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  1. I clicked on this post because I couldn't resist seeing what would be posted under the subject title: "The Night the Ladies Went Out at Sea -- An Emerald Review" LOL! My misread! But so very fun!
  2. We were on the Sky Jan18-23. At that time you did need to have the "ocean compass" downloaded on your phone, not just the medallion class app. But, I've picked up hints from other postings here that possibly the capabilities of the [once] separate ocean compass app has been integrated into the medallion class app.....? Just a head's up.
  3. I agree with all that tillys mom says here. Just to add my thoughts to what she's said: on every cruise we carefully consider whether we will take the Princess excursions or hire privately. We prefer private tours, but the possibility of being on a private tour and being left behind if we miss departure time weighs heavily on us. In Panama we were on an excursion where our bus broke down and we were delayed some 6+ hours getting back to ship. It was a Princess excursion --- so they waited for us. Otherwise, they wouldn't have. In the UK we felt confidence in a) the commitment of the private tours to get us back to the ship in time (I always asked them how they'd make sure to do this), along with b) our own ability to train to the next port and catch up with the ship if we'd missed it (unless we were criss-crossing water). So, we almost always made our own arrangements for private tours. So glad we did!! They were less expensive, higher quality, very personalized, using small vans of maybe 8-12 people vs. Princess's big buses, and they often combined more destinations into one day that Princess would. I read a lot of the past diaries of people's BI cruises here on cruise critic and got many, many useful and valuable tips about each port, and recommendations for tour companies. I love British Isle Cruises.
  4. Yes. Cielo's. All the way aft. Sixth floor. And it's like on the Regal where you have to know the "secret passage" way to get to it (that's a joke, in case someone is bothered by my saying that).
  5. I have another question about Future Cruise Deposits to piggy-back on the OP's question: My husband and I each have two FCDs right now. So, altogether we have 4 on deposit. I am anticipating booking a Fall 2020 cruise for my two daughters and me. Just us 3 girls. I will be making the booking for all 3 of us. What does this mean for using the FCDs I have --- will I use mine for me, and I'll have to make separate, different amount, deposits for them??? Or can I use 3 of the 4 I have on deposit for the 3 of us, even though they were originally made for my husband? So glad to get the chance to find this out now!
  6. What reasons did your 4 friends give? As mentioned already, there is a promenade deck, on both starboard and port side, it just doesn't go all the way around the bow and stern. And there is some intrusion from the tenders and life rafts for a section. But, as was also pointed out, it has nice little open areas with lounge chairs. One thing I really like about the Sky is how it never feels crowded. I don't know how they do it, but as we'd walk around the shops and public areas, we'd feel the crush of the crowds more on the smaller ships, with less people, than on the Sky. MDR always felt spacious and uncrowded. Yes, there is the World Market buffet, and also the Horizon Court buffet. Two buffet sections, that are different - plus the Pastry shop with .... Pastries! All were rarely - if ever - crowded.
  7. I have an iphone 7, and ATT service (and I am a grandma). We recently were on the Princess Sky for a Caribbean cruise. The ATT daily international plan for $10 only popped up as an option when we were in port, not a thing when we were on the ship. On the ship we used wifi exclusively.
  8. When looking at the diagrams of the Sky Princess where the obstructed balconies are located, pay very close attention to the little tiny drawings of the actual boats hanging on the sides. There are two different kinds, that is reflected in the details of the teeny drawings. One kind is a more significant obstacle than the other. When I pick out an obstructed balcony I pick a room that looks out on the one that has the lower profile. ( I don't know the correct terms for these two different boats, but I think one kind are life rafts, and the other are tender boats. Whatever - there are two different kinds). We recently sailed on the Sky, in cabin E515. The obstruction was very easy to live with - a flat orange surface just beyond our balcony that came up to just beneath the top of our balcony rail. Just a few cabins down from us were the other kind of boats, and their obstruction was more significant because those boats have a higher, larger mass of area that comes up above the balconies to block the view. Also watch out for the white mechanical 'thingees" that are between all the orange boats that hold the boats up and lower them down. Try to avoid them as they are also tall and obstructive. How many of the lower and higher profile orange boats even differs from port side to starboard on the Sky. Going by memory, one side has 2 or 3, and the other side has just one. Something like that - anyway, the two sides do not exactly match each other, so just pay attention to the details of the drawings and pick a cabin that is over the smaller, lower profile boat. Use the deck diagrams for the Sky. The Regal is slightly different. Pictures from E515 obstructed balcony on Sky Princess:
  9. Live TV choices: MSNBC FOX CNBC BBC WORLD NEWS Another one..... can't quite remember it .... ESPN?
  10. We just returned from Western Caribbean on Princess Sky. What an overall great experience it was! I've come back with a couple of questions/points of discussion on which to get input from folks here. First, we were very impressed with the entertainment - the Princess singers and dancers, and all that goes into the stage productions, were outstanding. I'm wondering, though; since the Sky is the newest ship in the fleet does that mean they get to have higher level of entertainers? Like, the "A Team", or the "first string" singers and dancers? Is there some sort of ranking system of how the entertainers are spread among the ships? Or can one expect all the Princess ships to have the same top level of entertainment talent as we saw on the Sky? Besides the Princess troupe, the bands and extra entertainers were excellent also. As I'd already read here before our cruise, the band Static was terrific!
  11. Yikes! Had to check my latest John Grisham book I've been keeping for my next vacation. Whew - mine is The Reckoning. We started cruising the Regal from it's second year, and we've loved the ship. It doesn't seem that long ago, but as intensely as a ship is used, I guess it doesn't take long.
  12. Interesting, as the three times we've been sailing on Princess on a Sunday morning, there has been a Sunday morning church service.
  13. We are in embryo stage for all things “Medallion”. We’ve downloaded Ocean Ready app onto our phones and done some things with it, but our medallions haven’t arrived yet. I have a rather simple question .... based on something I think I read earlier. Is it true that on the Medallion ships (Sky) you don’t get the daily Patter in paper form .... that you read it on your device through the app? If this is so - (this is the heart of my question) - can I / should I download one of the apps onto my iPad if I don’t want to read the Patter on my phone? Because I don’t want to read it on my phone. Is the app able to be downloaded onto two different devices for one person w/o running into any kind of technical problems?
  14. It’s been awhile since we’ve been onboard Princess on a Sunday morning. Does anyone here know what time the Sunday morning (Protestant) service is usually held?
  15. We will be at sea on the Princess Sky on Jan. 19th; the day of two significant NFL championship playoff games. Does anyone know if we can expect them to be broadcast on the ship somewhere?.... anywhere?
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