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  1. 23 minutes ago, Wishing on a star said:

    This would be good news for us if The Catch gets a better venue, and a full menu.  I believe that the menu offers a bit less than on other ships?

    In fact, I think there are several 'favorites' that are just not offered on the SUN.


    Another question that Princess is still working on...  LOVE by Britto.

    What a bad and disorganized concept.

    Anyhow, they have cut the upcharge drastically and made it 'Premium' dining.

    Tables are still empty.  Reservations available at almost any time.

    I think that the set, price-fix menu is one of the big reasons.

    While I am sure that the people who put this together were just so excited about their special oyster, and the mushroom cappuccino.   I think there might be many people who just do not prefer, or can not eat, oysters or mushrooms.


    I am hoping that they update the menu with a few options.  

    We would book it now, and give it a try, if it weren't for the limited menu.

    We don't sail un November - so I'm hoping things are all settled by then!

  2. On 6/17/2024 at 2:05 AM, cruisedoctor said:

    I found the following on the very popular and informative Cruisedeckplans website:



    If this is true, then all the Sanctuary Class passengers will now be dining on Deck 8 of the Horizon's dining room.  I was on the Sun's inaugural sailing, and that level is the least luxurious of the three...and wouldn't be my choice for a dining venue for those paying exorbitant suite rates.  The port and starboard side windows look out onto open decks (not a very luxurious view).  And, the small aft section's view, is the back side of the Wake View Bar.image.png.df03a1b8cf77d8d6f110e2f9a4a81067.png



    If they also take over the two small far aft dining areas (adjacent to the two rear elevators), those have a lot of windows, but those overlook passengers lounging on the Wake View Terrace, where those passengers will be gawking inwards at the diners.



    Wow.... none of those seem to provide the "signature suite experience" that I was expecting when we booked our Signature Suite over a year ago!  😔

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  3. A couple of weeks ago there was a vlog published everywhere by a TA who had recently sailed the Sun Princess.  She shared that there were to be very specific changes shuffling many of the restaurant locations on the Sun Princess. Supposedly to be effective in October when she starts to sail the Caribbean. 


    I have not been able to find anything else about it anywhere and the thread that was here has been removed. Was that all a rumor or misinformation??

  4. 1 minute ago, chill6x6 said:

    Quick question!


    My itinerary says Explora I arrives back to MIA at 7AM.  Any reason we couldn't be on our way to the airport by 8AM?


    Thank you!

    Maybe - but it totally depends on when the ship is released by customs.  Then and only then can they begin the disembarking process.

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  5. 6 minutes ago, reiddg said:

    Early in the thread, it was mentioned that there was a Princess webinar, for TAs I believe, to discuss the new Sanctuary Collection.  Anyone on here or following attend it?  I'm curious if any meaningful information came out of it.

    My TA attended - it confirmed what we had already figured out. Not many questions or concerns were addressed, it seems. Princess stated that they feel this new plan is "better for the guests".

    Not sure I agree - especially since the suites lost things that I feel were important to the suite experience they had promised when we booked.

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  6. 2 hours ago, vjmatty said:

    I think it was even more of a concern. If we assume as you seem to that everyone will be out there at once, that tiny area was not enough for 160 people. The thing about day passes with the old system, if someone buys it they’re almost 100% likely to use it. Less likely with permissive included access of the 215 cabins.  As I mentioned above, even Celebrity and MSC don’t have enough seating on their decks or restaurants for every passenger entitled to be there at the same time.


    But hey, we’re both speculating. We won’t know who’s right until October. 

    Nope - never made that assumption. 

  7. 1 hour ago, vjmatty said:

    I don’t think we need it….the whole area is now exclusive, with exponentially more space and a lot less passengers than under the old system.  If you’re worried about the “lower class” type passenger, they’ll be priced out of the sanctuary club rooms anyway 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Nope - not at all a “lower class” thing. 

    I’m concerned about the possibility of 428 other people (215 cabins at double occupancy) impacting my ability to use the space and get suite-level service, that I paid for with my suite booking. 

    With the dedicated suite space that was not a concern. 

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  8. 3 minutes ago, vjmatty said:

    That actually looks like a lot more room than suites originally had, like 4 times as much. The question is, do those additional Sanctuary Club cabins add up to more or less than the number of day passes that are being sold on sailings between now and October.  I personally don’t think the original Signature area was big enough for 80 suites. 

    ….but now there is NO dedicated suite space. 

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  9. 44 minutes ago, vjmatty said:

    What is the difference between Sanctuary access to select balcony cabins and Sanctuary day passes being sold to the winners of the embarking day marathon, as in the old way? Either way you’d be sharing with the hoi pollloi. 

