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  1. Interesting. I will find out in 4 days when I join the Regal in Copenhagen. Nothing is cooked literally table side so that doesn't bother me. But usually there is a stainless steel table with at least makings for a special Caesar salad or side pasta dish in the CC dining area. I will say that the Grand offered special main meals too- like ribeye steak etc. that wasn't offered to mainline MDR guests. So will be interesting to see what we get. I just like the ease of going when I want and getting right in; the extra offerings never mean anything to me. I get the CC class for the really anytime dining opportunities, the cabin location, and the mini's bathroom set-up! Worth the extra $10-20pp per day for me. Pooh
  2. If I remember correctly, you sign up at Guest Services once aboard..... am I correct? Pooh
  3. Don't know how much you are paying for restricted airfare. Do know they are usually much more than flexible. Have you looked into flying EZair first class at a flexible price? I found that for me to fly into FLL from Denver, that there are no non-stop flights in economy or premium economy but nice flights non-stop in first and not much more than a restricted flight would cost. Just thinking you should check first. Pooh
  4. Hi and congrats! Wondering, are you doing the 14 day Norway and Iceland on the Grand starting June 26th, 2021? If so, see you onboard! As far as transfers go, I have found that private transfers work great for us(much easier and calmer and nicer) to take us to the ship for embarkation from wherever we are staying and use Princess transfers on disembarkation as we are usually just flying home the same day. My Princess transfer (one way) has cost me from $29-39pp usually. Usually more towards $39pp. Princess only picks up at the airport for transfers to the ship and at the port to the airport after cruise. If you do decide to use Princess transfer for some reason to the ship, you will have to get back to the airport and go the the area that the Princess rep will be and meet up there. It is ok if you flew in day or days earlier. We did just this our last Canada/New England cruise. Pooh
  5. You also almost have to check daily too. Just last week my return flight went from an additional $169 to $8! Cancelled original booking and rebooked. Very easy to do. Checked the very next morning and the cost was back up to $169. I have not used EZair extensively, but I have on average, rebooked one time before the 45 day deadline. Never saved a bunch, but did save some. But like you said, most of my flights have gone up in price not down. Pooh
  6. That's why there are options which I like. Personally I would not be caught dead in the buffet area. Hate that it is so big an area and personally, I like being served and relaxing with my mocktail at meals! And when I can have a suite, I just adore the special suite breakfast areas and that they cook the food there. Relaxing over all meals is a wonderful thing to me. Also, I don't have to cook and clean up! Do not look forward to port days where I have to eat lunch in the buffet (unless I want Alfredo's or IC). If the timing is right, I have lunch from room service. Also, I have found the CC area for dining to not be noisy. Maybe I have just been lucky. Pooh
  7. June 26, 2021. Note. There are now two regular sized WS's open for booking. If you love this itinerary and WS's , grab one now. I was thinking of changing, but I think I will stick with the guarantee for the fun and excitement of doing it once. Since there are WS's available, S7 guarantee as a choice is not. Pooh
  8. Don't worry Don. You don't have to have medallions sent to you. Pick up when check in at port. Then go to Guest Services and ask to opt out of medallion and they will give you a cruise card to use, just like other cruise lines. Pooh
  9. I have a credit card sized RDIF case. I put just the quarter sized medallion in it. I just open the case when I want to use the medallion. Closed, no one can charge me or know where I am! Pooh
  10. It's just a line item for the benefit of Princess bookkeeping. If you notice, it does nothing to the bottom line and isn't added into or taken from the amount you owe. Don't need to worry about it. Pooh
  11. I am really excited about doing my first guarantee and am glad to see that I will definitely have a room! Grin. I booked an S7 guarantee on the Grand. Now there are only 7 S7 staterooms and booking started just yesterday and today already there are no more S7 (window suites) available. Initially I could have booked the last WS available (F301 which is the smallest and most forward S7 stateroom) but then said wait. If I book a guarantee, the worst I will get is the only WS left to specifically book and maybe I will get one of the other 6, or, sigh, maybe even upgraded to a suite? So I jumped at this guarantee. First one and probably last one I will ever do because I like to pick my specific cabin! Pooh
  12. I gotcha. I really don't care because in this particular instance only, I cannot do worse than if I had booked a specific WS as when I called (the first morning I could!) the only one left was F301. So I mean, in this case, the worse I could do is end up in F301 anyway and might get a better located WS or even a suite. So in this case, I decided it would be fun to go with the S7 guarantee! Pooh
  13. Hi, voljeep: Never thought about the moveover/down offer possibility!! Was just hoping for better WS position or even a suite! Now I will really have to do some thinking just to be prepared! Pooh
  14. I have never rebooked to get free OBC and gratuities (averaging for me $150ppOBC and $132pp gratuities) where the price of my cabin was higher, and sometimes even lower! My deposits have always been refundable. I guess one just has to do their due diligence as I said before. A reasonable cruise price is very subjective anymore. But whenever I first book a cruise I am willing to pay that price for what I will be getting. Then I wait for sales to start appearing and have always lowered my initial booking price and gotten the freebies too. Case in point is our next 24 day cruise. After rebooking/refaring 5 times I saved over $3000 pp. I feel sorry for those who book early and then do nothing but take the cruise! And yes, I like doing this. Fun being my own TA. I recently did a Disney cruise which is expensive to begin with and the only thing I could do was book when they first opened up the itinerary and also got 2 for 1 deposit. Otherwise, nothing. Another thing you might want to do is join the roll call early on. I know I go in and advise people when I have seen a price drop or something like that so they can catch it too. My experience with RCCL, HAL, Celebrity, is that they don't do the price drops like Princess and might initially cost less than Princess, but by the cruise, Princess, for me, has always been less expensive. Pooh
  15. Yes, it is a refundable 10%pp deposit and Captains' Circle Launch Savings was applied of $100 each on this one. If you log in before you look for a cruise on the website, then the pricing will reflect the $100 off pp. Pooh
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