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  1. Our flights transferred about a week ago. I have already changed to a lower rate.
  2. beg3yrs, Delta notified me yesterday that they had changed our flights from Atlanta to Fairbanks (minor) and from Vancouver to Atlanta (not acceptable). I have been checking my Princess account all day, but Princess has not changed the flights yet. I have decided to wait until Princess gets what Delta decided to give us, and then go in and make changes that are acceptable to us. We have a long time to fix the flights before June; and they may change again before then.
  3. I booked our Alaska flights for June, 2022 using EZ-air about a week after they became available. I do check to see the prices, etc. Most of the time the price has gone up. I do like the fact that you can change flights and not have to pay for the flights until payment of the cruise. I use Delta (for points), and I noticed that business class (we usually use) was not available to Alaska; but if I went to First class, there was no problem. I suggest you try changing "classes".
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    quack2, I looked at the website for Kroschel Wildlife Refuge out of Haines; it looks interesting. What was the weather like when you did this? Did you tour/book it yourself or through a ship? It looks to be all outdoors, so I am concerned about how comfortable it would be if it rained. (no control over the weather by anyone) Please send me more details about your trip. thanks
  5. We are planning our Princess June, 2022 Alaskan cruisetour. I want to do whale watching from Juneau. I have been looking at several different tour companies and offerings (including the Princess's tours). I notice that they spend different amounts of time on the water, from 2 hours to 5 hours. If you have been on a whale watching tour, what do you think is the best tour and amount of time? Currently my favorite is a Juneau Whale Watch tour that also includes Mendenhall glacier. However, it is one of the shortest on water tour (2 hours). If you have taken this tour, please comment.
  6. Nicole & Pete, In R515 the bed was on the wall on the RIGHT as you entered the room. No noise issues. The balcony was very small, but I think that is the way on all royal class ships unless you get a corner or aft room. We get a balcony because we like to go outside to see things and feel the temperature before setting out. We moved to mini-suites because we like more shower/tub room, more room in the cabin in general (I do pay attention to square footage when I book), and a sofa for larger, sitting hanging out space. I suppose we are in the cabin more than most people claim they are. I take pictures of cabins to remember what they looked like, but I am not sure how to post pictures here. I will try.
  7. Thank you both for this information.
  8. We are booked for a cruise to Alaska in June, 2022. Hopefully we will make it. What can you tell me about the choices in Ketchican for: Totem Heritage Center. Totem Bight State Historical Park. Saxman Native Village. Potlatch Totem Park. Which is the best to see? Are there tours that go to the best of these? I am not impressed with Princess's choices.
  9. We stayed in R515, a mini-suite on the Royal Princess. It was nice, good location.
  10. We did a Princess cruisetour in 2011 and have another one planned for 2022 (pray that it will happen). We did not opt for the connoisseur version, but we will be staying 2 days/nights in each place. We do not wish to drive ourselves, preferring to let someone else do it. We ate in places other than Princess hotel restaurants all the time and found some great food. It is not hard to locate other places to eat; I do not guarantee they are much cheaper, as Alaska is expensive. We had 2 rail trips and one bus trip and enjoyed every one.
  11. Dancing GrandMommy, I also wondered who would spend that much extra money for the Havana area when I first heard about it. I certainly did not think that I would. Then we took a cruise on the Vista in a Havana aft-facing balcony room. Oooooh, that was wonderful. I am looking to book another on the Vista or Horizon. I have looked at the deck plans for the Panorama, and I think the Havana area is smaller and on the side (instead of the aft). Our balcony room was on deck 6 overlooking the Havana area on deck 5. Our room was the largest we have had and the balcony was huge. The view was great. My husband loves the pool and he could always find space in it; I love sitting in a chair in the shade. I was always able to find what I wanted. Not crowded, bar close by. We used that area every day. I was not interested in the patio rooms. I have read the view is obstructed by the sides, furniture uncomfortable, besides the lack of privacy possibility. One deck up was very convenient to walk up or down the stairs; close to the Ocean Plaza for food. I could read or watch the aft view from my balcony. Bad parts: the balcony was very HOT. We were in the Caribbean, late April, early May. It was bright; we kept the curtains closed to the room for the most part to help the AC out. Yes, AC was good. People from balconies above us could look down and see us on the balcony, but that did not bother me. I saw people up there maybe once. I am not interested in nude sunbathing (in my 60's). We were over the nightclub area. I heard, or felt the bass booms, rather softly. It ended about 11 or midnight. It did not hinder my sleeping. I recommend the Havana area. I will definitely be looking for one when the ships cruise the waters again.