    There was a Signature Suite area in the Sanctuary which seems to have disappeared from the updated deck plans. 

    Original deck plans:


    UPDATED deck plan:



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  10. 33 minutes ago, mrmarklin said:

    No upgrade at all.  As a Suite passenger, I feel "screwed".  there is actually a dilution of benefits, in that more people will be eating in the Signature dining room, and our exclusive area on top of the ship in the Sanctuary portion is given over to hoi polloi as well.  The only thing left is the Signature Lounge.  Certainly don't want a bunch of peasant types in there.;-)

    Seriously, it's a step back.  I'm sailing in May, hopefully, none of the changes will be made by then.  And they will honor the target date of October.  Yeah, they had the nerve to send me news about the (non) upgrade!!!!


    Cunard, here I come.  (Queen's Grill)   Thank the Lord, the Class System is alive and well in the UK.  Our own Tea Lounge, too.


    If you want to have a gripe session I'll be in cabin 15639 next to the Signature Lounge>:-)

    I was going to say the same thing. This is a HUGE devalue of what was marketed as an exclusive dedicated suite experience. 

    We booked a penthouse suite for November - with the Premier package - expecting a private area on the sundeck, a private suite only restaurant and lounge. 

    With these changes we are now sharing all of those spaces with up to 428 other people (215 cabins at double occupancy) except the suite lounge. 

    We can’t help but feel duped - these are BIG changes and not at all what we thought we paid for with our Signature Suite booking. 

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  11. 1 hour ago, kitty2264 said:

    In describing the new Sanctuary Collection the Princess website shows the following description for Penthouse Suites and Sky Suites. Description of other accommodations i.e. Mini-Suites does not include the part about the Signature Lounge, Signature Restaurant and Signature Sun Deck.


    The Most Relaxing Accommodations at Sea

    Surrounding you with deluxe accommodations, a spacious Signature Penthouse Suite with balcony includes all the amenities of our Signature Collection, including access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and Signature Sun Deck, a private area of The Sanctuary. Enjoy more living space, a separate seating area with sofa bed, enhanced amenities that range from priority embarkation and disembarkation to a complimentary mini-bar setup in suite and so much more.

    But on the new deck plans, I do not see any separation of the "Sanctuary Club" like before with the Signature Suite area that was identified as part the Sanctuary.  🤷‍♀️








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  12. 9 hours ago, Wishing on a star said:

    I could be reacting too quickly,  but the more I am seeing here with this new ship, I am seriously second guessing our booking.  No adult area,  No opportunity to book a Sanctuary.....   THESE are the things that we enjoy when cruising...  not all of the 'Screens' and glitz...    And a class system, that as many had complained, might seriously take away from our enjoyment of the cruise.  Seeing  " Sanctuary CLUB "  with the word CLUB could be the straw that seals the deal.

    Not sure if we will keep this booking.

    According to the press release…the “sanctuary club“ is still adult only - 16+




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  13. 2 minutes ago, J18ktleo said:

    In 2023 Princess changed the Premier pkg and it required an additional charge which offered more perks that are now standard.  It was very confusing and many, who didn't pay the upcharge, boarded thinking they had the entire pkg but they didn't since the name hadn't changed but, again, Princess 'adjusted' the program perks and there was really no way for passengers to know they did or didn't have the upgrade dpackage (since the name was the same🤪).


    I just looked at my group booking and we all have Premier which was included in our booking back in February for the suites, whew, thankfully that's good!  But I don't recall there being an option to book a suite without the Premier pkg.

    Yes when we booked you could book a signature suite with no package, Plus or Premier. Of course the pricing changed accordingly. 

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  14. 1 minute ago, pool_lounger said:

    I'm interested in finding out if suite guests will still have exclusive access to the Signature deck portion of the Sanctuary still? It was included as a perk before the release of the Sanctuary Club, but I haven't seen it referenced in the new material... Our email just confirmed we would still have access to the Sanctuary. Wondering if the designated suite area of the Sanctuary will still be there after Oct? 

    Doesn’t look like it!  Seems to be one big space now  🥺



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  15. 19 minutes ago, capriccio said:

    From the Sun Princess thread, this is a quote from yesterday’s press release:


    The new Sanctuary Collection aboard Sun Princess includes three levels of stateroom types – Signature Collection Suites (80), Mini Suites (123), and Premium Deluxe Balconies (16)


    I think there are fewer than 20 S9 cabins so this seems more than a doubling of the number of cabins in the Sanctuary Collection.


    I'm new to Princess - never sailed with them before, but have done the Haven, MSC YC, and MSC Explora Journeys.  Curious how these 219 cabins having access to the Sanctuary compares to the total people in the Sanctuary on other ships where they sold day passes.

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