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About BarbinMich

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    Princess, Celebrity, HAL
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  1. Looking at the deck plans, OV Cafe does appear larger but then isn't the Edge larger? The Eclipse buffet had window "walls" all around. We always tried to sit by them in daylight hours while at sea. One morning while sailing near Bay of Biscay (France), we spotted either dolphins or whales down there.
  2. Another idea-- use hop on, hop off bus (we used Old Town Trolley; it comes out to seaport area https://www.trolleytours.com/boston/map.) It stops at the aquarium and goes up to the USS Constitution, but you have to switch buses at some point to get to the latter.
  3. The library on a Princess ship has not been "robust" for some years now. On the newer ships it's just a wall in the computer room as I recall. On the older (i.e. Crown-class) ships it was a dedicated room--small, but offered more books than on the Royal. Decline could be due to e-reader usage, but also could be one way to cut back and/or avoid the "hassle".
  4. FWIW, the Ocean View Cafe on the Edge as described above is not "new"; we experienced the same on the Cel. Eclipse which debuted in 2010 and on which we sailed in 2014. So I assume it's been on all X ships since 2010, if not earlier. It's one of the best we've eaten in our 51 cruises on Princess, X, and HAL and the view is amazing even when at sea.
  5. On our first cruise to the French Riviera (docked in Cannes), our cruise critic group did a private tour to the mountain towns of medieval Eze and St. Paul de Vence. It was a rainy day but they're both unique and interesting places. On a later cruise when we docked at Villefranche (east of Cannes), did a ship tour to St Paul de Vence on a beautiful sunny day. It was actually more interesting on the rainy day because then you could easily see the beautiful designs on walkways.
  6. We did a river cruise in the Netherlands in early April 2007 and visited Keukenhof. It was wonderful--many, many tulips and other bulbs were blooming. One of my favorite displays was an undulating "river" of scillas or grape hyacinths (something blue) running thru the gardens. Maybe I should go to Trip Advisor and see what folks are saying <g>. It was quite warm when we there.
  7. Haven't been in Enclave but had a massage across the hall from it on the Royal. There's certainly more light in there than in the Thermal Suite but, personally, I prefer the subdued lighting in the Thermal Suite.
  8. Also similar to the thermal suite on the older and much smaller HAL ships. We were on the Zuiderdam in 4/2017 for a TA and the cost was about $15.50/day, compared to the $20/day that the Enclave charges with their pass. And the Z's thermal pool had more subdued lighting than I saw in the Enclave.
  9. Looks like interesting and varied itineraries for 2020 in the Med. We've done both eastern and western Med cruises so have visited most of these ports. Highly recommend the new itineraries, but awfully pricey! Don't know if the rates they currently show are the same as those already booked paid. There are very few interior cabins available, which are all at least $200/day/person ($2,849 and up). Is it the itinerary or the fact it's a brand-new ship (Enchanted P)? Or both?
  10. I guess I wasn't clear--the dates I show are the dates the ships are in Ketchikan, not the day they begin their cruise.
  11. My bad; was looking at 2018 schedule Ketchikan first ships of the 2019 season: 5/1 Star Princess 5/4 Carnival Legend (although you indicate 5/6) 5/6 Island Princess 5/9 HAL Eurodam & Nieuw Statendam 5/10 HAL Maasdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam; Norwegian Bliss (could be 9,000+ pax that, but ships probably stagger their port times) On 5/31 6 ships will visit Ketchikan with potentially 14,000 pax. That appears to be the largest # of daily pax for the whole season--maybe ships don't sail full that early.
  12. We've docked at Zeebrugge several times. A few years ago, Princess did not offer a shuttle to Blankenberge, just to Bruges (and it was an excursion, I believe). I took the coastal tram to get to Blankenberge (we'd been to Bruges on a river cruise years ago, probably with the help of a bus from wherever the canal boat docked). I've also taken the tram to Knokke in the other direction (east). Pretty sure there are train stations at both those places.
  13. It's maybe maybe 2,000 ft (less than half a mile). I would say about 2 blocks although there aren't any cross streets, marking out blocks so I'm guessing. At least the ship will have a shuttle bus that gets you from the ship to the street because it's a container port with lots of truck traffic and also it would be a bit of a walk if you had to do it on foot. Enjoy!
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