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  1. We were on the same one day cruise. Everything was a little harried, but we found the cruise to be fine. I was actually quite impressed with the food and service. We probably wouldn't go on a one day again, but not because Princess did anything wrong. I just found getting to the cruise in Vancouver and then getting home from Seattle was more trouble than one day on the ship was worth.
  2. There are three dining rooms on most ships. How bout one dining room is formal. I know quite a few people would still like this. Suits are just too hot and stuffy for me. This formal room may only be for a couple of nights each cruise. One semi-formal. I will personally be in that one. And one dining room that could be even more casual. I don't care what people dress like in this dining room because I won't be in there. Princess needs to enforce the standards for each dining room, and let people decide for themselves what they want their vacation to be like. The market for dining styles will be determined by demand. If there is no demand for a dining style, there will be no need to have a dining room to cater to it. The truth is Princess's dining rooms are reflecting societal change. My mother and father loved to dress up. They are the age group of many of you on this board. I know that they would pick the formal room. I am a generation younger, and I prefer things more casual. I would be in the second dining room. My children range from 23 to 10 years old. Their generation seems to be even more casual. That may change as they get older, but Millennials and younger people just do not seem as interested in formalities. That is neither good nor bad, but it reflects the reality of the future cruising market Princess must compete in. Princess is probably going to become less formal in the future, but there should always be room for a formal dining experience if that is what someone wants.
  3. Those that like formal night are probably just as likely to get their pictures taken. Those people who were not dressing up, probably weren't getting photos anyway. I doubt it will hurt Princess's bottom line.
  4. I totally understand your point of view. There should still be a formal dining room or two (depending on demand). That does not mean that the people who would like to be more casual cannot have a dining room as well. My observation: as of right now, the whole thing is a mess. In my four years of sailing I have seen the standards drop considerably. There does really not seem to be a dress code at all. Embracing a more formal dining room and enforcing it would mean that the people who enjoyed a formal experience would really get it. I
  5. That is a good idea. I think there must be a solution that would make both the pro-formal passengers and the more casual passengers happy as well. Princess needs to think outside the box a little. Surely there is win - win solution.
  6. A possible solution may be to have one or two of the dining rooms stay formal on formal nights. I traditionally have dressed up for formal nights, but I would prefer not to. I just enjoy the dinner much more when it is more casual. Not jeans and sweatpants, but dress pants and a dress shirt. I wear a suit at work most days. Plus add the hassle of extra luggage, and full formal nights are just not my thing, but why not have some dining rooms formal and some more informal. Best of both worlds.
  7. I agree. Ever tried to stack anything with Celebrity? Nothing stacks. Shareholders, FCC, special deals. Pick one. As for the free cruise at Zenith level. We would never cruise enough to qualify. With the shorter cruises that Princess counts, we will be Elite this year, and qualify for the extra OBC sometime in the next 4 years or so. Princess is very generous with the OBC. A free cruise would be nice, but frankly you would pay for it in the cost of each of your cruises. Oceania offers free cruises. Check out their price - twice what you pay for Princess. Nothing is ever really free.
  8. I believe that some people use the shower in the gym area. I think it is accessible even if you do not use the spa.
  9. Are you sure it is May 15? I believe the Coral arrives into Vancouver from LA on May 8th and the Island heads up to Alaska on that day. On May 15th, the Island will be in Whittier, and Coral will be returning from a RT to Alaska into Vancouver. The Island will not be back in Vancouver until the 22nd. If it is the 8th, the Volendam is also in Vancouver. The port can be a bit of a pain with 3 ships, and it is always slower early in the season while the new employees are still learning the job. Still, as has been mentioned, the Port is very centralized and walking between ships is pretty easy.
  10. Only been with Princess for 4 years, but I have never seen it discounted (either pre-cruise, nor on the cruise itself). Been on Celebrity twice where they offered 30% of the regular price on embarkment day. Bought it once. Even then I probably did not break even.
  11. Cruised the Grand on a ten day out of San Francisco to Mexico in March. It was a very nice cruise. The ship was in good shape (as it just came out of drydock). The crew was excellent. Baring significant changes between now and then, I would (and probably will) go to Mexico again on the Grand in 2020.
  12. I agree with you ColoCruiser. I have already made my opinion known. This argument just goes in circles anyways. Plus, all my best replies just get removed.
  13. Yes, but only here on the boards. I posted before that I have never heard anyone proudly tell their waiter or steward that they would not be tipped. Some people are proudly defiant here; not so much in person on the ship. Make them a mandatory charge. Absolutely agree. The cruise lines are partly to blame here.
  14. Agreed. Just make them a hotel charge. Do not know what percentage actually pull their tips, but just make it a mandatory charge. Tired of subsidizing the people who sneak down and pull their tips on the last day.
  15. I still would love to go on this cruise. Hoping that maybe insides or OVs go down in price. Probably not going to happen. Does anyone know when the EZ air prices will be out for this? Thanks.
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