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  1. I love all the souffles. My kids are crazy about the fettuccini alfredo and the princess love boat dream!
  2. This is great - we are on basically the same cruise, but later in the summer (we also stop in Orkney). So you are giving me some ideas. We've got most ports planned, but made a note to London Magical Tours as we hadn't figured out that part yet! I will be following along!
  3. We're thinking about renting a car at the port and driving to Rouen ourselves...
  4. There will always be people who get annoyed by everyone and everything on a cruise. But I have not experienced too much of that on Princess and we have sailed with our kids on them many times. Now my kids are generally not overly unruly so that perhaps helps. But honestly, it's the grumpy butts that are the bigger problem on cruises, not the kids. Chill out people! You'll be fine on Princess!
  5. You can also get a Pina colada and a dirty banana. I think different bars have different menus in them.
  6. Thanks! I'll look into a packable raincoat for me. The rest of the family has them already. And some waterproof, comfortable shoes!
  7. I'm surprised there is a magnet in it without a warning to passengers. I would imagine many passengers have medical devices that should be kept away from magnets. My daughter is one of them!
  8. We've cruised many times with the kids. My son has been used to wearing a uniform to school, so dinner wasn't too difficult for him though he'd much rather be in his joggers! But look for boys' pants with elastic waist. That's how we survived elementary school. Something like this: https://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=492879002&cid=6187&pcid=6187&vid=1&grid=pds_40_74_1&cpos=40&cexp=1426&cid=CategoryIDs%3D6187&cvar=10464&ctype=Listing&cpid=res20010208668169922506515#pdp-page-content And polo shirts. Black pants like the above and a shirt and tie will suffice for formal night.
  9. Yes, they do dress up. But it doesn't have to be anything too fancy (except on formal night - and even then it's not necessary to go nuts). I usually bring a couple pairs of nicer pants and some nice blouses. If it's Princess they have laundry on board, so I take advantage of that! Probably for UK I might bring a few light sweaters rather than blouses. And I bring one pair of heels (nothing too tall as walking on a moving ship can be a challenge!). On formal night I often just bring a fancier version of the above. I'm not a particularly formal person and neither is my travel group, but we dress up some. I am trying to figure out how warm of clothes I'll need in July/August. We did Alaska a few years ago, but I'm thinking we don't need stuff quite that warm...
  10. I'm trying to remember as my kids are 8 and 12 now - but we have cruised with them a lot... One thing we did when my daughter was little was have the beds made into a queen and then pushed them all the way against the wall. Then my daughter and I slept in the bed and my husband took the sleeper sofa. But I co-slept with her, so that worked fine for us. I don't remember what we did when my son was little, I didn't co-sleep with him. I do remember his sleeping in his stroller when he was really little - because it reclined all the way - but he was only 3 months at that time. But I would think if you pushed the beds together and then against the wall, that'd create more room in the cabin for the pack n play. I know we used a pack n play when my son was older at least once. We used the ship's, and it was fine. We did bring our own sheets though - a couple sets just in case there were accidents. I also remember cruising when my nephew was little and they turned the sofa around for him and pushed it again the wall to create a little crib. I don't know if that is even possible anymore with the sofas that are in there, but it worked great for him when he was 3ish. (but that was 19 years ago!) And we have always tipped fully for our kids! They create more work for the cabin steward as others have posted above - extra trash, extra ice, extra towels, extra vacuuming if they spill their cereal on the floor, etc. And they have always gone above and beyond for the kids.
  11. I don't have a picture, but I can tell you the balcony for our mini suite Riviera 326 on Regal was tiny. We had 4 mini suites in a row and had them open the doors so we could walk across the balconies to each others rooms, but it was really difficult to do so. The chairs and tables take up most of the balcony with almost no room for walking.
  12. We got back from Regal on Sunday. I always make a video like this for my kids after we return from a trip, and I thought I'd share it here in case anyone is interested. We went down a couple days early to go to Kennedy Space Center. Some people say Disney is the happiest place on earth, but for us, it's Kennedy Space Center! We had a very nice trip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dapsGMAEzI
  13. I bought these : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KO2TE78/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TA8812C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 And they worked great!
  14. We've sailed with our kids every year since they were born - mostly on Princess. It is bummer not to be able to use the pool, but otherwise it's been great. They at least used to have times where you could take the child into the kids club. You had to stay with them, but they could play with the toys and such. That was fun. We also found bars during the day were a good place to play. At that age they just need time to run around like a crazy beast and not worry about tripping people and such. The bars are usually empty during the daytime, so that was a good place to get some energy out! I always brought a bag of surprises. I'd go to Micheal's and the dollar store, and have something new to give them every night at dinner to help pass the time. Crayons and coloring books are your friend! We've loved cruising with our kids. They are now 11 and 7 and we head to Florida tomorrow to get on the Regal on Sunday!
  15. I requested that our medallions be sent over a month ago. I got notification today that they are shipping from Hong Kong, but we leave on Thursday. So what happens if they arrive after we've already left?
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