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#21
Brickell, Miami FL & Naples, FL
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I'll ask my friend to see if she can find out anymore information.

CRless, you are leaving for your cruise. Can you let us know what you find out?
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#22
Palm Beach Gardens, Fl USA
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Watching this thread closely for more information. The afternoon Happy Hour is a favorite pastime of ours and we have made many new friends there. We were looking forward to socializing with new friends on our upcoming Emerald cruise. But if it is discontinued we will have to rethink Princesss. We choose Princess as we enjoy the perks, food, service and the ships. But if we sail RCCL or Celebrity, I give up free laundry but we get free drinks from 5-8 every evening. That goes along way in balancing the scales.
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#23
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Originally posted by Host CJSKIDS
Wasn't it already gone on one of the other ships? I do remember reading a thread about that.
The ship you are referring to is the Caribbean Princess. We were on it for a back to back in Sept./ Oct. with a British Isles and Transatlantic. There was no BYOB for either and I was told it was the same for the previous cruise.
#24
Brickell, Miami FL & Naples, FL
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Ok, talking with my girlfriend. She was told that it's being phased out.

Since it's 2 ships this week, guess that is happening. Hopefully Princess will replace it with something new once it's totally phased out.
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#25
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Joined Feb 2008
Originally posted by Host CJSKIDS
Well it may look like Princess may have done away with Happy Hour.

It was on the Regal and the Crown last week. But as reported by A Pisces on my live from thread, it's not on the Crown this week. My girlfriend is on the Regal again this week on her 2nd leg of her b2b and she just Facebook messaged me that it's not on the Regal this week.

Does anyone on any other ship's see it listed in their patters.

I truly hope that this is not another cut back from Princess.
They didn't have it on the Caribbean Princess the first week of February
#26
Val Verde, CA, USA
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Originally posted by Kenosha Cruiser
I would be very disappointed in Princess if they eliminated happy hour fleet wide. That's something my wife and I enjoyed in the afternoon from 3 to 4 PM. I know many of us from our roll call for the March 10th cruise on the Ruby Princess are hoping it's not true.

Cheers - Ken & Darlene
The Happy Hour was gone last week on Ruby on our 5-day cruise to Cabo...
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#27
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Joined Apr 2016
Eliminating happy hour is a bad financial move on their part.
1. Happy hour lubricates the wallet and promotes spending (this is why drinks are free in land based casinos.
2. Once they get you to the happy hour and drinking, more likely than not the drinking will continue through the night and maybe even more gambling when happy hour is over thus making them more money.
3. Elimination will increase liquor smuggling, so a total loss of drink revenue there.

Maybe their logic that if the get rid of happy hour, they will sell more beverage packages, but that won't happen; big drinkers already buy it or smuggle it on board. Light drinkers who only have one or two, may just not drink or bring a bunch of liquor minis back onboard at their first port and be set.
I think it's just bad business to end all these nice little things that makes a cruise a cruise that long time customers expect.
I would rather they increase the price of their cruise than eliminate niceties that their customers expect.
I don't like the downsizing of products in grocery store and I don't like it here!

I've been cruising on princess only a little over a year and I've seen....
1. Steak in MDR go to a hamburger.....nice option on formal night NOT.
1. Almost lost ability to pre order water.
2. Reduction of all inclusive beverage package by reducing 40% discount on wine to 25.
3. Stopped allowing coffee card for gelato and added expiration date.
4. Happy hour
And many more in just the past couple years.
Add to this list, I'm sure I forgotten some.
#28
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We booked a b2b on the Regal from Apr 01-15 a few weeks from now. These bookings were a borderline decision for us. We have really enjoyed our time at Crooner's for the 3-4PM happy hour in the past having drinks with old and new friends.

I don't think we would have booked if we had known about the cancellation - we might have went for some all-inclusive instead or chosen some later cruise on another line in the fall with a stay in Italy before the cruise. No doubt this will influence our Princess cruise bookings in the Caribbean in the future.

I think that cancelling an obviously popular event like happy hour could easily backfire in numerous ways. Time to reduce the Princess pricing power, I think.
#29
Tampa
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Joined May 2006
Just got off the phone with their consumer relations department and they did confirm that it is being phased out. The rep did say that if enough people call in and complain that they may reconsider. I asked if many had called in about it already and she said no. Everyone needs to give them a call.
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#30
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Originally posted by saintsfan777
Just got off the phone with their consumer relations department and they did confirm that it is being phased out. The rep did say that if enough people call in and complain that they may reconsider. I asked if many had called in about it already and she said no. Everyone needs to give them a call.
Rather than calling simply send an email to: [email protected]

They do read all the email that goes to that address.
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#31
San Francisco Bay Area
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Originally posted by Thrak
Rather than calling simply send an email to: [email protected]

They do read all the email that goes to that address.

