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    Princess!
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    Moorea

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  1. We were on that cruise as well. After the Sky, we went over to the Zuiderdam for another cruise. Standing in line waiting to board, we got to talking with the couple behind us. They were part of the polka group that had just gotten off the Sky. They were upset that Princess didn't cater to them as much as they thought they should have. They were upset that they couldn't have Take 5 for as long as they wanted because they waited (some nights!) until the Platinum and Elite lounge was over. They couldn't see our view.
  2. Shallow? It has nothing to do with being shallow. And it has nothing to do with "status" if you're inferring that I feel superior to others being Elite. We can only cruise once a year. We live in the middle of the country and it's expensive for us to fly. I looked forward with each cruise to becoming Elite for the benefits that come with it. I don't think it's fair that it cost us plenty to get those benefits and then Princess just gives it to others.
  3. It was http://www.karamboletoursmartinique.com/nos-circuits/pile-et-face-56.html?lang=en. The tour was very nice IF you don't get motion sickness.
  4. We also did an island tour. I can't remember the name but it was highly recommended. The problem was the roads. I have NEVER, in 27 cruises, been on an island that had so many curves. I thought Dominica was bad but this was terrible!. Curves where you couldn't see up ahead again and again. Our tour guide actually had a motion sickness recipe that she always had with her. It didn't help! I get motion sickness and I would have asked for the front seat if I'd known how horrible it would be. I threw up when we got to the waterfalls. We also had St. Lucia cancelled and I'm looking for something different.
  5. It may not cost Princess much but it totally pisses me off every time I read that this has happened. I think it does cost Princess in customer relations for the people who have cruised enough to earn the status. Good for you but I think it's a stupid move on the part of Princess. And actually, being in suites counted as 10 cruises.
  6. This January we sailed 2 weeks on the Sky Princess and then immediately went over to the Zuiderdam for our first ever HAL cruise. 2 other couples we met (one in line and one when we were on the Sky) both said they much preferred the Zuiderdam. We MUCH preferred the Sky. To be fair, one of the couples were upset with how Princess handled their Polka cruise. They thought Princess should have catered more to them as far as shutting down venues. (We were ticked off they were on our cruise because it caused some disruptions for us 😐) The Sky is beautiful, the Zuiderdam is not. We were shocked at how dark and outdated it was...red velvet couches in the theater? The food was excellent on the Sky with lots of choices. On the Zuiderdam they had some strange choices, nothing delicious and there was a lack of meat dishes many nights. (I dislike fish) I didn't find out until the end of the cruise that there are some selections always available. They were not listed on the menu every night like they are on Princess. Service at dinner was lacking. Muster drill was barbaric. We met out on deck and it was disorganized and hot. We could not hear the person telling us what to do. We could not see them explain how to put on the life vest. I'm glad it wasn't our first cruise!! On Princess, you meet in an airconditioned lounge with many crew members standing in front of you and demonstrating. We did love our signature suite and our cabin stewards were outstanding. But this will probably be our last HAL cruise. Go with Princess.
  7. We both have our own Amex EveryDay Blue card (separate accounts) that we got for just this purpose. There's no annual fee. Why not just do that?
  8. It's usually a separate entrance in our experience. On the Sky in January, it was the same entrance as Anytime. But they had two separate lines with a velvet rope separating them. Anytime entered on the left and Club Class on the right. It worked out fine.
  9. Interesting! We had the same experience. We booked a BTB in different cabins. We'd originally booked in the same cabin which was Club Class. We decided to change cabins on our first cruise to a non Club Class mini. We were very surprised, and delighted, to find out we were in CC for the entire 1st cruise also. We thought it might have been that were we going to be there the second cruise or that we are Elite. We were happy either way. I know the cost is crazy but it makes dining soooo much more enjoyable.
  10. We did our first HAL cruise last month. We normally cruise Princess. Frankly, I was shocked at how people were dressed on Gala night. For some reason, I thought they would be more formal than Princess. I'd say half the men wore suits and maybe a fourth of the ladies wore something more than a "going to church" dress. My husband wore a suit and I had palazzo pants and a couple sparkly tops. The men next to us wore jeans every night and the women never dressed up. We were just surprised.
  11. If it isn't keeping your home airport, log in using a different browser than Window's Edge. It won't work with Windows. Our medallion is showing that my info isn't complete but my husband's is. That's not correct. We both have logged the same info. It will be fixed on the Medallion after final payment. So I'm not sweating it until then.
  12. We recently received our first tiles. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I was surprised at how large they were. What does everyone do with them? Use them as coasters?
  13. We also took our first HAL cruise on the Zuiderdam in January. We embarked after cruising the prior 2 weeks on the Sky Princess. We were honestly shocked at how dark and small the ship was. After coming off the Sky with it's light colors and gorgeous Piazza, we couldn't believe how old and out of date (red velvet couches in the theater??) it was. We had upgraded to a Signature Suite the month before and even it seemed dark. I thought the menu choices in the main dining room were strange. There was a lack of beef choices. And pasta choices on gala night? Weird buffet hours. And the ship was rocking like crazy! We didn't even feel it the 2 weeks prior. I'm still rocking somewhat and we've been off for 2 weeks. 27 cruises and I've never felt like this. However, there were positives. The smaller ship made it easy to get everywhere. No need to get to the theater really early. We ended up loving our cabin and our large balcony. Our room stewards were the best we've ever had!! The bread pudding upstairs was delicious. And loved that they offered PG tips tea bags. Best was the service. Would we cruise HAL again? Maybe. If the price, itinerary and ship were right.
  14. I just looked at a map that showed a drugstore. I believe it was the first post in the walking tour topic.
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