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About CaliforniaDon

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    San Diego area (Escondido), CA
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    Princess, Celebrity, Norwegian
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    West Coast, USA , Caribbean
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  1. How often do you need to detach your medallion and hand it to staff? I have a great 3 foot expanding belt chain but no quick disconnect (yet)— so I order a beer at a bar, or on the ocean now app — can I complete the deal without unclipping? Are there other times that one needs to detach? What about people with wrist bands?
  2. We know that we could bring a case of wine aboard, (beyond the one per person) subject to the corkage fees. Does anyone have experience with the larger 1.5 liter bottles - (a case of 6 vs 12- 750 ml bottles)? Does Princess charge double corkage or have a fit etc? Has anyone brought one of those jumbo boxes of wine for possible corkage? I don't see THAT at the dinner table. Chateau Walmart works for us in our cabin, if it is allowed. Perhaps they will charge a "screw-toppage" or "plastic spigot" fee?
  3. Hi - If I pre-order a bucket of beer and have it delivered to my cabin on boarding, will I get hit for sales tax? As I recall, when I went to get one at the pool bar pre-departure, they were going to add the tax unless I waited an unspecified amount of time until their computers disabled the tax. This falls, for me, into the "adding insult to injury" category.
  4. CPAP management is part of the cruising adventure - with several good ways to get the job done. My own solution is to take a 3 foot little power strip (one without a surge protector feature) and put it in your checked luggage. Then I carry an 8 foot or so brown extension cord in my CPAP bag. I also pack a 3 way plug for the extension cord. That has covered all kinds of issues, including chargers with space-hogging wall warts, etc. The one time they abruptly decided that my surge protected power strip was too dangerous, they DID issue me a huge 20 foot extension cord - but they never have bothered my regular extension cord. On boarding day when our cabin steward checks in with us I have always asked for "distilled water for my breathing device" and the steward has never been surprised and always brought it by the end of the first evening. Laying the short power strip on the desk allows the CPAP to reach the bed easily. I leave it set up, but remove the hose each morning. By the way, I borrow a book from the library that is just the right height so the back of the CPAP rests on the lamp base, and the front is leveled by the book. I return the book at the end of the cruise. Sleep well!
  5. Hi - I did the pictures a while ago but - - when you get the page with the bubbles for different features, one is "Security Photo" and another says "Profile Photo" -- Each of those gives you an option to add a pic with your camera, or add an existing file. I hope that helps. Security is the photo for staff to ID you, and Profile is the avatar, or informal identifier. If it is unclear, I can try to take a picture of MY phone with my wife's, and include that here. This whole thing is best taken with a winky-face for now.
  6. Hi - The Ocean Ready app is, er, NOT ready. The ongoing issue where your reservation "cannot be found" - is a problem with the nature of the error message. What it really means is that either it cannot find it, or perhaps it is a cruise that is not a Medallion cruise, or, the cruise is too far in the future. The suggestion that we, as users, mis-typed it is probably the least likely reason for the error. The animated pic is your alter-ego. You enter your picture for identification, but if you would rather have a cartoon, or a simpler image show up as your ID on the screens around the ship, then you can add a second picture for that purpose. Apparently, if you walk up to a screen in a public area of the ship, your picture pops on the screen - whether it is your actual photo, or your alternate depends on whether you have submitted a second avatar type pic.
  7. If they are voting for best entertainment of 2019, the medallion has got to win. Today, I logged on, and was ME. For the last few weeks, my screen name and password logged me on as "hello Catherine" - It was a known issue with Apple (one of the lesser known phones), but, still, it kept happening. Today, I was "Hello Donald" -- I felt like, just maybe, I would scan in that the ship and not be seen as "Catherine" Maybe that part is now working right. The first time I punched the button on the app about mailing address for the medallions, I got the message: not necessary, you will get them at the pier. Then later, I got my home address and an option to change that. I did, since I will be in FLA before the cruise (This is mid-March, Regal) -- On the alternate address I put my last name, care of -- my relatives. Now I wonder WHOSE name will be on the medallion?? Suspense! AS of today, the app still has my shipping home address shown, as well as the alternate I picked. I look forward to tomorrow. Will I STILL be Donald, not Catherine? Will my shipping address vanish? And, as is the case, I am still not fully "completed", with the cruise personalizer circle not highlighted, even though I have looked at it, completed it and there is nothing left to do. And the exclamation point that is still there (meaning a problem) ? no clue as to what the problem is. This must be like the adrenaline rush that bomb squads experience. Who knows what will happen? This is fun,-- sort of like hugging a porcupine. If you see me on the ship, and we are in a bar, and I am following you VERY closely, I may just be trying to order a beer and get it put on your medallion! On a different note: the medallion size seems to be the same diameter as an AA coin (maybe not a coincidence) - Ebay has some nice AA medallion holders. Does anyone know if the AA holders would handle an Ocean Medallion, which is likely thicker?
  8. Of course, I could not find the posting about the medallion falling out of the little plastic holder thing. As I recall, it was back when there was chatter about how if you lost the medallion, then someone could pick it up, scan it to not only find your cabin number, but get directions to it. Anyhow, whomever said that it snaps into the hole in the center of the plastic piece - and had sproinged out. That could have been early versions of the equipment, or that person's could have not been fully snapped into place. Hopefully it was an exception - if not, I can sell pieces of tape on my upcoming cruise. $20 sounds about right.