Good idea! I am on it!

I hope they don't take away the wine allowance you can bring onboard at embarkation, too! I do have the beverage package in 2 out of the 3 Princess cruises I have booked. I was hoping to just bring my own wine on for that third one and pay the corkage.
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#32
FL, US
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Joined Feb 2002
Originally posted by Thrak
Rather than calling simply send an email to: [email protected]

They do read all the email that goes to that address.
Do they actually respond to questions sent to this email address?
I sent an email with questions more than 10 day ago. I got an auto response so I know it was received but no other response yet.
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#33
Central California
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Joined Feb 2006
When did Princess actually implement the BOGO Happy Hour? The first I remember seeing it was on a Pacific Coastal in 2015. Prior to that, I recall a few specific drinks being around $4.00 at Happy Hour. And 3:00-4:00 PM was always an odd time for us, unless it was a sea day, we were often still in port. On our ten day cruise on the Royal last year I hit the afternoon happy hour twice. So, although it was nice and I'm a little disappointed that it's being phased out, it wouldn't make or break my cruise or cause me to leave Princess. Do other lines have a similar Happy Hour?
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#35
Phoenix, AZ
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Joined Oct 2013
Originally posted by Thrak
Rather than calling simply send an email to: [email protected]

They do read all the email that goes to that address.
Done.
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#36
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Joined Apr 2016
I just did my part and sent an email to them. I'll call them as well.
We use to rush back to be onboard by 3:00-3:30 to take advantage of the happy hour. I guess now we can stay at the beach an hour longer and have our own happy hour before going back to the ship.
#37
Phoenix, AZ
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Joined Oct 2013
Originally posted by Optotronics
I've been cruising on princess only a little over a year and I've seen....
1. Steak in MDR go to a hamburger.....nice option on formal night NOT.
1. Almost lost ability to pre order water.
2. Reduction of all inclusive beverage package by reducing 40% discount on wine to 25.
3. Stopped allowing coffee card for gelato and added expiration date.
4. Happy hour
And many more in just the past couple years.
Add to this list, I'm sure I forgotten some.
- There were a number of complaints about the new balcony furniture.
- They tried to charge for Alfredo's (on the ships that have it). That was quickly rolled back.
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Emerald Princess - Nov 2017, 5 Day Cabo San Lucas Getaway
Ruby Princess - Sep 2017, 7 Day Inside Passage w/ Glacier Bay
Coral Princess - Oct 2016, 10 Day Panama Canal
Star Princess - May 2016, 7 Day Inside Passage with Glacier Bay
Viking Gefjon - Dec 2015, 7 Day Heart of Germany Christmas Markets
Ruby Princess - Sep 2015, 4 Day West Coast Getaway
Caribbean Princess - Apr 2015, 7 Day Eastern Caribbean
Island Princess - Sep 2014, 11 Day Voyage of the Glaciers / Cruise tour
Caribbean Princess - Aug 2014, 5 Day Western Caribbean
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#38
278 Posts
Joined Apr 2016
Originally posted by AZJerry
- There were a number of complaints about the new balcony furniture.
- They tried to charge for Alfredo's (on the ships that have it). That was quickly rolled back.
Hi Jerry,
Tell me more, when did they try try turning Alfredo's into specialty dining?
How did the furniture change?
#39
SoCal/Maui No Ka Oi
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Joined Dec 2009
Originally posted by Optotronics
Hi Jerry,

Tell me more, when did they try try turning Alfredo's into specialty dining?

How did the furniture change?
They implemented a $10 fee for Alfredo’s Pizzeria on the Regal’s inaugural cruise without any advance notice. That included a drink (soda, beer or wine) but the outcry was so great the change was quickly rescinded. They stated it was changed because there was no advance notice but since it hasn’t been reintroduced I think it was a result of upset passengers. That was done over Memorial Day weekend but so many passengers complained it was removed after 3 days.

The balcony furniture was changed but it’s still uncomfortable for me so I sit on folded towels.
#40
Ontario
5,181 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
Originally posted by Thrak
Rather than calling simply send an email to: [email protected] They do read all the email that goes to that address.
Done. I suggested that they should at least match (or better) HAL's buy one get one for $2 policy.