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  1. My last two passport renewals 2011 & 2021 (April) have both taken less than 14 days. Both done ast a US Embassy outside of the United States. But the passports are made by the US Department of State and delivered to the US Embassy. You can get a passport renewed within a couple of days if you have a travel date set within the week. So if you apply under the normal or expedited process and your passport is not back you can apply under the emergency renewal. https://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/emergency-passport-renewal.html
  2. You can also head west from Boston to the Western part of Massachuttes, or Northwest to Southern Vermont. By the second to third week in October you are pasted peak even in most of Southern New England.
  3. It is a nice cruise if it happens. The first day and last day can be cold and windy... It is late Fall in New England.
  4. Yes you can still see the cruise but you cannot enter the details on your computer and you cannot access the app from your computer so you cannot store the complete details on your computer. The app limits what you can do or see to the app only. It is a major down grade in customer service. It is like a fine dining restaurant, removing the wait staff and giving you a app to handle your meal... It is not a upgrade in our opinion.
  5. All still closed to guests. Thailand was trying to open and is doing a test on the Island of Phuket... it is not going well at this point. Sorry your cruise will be cancelled.
  6. I live in the Philippines, have business interests in Japan and many friends. Sorry to say the odds of a cruise that is not 100% Japan residents is zero. I cannot even get a waiver to travel for business. My business associate asked for a special business visa so I could go to his factory.... he was told to check back in 2022... maybe spring.....
  7. Flights from Hong Kong to the United States leave from morning until late night. You do understand that the fastest flight from Las Vegas will get you to Hong Kong 1 or 2 days after you take off from Las Vegas by date? If you leave Vegas on Monday the easlist you will be in Hong Kong is Tuesday and many times not until Wednesday. WHen you cross the International date line you add a day. When you return it is the same day or next day as you pick up a day. The shortest trips to and from will be 18 or 19 total hours.... with some trips taking up to 40 hours depending upon routing.
  8. The app is a insult to guests, it does not improve our cruises it makes it harder and less personal. All guest should show Princess if they are unhappy with the app, the only way Princess understands.....in their pocket.
  9. They are using the excuse of Covid-19 to reduce and provide the worst customer service in the history of the company. While maybe you are happy with them, that is great for you. But I'm mad at Princess and that will be reflected in the way I cruise with them now and in the future. I'm 100% for myself... even if it costs Princess thousands and benefits me a few pennies I'm going that way. I have thousands in credits and will use them but the days of Princess making money from me are long over.
  10. I lived in Thailand for about 8 years. The cruise port for Bangkok is nowhere near the city. It is in Chonburi, it is really the main cargo port for the area. Located 90 Km away from Bangkok. Without traffic it is 1 hour and 10 minutes, with traffic it can take 4 hours. That is why many cruise lines do overnight in port. Bangkok traffic is some of the worst in the World. You need to allow extra time to get back to the ship, or the ship could sail without you. Many cruise ships seem to leave late because they are waiting for cruise tour guests. But I would never count upon this. On the plus side, if you miss the ship, flying from Bangkok to most places in SE Asia is fast and cheap (Non Covid Times). So if you miss the ship you can meet it at the next port.... not recommended but an option.
  11. We lost our LA to Toyko Cruise on April 5th. This now makes 8 cancelled cruises for use. Really not happy at this point. The way we are treated by the Princess Land & Crew staff has really been changed since March 2020. It really says a lot about how bad Princess Customer Service is today.
  12. Do not like the app and the fact that you can no longer access and input, and store, the cruise information on your computer. I do not keep records on my phone. This is a big downgrade for us. Princess is failing its guests again.
  13. Singapore is still closed and it does not seem they will open soon. As of June 1st Malaysia went on a full lockdown for at least two weeks. This will set Singapore back again. Cruises are operating now but closed loop and just for residents of Singapore.
  14. Yes have been available Pre-Covid.... now things could have changed. Also available at the pool food outlet. They will be able to get French Fries.
  15. Tony, I just want to cruise again. We are booked on the Diamond Princess in Decemebr from Hong Kong. If Princess runs the cruise and we can travel from our home in the Philippines to Hong Kong to board we are cruising. I know very well what they say in Boston..... I lived in East Boston, family and business in Chelsea & Revere also. Would be very happy to have a rowboat on Chelsea creek today, Love that area of the World. Todd
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