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  1. We were in Norway just last month. We saw quite a bit of snow while in Geiranger.
  2. Thanks, I just received an email yesterday. We have a b2b cruise coming up soon. The first cruise will not be affected but the second one will.
  3. I am curious as to where you got your information. I have a b2b cruise starting on May 18, the second on May 25th. I don't see the increase in gratuities anywhere in my cruise personalizer nor in the FAQ's. So I just Princess and the woman I talked to has not been given any information either about an increase.
  4. I just got off the Crown a week ago. The internet was horrible. It may be fine for bringing in emails and surfing but I do an email every night after a port. I include pictures and a narrative. I send it to over a 100 people. I had to split up the people in smaller groups so that the email would go out and even then it took maybe 5 or 10 minutes to just get one out. I send out five duplicates all to different people. I also upload my pictures to Facebook. That took a bit of time too but all things considered I thought that the internet did fairly well uploading the pictures to Facebook. I was on a 10 day cruise and I burned through 250 minutes. I was on the Caribbean Princess last month. It has Medallion Net. Very fast. I have to say I got spoiled because my last 4 cruises before the one on the Crown all had Medallion Net. It is very hard going from Medallion Net to the Old internet. I can't wait until all the ships have Medallion Net.
  5. Yes this is true if you mean the Travel Summary (the document you can print out). It does not show up under payments and credits in your personalizer. Mine showed up on my Travel Summary about 7 days before the cruise. However, it does not show up in the On Board Credit part of the document. It is in a category called Special Services. It is labeled onboard credit there but in my account on the ship it is labeled "Loyalty Commends (non-refundable)".
  6. That is the same as we are experiencing on this ship. I talked to the Circle Hostess this morning. It is her first contract as a Circle Hostess. She told me she came onboard 3 months ago and the loyalty obc has been non-refundable since she got on. It looks like this is a policy change for Princess.
  7. I agree that Princess is very generous with the OBC. When I first started getting the loyalty I too was surprised that it was refundable. We always managed to use it though. When we started to get a lot of obc from promotions, DH's military, stock and the loyalty I started keeping track of it all in a spreadsheet as I found it more difficult to spend it all. We do not spend a lot of money on board so if it really is non-refundable we will have to get creative in spending it. Hmm! Maybe some jewelry. 😀
  8. I will report back after I talk with the Circle Hostess. In the meantime assuming it is now non-refundable I used it to get the unlimited internet. 😀 The person I talked did know the difference. He is the one who suggested that I talk with the Circle Hostess.
  9. I am on the Caribbean Princess right now and I am seeing in my account that my loyalty obc is non-refundable. We were just bumped up to the $100 level on this cruise. The loyalty obc had always been refundable on every other cruise we took before this one. I talked to someone in Passengers Services and he told me that loyalty obc has been non-refundable for about 2 years. I plan on talking to the Circle Host tomorrow but I'm wondering what you all who qualify for the loyalty obc have experienced. Thanks in advance.
  10. Thanks for posting your pictures. We had booked this cruise but unfortunately we had to cancel. It's nice to see what we missed.
  11. 1. I used to be able to click on the number of replies to a roll call and a window would pop up with a list of each person that wrote on the roll call and the number of posts they had. The number of posts contained a link to the posts from that person. It was very helpful for many different purposes. 2. I only go to the Princess Roll Calls. On the main Princess Roll Call page there used to be a line under each ship's name stating the last entry for any roll call under that ship. It also showed the time of that entry. You could click on it and it would take you to that entry. I found it helpful for two reasons, the first is that I could just look at the last entry and see if it had changed from the last time I looked. If it did I would then click on the ship to see if anything changed with my roll call. The second reason is that if the last entry was from my roll call I could just click on it and go directly to where I wanted to go without the extra click on the ship name. Now I have to go to each ship I have a cruise planned and click on it. I have alleviated the problem a little bit by following three of my less active roll calls but the other roll calls for my other cruises are a bit more active. I do not want to clutter my inbox with all those emails so I do not subscribe to them and as a result I must go to the ship page all the time just to see if there are any new posts. It can be an extra step. Thank you in advance for looking into this for me. I hope there two functions can be reinstated soon.
  12. I didn’t really pay too much attention to the time but it was well over an hour.
  13. I am on the ship right now and we were confined to our cabins. We were not allowed to leave until everyone was accounted for. We never lost internet but we did lose TV. It is still out.
  14. I booked a Christmas/New Year's cruise on the Pacific using the Sun Drenched Deals. I out the cruise on hold by talking to a person at Princess and when I asked about the OBC the woman said I should get it. When I looked at my personalizer it was not there. When I called to make the deposit I asked again about it. The woman I spoke to that time said that the OBC was only for selected cruises and my cruise was not one of them. I don't know who is right and who is wrong but I am not going to fight over it as we have enough OBC on that cruise to cover what we need it for. So after all that - it could be that your cruise is not one of the select cruises getting the OBC. Good luck, I hope you do get it.
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