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  1. Mine is pretty predictable. I loved cruising on Princess. I didn’t consider myself a Princess back then, but I kind of do now. 😉🤣 An old one. My friends call me cruise queen, but I didn’t think of that at the time.
  2. I’ve been on the Coral a couple times and on Princess many times. I’ve never been on the Nieuw Amsterdam, but I’ve been on HAL a few times. I’ve done both cruise lines in Alaska. I haven’t done a land tour, so this is just about the cruise. In most circumstances I would choose Princess over HAL, but many HAL people would say the opposite. I hope you’ve asked this same question on the HAL board. Both ships are a similar size. The Coral is older and had a big renovation a few years back. Nieuw Amsterdam had an update more recently. I think both ships are a good size for Alaska. The Coral has very good outdoor viewing which is important. I like the “secret” front viewing decks. I don’t know if they’re still open to passengers. I like the covered pool on the Coral for Alaska. I like that the buffet is in the front of the ship for Alaska. The Coral never seems crowded to me. Prior to Covid, I would prefer Princess for the self-service buffet over HAL’s staff served buffet, but now both will be staff served. In my experience, HAL is more sedate. Princess is a bit livelier. I think Princess has better onboard naturalists and programs. Princess entertainment is better. A Signature Suite on HAL is a nicer cabin and balcony than a mini suite on the Coral. The mini is a nice cabin, though. If the itinerary is the same and the cost difference is not an issue, I might choose HAL for the cabin, but I’ve been to Alaska several times. If this is a one time experience, I think Princess offers a better Alaska experience.
  3. Where’s that 60 foot line from the sink going to go. Plus there’s usually more than 10 people going to lunch at noon. Not sure what science you’re looking at if you don’t think Covid is transmitted through the air.
  4. The Maasdam is/was a pretty small ship. I was on the Eurodam (also a smaller ship) in 2018 and lines weren’t a mile long, but it takes longer to be served. This is my experience. Everyone is yelling out their requests and spreading germs in the air while people are waiting in line congregating close together.
  5. Hand washing is a good habit, but it doesn’t stop the primary type of transmission of Covid. It’s transmitted in the air. People in long lines waiting to wash their hands at two sinks are more likely catch it from everyone talking and breathing. Imagine how long the line would be if everyone is social distancing while they wait in line for the forced hand washing. The line would be out to the pool. Same with lines of people waiting to be served their food in the buffet.
  6. Nope. We have a cruise booked for late 2021 and I’m becoming skeptical that it will be safe to go then. Additionally, we’ve pretty much decided we won’t cruise if we’re required to wear masks the whole time. I’m not an anti-mask person. I wear one whenever I go out, but I don’t want to wear one on a cruise. It may be the end of cruising for me. 😢
  7. Reminds me that I should look at that site for some magnets that I ‘m missing. 🙃
  8. My friends went to Aruba for 10 nights and just returned last week. It was not an all-inclusive. They go to Aruba regularly and said they had a great time. Casino had mask requirements and closed at 11pm. They had little Covid, but it has spiked some since opening borders. Social distancing was not a problem now, but it could be different by the holidays.
  9. I’ve been on a Concerts at Sea cruise, too. It was on the Ruby. I think it was about 8 years ago, so some things may have changed. All the concerts were during the day and never conflicted with regular shows in the Princess Theater. Some other days there were autograph sessions and Q&A’s. Those were during the day, too. There were some evenings where they had a private party in Club Fusion, but it wasn’t every night. There was a DJ in Skywalkers, but other people on the ship could come and listen to the music. I didn’t take part in all the activities because I just went to see the shows. I’ve been on many Princess Cruises and would have noticed if things were terribly stilted. When I went it seemed like people were trying very hard not to cause an inconvenience. For one thing, since most of the big activities happened during the day it left a lot more room at the pool. Other daytime activities would be less busy. The huge majority of the group has traditional dining, so it didn’t cause long lines for Anytime dining. There are some people who go every year, but the majority of the people don’t know each other before they get on the ship. I never saw any loud or boisterous groups. Remember, these are mostly people who like 50’s & 60’s music. They enjoy sock hops. The people who run CAS are nice people. You can probably call them up and they’ll answer your questions about what venues they use. I had fun, but the reason I didn’t book again is because most things were during the day and I missed my regular daytime cruise activities.
  10. Just a reminder that Covid is spread in the air through droplets and aerosols. Everyone congregating in lines in those little vestibules waiting to wash their hands will not be social distancing. People will be talking and complaining, and leaving droplets in the air. Imagine how they would be able to have queues of people 6 feet apart. Impossible. Same thing for people waiting in line to be served. I don’t know why everyone is so obsessed with the buffet. According to experts, it’s unlikely that you’re going to catch Covid from hard surfaces. There is no proof that it’s passed through food. Even though there are some people who are pigs in the buffet, touching spoons and serving equipment is not how most people are likely to contact. It’s far more likely to catch waiting in line, sitting at shared tables indoors, taking the elevator, casino, sitting in showrooms, etc. Bring gloves if you’re worried about hard surfaces. (Most people don’t know how to glove properly and dispose of them properly, bad for ecology, but if it makes you feel better. ) Ship design: I often walk through the buffet to get to the back deck without even looking at food. I carry my own hand sanitizer with me and put it on my hand after I get off the elevator. Eagle eye buffet watchers may think I’m totally disgusting for not using the ship hand sanitizer. I’m really a germ-0-phobe. Maybe future ship designs shouldn’t make the buffet a thoroughfare. Finally, crew members are not militia. They aren’t going to hire guards to police the passengers. All this talk about forcing people to do all these things. Who’s going to do that? Your overworked cabin steward who won’t confront anyone for fear of losing gratuities? Seriously. Really, it’s not safe to cruise until there’s a proven vaccine. Even then, we don’t know. It’s a risk.
  11. I agree with Hiltner in many ways. People wait in line longer and talk more, to each other and staff, while they’re waiting to be served. They yell their order over glass (and probably added plexiglass). This virus is airborne and more talking and yelling just increases exposure. Everyone kept saying it was all about unwashed hands. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in hand washing and sanitizer, but the fact is that’s it unlikely that this is passed on from hard surfaces. Not impossible, but unlikely. There is no proof that this is passed in food. The best way is to speed up lines and not slow them down by having staff serve a long slow line of people who are spreading the virus. People do sit far too close and far too long. (Hogging tables for hours.) Having people be served in the buffet doesn’t solve anything. The only thing I see working is to have pre-plated ‘grab and go’ food. In my opinion, which doesn’t mean anything, the regular buffet is faster if they could regulate the amount of people allowed in at one time. You’re more likely to catch the virus in elevators.
  12. My first was in 1974 on the Costa Carla C. I was so young and it was the first time I took a trip outside the US. It was just a whim for my girlfriends and I. We had no idea what to expect. There was no internet or anything to do research. The ship was terribly old and very industrial looking. We had nothing to compare it to and I absolutely loved it. I literally cried when they made me get off. I was hooked forever. In 1996, I did a transpacific on the original Love Boat, The Pacific Princess, sailing from Honolulu to Mexico. We couldn’t sail to CA then. We had to take a bus across the border and up to San Diego. It all seemed so exotic at the time. Haha. I loved having the experience of sailing on the Love Boat especially since I’ve grown to enjoy Princess so much. My favorite cruise for experience was in 2016 when I sailed on the Emerald Princess for a summer solstice cruise from Southampton RT to Norway. Truly lovely. Finally, I’ve loved all my cruises, but I’m especially fond of my time in Alaska. I never get tired of going there.
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