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  1. I was on the extended 10 night Anthem trip that just ended. This was my first time cruising solo, and purchased the Key for 20.00/night. As a solo, purchasing the surf and stream was always in the plans, so the few extra dollars a day seemed like a decent offer. My Key experience was similar to most other reviews. Embarcation was super easy, arrived at the port at 10am, was allowed to wait in the front of the line and was one of the first passengers on the ship! At the final security kiosk, I was directed to the side and given a wrist band as my Key Pass until rooms opened up, and all my Key information, including internet password. I dropped off my carry on bag at the theater entrance. Lunch opened at 1130, and Chops was excellent. Avoiding the craziness in the WJ was so nice! My bag was in my room when it opened up. As others have stated, the activities were extremely limited, and the North Star was down for our entire cruise. Reserved seating at the shows was great, near the front of the theater, and front and center on the second level in two70. You still need to make reservations though. I skipped the debarcation breakfast, and had both bags with me. Headed to the Next Cruise desk as instructed, met the Key personnel, and was escorted right to customs checkout. I timed it, 14 minutes from my room on deck 11 to the waiting area outside the port! The Key worked for me as a solo cruiser who planned to get the internet package anyway, I personally do not think it would have been worth it for anyone with more than 2 in their stateroom?
  2. FYI....Just off the Anthem, there is a smoking area on deck 5 starboard. I am certain that the cabins above that area will be affected by the smoke!
  3. Thanks for the info.....the price was incredable and to good to pass up! I will report back after trip to report how things went. If we get pushed to a later flight, it will not ruin everything as the 1st day will be for travel only.
  4. Flying from Philadelphia to Calgary July 31st, spending 3 days in Banff, before cruise from Vancouver. Air Canada to Toronto layover, then on to Calgary also on Air Canada. Layover in Toronto is only 80 minutes... Is this possible? Do we need to recover luggage and pass through customs in Toronto? Flights are booked through Expedia.
  5. Thanks to everyone for all the in depth information and advice! We have decided to fly into Calgary, rent an SUV, and spend 3 days in the Banff area. After that we are driving to Vancouver to board the Royal Princess.
  6. Wow......thanks for the help! Prices are crazy high for that time frame, but flying into Vancouver and renting a car is at least doable. We are going to add a day on to the trip (Thanks Work) so we will have 2 full days in the Banff area. The Icefields Parkway drive sounds awesome!!
  7. Hi All....I am going on the Golden northbound from Vancouver 8/3/19. We would like to rent a car and stay in Vancouver 7/30, drive to Banff, Lake Louise for 2 nights, and then stay back in Vancouver 8/2 before boarding the ship. Any recommendations for hotels, or sites to see during the stay? 1st time traveling this area
  8. Thanks for the info, first time in Alaska. Really looking forward....or aftward... to the views!
  9. Taking your advice....after looking at the vids and photos, I changed to Dolphin 729.
  10. Yes.....this will be our first time cruising in an aft balcony.
  11. First time on Princess, 8-3-19 Alaska. 4 previous cruises on RCCL. Booked an aft cabin on deck 10, Carribe, but just noticed that it does not have a covered balcony? The only other aft covered balcony available is on deck 9, Dolphin. Any pros/cons on these two balconies? Any other advice, tips for this ship?? Thanks in advance!
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