Here is some basic information on getting the most out of the Princess message board and your Cruise Critic experience.
HOW TO FIND YOUR ROLL CALL
WHAT ARE THEY?
Roll Calls were started for individual cruise lines so that our members could "meet up and chat with" others who they'lll be sailing with. This made it much easier to find others on your cruise instead of scrolling through all the threads here on the main Princess board.
HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR ROLL CALL?
There is a separate ROLL CALLS section on the main page of our BOARDS. Here's a link directly to the ROLL CALL area for Princess Cruises. Click the link and, when you get to the ROLL CALL board, locate the ship on which you'll be cruising. You'll then have to scroll and search for your particular cruise. The roll calls are very popular and you can usually find a roll call for sailings within four to six months of your cruise but they are often started as much as year prior to sailing especially for Princess' popular longer itineraries.
Please check carefully to see if there is already a roll call for your sailing date before starting another thread!
WHAT IF I CAN'T FIND A ROLL CALL FOR MY SAILING?
You can start one! In the thread title, be sure to include the name of your ship, your sail date and year. Some roll calls get started very early, others start closer to sailing dates; some are very active; some tend to be a bit more quiet. Regardless of how active a roll call is, this is a great opportunity to meet some folks sailing with you.
IF MY ROLL CALL IS SLOW, CAN I POST IT ON THE MAIN BOARD?
No. Please don't post threads looking for others cruising with you on the main boards. Roll calls became so popular that there was a need to set up a separate area for them. We ask that you keep roll call discussions to your roll call in the ROLL CALL area and keep the main board open for general discussions about Princess Cruises.
HOW TO REVIEW YOUR CRUISE
You can post your review in a thread here on the Princess board. Also, we'd like to publish your review in our Member Review section:
Go Here To Have Cruise Critic Publish Your Review: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/index.cfm
If you've already posted here on the Princess forum, you're ahead of the game! Simply copy/paste the text from here. Note that while submitting your review you'll be able to "rate" your ship, and the results will be compiled in our Cruiser's Choice Poll.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SMOKING POLICY ON PRINCESS
On the Princess board, all questions about Princess's smoking policy are found in the thread at this link -- http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1559878
A FEW OF THE MESSAGE BOARD RULES
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Also, under the Guidelines, any questions regarding or discussion of removed posts and threads should not be posted on the boards. The Guidelines say:
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The Posting Guidelines may be found at this link: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/faq.php?faq=guidelines
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**This information was contained in several sticky threads at the top of the forum; this thread was created to replace those.