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  1. Thank you CC community members for letting everyone know about these Tahiti itineraries on the Pacific Princess! We've booked the December 20th Xmas cruise. We have a booking for the December 21, 2020, Pacific Princess roundtrip New Zealand itinerary out of Sydney. I don't feel very hopeful about that one. 😥 If and when the 2020 NZ Xmas cruise is cancelled, we'll move the FCC, additional deposit and any extra $$$ from Princess to the 2021 Tahiti Xmas cruise.
  2. December 19, 2019 - January 3, 2020 - Hawaii from Los Angeles on the Star Princess. Despite rough seas on our way to the islands, it has been one of our best Princess cruises ever. Now that we're temporarily confined at home, we're drinking the last of our coffee from Hilo and playing our ukuleles as we dream of our happy holiday in Hawaii. Wishing good health to everyone!
  3. We were in E501 on the Royal for Christmas 2018. There is a lifeboat just beyond and below the (narrow) balcony. The lifeboat only (partly) obstructs the view down, to the promenade on Deck 7. You'll be able to enjoy the view beyond the ship. Cabin E501 is a triple. In the evenings the cabin attendant will bring the bunk bed down from the ceiling. It's inside the ceiling so you won't know it's there during the day. As other posters have stated, you can go to the balcony when the bunk bed is down by crouching underneath it. The balcony door is not locked. When selecting a triple cabin on the Royal, we considered an inside cabin until we saw that the third, bunk bed isn't flush to the wall during the day. The balcony cabin bunk bed, as stated above, is flush to the ceiling during the day. The cabin attendant introduces a key into a keyhole on the ceiling to bring the bunk bed down. Regarding E501 and E503's location, they are only 2-3 doors down from the central staircase. Very convenient. On Deck 7 right below the cabins there's the hallway between the atrium area and Princess Live. Thus, no noise from below. Hope you enjoy your Alaskan cruise on the Royal!
  4. Mazatlan - Maria's Happy Horses We were onboard the Emerald Princess last week and went horseback riding with Maria's Happy Horses on Stone Island. Sophie, who's French and is fluent in English and Spanish, picked us up at the tourist pier's entrance. We paid $35 each. Everything was arranged online via the company's website and email. Another family group and us took a taxi, ferry and taxi with Sophie to the beach restaurant from where we mounted our horses for a fun ride near the beach. Riders of all abilities were encouraged to ride as fast or as leisurely as they wished. A free drink was included and there was time to order lunch, if you wanted (can pay in pesos or dollars). We dipped our toes in the water but did not swim as it was very windy and a bit too cool for us. The horses looked very well: happy as advertised. Sophie took us back to the tourist pier's entrance, from which one takes the shuttle to the ship. You can certainly arranged this tour on your own, but because we were traveling with kids, going with Sophie made it seamless. We were very happy with Maria's Happy Horses! Puerto Vallarta - El Tuito We had OCB from Princess so took the El Tuito ship excursion. It was a fun day and we would recommend this tour. We visited a garden (not the PV Botanical Garden because, we were told, the owners don't want the big tour vehicles take several parking spaces as these are limited) with a variety of local plants; saw petroglyphs; had lunch at a beatiful hacienda (tables were inside a running river under a canopy of trees, very picturesque, and the food was delicious -- yes, there were towels to dry off feet after lunch, as there was tequila); visited a woodcarving studio and the town of El Tuito (a typical mountain town); had pastries (from a very busy roadside bakery), beer and water on the ride back; and took a fast boat from Tomatlan to the ship's pier in Puerto Vallarta. Thus, lots of different things to do, a great guide, and met great fellow passengers. There were a dozen passengers on our tour vehicle (safari-style, big wheels, off road Mercedes Benz -- with seatbelts). After a beach day in Cabo and riding horses in Mazatlan, we wanted to go inland and this tour was an excellent choice to do that.
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