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    Franklin, MA USA
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    Travel/photography, books, hockey!!!
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    Celebrity,Princess,Royal Caribbean,NCL
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    Europe, Caribbean

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  1. We sailed with Princess 6 times, so we are pretty familiar with Anytime, although our last cruise was in 2016-2017 (New Year cruise) so we are not aware of changes. From what I remember there was a wait with pagers given at busy time. And for pager to work you were supposed to be not far from the restaurant.
  2. Not for me. We might want to book times different from standard or even different every day based on other activities. It works pretty well with RCCL (My Time Dining), NCL (Free Style dining), Celebrity (Select dining) etc. You don't need to book, but wait and availability will be better if you do.
  3. Hi. We sailed 14 times with Royal (9 times in the last 4 years) and 5 with Celebrity. Unless something has changes food is better on Celebrity and especially it is noticeable in buffet. Overall experience is more elegant. We will miss DL on our upcoming cruise on X Summit even though are are very glad with status match.
  4. It is so subjective. Many people write that this class of Princess ship is their favorite. I have not tried 90K tons ships of Princess, but on all other companies they are usually favorite or closer to favorite .
  5. Note though... MSC is now is not matching Diamond/Elite status to Black status, only to Gold. If you do not cruise for 3 years with them status expires.
  6. Carnival is the only line we dropped completely. Even our 3rd try was just due to convenience of homeport. We only have 2 cruises with MSC (Divina, Poesia), but never ever we felt like being on Carnival even though we did not sail in YC. Ambiance was so much better, ships beautiful, entertainment terrific. Food.. well neither line impressed us.
  7. I know. As much as I liked beautiful Royal it is better two have 4 pool areas with various purposes vs 2. Royal Princess 2) Adult Pool Crown Princess (sister to Ruby and Caribbean which we sailed on) 1) Neptune Reef 2) Calypso 3) Aft Terrace Pool 4) Lotus Spa pool Royal Princess probably worked better for our last New Year celebrations in both Piazza and Lido deck dancing, but on other days forward adult pool was too windy in some reason and 4 felt less crowded.
  8. I checked in into Medallion app fine, was able to do photos and order Medallion , but cannot create account for remaining apps on my phone. I decided to use ocean.com and getting this error while trying to create account I already checked in via princess.com What am I doing wrong?
  9. This is one problem I see. Caribe deck regular balconies are great. They are partially have roofs and partially open.
  10. I never tried to reserve it, and I do not see option in my booking profile. We usually just showed up and if it was not a peak time were seated. In busier time we were given a pager. We always use tables for 2, but we were usually ask if we want to share and once we did not want to wait and shared.
  11. We are sailing on her for New Year 10 dayer to Southern Caribbeans. Just booked! We will probably miss seafood selections of Royal in buffets and huge Piazza, but looking forward to better pool setups.
  12. Do Dolphin deck minisuites have roof?
  13. We sailed previously on Poesia and Divina from Florida. Beautiful ships, great entertainment. Due to the fact that it is the most international line there are announcements on 5-6 languages (which is fun too 🙂 ) and e entertainment was production shows with singing, dancing, acrobatics. One of the best entertainment we attended on cruise ships. We had balconies both time and rooms were nice. Food was probably the weakest out of all 8 lines, but maybe it changed now. Not everything, but meat. They do nickel-and-diming a bit more than any other lines. Sales are going everywhere including pools. Overall we enjoyed our experience and would sail again. Experience is closer to Royal Caribbean than to Celebrity.
  14. March is usually pretty expensive due to spring break. Both are very comfortable and have nice pools to relax. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/fllcc-fort-lauderdale-marriott-north/ https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/fllwi-the-westin-fort-lauderdale/
  15. I also did not understand 50%. It showed me $69 for 10 day cruise (could this be my Platinum discount?).
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