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Our Regal Experience: 20th Anniversary Trip Report- British Isles, June 9, 2020

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40 minutes ago, tartana said:

I didn't notice magnetic hooks or clothesline in your purchases?  I've heard many people mention they are invaluable as many cruise cabin walls are magnetic, and you can hang clothing to dry. (or to hang you hats/coats, etc) I plan on taking some of these on my next cruise to try it out. 

I have the magnetic hooks, but haven't gotten a clothesline yet.  Thanks for the advice.

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aheape1979;  you have done a great job preparing for your trip.  Have you used the usb/outlet hub on any ship yet?  I know some plugs on ships have a small cover and its hard to put a usb hub like yours into the socket.  Just curious.  Have fun out there.  Also since you will be doing a full day tour on arrival day; flying business class is the right choice. Having the ability to get off your feet; where you can put your feet and body up off the floor makes a world of difference; especially when flying over five hours.  I have stayed at three of the Marriotts you have mentioned;  Marriott does a good job of providing elite guests with free breakfasts and free evening treats

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Eagerly following your report as we have this cruise (on the Crown) next July.  Especially interested in your private excursions.  We have visited London twice, and just love everything about it.

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2 hours ago, aheape1979 said:

I have the magnetic hooks, but haven't gotten a clothesline yet.  Thanks for the advice.

 

Here's our clothesline on the Eclipse with the unmentionables covered up .

 

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
 

The new Princess Plus program!

 

When we originally booked, we had the basic fare.  As time passed, we were able to upgrade that with free gratuities and an OBC.  When Princess announced its all-inclusive deals a few months ago, we looked at the cost, but determined that it wasn’t worth it for us.  THEN, Princess Plus was announced.  Of course, I had to compare prices.  
 

Here are the extras I was already purchasing:

  • Internet- $75 for one device (but we could really use two!)
  • Coffee Cards- around $75 for two (We love GOOD coffee!)
  • Soda- Canned soda package- $12 (ginger ale for if DH gets hiccups), PLUS  two per day for DH out of pocket $5 per day:  $60.  We thought about stopping and getting some on the way in but having to lug those on board would be tough.  
  • Bottled water to take on excursions- around $15 for 2 packages
  • Neither of us are heavy drinkers (I may have a glass of wine with dinner and a cocktail per day.  Ok…3 max including wine).  DH may have one per day.  Let’s average 3 per day…at least $20 plus gratuities…let’s round to $25.

Total for it all:  $537

 

Then, a great CC’er posted this online:
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S o, to upgrade to the unlimited drinks and wifi (we already had gratuities), it was $600.  
 

In my mind…that’s a no-brainer for $60 extra…because:

  • We can have up to 4 devices on wifi (this means we can Facetime or Skype with the kids on wifi, not having to pay our $10 per day Verizon upcharge for international!)
  • If I want to have a second coffee, or 2 different glasses of wine with my dinner courses, no problem!  If I want to try a new wine or cocktail, I can do it without fearing that I won’t like it and will be wasting my money.  
  • I may want champagne for our anniversary, but I won’t feel bad if I get one and don’t like it.
  • Plus…I don’t have to worry about how much I’m spending onboard, other than at the spa.  

Has anyone else done the upgrade to Princess Plus?
 

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I'm still planning on going in June, but I also have a room booked in July on the Regal just in case cruises aren't sailing by June.  Overkill?  Probably...but it makes me much happier to have a backup plan!

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So excited for you and hoping for the best in regards to CV. I have a three week land trip to Italy in July that I’m keeping my fingers crossed for. 🤞🏼🤞🏼


Can’t wait to follow along on your journey. We absolutely love the Regal. Did 6 Christmas vacation cruises on her before switching to the Sky this past year.
 

Great Amazon/TJM shopping hauls! You’ve purchased necessary, practical items, most of which I’ve got in my travelling tote bins as well. Nothing more exciting than an Amazon delivery associated with a trip! 😁

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“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson

 

Finding Positivity in the Unknown

 

There is so much unknown right now with the Corona virus, including whether ships will even be sailing in June.  I haven't cancelled tours, hotel reservations, dining plans, or air yet.  There will be time for that later.  I probably won't begin that process until we are about 30 days out.  I hope all of you following this thread are staying healthy, practicing safe social distancing, and loving your friends/neighbors who may need you.  

 

I work in the healthcare industry, specifically skilled nursing facilities.  Please don't forget your elderly family and friends.  Send a positive message, picture your kids have drawn, or encouraging verse to #CaringCards or email to CaringCards@PruittHealth.com.  (This is a skilled nursing facility chain in the southeastern United States.)  Or, do something like this locally where you live.  

 

We will get through this together!

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aheape1979,  great attitude;  keep the faith

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aheape1979 - I am really enjoying reading about your plans for your trip.  I am booked on the BI on Regal in September.  We, too changed to the Princess Plus.  It cost us $380 each more, but our original booking didn't include gratuities or wi-fi.  Between that and the premier beverages, along with an increase in OBC, it was a no brainer for us.

We have booked our own air and have noticed the price has dropped by $400.  We were willing to pay a change fee, but unfortunately, we can't change because we bought basic economy tickets.  But, I will just feel good IF we get to take that trip.

Such uncertain times.

Stay safe out there!

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After much deliberation, we have decided to cancel our June 9 sailing.  Our pre-cruise hotel has closed through June 14, and I just don't see things calming down enough for international travel by then.  We have a backup date for July 27, but I have begun to seriously doubt that any cruises will be sailing by then either.  

Oh well, we just have to trust that everything happens for a reason, and if need be, we will wait and cruise in 2021!

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