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#1
Los Banos, CA USA
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Joined May 2001
We are leaving on Monday. We are packed and ready to go. This is the longest cruise we have ever taken, 15 days. I am excited just strange being away so long. My kids are in their mid to late 20’s so I know they will be fine. But I’ll miss my fur babies. I have two spoiled Boston Terriers. My son will love and care for them, but I know he won’t walk them two miles everyday like I do. He said he would walk them some. Oh and of course my girl Boston is mopey because the luggage is out.
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Dawn Princess November 2007
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#3
The low desert, AZ
3,571 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by lbfluffy
We are leaving on Monday. We are packed and ready to go. This is the longest cruise we have ever taken, 15 days. I am excited just strange being away so long. My kids are in their mid to late 20’s so I know they will be fine. But I’ll miss my fur babies. I have two spoiled Boston Terriers. My son will love and care for them, but I know he won’t walk them two miles everyday like I do. He said he would walk them some. Oh and of course my girl Boston is mopey because the luggage is out.
We leave Tuesday on the Star, same itinerary only from LA. Talk about mopey, you should see our cats right now.
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#4
Los Banos, CA USA
4,213 Posts
Joined May 2001
Originally posted by ar1950
We leave Tuesday on the Star, same itinerary only from LA. Talk about mopey, you should see our cats right now.
We have to pack in the guest room and sneak our clothes in the suitcases. It’s hilarious. But I’m pretty sure my girl gets it. She’s smart. My boy is laid back not as attached to me.
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Carnival Jubilee June 1996
Voyager of the Seas June 2001
Sea Princess January 2002
Carnival Elation June 2002
Carnival Pride December 2003
Monarch of the Seas March 2004
Carnival Liberty December 2005
Regal Princess June 2006
Dawn Princess November 2007
Carnival Pride November 2008
Carnival Spirit 2010
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas 2011
Carnival Breeze November 2013
Carnival Miracle March 2014
Norwegian Star November 30, 2014
Crown Princess November 2016
Grand Princess June 2016
Ruby Princess November 2016
#5
Diablo, California
1,748 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by lbfluffy
We have to pack in the guest room and sneak our clothes in the suitcases. It’s hilarious. But I’m pretty sure my girl gets it. She’s smart. My boy is laid back not as attached to me.
Enjoy the Grand. Bring plenty of books or your Kindle and relax.
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#6
The low desert, AZ
3,571 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by lbfluffy
We have to pack in the guest room and sneak our clothes in the suitcases. It’s hilarious. But I’m pretty sure my girl gets it. She’s smart. My boy is laid back not as attached to me.
Guess what? They all get it. Whoever thinks animals don't know what is going on is totally mistaken. Anyway, enjoy your Hawaiian cruise. I'm sure that the fur babies will survive and be back to normal again a day or two after you are home. Ours always seem to. Aloha!
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#8
Los Banos, CA USA
4,213 Posts
Joined May 2001
Originally posted by need2cruisesoon
Enjoy the Grand. Bring plenty of books or your Kindle and relax.
Thanks for that reminder. I have a few to download.
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Carnival Jubilee June 1996
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Sea Princess January 2002
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Carnival Pride December 2003
Monarch of the Seas March 2004
Carnival Liberty December 2005
Regal Princess June 2006
Dawn Princess November 2007
Carnival Pride November 2008
Carnival Spirit 2010
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas 2011
Carnival Breeze November 2013
Carnival Miracle March 2014
Norwegian Star November 30, 2014
Crown Princess November 2016
Grand Princess June 2016
Ruby Princess November 2016
#9
Cape Girardeau, MO
4,445 Posts
Joined May 2005
Have a great trip! I loved sailing the Grand to Hawaii last year so much that I've booked again for next October! Crew is great.
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Up Next: Carnival Splendor, Panama Canal, Jan. 2018....Grand Princess, Hawaii, Oct. 2018.



Cruise History:
May 2005 ~ Disney Wonder ...April 2006 ~ Carnival Victory ...April & December (NYE) 2007 ~ Caribbean Princess ...March 2008 ~ Grand Princess ...December (NYE) 2008 ~ Crown Princess ...November 2009 ~ Grand Princess Egypt & the Aegean ...March 2011 ~ Caribbean Princess Southern Caribbean ...November 2012 ~ Ruby Princess Eastern Caribbean ...May 2013 ~ Carnival Conquest Western Caribbean ...October 2013 ~ Halloween! Carnival Liberty Eastern Caribbean...April 2014 ~ Carnival Dream Western Caribbean...November 2014 ~Carnival Liberty Eastern Caribbean...Carnival Magic, March & November 2015, Exotic Western Caribbean......Carnival Dream, August 2016...Grand Princess to Hawaii, October 2016...Carnival Dream, January 2017...Crown Princess Transatlantic FLL to Southampton, April 2017...August 2017 - Carnival Dream B2b....October 2017 - Caribbean Princess 14 night.
#10
Nevada
6,623 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
Originally posted by ar1950
Guess what? They all get it. Whoever thinks animals don't know what is going on is totally mistaken. Anyway, enjoy your Hawaiian cruise. I'm sure that the fur babies will survive and be back to normal again a day or two after you are home. Ours always seem to. Aloha!
So true. I do worry about my cat Nascar, though, as she's 18 1/2 years old. I always hope she's around when we get back to tell us how mad she is with us!
#12
376 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
We wanted to do the Hawaii loop in January but alas my fur baby (cat) is 16+ and not in great health. She needs lots of TLC, special feeding and love. At this point we won't leave the house for more than a quick overnight at our kids. And yes she knows when the bags come out and lets us know about it in the middle of the night.

