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Hutchinj

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  1. Aft balconies are all about the view. Here's a pic from a Mediterranean cruise we took on a Norwegian ship with an aft cabin. Simply mesmerizing!
  2. Penga - You make some valid points, specific to your situation. I hope you ultimately get some satisfaction out of PG. But even more than that, I hope you have a fabulous time on your Marquesas cruise. I'm kinda thinking you will. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Yeh, I broke this news to our group last week. At least you got an email from PG about the change. I got nothing from them and only learned the news from my TA. I have mixed emotions about it too but planning to make the best of it. After all, a week cruising French Polynesia in a butler equipped deck 8 cabin can't be all that bad. Run your butler ragged to make up for it! <LOL> ๐Ÿ˜„
  4. Thanks, TBK. PG's cruise schedule indicates departure from both islands at 5:00pm so I wasn't sure how close they would cut off the last tender service.
  5. Is there a list of PG Tender Schedules posted anywhere? I realize they are subject to change. I'm most interested in when the last tender returns to the ship on Day 2 of both the Bora Bora and Moorea stopovers (during the 7-day Society Islands cruises). Need to know how much leeway I should allow between the end of an excursion and the last tender of the day. Thanks!
  6. Ha ha... Iโ€™m sure youโ€™re right about our TA taking credit. But I wonโ€™t beat him up about it too badly since he did give us $500 in OBC and got PG to throw in another $200 OBC from their โ€œSweetieโ€ promotion, even though we missed PGโ€™s deadline. And yes, as much as we love aft cabins, weโ€™re really looking forward to the category B cabin on deck 8 and butler service. Itโ€™s all good! ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. Not sure this is true for all the Category B Veranda Suites. It seems that five of them (those marked with a "dot" in the attached deck plan) come with two twin beds that can be pushed together to make a bed about the size of a Queen. We've been assigned one of these rooms and while I would prefer a single large King bed, I'm sure it will be fine as is.
  8. Yep, we specifically booked #767 in August 2018 for a July 2020 cruise. Not to be informed about the change by PG is disappointing, to say the least.
  9. I well understand. We love the aft cabins, too. Something very special and serene about them, especially when you are underway. Kind of have to experience one to understand. ;) The upgrade to a Cat B cabin will be OK even though I see little use in a Butler for this cruise. What bothers me most is that PG has not bothered to contact us to notify us of the change or give us our options, if there are any. Finding out by accident or via your TA is not how this should be handled. Very poor form, IMHO.
  10. Thanks as always, TBK. Appreciate your insight. This upgrade just makes us all the more excited for our upcoming 50th Anniversary trip! ๐Ÿ‘
  11. Not meaning to hijack another thread ("Feedback on Cabin 767") but thought that was important enough to create a new Topic... Sad to say but the Category C aft cabins will be no more after the refurb in May 2020. Seems they are converting those 5 cabins into 2 suites (Grand or Owner types?). We booked cabin #767 over a year ago for our 4 July 2020 cruise but that cabin will no longer exist. The good news is that PG wanted to move us to some other Cat C room but our TA talked them into upgrading us to a Category B Veranda Suite for free. We love aft cabin views but maybe the larger room, balcony, and Butler will help ease the pain. ๐Ÿ™‚ We likely never would have opted to pay the $3K or so to upgrade so we will look upon this as a bonus. Would appreciate any comments on those who have stayed in these cabins on Deck 8. Seems to be convenient to the pool and pool bar but hopefully not too noisy. The Cat B veranda balcony appears to be a bit deeper, too, if not as wide as others. Kind of like the idea being up high on the ship and having no cabins above us. We shall see!
  12. Larro9 -- Yes, as nice as I'm sure the Cat B suite upgrade is, we too will miss the aft cabin we were so looking forward to. Number8 -- We were assigned cabin #818 in the upgrade. It's on the port side and closest to the pool bar. There's actually quite a distance between our balcony and the bar area itself so we're hopeful noise won't be an issue. I kind of like the idea being close to the pool and bar, actually. No stairs! And deck 8 should be nice with no cabins above us.
  13. Sad to say but the Category C aft cabins will be no more after the refurb in May 2020. Seems they are converting those 5 cabins Into 2 suites (Grand or Owner types). We booked cabin #767 over a year ago for our 4 July 2020 cruise but that cabin will no longer exist. The good news is that PG wanted to move us to some other Cat C room but our TA talked them into upgrading us to a Category B Veranda Suite for free. We love aft cabin views but maybe the larger room, balcony, and Butler will help ease the pain. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish theyโ€™d give us one of those 2 new ginormous aft suites but I guess that would be wishing for too much. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  14. Great advice, Larro. We may very well opt for a dinner one night on our balcony. Comment noted about the wine, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Is it true that on a 7-day cruise you may only reserve the specialty restaurants for one night each? No big deal if so. I just want to be prepared. Thanks!
  15. We're booked on a 7-day Society Islands cruise next July. I've heard a lot about how important it is to get your dinner reservations for the various restaurants made as soon as you board the Paul Gauguin. But what kind of dining schedule do you experienced PG cruisers recommend? I think Le Grill would be a given for the night anchored in Bora Bora's lagoon and perhaps La Veranda for the night at Moorea but any other suggestions that come to mind would be appreciated. Sadly, the Marina Dinner option has already been spoken for. And yeh, I'm probably overthinking this as I'm sure any dining option will be great. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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