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  1. So pre cruise, everyone's dining on the Cruise Planner for late dining said 7:15 but when we boarded, we found out they "changed it" to 7:45. This led to mass confusion, and many upset passengers, but apparently this is how they do it every cruise so don't know why the website said 7:15. Bottom line.... late dining: 7:30, Shows - 6:30 and 8:30. (Jim Henson show was 7:30 and 9:30)
  2. I'm not saying we did, I'm saying it wouldn't have made a difference. Thanks for your input though and have a great day!
  3. We had the early seating. It happened every night, whether we arrived right at 5:30 or even a half hour later.
  4. Could have just been they were swamped since it was a holiday cruise, or who knows! Definitely interesting from cruise to cruise.
  5. Glad I'm not the only one noticing these things! Aw. That made me a little jealous! Have a great rest of the trip!
  6. Hello my Cruise Critic friends! I know that there are many questions and a lot of mystery out there about the Sky Princess, and having just returned back from her Inaugural Christmas Cruise, I thought I'd share my thoughts and answer as many questions as I can! Here we go! THE SHIP: the ship is brand new. like new car new. It was so exciting to be on a ship this new! I really liked the spruced up decor. Everything was very modern and tasteful, stuff I'd like to see in my house. Lots of blues, golds, and light colors. Everything looked very luxurious. I think they did a nice job with the new areas to this ship. The Wake Pool was very pretty, and I have to say I really liked the retreat pool. Not perfect due to the sunlight, but it did a nice job feeling kind of like a Solarium of sorts. Felt different, not just like a random pool labeled "ADULTS." I loved the main pool area. Two huge pools, and the front one (closest to the screen) was HEATED! I think Princess could make the hot tubs a little bigger. They fit only like 4 comfortably. I don't wanna squeeze on top of people in them! I also think that shade thing in the center of the deck looked great, but definitely blocked the screen behind it. Maybe not the best idea to sit back there if you want to watch the movie. I liked the shopping area Deck 7 forward. Looked gorgeous. A much better use of that space than being open to the casino downstairs like on Royal. The new Princess Live worked so well, opening it up really made it inviting and the place to be for all activities. Overall loved all of the new spaces! THE FOOD: Ok so overall, was the food good? Yes! Could the food have been better? Yes. It's hard not to be happy eating on a Princess cruise. We've cruised Royal Caribbean the bad food on Princess is leagues above the good food on Royal Caribbean. That being said, I wonder if the fact that this is a new ship could explain some of the issues/questions we had about the food. For example, we waited a long time in the MDR for food most nights. Like a long long time. (an hour plus) I'm not being pushy but I also have watched enough cruise documentaries to know how it works on the cruise ship. The waiters go around collecting the dishes to make the order. It's not really made to order as much as we all pretend it is. We thought it was our waiters, but after reading on here it seems others also had this issue. Breakfasts were great in the buffet. Lunches were good, but was basically the same menu every single day. I think whoever the head chef or Maitre'D or whoever is in charge of menus on this ship, is having some growing pains in the new job. Basically the same menu was given 2 nights in a row in the MDR, and they did not do one special cake or anything on the last day in the buffet like they have on other ships. Nothing too huge, but a little disappointing after being so impressed by the food on the Royal Princess last year. (On the last day there, they had a cold seafood buffet at lunch with lobster tails and a whole chocolate themed breakfast) The first half of our cruise, the menu's at dinner were great. The last few nights left more to be desired. Food was still pretty good, but definitely Meh. I liked the Salty Dog Grill and Slice, and loved ordering Cheese Fries and Pizza to our table in the buffet on my app! We did the Crown Grill one night, and loved it. Food and experience was amazing. I have never been so FULL in my life! Did lunch one day in Alfredo's and honestly folks, believe the hype! The food was amazing. Best things I ate all week and where to find them: Warm Chocolate Banana Strudel (Pastry Shop in the buffet for lunch one day) Bacon Cheese Fries (Salty Dog Grill) Caprese Toast (Slice) Veal Ravioli (Alfredo's) Lemon Meringue Cheesecake (MDR) THE ENTERTAINMENT: Love love loved all the new production shows. 5Skies was great, as was Rock Opera. We also had a great comedian, a husband and wife magic duo which were pretty good. We saw the Jim Henson show on the last night, and while the rest of my family loved it. I was a little bored of it and wouldn't go back to see it again. The entertainment staff were great. Our second time having Alex has a cruise director and he's just awesome. Not too over the top, very approachable, nice, funny guy. His assistant was awesome too! Really liked all of their staff. Felt like they were all genuinely friends, and while it has no impact on the cruise just made it fun to watch things like the Wake Show. Now, my biggest issue with the entertainment all week........ Movies Under the Stars. My family LOVES MUTS. We were so so disappointed this cruise when out of the 7 nights, 4 of them played football instead of movies. We have cruised during Christmas and Football season before and never experienced this. In fact, on the first sea day, they played The Blind Side (while a great movie, a football movie) followed by 3 different football games. This went on throughout the week with various football games during the day and evening. When I asked about this at the front desk I was told the head entertainment guy loves sports and we'd be seeing a lot of it this cruise. I also love sports, but I don't come on a cruise to watch football non stop. On a Christmas cruise with tons of families, they played Aladdin in the Vista Lounge one evening while they played a minor college bowl game (on ESPN2) on MUTS. (It wasn't even crowded upstairs when they played it, not like there was demand for it!) Just doesn't make much sense. Didn't experience this last year on the Royal. They never even played the movies that they said they would on the pre-cruise email. A big disappointment. A few various comments: - LOVED the medallion! Made life so easy and awesome. Pro tip- if you feel like your medallion isn't working properly, it could be the battery. Definitely see the Medallion Class team and confirm but it could be the battery on them. Mine was changed halfway through the cruise as the room wouldn't open right away and it was having trouble finding me and once it had a new battery it worked better than intended! - Was there a shopping person on this ship? Only received a shopping map in one port. No coupons or anything. Might just be a new ship thing. - Our room steward was AMAZING. Like a ninja, honestly don't know what he looked like he was in and out so quick and so clean. The best I've ever had. Overall, I LOVE LOVE Princess and still think they lead the pack regarding a luxury experience. We had the best time on this cruise! And can't wait for my next Princess cruise. Let me know if you have any questions about anything and I'll do my best to answer it!
