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  1. Cruise on the Enchanted July 1st, cancelled in the previous wave of cancellations. Got my first lot of refunds 3 days ago, and my second lot yesterday, all to my bank account direct, not my credit card. Odd, but I am pleased at last to have all my money. Plus they gave me Out Of Pocket expenses for a cancelled flight which was not their fault, that I had paid separately for. Cant fault them for that!
  2. Hi, from the lovely Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos. Lovely.
  3. Just amazing. I love sunsets and have many gorgeous ones, but I wouldn't to bore everyone else!
  4. First 2 Caribbean, then Cabo in Mexico and last 2 Alaska, Tracy Arm Fjord and a sunset at 10.30pm!
  5. Hi Credit where credit is due (excuse the pun!) - our Enchanted maiden voyage was cancelled this July 1st and as a result we could not utilise our 1-way flight ticket home (we cruised out, had to fly back home). We had booked and paid for it separately (Ryan Air, for UK people) and direct. When Princess advised us of our cruise cancellation, they attached a form for other associated expenses whereby I completed our flight details. Six weeks later, I received an email just advising they had agreed our claim, and a further week later a cheque arrived in the post today. Still awaiting my cruise deposit and tour/other payments back, but Princess certainly did not have to refund this flight back when the airline would not, it was not Princesses fault and was a COVID issue, and Princess have got enough to worry about, so I was very impressed that they agreed to do this. Keeps you loyal I guess, but nevertheless a kind a valued gesture.
  6. Thanks for all replies - I think I got a good deal on aft Sky Suite 10267 for both the 7 nights on the Apex, with the free Premium drinks, wi-fi, gratuities and $1000 OBC which I thought was good. Just a shame I have to wait over a year now, but I guess we are lucky to be cruising at all! Thanks again.
  7. Thanks for the reply - I think aft deck 12 sounds good then! I also note the new name for Michael's Club, which seems to be part of the new theme. Am I correct in saying there is a 'Retreat' only pool/sun deck area for suite guests? If so, was it busy (like the main pool area), or more comfortable and relaxing? Thanks again.
  8. Hi We are Princess loyalists (top tier), but are looking to venture out and try something new. We did an amazing Caribbean Cruise on the Silhouette in January (just before lockdown) and had a lovely Aft Sky Suite - spacious and a nice wrap around balcony; we loved the specialist lounges and restaurants and we had a superb time. Unfortunately our Enchanted Princess July cruise has been cancelled this year (brand new Maiden Voyage trip, so we are sad about that, but with everything going on, we are just grateful to still be able to cruise). So, we have seen 2x7 days cruises (back to back I guess, but billed as 2 different cruises) next July on the Apex around the Med, taking in Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo etc., and it looks a great itinerary. I am rambling, so my questions are: - I think this is quite a new ship also; would people still recommend the same type of Aft cabin (we loved the privacy of the Aft cabin, its private little alcove entrance, portal, decent size room and big balcony), or perhaps one mid ship; similar size and layout? - I have the options of deck 9, 10 or 12 for the Aft rooms on both cruises, any particular deck for the best room / size / layout/ balcony etc - I heard the Lumiere restaurant and Michaels Club differ from previous ships; anyone had experience; is it a significant uplift? - The main draw is the new ship (that we missed on Princess) and the new 'floating deck' - do you need to pre-book this ashore, or can it only be done on board? -I believe we get all 4 perks (Premium Drinks, so no upgrade needed, as last time we had to pay $10pppn for an upgrade I am sure), wi-fi, gratuities and onboard spend. Seems a good deal. Any other tips worth sharing for the Apex and room or benefits etc? Sorry for a lot of questions, but trying to get excited about cruising again, and this cruise seems something to get excited for! Thanks all. Best wishes.
  9. Thank you, and wise comments I feel. Personal finances over corporate finances, I guess! I noticed the prices, when checking, were 25% higher than what I payed for my cancelled cruise, so I am loathe to book anything just yet. I too am a loyal Princess fan and am so sorry for the everyone affected by the awful COVID, but also the cruise industry and the people who have saved/planned/have special anniversaries or birthdays celebrations in the making for the last 18months or so, that they cannot fulfil their dream cruise. Of course, it is a very trivial thing compared to the 'real world' put there where lives are at risk every day, and we can just hope that lives and cruising will be back to normal, some day soon. I for one, cannot wait! Stay safe all.
  10. Sad to receive my (expected) email from Jan Swartz around our maiden voyage on the Enchanted on July 1st being cancelled. It was a unique opportunity to sail on a brand new ship from my home country (UK) on a maiden voyage and I don't think that will happen again very quickly for me as circumstances like that don't often align! But it is all very understandable of course, and for the greater good. They did say for the Enchanted, 'until July 31st' - I wonder, should I pay my balance (it still says I can), and then transfer that 125% cruise credit to a sailing in August, say? Or just take the $1500 odd already paid deposit and rebook separately; or are the odds stacked that the Enchanted won't really be ready by August, and just hold fire? I know it is a tiny concern compared to what is going on in the big world, but just a personal interest question - thanks.