  12. Hi CruiseGirl6, We took a Princess cruisetour to Alaska in 2011 and plan another for 2022. I looked at your choice. My "opinion" (only), if possible choose a longer land tour. You will have very little relaxing time on your own. It takes a long time to travel between places. We plan to spend 2 days at each stop with no set excursion planned. The hotels do have excursions to offer or ranger talks and other entertainment. Another choice we made is a smaller ship (albeit older) the Sapphire rather than the new large one Majestic. You have your own reasons for choosing that ship, I'm sure. The rides on buses and trains were enjoyable and informative although long. I believe both modes of transportation are equipped with restrooms. They can stuff that 26" suitcase under the bus. Carry your medicines, camera, book, whatever you need with you in a large purse or smaller carry on bag (zippered rather than open on top). The Natural History Tour (?) to Denali was on a schoolbus. I have heard others say that has been upgraded. There were sufficient restroom stops (from an old lady who goes often). The provided snack was not enough to curb your hunger. We had extra granola bars (husband diabetic), and I read that someone took sandwiches from SubWay across the street on the bus trip. We plan to check that out this time 2022. From the Mt McKinley hotel, catch the shuttle bus to Talkeetna. We LOVED that little town. We walked and ate twice in locally owned restaurants and took a flight tour. Disappointed not to see the top. Excuse to go back. Juneau - we plan to go whale watching (did not go first time); I would like to see Mendenhall glacier; I enjoyed it greatly first time. Skagway - walk around town Ketchikan - totem bight state park (again); I really enjoyed it the first time. Not so the LunberJack Show; will skip that. Take layers, with hats, scarfs, gloves, sunglasses, warm pants. It can be cold or record hot. Our first purchase in Alaska was a hat for my husband who forgot to pack his, and he always wears a hat. HA! We have had people in Germany follow us around because of that hat and start a conversation. He always packs his Alaska hat no matter where we travel because it is such a conversation starter. Arrive a day early in your first town, so you have some time with jet lag and get rest. Use EzAir from Princess. We take the transfers, but I am sure there are plenty of taxis. I have not priced them. Do not try to do it ALL. That will give you an excuse to come back. Enjoy. I am so looking forward to our Alaska 2022 cruisetour.
  13. Our TA booked a June 2022 Alaska cruisetour for us last week. He called and had Princess extend our FCC that was due to expire May 1, 2022 so that we could use it for that cruise. Princess was very nice about it; they even called me to say they were extending the FCC. We paid $200 deposit, and the booking shows the FCC credited to the balance. We are pleased with that. Now hope and pray that cruise ships will sail again soon.
  14. Last week we booked a June 2022 Alaska cruisetour through a travel agent. We had a FCC that expired May 1, 2022 and the travel agent had the time extended on the FCC so that it was applied to our new Alaska booking for 2022. We did make a deposit of $200, but the FCC shows up applied to our balance. Princess was very nice about this. They left me a phone message saying they were doing it too. (goodwill and all that) My advice: call and ask. I would suggest that it would be good to have a specific cruise in mind that you wish to put money on. They are ready for money.
  15. I am also looking at cruisetours for Alaska 2022. I am considering Grand vs. Sapphire. We have not been on either ship. Can someone tell me which ship you prefer and why?
  16. Mini-suites also have the shower in the bathtub. Thus a larger shower area. I have read that some people have trouble getting into and out of the tub, so you may consider that. It is not a problem for us, and the larger shower area (do not need tub) plus more space in the room, is why we book mini-suites. I do not guarantee that every mini-suite has a tub, but the ones (few) that we have stayed in did.
  17. I have really enjoyed your reviews. It helps with this no-cruise time. When is your next cruise? Have you been brave enough to book one yet?
  18. Unfortunately, Princess cancelled our cruise. not going anywhere at the moment.
  19. Hi HRPro, yes we are on this cruise. We will be stopping at the port for Ephesus on May 19. We board in Barcelona on May 8 and debark in Athens on May 22. Did you arrange a private tour with Mr. Solmaz, or are you trying to put together a small group tour? If it is a small group tour, we may be interested in joining you. Can you let me know the details here, or I can give you my email address: cat913smo@aol.com.
  20. I am enjoying another great cruise with you. I notice that you seem to only take Carnival tours. Is there a reason, or do you take independent tours occasionally?
  21. Thanks, alcpa1, we are familiar with the Atlanta airport and usually fly Delta. However, I am making flight reservations through EZAir with Princess for a cruise from Barcelona in May (hope it sails with us on it!). I had a direct flight with Delta from Atlanta to Barcelona reserved, but I changed it to one on American Airlines from Atlanta to Philadelphia to Barcelona because it was more that half of the price (round trip) less expensive. (We fly business/first class.) I will continue to watch the EZAir prices with Princess and expect to make my final decision later, however I like to plan far in advance. I usually get better prices that way; I can always change the reservations if I find something more to my liking and price. That is one of the many reasons that I like to make flight arrangements with EZAir. It has worked great when we fly international. I have not tried any of the other cruiselines flight arrangements.
  22. Thank you Petra, for providing us with this information review. Enjoy your trip.
  23. Thank you for all of your responses. This puts my mind at ease that I don't have to look for different flights. Now if we can get back to cruising.
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