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  1. P&O (UK) Arcadia has single cabins and has a British Isles cruise in 2020 Cunards Queen Victoria has single cabins and has a British Isles cruise in 2020
  2. We did anytime dining as it suits us better with the children.
  3. We read on the princess website about the balcony not being able to be used when upper bunk bed is in use. We haven't had a balcony cabin on Princess, we always used to have a suite or mini-suite and then we didn't have the issue of upper bunk. The bed rails on the upper bunk are just at the side and not all the way across, has a gap between the bed sides to put the ladder. There isn't a bed side barrier or bars at the top or bottom of the bed, eldest child kept knocking the pillows off the bed. The space was tight, but we managed. I don't know if you can find videos on YouTube with upper bunk bed down to show balcony access.
  4. Just come back from a week long Norway cruise. We hadn't cruised with Princess for about 9 year's and despite reading lots on the cc forum about the more relaxed dress code I massively overpacked and we didn't wear most of the clothes I had taken for the evening. On non-formal nights majority of passengers wore jeans and tops, some gym wear. Lots in thick jumper's as it was cold! Those who wore dressier clothes were in the minority. One night whilst waiting for show to start in theatre I counted three men in shirt and tie. Most had casual shirts, Polo shirt or t-shirts with jeans or Chino's. On the two formal nights, less than a quarter of the men were in suits and tie, and only a handful of women in long or cocktail dresses. On formal nights in the MDR there were men in Chino's and polo shirt, most had on open neck shirts. We like to make a bit of an effort and we don't have to worry about luggage restrictions so we did take dark suit and sparkly tops, cocktail dresses.
  5. Anytime dining suits us very well, at lunch and dinner we request a table just for our family as the children would get restless if meal times took too long, with just us we can set the pace to suit us. Last week (on Sapphire) we only had to wait once, and that was for less than 3 minutes whilst they manoeuvred to mobility scooters. All the other times we were seated immediately, we did request a certain waiter in one of the dining rooms and if he had a free table they did accommodate our request. We did share a table at breakfast as the service is more set up to serving you in small family groups so the meal wasn't prolonged. We met some very interesting people when sharing a table, and unlike traditional dinning if you don't like them you don't have an entire cruise with them ( or they don't like you 😁). In previous cruises (when with extended family) we have had small waits and on a rare occasion needed a pager, but the wait was never long enough to order and finish a drink.
  6. last week on Sapphire Princess - on embarkation day a staff member was walking around throughout the day in the bars, plaza and horizon court wearing crab/lobster headdress and a crab shack apron, she had information and was taking reservations. We saw her a number of times on the first day but as two of family members have shellfish allergy we didn't pay much attention. She was quite noticeable in her outfit.
  7. Have a fantastic time, we got off the Sapphire yesterday and miss it.
  8. We did similar itinerary to Land of Midnight Sun a ten years ago on the Crown Princess, loved it so much we have just done the Norwegian Fjords on Sapphire Princess. Really enjoyed both cruises, both were in "summer" the first was very hot, shorts and sunhat weather, last week was cold and wet - fleece and waterproofs! If you are considering the Midnight Sun- Flam, Tromso, Honisvag and Trondheim are some of my favourite ports. The North cape botanical gardens is beautiful. Bergen is great for souvenirs. Norway is expensive but we typically do our own tours, the scenery is spectacular - even our 12 year old appreciated it. If you are considering Norway and Scandinavia - again the ports are lovely, Oslo is a fascinating city. We like Crown Princess (reminded us of the first princess ship we sailed on - Golden Princess)
  9. We have just come back from a Princess Cruise to Norway, eldest child is 12, who loved it. We have done Disney World Florida a number of times but eldest doesn't want to go anymore We cruised during European school summer holiday so lots of families. There were over 300 under 13's on the cruise, with over 120 in the 8-12 age group, but only a handful used the children's club, there were lots of family events and entertainment provided throughout the cruise, especially on the two sea days. From comments made on other posts this isn't always the case on warmer cruise itineraries.
  10. We didn't notice any happy hours or deal of the day. The drinks packages seemed popular, we certainly got good value from our classic soda package that also included mock-tails.
  11. We were in E324, good view from window, didnt miss the balcony as we wouldn't have been able to use it with the upper bunk down anyway. Cabin was quiet and despite being on deck 8 we didn't hear any noise from the deck below.
  12. Currently on Sapphire, the sanctuary looks small compared to other ships. I haven't seen anyone using it yet, bit chilly. The conservatory is popular as it's lovely and warm. I will try to get a photo later if it's still empty.
  13. If you are tall then you won't be able to sit up on bottom bunk when upper bunk is lowered, but the children should be able to sit up in upper bunk. Princess has a warning notice that bunks may be dangerous for under 9's. The bed rails on the upper bunk have managed to keep my 12 year old from falling out, so sturdy! One thing to note is that the sprinkler head is just above the ladder access to the upper bunk.
  14. We found a duck on Princess ship, whilst I know that they are not everyone idea of fun it keeps younger children busy looking for them. We left the duck so hopefully someone else will also find it.
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