  9. There has been a lot of talk about medallion management -- THIS set of messages does not mention an interesting item that was in different thread (series of messages on a topic) -- it suggested that their medallion spontaneously popped out of the holder more than once - Accordingly, we have added Scotch Tape to our "packing list" to wrap a strip around the whole thing.
  10. Wow h-sar! What a great write-up of this trip. On our trip this coming Spring, I will sound like a 5-timer with all that inside info you are sharing. Although there is about NOTHING to match your great insights - if you send me a mailing address, eh? I will send you a spare of a gift I got in the Christmas exchange a year ago. There were 3 in the pack, and they are 3 inch square LED lights that run on 3 AAA batteries and they are way brighter than night lights, AND they are motion activated, and stay on for a minute or so. They have a magnet on the back, so even that is a help. With luck, it will not turn on for bathroom stops, but when it is on, you can see fine. This might be a good thing for the hallway beyond the bathroom - as long as you keep moving, it should stay on. Send an email to D D a v i s F L A at A o L dot com. No spaces, of course (I am fooling the spammers) I will send it to you as a thanks for all the cool info and you can try it or pitch it, as you see fit. Thanks for sharing your experience. Great Review! For others, the label says URPOWER Motion Sensor LED Night LIght --
  11. My spreadsheet (Regal, plain balcony) shows a March cost of $300 pp (per person) to move to a mini - and likely about $170 pp to move up from a premium deluxe balcony like yours. It sounds like they are not giving away much in exchange for your decent balcony. Even at half that cost, I would say: Add one vote for "thanks but no thanks" -- your decent sized balcony is a rare commodity on this ship from what the message boards are saying.
  12. The solution that involves re-entering a reservation worked (I think) in my case for the issue of two Catherine icons, one with my pic and one with my wife's. In one of my tech calls, I was told that THAT part of the problem was known and fixed and to delete the app and re-install it - there had been a patch to the app in the last few days (I had tried that the week before) -- When I spoke to the lady this morning (before she was going into a tech meeting in an hour) I reminded her that the error message of "reservation not found "- may be true, or may really mean "reservation is not for a Medallion Ready cruise, so you cannot use this app on that one" -- she understood how saying error A to the user when, it is really error B - is, um, less than ideal. Finally, the Hello Catherine thing, when Donald signs in - they know about it, but as of several hours later they had not gotten that one fixed - at least they acknowledge that it is not right. I am glad that I am not an elderly non-techie trying to work with this -- no, wait. Never mind. Trying to re-enter my existing reservation got an error that says several possible problems, one of which is that the reservation is already linked - which it is. Logging out and then back in still gets me a welcome Catherine. -
  13. Hi - Update on my experiences. - I got a call today regarding my first call to Princess' Ocean Ready people. The two people, with the same name thing was a known issue and they fixed it. That, apparently started a new problem, yielding a new call to Princess and a strange explanation that made no sense. Today's call confirmed how it SHOULD work and that IOS - the Apple system, now had a different issue, but that Android (not Iphone) phones were OK. When I logged on as Donald, it SHOULD say Hello Donald, and when Catherine logs on, it should say Hello Catherine. That is just how the Princess website works. So there is a BUG that is still being worked on. The fact that this is still happening is not comforting - this app will have our passports on it! In any event, progress is being made and there IS a plan to get it to work in a way that makes sense. The tech people had reset my password (and not told me until the phone call) which is why some other bad things had happened. -- I have not tried to upload our passports yet - that may yield yet another update - a good one, I hope.
  14. Well, folks -- Ocean, not quite! I can share what I was told, but am having trouble buying it, so, PERHAPS it is me, or, maybe not. Catherine's name (my wife) is listed first on the upcoming March Medallion cruise on Regal. PER THE HELP DESK TODAY - - - - Ocean Ready is for the CRUISE, not the person. I can no longer log in as ME since it is HER cruise (her name got posted as passenger 1) - So, when I tried to use MY email to log in, it said name and password did not match - and when I asked for a reset, (it worked a week ago), but now - asking for a reset got me the biggest ever page of error code. So, only passenger 1 (listed first on the reservation) is the "Welcome" person, no matter whose phone is used. Donald, who had an account for a while, no longer has his own - but I AM on Catherine's account, which I can access on my phone, using her email and password, and then select MY icon to add MY passport and whatever else. If we get another booking and MY name goes first (as it has in the past) I am not sure what will happen. Since the person at the help desk tried to get me to create my own profile (again) it is clearly not all ironed out. Whether it will even work or not, remains to be seen when we try to board, but in the meantime, however you think it SHOULD work -- Two people, two accounts, two profiles, two phones - show each others info when you share a voyage - that is not what it is doing right now. If you think of this as a source of amusement, it is a howling success, otherwise, if it seems that all of this is total confusion, then you DO get it!
  15. I bought a bucket in advance one time, expecting it to be in my cabin at boarding. What I got was a voucher for the bucket and instructions to call an extension to order it. I did, and then waited about an hour for it to arrive. Since the price is the same before or during the cruise, the next time I just popped up to the pool bar and got it there. -- You can ask them to skip the ice if you are going back to your cabin refrigerator with them. Cheers.
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