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shepp

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  1. I was under the strong impression that PVP platinum gives you the right to cancel for any reason whatsoever before the ship actually sails, even getting assigned at the last minute to a cabin you hate. If you say "I'm cancelling because my cat is sick," who's going to check up? You do, of course, only get credit toward a future cruise and not cash, though.
  2. I doubt that any travel insurance company would take "I'm afraid I might get sick if I go" as a valid reason for medical reimbursement. Really, unless you have cancel-for-any-reason you're pretty much screwed unless Princess takes pity. When you book, you agree to a set of terms that give Princess the legal upper hand. Even completely changing an itinerary doesn't mean passengers get an automatic refund. In an unprecedented situation like this, Princess seems to be pretty much foundering around from moment to moment. I find it difficult to believe they'll make passengers eat the cost of a cancelled sailing, though if the passengers have already cancelled the booking...
  3. It may be possible, depending on the maitre d', to make advance reservations for certain hours that same night. The food is IMO better, and certainly better presented, than in the buffet.
  4. We use cash for additional tips.
  5. I was on the sailing and didn't hear a negative word directed toward Princess or the crew. In fact, when improvements in the off-loaded patient's condition were announced, there was applause all around. There will, of course, be whiners no matter what. "So what if someone's life is at stake? I don't want to rebook my flight! " The Captain was not overly communicative, but given the weather not even he knew just how things would go. Friends of ours were forced to pay three times normal for an airport hotel, but that's not Princess's fault. Pax were not offered even a token for our inconvenience. But unless the sick passenger boarded against medical advice, the situation was nobody's fault. As we all learned this month, travel, even on a cruise, is not a risk-free experience.
  6. Sorry, but I don't drink alcohol. I have, over the course of over 300 days on Princess, noted that there are insulting, belligerent passengers who might do well staying off the booze, but that's another story.
  7. Aww, poor Mikey. With an attitude like yours, I'm hoping you forego Princess altogether, at least any cruises I'm on. Happy sailing!
  8. Just disembarked from the Grand. There was a tableside grill in the CC area. There were generally two dinner items not on the menu, a main dish and a pasta, and getting a custom omelette for breakfast was quick and easy. Sometimes there was a special hot dinner dessert. Never had a wait for a table and they often seated just the two of us at a four-top for breakfast. Had a great waiter. Service was attentive to the point of annoying; I was asked twice within a minute how my oatmeal was. It was oatmeal. Since we have priority boarding from being elite and usually do early traditional at a table for two, the main benefit was flexibility in dining time. And very personalized service. Oh, and two splits of wine. We actually got a free upgrade from a standard mini. Not sure, even with the improved cabin location, whether CC would have seemed worth the money, but it sure was nice.
  9. It's like them trying to sell you a Pinto by describing it as "a rare classic car."
  10. I booked a mini guarantee for a Hawaii cruise leaving Monday. Finally on Thursday afternoon we got our assignment, which wasn't an upgrade. Then on Friday morning I got a phone call from Princess. With three days to sailing we had been upgraded to Club Class. Go figure.
  11. By the bye, due to illness I hadn't cruised in a while and my usual routine was screwed up. I was already on a cruise when I realized I'd forgotten to file for a shareholder's credit. As per advice from customers service I sent a pdf of my latest statement to Princess and the OBC miraculously showed up a couple days later. It can be done.
  12. A great experience, and by the end of the evening everyone is very...convivial.
  13. We were docked at Smith Cove the other day. Because we had senior discount cards, we decided to take the bus to the Space Needle. We hiked ten or fifteen minutes from the pier to the bus stop on the Magnolia Bridge, going up stairs and through an unlocked gate. On the way back, we took an Uber that dropped us off right at the terminal. So when it was time to go back downtown for an evening tour we decided to use Uber, thinking it would be easier. But when we left the terminal, we saw a sign pointingpast the taxi stand, toward a pick-up point for rideshares. And then another, And another. And then...nothing. No designated pick-up point, just a sign to some parking lot. Somewhat frantically, we decided to head up to the bridge again, and that worked. We got picked up by Uber at that same bus stop, and would have saved a lot of money by starting out earlier and taking the bus. After the walking tour, we went a couple blocks over to a bus stop, caught an 8:00 bus, and asked to be let off at the bridge. But when we tried to go down the stairs, the gate was locked. There was a big sign on the upstairs side of the gate - which we stupidly hadn't checked out when climbing the stairs - that the gate was locked after 5:30. We tried walking down the off-ramp to the pier, but a gate we'd have to go through was locked as well. Finally we backtracked all the way to the other end of the bridge, made our way through a deserted industrial area, crossed a bunch of railroad tracks, and finally made it onboard 40 minutes after we got off the bus and less than a half-hour before all-aboard. So beware.The taxi companies make it inconvenient to catch a rideshare from the pier, and coming back via public transportation is pretty much a nightmare. It's almost like it's been made intentionally difficult not to spring for the cruise line's overpriced shuttle or an expensive cab.
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