it to the Captain's Circle host on the ship, and he/she can apply the proper color coded sticker on the medallion. On a recent B2B we turned from platinum to elite after the first leg of the B2B. Our medallion had arrived prior to the cruise with the correct color code for platinum for the first leg, but the Captain's Circle host applied the appropriate colored sticker for the second leg.
  22. I have always had a credit card on file for the cruise. My credit card company website always shows a pending charge of $100.00 during the cruise. (I assume that is to ensure the credit card account is a valid account). Since all purchases, gratuities, drinks, specialty dining, etc on the ship go on the ship account, my balance at the end of the cruise is dependent upon our OBC for the cruise and any amount we charge during the cruise. If we have a balance due at the end of the cruise, that balance is charged to the credit card on file, replacing the $100.00 pending charge. If we have refu
  23. Several years ago we cancelled a seven day cruise two days prior to boarding using the "for any reason" clause. We received a 100% credit (minus the cost of the insurance). We had another cruise booked that had a final payment coming due within three months, so we used the credit for that. I don't know without looking up the details what the time limit was for using the credit.
  24. I liked both of the production shows, 5 Skies and Rock Opera. Now I am not a big fan of rock music, but I thought the singing and dancing were very good, and the multimedia technology was excellent. My wife did not enjoy either one because of the volume and because she did not know any of the music before hand.
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