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Last minute questions before we embark on the July 10th Dawn Princess to Alaska!

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I have today to finish up packing, so I thought I would take a break and post a couple of questions before we embark on the Dawn tomorrow.

 

1. Question about traditional dining: I thought I read somewhere that if you have early and late traditional dining, you were seated at 5:45 and 7:45 for dinner? Is this correct? I thought dinner was scheduled every night for 6pm and 8pm.

 

2. Airport transfers: Looks like we will not be driving to the Port of San Francisco after all; we will be arriving at SFO around 9:20am and have confirmed round-trip bus transfers through Princess. We were given weird instructions by Princess cruise lines as to what to do - could someone please confirm this? We were told to immediately go outside of the luggage claim area and wait for a cruise line mini bus to the pier. This does not sound correct, as at other airports there are cruise line people in the baggage claim area who escort you to a large greyhound like bus that takes you to the port. SInce we have never flown into SFO, maybe it's done differently there, that's why I would like to confirm this.

 

3. Arriving at Pier 35: As we are arriving by cruise line shuttle, will our bags be returned to us before getting on the ship, or will we see them for the last time at the airport? In Fort Lauderdale, once we got on the cruise line shuttle, we never saw our bags until later in the day on the ship.

 

Thanks again for all your help and input.

 

Suzi

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Suzi,

1. Dinner times can vary from the 'norm' depending on ship and time of year. Actual times for our cruise will be in the patter the first day.

 

2. I have seen both 16 pax mini-coach and big bus (~40) sizes used for transfers. I would just look for the representative, if they are not inside at baggage claim, go outside. If the transfer arrives before you find a person with a clipboard, flag it down and get on.

 

3. Usually the luggage goes right to the ship. You don't transfer it.

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Suzi,

1. Dinner times can vary from the 'norm' depending on ship and time of year. Actual times for our cruise will be in the patter the first day.

 

2. I have seen both 16 pax mini-coach and big bus (~40) sizes used for transfers. I would just look for the representative, if they are not inside at baggage claim, go outside. If the transfer arrives before you find a person with a clipboard, flag it down and get on.

 

3. Usually the luggage goes right to the ship. You don't transfer it.

 

Thanks so much for the prompt response. I was just curious mostly about the bus transfers.

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Was on Coral in June this year. Seating for early was 5:45. We used Princess Air/trans in Vancouver and did not see bags until in the room.

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Look for the Princess rep. at the airport. They will be everywhere. Inside and outside.

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I am also suggesting that tomorrow have alot of patience around the Embarcadero where the ship is. It is also Major League Baseball Allstar game tomorrow in S.F. and the baseball field is not all that far away. There is going to be massive traffic jams everywhere. Hopefully since the game will be in the evening(I think) maybe it will not be bad but just be prepared.

 

marilyn

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Hi Suzi, When we flew to SFO and took transfers there was a Princess Rep with a clipboard to greet us and the luggage was shipped thru on the buss..Make SURE to have your Princess Baggage tags before you check you bags!!!(Which I lost... But we are taking a shuttle so I THINK we'll be ok)!. We were gathered in a herd and then loaded on BIG busses..At the dock the bus went into the huge building...We IDed our luggage then went thru boarding... Hope I helped Probably see you tomorrow we'll be there too! Cindy

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. We are still aboard the Dawn Princess - we just left Victoria and have one day at sea left before we dock in SF on Friday.

 

Cruise is going well, though I doubt we'll want to do this itinerary again if we go to Alaska again by ship. Late seating dinner is at 5:45pm and the transfers from SFO were a breeze, though it was a little confusing at first, as we got there before the Princess reps did (at 9:30am).

 

Thank you again for all your advice.

 

Suzi

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We will be on the Friday sailing, July 20th. Anything any of you can tell us about your cruise would sure be appreciated. How was the ocean motion!? And, the weather? And did you like the Dawn? Thanks for any replies.

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Late seating dinner is at 5:45pm and the transfers from SFO were a breeze, though it was a little confusing at first, as we got there before the Princess reps did (at 9:30am).

 

Thank you again for all your advice.

 

Suzi

 

Late seating at 5:45 ??? Hope this is a typo.. :eek::eek:

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Suzi,

 

Thanks for checking in while on board.

 

We'll be getting on as you get off. Who is the cruise director?

 

Sounds like I'll be at the gym a lot if there is not much else to do on sea days as you mentioned in another thread. Oh well, I guess I'll pack another book.

 

Jackie

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Early seating is at 5:45pm, not late seating. rest assured.

 

The Dawn is one of my fave ships, I've sailed her at least five times. So relaxing and elegant and easy going.

 

You will find lots to do on the days at sea, just watching the gorgeous Inside Passage scenery go by is one thing to do.

 

If you need tons of activity on board, the cruise staff will accomodate. There will be all kinds of fun activities to participate in if you wish to.

 

The Dawn is a one of those grand dames of the sailing world. I prefer her over the larger ships actually. I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to sail on her.

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