  11. Thanks everyone. I know in the grand scheme of things it is quite insignificant and there are far more things to worry about quite rightly, but it doesn’t look that hopeful. They’ve delayed final payment for a month, early May, so I will hold off and see what happens. Thanks again, hope everyone stays safe, and you all manage to get your cruises sorted out at some point in the future.
  12. Hi I just was wondering if anyone had an idea if Enchanted Princess would be ready for delivery on the due date. I am guessing construction will have stopped or greatly reduced by now, and understandably so. We have a cruise booked on the maiden voyage July 1, and with all the sailings suspended and so much scary stuff going on, should we not get too excited? (Although, seeing what is going on in the world right now, I am not excited, quite saddened and apprehensive, but this question just popped in my mind when I received an email from Princess about something else). Thanks all.
  13. Yes, under the Best. Sale. Ever. deal. This seems to be a new one taking over from this, coming to the US. Will they keep BSE for us or this new one? Hope we get something!
  14. What about us in the UK?! Are we left behind again, or are we included? I could only see about the 50 US states etc.
  15. Yes, this was us, a permanent upgrade based on our expenditure - and to keep it!
  16. Sorry guys, I didnt mean to upset anyone or boast. I was just sharing my experience following on from this post and I only mentioned it because of the thread and to potentially answer the question of the OP. Yes, I was lucky, and I totally get the upset for those who do it the 'right way'. We never win much or have much luck, but for once I guess, we were lucky.
  17. This happened to us. We had just turned Platinum at the start of an Asia cruise, and upon check in we got handed an envelope and our boarding card. I didn't really notice it was black rather than grey/platinum, and boarded to our room. I opened the envelope and read that 'Congratulations, you have been upgraded to Elite' and then I realised the colour of our boarding cards! We were very excited and spent the next hour reading what the additional perks would be, including the 4 mini bars (we were in a suite on a b2b cruise - we couldn't drink it all!). I am guessing this is the reason we were upgraded early on our 5th cruise, as apart from the first cruise in a junior suite, the subsequent 4 were in a full suite, and by making us loyal to them early (as they did) was a great long term revenue earner for them. To give us Elite early cost them minimally, but potential future cruise revenue from us would be huge - they're certainly not stupid, but we had a great time being Elite that bit early! On our Captains Circle statement, they added another 105 days to ensure the status showed on our account.
  18. I wish they would refresh the dessert menu, I don't think it has been looked at too much for years, and nothing appeals to me too much, especially after a filling two preceding courses! Overall quality is good, and sometimes they have waived the $10 surcharge for another appetiser to share (chilli / whiskey glazed prawns and rice is our absolute favourite) if we joke with the server or chat nicely, and luckily we take advantage of the 'Suite first night eat there free offer'. If I had to pay $58 I would think twice.
  19. Thank you. Edge seems very fabulous, but very expensive. When on board, I priced up with the Future Cruise Consultant a 9 day Med cruise on the Apex next year coming out at over £10k for a Sky Suite! (When I priced it myself on my tablet, using that days exchange rate for £/$, I got it £900 cheaper, but still very expensive). It was 40% more expensive than what I paid for my 10 day Caribbean cruise! I know it is a revolution in cruising, so they say, but it put us off. Hopefully prices will fall. Enjoy the Enchanted, I cannot wait!
  20. Thank you, and thanks to everyone who has expressed their thanks and enjoyment in reading it. I enjoyed re-living it, and making the comparisons. The points I raised in my piece were questions I knew I would be asking myself, so I am glad I could have helped others, as others have helped my on many occasions - especially on this board, when helping to decide a room for this cruise and amenities to avail myself of. Thanks again.
  21. Have fun. It would be interesting to view your comparisons too. It’s a lovely ship, enjoy.
  22. Hi. When I booked this with X direct online in the uk about 18 months ago, it was just standard beverage package, Wi-fi and gratuities, nothing else.
  23. I think Princess have it here and as much a X were ok in organisation, Princess have it down to a fine art with precision engineering! No tenders on our cruise thankfully, and the ships excursion were of a similar quality to Princess. Again, overall not much in it, but logistically I think princess just edge it.
  24. His name was Rudy. We had little demands or needs but he was there when we wanted him, friendly and efficient. Dress code slightly more relaxed on X. I enjoyed the casual chic nights rather than the full blown formal (although that is a bit watered down in itself now), where I could wear smart jeans, collared shirt and sweater and feel comfortable, while my wife could dress up a bit as she wanted. Some people went the whole hog and it was nice to see, and some made no effort whatsoever, but all in all, slightly more relaxed on these nights. Other than that, pretty similar. Thanks.
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