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About Cruzer1001

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    Manitoulin Island, Ontario
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    Food, music and architecture
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    Celebrity, Princess, Viking, Windstar & Canadian Coast Guard
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  1. Sorry, but forgot to mention we’re Platinum but no idea if that counted for anything.
  2. Good luck figuring this out. Princess has no idea what its own prices are. Keep contacting them until you get an answer you like. We are finishing 47 days on the Ruby and apparently there was a secret, pre-departure “special” which was good but I was and still am unable to find out what it was. Online there were packages offered indicating percentage discounts but the numbers were all screwed up and made no sense. Each agent at Princess had a different version of what the internet costs. Got on-board in Vancouver and immediately paid $150 for unlimited one device for our 47 day B2B2B cruise. I have no idea why princess insists on making their internet service so mysterious and difficult.
  3. I’m curious about a different but related issue. Does anyone know why Princess penalizes you for booking long cruises? We ran into this earlier this year when our 49-day South America cruise needed to be broken into two shorter crises but now we have booked, directly with Princess, a 53-day cruise which has been structured to prevent that from being done. If you take the cruise out of Vancouver and get off in Shanghai you get free gratuities, upgrade possibilities on-board credit and can use Future Cruise Credits. Stay on the same ship and get off in Singapore and you get nothing, which means you get to pay $2.5K in gratuities and receive zilch OBC. Is this something cruise lines do to punish customers on long cruises or is it just a Princess thing. While I believe tipping is an archaic practice I participate in the practice because it is a cruising norm in our part of the world. I don’t like the idea that I am singled out because I am a good customer to be excluded from the booking benefits offered to everyone else in their thrice-weekly sales promotions. Their ads and their website says everyone benefits, just apparently not people who take their long cruises.
  4. Our experience with being in a CC MS was a matter of loving the mini-suite (L107 on the Regal) due to the layout and location. It wraps the front corner of the ship, has a split layout with two "rooms" and a separating curtain and has an oversized balcony area you could put twenty people on. The CC dining was flawless for us in terms of execution. We never waited more than maybe two minutes to be seated, the staff knew us by name and knew our preferences and the food was excellent. The only negative (for us) might be considered a positive by some, but we were never seated with other diners; always at a table for two. We chatted with tables around us but by its nature we weren't seated with the same people because we were anytime diners. Our last cruise around South America on the Royal we were late MDR diners and had a table for eight which changed twice during the cruise due to people on different legs. We enjoyed the four "pairs" and getting to know some people a little better. Breakfasts and lunches were with different groups every day and that gave us the variety. Not sure if the CC dining was "worth it" but it came with the MS we wanted and we have no regrets about the bit extra it cost because the room was what we wanted.
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