Enjoy your cruise! Report back with the details and some photos if you can. We will get there at some point and would love to see/hear what you thought of it.
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#14
Los Banos, CA USA
4,213 Posts
Joined May 2001
We’ve been on the Grand twice. We love her! We are considering Panama Canal next November on NCL Bliss. We have it booked, but I really love Princess.

Jessica
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Carnival Jubilee June 1996
Voyager of the Seas June 2001
Sea Princess January 2002
Carnival Elation June 2002
Carnival Pride December 2003
Monarch of the Seas March 2004
Carnival Liberty December 2005
Regal Princess June 2006
Dawn Princess November 2007
Carnival Pride November 2008
Carnival Spirit 2010
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas 2011
Carnival Breeze November 2013
Carnival Miracle March 2014
Norwegian Star November 30, 2014
Crown Princess November 2016
Grand Princess June 2016
Ruby Princess November 2016
#15
Los Banos, CA USA
4,213 Posts
Joined May 2001
Originally posted by MTJSR
You are going to have a great time. Here is a link to a video I made from my Grand Princess Hawaii cruise last April. Enjoy

https://youtu.be/7sTu1-zbgEI
Great video. Now I’m hungry. It looks like you did the Chef’s Table. We plan to do that again.

Weather looked rainy.

Thanks for sharing.
Jessica
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Carnival Jubilee June 1996
Voyager of the Seas June 2001
Sea Princess January 2002
Carnival Elation June 2002
Carnival Pride December 2003
Monarch of the Seas March 2004
Carnival Liberty December 2005
Regal Princess June 2006
Dawn Princess November 2007
Carnival Pride November 2008
Carnival Spirit 2010
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas 2011
Carnival Breeze November 2013
Carnival Miracle March 2014
Norwegian Star November 30, 2014
Crown Princess November 2016
Grand Princess June 2016
Ruby Princess November 2016
#16
SAN RAMON, CALIFORNIA
1,615 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Originally posted by lbfluffy
Great video. Now I’m hungry. It looks like you did the Chef’s Table. We plan to do that again.

Weather looked rainy.

Thanks for sharing.
Jessica
Yes we did! I have done it twice in 10 cruises with Princess. The main course selection this time was not my favorite but everything else was wonderful. It only rained at the end when we arrived in Ensenada and up the coast to San Francisco the next day. In fact we had a pretty wild storm and the Captain moved slow up the coast during the peak of it so no-one got hurt or ill. Have a great time!
#17
Los Banos, CA USA
4,213 Posts
Joined May 2001
Originally posted by MTJSR
Yes we did! I have done it twice in 10 cruises with Princess. The main course selection this time was not my favorite but everything else was wonderful. It only rained at the end when we arrived in Ensenada and up the coast to San Francisco the next day. In fact we had a pretty wild storm and the Captain moved slow up the coast during the peak of it so no-one got hurt or ill. Have a great time!
Wow good call on the captain. I hope we get in on the Chef’s Table. We loved it. I’m not a foodie but I appreciated all the new foods to try. It was amazing. And my husband loved it too.
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Carnival Jubilee June 1996
Voyager of the Seas June 2001
Sea Princess January 2002
Carnival Elation June 2002
Carnival Pride December 2003
Monarch of the Seas March 2004
Carnival Liberty December 2005
Regal Princess June 2006
Dawn Princess November 2007
Carnival Pride November 2008
Carnival Spirit 2010
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas 2011
Carnival Breeze November 2013
Carnival Miracle March 2014
Norwegian Star November 30, 2014
Crown Princess November 2016
Grand Princess June 2016
Ruby Princess November 2016
#18
255 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
I used to have a cat and we had to be so careful when packing. If we weren’t watching, he would get inside the suitcase and pee! I read that they “scent,” it to help you find your way back home. I think he did it because he was just mad though! Lol


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#20
Los Banos, CA USA
4,213 Posts
Joined May 2001
Originally posted by Micah's Grandad
Doing this itinerary on the Grand in Jan and looking forward to your review.
I will post when I get back.
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Carnival Jubilee June 1996
Voyager of the Seas June 2001
Sea Princess January 2002
Carnival Elation June 2002
Carnival Pride December 2003
Monarch of the Seas March 2004
Carnival Liberty December 2005
Regal Princess June 2006
Dawn Princess November 2007
Carnival Pride November 2008
Carnival Spirit 2010
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas 2011
Carnival Breeze November 2013
Carnival Miracle March 2014
Norwegian Star November 30, 2014
Crown Princess November 2016
Grand Princess June 2016
Ruby Princess November 2016