  7. Royal 2018 Christmas Cruise Last day lunch as well
  8. and all count towards the one free drink?
  9. Is it true your first drink on OceanNow is free? Does this include alcohol? Also, does anyone have screenshots of the OceanNow menu?
  10. Is the "World Fresh Marketplace" any different than the previous buffets? Pics please?! ENJOY!
  11. Actually, in the original social media post they were called Districts, hence my use of the terminology here. Perhaps that is why it was taken down a short while later. Carnival is calling them zones now.
  12. I disagree. That pool is much larger than the main pool on Breeze/Horizon. Also not 3 decks high around it so I see an improvement. The press release also mentioned a pool and hot tub on the promenade/aft section.
  13. I'm most excited about that Lido deck! After cruising the Horizon, the Breeze, etc. I wasn't a fun of such a tiny pool in such a closed in area (3 decks high), but it looks like that is finally changing. Also the Atrium!? WOW!
  14. Just posted by Carnival on their Social Media and then taken down shortly after! You're all lucky I was so excited I took screenshots! I'll attach a picture of each of the districts along with the descriptions! Grand Central On a Carnival cruise your vacation starts in the atrium, and on Mardi Gras that’s in the Grand Central zone. By the way… on this ship the atrium’s different. Don’t be surprised if you step inside and the first place you want to look is upwards. Up there are high ceilings that hint at even more fun living on the three decks above! But look around too… you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows that really bring in the ocean views. Of course you’ll be back here throughout your cruise, taking a break with a nice cup of coffee, enjoying live music up on stage, or killing time fabulously with a handcrafted cocktail in between evening shows. In Grand Central you’re never far from great dining spots like Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki, plus feel-good entertainment like Piano Bar 88 and The Punchliner Comedy Club. French Quarter If “big” and “easy” sound about right for your vacation, you might just make the French Quarter on Mardi Gras your home zone. What inspired this place is no less than New Orleans itself… and if all this talk of NOLA has you half as hungry as we are, you’ll be pleased to hear that The French Quarter is lined with bars and eateries worthy of their namesake, spots serving up everything from small plates to classic Hurricane cocktails straight from the bayou. Just steps away there’s entertainment inspired by the world-renowned Crescent City nightlife — yep, there’s a hot jazz club in this zone — plus you’re not far from more bars, lounges and some funky little shops. And while we’re not one to brag about our friends, one of these spots is being designed in partnership with a name you definitely know! Summer Landing Go ahead and call Summer Landing “the greatest chill spot at sea”… and we’ll be right there with you, any time of year! Know what goes great with chilling outdoors? BBQ, so we’re building a Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse into this zone to make sure it always tastes like summer here, courtesy of freshly-smoked faves designed by Guy Fieri. You wouldn’t be surprised that the pool and whirlpool aren’t far, but would you have guessed that there’s even original Parched Pig™ beers brewing just a few feet from the tap? La Piazza La dolce vita is within reach at La Piazza… and we’d know, with all the Italian seafaring spirit that’s literally driving the ship. This zone stands for flavor, and it starts with Cucina del Capitano, which brings your party together for an evening of Italian favorites served family-style, while Pizzeria del Capitano makes delizioso happen for you 24 hours a day atop a base of imported Italian flour and fresh mozzarella. Atmosphere is everything here, so roaming musicians provide an authentic soundtrack to your time in La Piazza. Mardi Gras debuts a new Mediterranean spot specializing in seafood, plus there’s even a bar where you’ll sip authentic espresso drinks by day and classic Italian cocktails when the sun goes down. Lido If you’ve cruised with us before, you know Lido… but aboard Mardi Gras this poolside zone features even more delicious and fun ways to spend a day. Everybody looks to Lido for variety, and with tons of casual dining spots you’ll discover new experiences among the flavors that keep our guests coming back. Take in a Dive-In Movie at the pool and you’re not far from signature Carnival favorites like Guy’s Burger Joint, the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina taco spot. And for folks hoping we haven’t forgotten: yes, Lido is absolutely home to fan-favorite Swirls, the free soft-serve spot cranking out the cool 24 hours a day! The Ultimate Playground Don’t let the name fool you — this zone is ages everybody and up. Kids, you’re going to love this. And adults, the playground has grown up with you. So yay for play! Of course The Ultimate Playground starts with BOLT™, the first rollercoaster at sea, an all-electric thrill ride that puts the power of speed in your hands. But that’s only the beginning — this playground has the largest Carnival WaterWorks ever with three huge spiraling slides, plus SportSquare is here featuring an entire mini-golf course, full-court basketball and a ropes course. And, of course, more. Ultimate enough for you?
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