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  1. Just disembarked from the Royal in Vancouver on June 8. Thought I would post a copy of the times since it varied somewhat from what someone had posted from 2 weeks earlier. I think we were either the 2nd or 3rd time to disembark in Vancouver so maybe they have worked the kinks out. They seemed to be running a bit early for some of the groups. Disembarkation.pdf
  2. I got an upswell last week for our June 1 Alaska cruise. $79 per person to upgrade from an inside to balcony (category ID to BB). I took it. I initially booked the inside at a fantastic rate. This was the icing on the cake.
  3. Thank you. That information is very helpful. I think we're going to give it a try. Our city doesn't have any mass transit so we're not used to this mode of transportation.
  4. Yes, at least for me (American). I found it on my cruise personalizer as something I could add (I booked direct with Princess). I believe if you booked with a TA you need to ask them to add it.
  5. The transfer to Vancouver airport is $29 each.
  6. Thanks so much. We're considering it. At this point, I just want the easiest way that requires the least amount of us schlepping our luggage.
  7. How do you pay? We will have no Canadian money with us. Do you purchase at a kiosk with credit card? Thanks.
  8. That was quick. I know you just got home. Yes, I got the info from your blog. I want to thank you for posting your blog. It has been so helpful since we're doing the southbound on the Royal on June 1. Eventhough this will be our 8th Alaska cruise (7 on Princess), it is always helpful to get up to date real life information. I've already printed out the disembarkation page that you posted. We have a 4:11 pm flight from Vancouver airport. I just checked and the disembarkation paperwork shows people with Princess transfer to YVR have to pick up luggage at the cruise ship terminal. Darn!
  9. I'm considering booking the Princess transfer when we dock in Vancouver to the airport. Does anyone have any recent experience (I know the season is young). Will we have to collect our bags after we get off the ship, or will they go from our cabin directly to the bus. I think we have to clear customs, so maybe we have to collect our bags before getting on the bus. We have a late afternoon flight, but I just read a post from someone who got off the ship yesterday that there was a 45 minute wait for taxi.
  10. We will be boarding the Royal in 2 weeks. Just received our Medallions this past Friday. Does anyone know if we will get a cruise card when we board. when we were on the Regal in January we got both the Medallion and a cruise card at embarkation. We booked last minute so no time to mail Medallions to us. Just curious if they have done away with cruise cards completely on Medallion ships.
  11. Looking for some clarification especially as it pertains to the Ocean Compass app and does it work before u get on the ship. We were on the Regal in January and everything worked well for the most part.  We are going to be on the Royal in June. Everything is completed and Ocean Ready shows check marks for both of us. Medallions have been ordered.  However when I open the Ocean Compass app and put in my booking number and birthdate I continually get error message that they were unable to match the combination of reservation number and birthday. Is this normal until I get on the ship?
  12. Looking for some clarification especially as it pertains to the Ocean Compass app and does it work before u get on the ship. We were on the Regal in January and everything worked well for the most part. Were are going to be on the Royal in June. Everything is completed and Ocean Ready shows check marks for both of us. Medallions have been ordered. However when I open the Ocean Compass app and put in my booking number and birthdate I continually get error message that they were unable to match the combination of reservation number and birthday. Is this normal until I get on the ship?
  13. I just booked a cruise for June 1 and used a Future Cruise Deposit and had to pay the balance since it is just over a month away. If I want to get insurance (not thru Princess), what do I put down for the date I made deposit/first payment? Would it be when I purchased the Future Cruise Deposit back in January or yesterday's date when I paid for the cruise? I never thought of this before when I purchased insurance and used a FCD. I didn't post this on the Insurance section since it's specific to the Princess FCD program. Thanks.
  14. Do u still get days credit for the free cruise?
  15. Below is the link to the one my DH bought on Amazon. He bought it for his FitBit but discovered it worked well for the Medallion. He did say it is a little difficult to do the clasp. Newer models may be better. https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Accessory-Wireless-Activity-Wristband/dp/B01HCHE6DK/ref=sr_1_10?crid=3LICC8PBVNJFO&keywords=fitbit+zip+wristband&qid=1549920796&s=sporting-goods&sprefix=FitBit+zip+wrist%2Csporting%2C152&sr=1-10
  16. No. Since we booked our cruise last minute, we got our Medallions when we checked in. The cruise cards were already in a clear plastic holder and the Medallion in a separate plastic holder. Both were attached to a single lanyard.
  17. The Medallion wasn't a perfect fit, but since the wristband is soft plastic, the Medallion was secure.
  18. My husband used his FitBit Zip wristband for his Medallion. It was $6.99 on Amazon. Of course, shipping would be extra unless you have Prime.
  19. No matter what they do, they're not going to please 100% of people. We're at the point where we primarily book inside cabins. I would actually prefer if they would remove the chair at the desk. Have never used it. On our cruise last month on the Regal they had removed the little round table which I was glad since we would always put in the closet area. We never order room service so table/chair(s) aren't important. We don't spend much time in the cabin. When we stayed in a balcony room in the past, I don't recall using the inside chair much and found the little round table to be in the way and useless. Guess I'm in the minority.
  20. Thanks for all the info. I know at least Delta, United and probably American have an additional more restricted Economy fare that you don't get to choose your seat when you book. This is not offered on all flights. Below is from the United website: I just wanted to make sure Princess was not booking the more restricted Economy fare. Sounds like I better talk with them direct to make sure.
  21. When you book with EZair in economy can you always reserve your seats in advance? I know some airlines now have a Basic Economy fare on some flights where you can't reserve seats in advance. It's a cheaper fare. Just want to make sure Princess doesn't book in this class.
  22. We were on the Regal last month. We’re not good at remembering to take pictures. I really liked our embarkation one but refuse to pay $25 for a photo. If they would just reduce the price they’d sell more. Seems like such a waste to print them out and destroy thousands at the end of the cruise. One of my primary gripes
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