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  1. That shows you can book on the day we are scheduled to visit. I expect it is likely that they (Princess) are short on busses again like last time we were in NZ.
  2. 105 days out and we just received our tour cancellation from Princess for the Hobbiton today 😞
  3. October 2025 is the Spring sailings and should be out soon the Fall sailings (Mar-Apr) have been out for ages
  4. In this case I am not looking to compare oranges with oranges as I am not looking to compare to my previous experiences. We have sailed mostly with Princess but that is not what I would want to compare it with as we are looking for something different rather than something the same. That is why I frames the question on how others had found their experience on those cruise lines to be not how those experiences compared to Princess for example.
  5. Rest in Peace Mr Gut, may you always find fair winds and following seas.
  6. Oooh Safari suits, now we're talking 😁
  7. I kind of got that impression 🙂 We have been Princess cruisers so far but the last few years we have had enough poor experiences with their service that we are cancelling cruises and looking for new options.
  8. Regent looks interesting, we look forward to hearing about your upcoming cruise 🙂 Silversea also looks interesting but when I look over at their forum it seems a bit of a mixed bag?
  9. We are looking to try some of the smaller lines and are interested in those which are leaning towards the all inclusive. Interested to hear what others have found in their travels to give us some insights as to which lines may suit us best in the future. While looking through the various cruiseline websites it can be interesting to see what seems to be all inclusive at first glance isn't quite when you delve a little deeper. Kind of what we expected but it would be nice to hear some first hand experiences.
  10. Guess the question is how long until the cookies are $$ no matter where you source them? 🤷‍♂️
  11. How does the price compare to the other suites/cabins? Since they never list the Family suite price on the site there is no way for families to get an idea of price comparison so many may not even consider it?
  12. I guess more to the point if Princess is going to offer Free Balcony room offers to Casino guests then they had at least make one category available on the ship regardless of what the lowest category is? Kind pointless offering a prize that doesn't exist on the ship you are offering it on now does it?
  13. Sorry to hear it, seems the next one after yours is still going (for now.......) Guess we will wait and see if ours magically drops off closer to departure 😒
  14. Which cruise are you on Thrak? The Hobbiton is still showing for ours in Jan.
  15. I was wondering about the per cruise addition items and how they represented value based on length of the cruise? It certainly doesn't make a great selling point for packages on longer cruises if there is per cruise items included as you pay a lot more in total for the same benefit compared to a shorter cruise. On the other hand, how are B2B cruises treated? Are they separate and therefore you get an allowance for each like you do for the elite min bar setup?
  16. Not sure I understand this bit? Everything I ever hear about the US is how it is the model Democracy? If the people do not agree with a draconic law why wouldn't it be changed?
  17. Seems about normal for the Aus ones now days. Haven't had a decent one for years........
  18. Sitting at the Explorers on the Grand we passed the time matching faces in between evening events
  19. It is the photo that comes up on every bar terminal when they ring up a sale. It is how they identify passengers. You see a whole bunch of them on the screen at each bar as people walk past with their medallions...
  20. No cancellation of ours in Jan 24 yet...... We wait in hope
  21. We have taken kids with us on cruises varying from 7 days to 20 days in length and so far have not had an issue with bored kids yet. The kids club has a wide range of games and activities for the kids with their own version of the patter to let you know what is on each day. Whilst Princess doesn't do the big ticket items like rock walls, coasters, rides etc they do have gaming machines and arcade machines in the different clubs. Which brings up the next item, your daughters are in different age brackets which will mean they will be in different kids clubs. They do not make age exceptions, the only time I have seen age exceptions occur was on the longer cruise where the number of kids were lower and they allowed the kids and teens to mix. So far we have found every cruise no matter the length there is always kids on board, just the number varies from quite a lot (usually holiday periods) to around 20 or so on really long itineraries.
  22. Over the years i would say yes, others have needed some hand holding to get them pointed in the right direction. It helps when you know where you have to point them though.
  23. We come across this issue and the problem of cabins being unavailable a fair bit due to port of embarkation. When a cruise has multiple ports of embarkation as part of a longer/multiple leg cruises then the selection for each embarkation port is limited. We have had success using a PVP to contact Inventory control to release specific cabins from other sectors to make them available from our location. It can be done but it does take some effort on their part.
  24. There is an option to have an alternative image displayed when you are using the screens around the ship, door locks etc this can be whatever you choose (within limits I guess) The photo that comes up for crew is the security photo which has to be of you. If it is not of you then you will have difficulty boarding as security won't allow you on as you don't match the photo, at which time they will take another photo for you 🙃
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