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Cruisin Kay D

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    Middle of Tennessee
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    Travel, Cruises, Boating, Grandchildren
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Don't really have a favorite, like my 8 grandchildren -- love Viking, Celeb, HAL, Princess, Royal.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska, European rivers, Caribbean & Panama Canal

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  1. A separate point: Holland (sister company to Princess) still has Happy Hour BOGO+$2. OK, Princess, why not bring it back to your sailings???? Maybe Princess using it to help pay for this dang new-fangled (unnecessary) Ocean Medallion! On our January HAL cruise, the CD had Happy Hour and Trivia at same exact time in 2 different lounges far apart!! We were real upset with this -- used to be an hour apart in same location, later on these 2 started 1/2 hour apart. Tried to go to Trivia 1st & afterwards go to HH, but the Cruise Director who ran Trivia was always either 15 min or 20 min or 1/2 hour late to Trivia. 1st day he didn't even show up!!
  2. So sorry the mention of "chair-saving" got everyone so upset. It really doesn't matter now, cause no more Happy Hour; but the truth is that our group chair-saving was only for about 5 min at the most! We (7-10 people) came to HH from various locations on in the ship & we were all there within 5 minutes around the time it started!! FAR FAR different than pool chair-saving....
  3. A. NO rock climbing wall on Princess.... B. Our grands have never been on Disney -- just Royal, Carnival, Holland, Celebrity and Princess....When we took our older group of 6 grands at that age on cruises they wanted nothing to do with the kids club, only wanted to hang out with us. They even enjoyed going to Trivia with us. Now they are in their 20s.....so I am NO HELP on the Kids Club things. Our last 2 grands are 9 & 11 now, and so far haven't gotten permission from their momma (my d-i-l) to take them on a cruise without their parents.... C. If it were me, I would take our grandkids whale watching in Juneau & lumberjack show at Ketchikan, just saying. (About 8 years ago, we delivered a new rental motor home to Anchorage from Iowa & took a 12 yr old grandson along -- in Valdez I arranged to go on a boat trip around the bay to see wildlife & glaciers. Jake recently told us he dreaded going on that boat trip thinking it would be boring, but it was the BEST thing of all the great things we did & saw on that trip! Such as Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower, Old Faithful, buffalo, bears, swimming in hot springs, etc. D. Will you be in Anchorage a few days in advance? Drive around the lake by the airport to see the float planes taking off & see how people keep their planes along the shore and their little camp buildings, driving road where planes have the right-of-way....go to Earthquake Park near the airport to learn about the 1964 earthquake that caused the largest tsunnami around AK, etc. Are you taking a bus or train to Whittier? Amazing views along Turnagain Arm. Take the shorter Prince William Sound boat tour before you sail -- goes up real close to a glacier!!! E. You got me thinking that I need to try to take some grands to AK TOO!!!!
  4. Ellair said: "...I would like to know Princess' reasoning behind doing away with the BOGO Happy Hour. I saw the drinks flowing there more than at any other bar on the ship..." We agree -- Back when it was stopped, I talked to someone at Prin HQ complaining about the elimination of BOGO+$1 Happy Hour. The woman said they were exploring "other amenities/benefits".... Like What? When? I pointed out they could have kept HH & simply raised the 2nd one to +$2 or +$3, and nearly everyone would still be happy (maybe a few would complain). Every HH we were at ( & we never missed a day!) it was always packed....a couple cruises it was held in Wheelhouse & it was totally packed. Other ships it was in Crooners or even in Fusion....Someone from our group had to go early to save seats! Now the drink prices for Platinum-Elite-Suite gathering are getting higher & higher and their "special" drink concoctions are just terrible! All we want is either a basic Vodka-tonic or a basic Manhattan.... Princess: PLEASE give us back the 1 hour Happy Hour BOGO+2 or +$3!!!!!
  5. Very Interesting!! I can't recall which Princess ship, but once we were offered an inexpensive upsell to a suite in that location, but we going to be cruising with friends & all of us had cabins close by, which were between forward & middle elevators. I didn't want to be at the other end of the ship from them, so I refused it.
  6. Putting all that info of my passport etc on my phone to speed up checkin makes me very nervous in this time of identity theft and data breaches.
  7. We are Elite, been on Princess 27 times since 1991.... Years ago one could specify what specific items you wanted in your mini-bar, but no longer...I understand why this is not done now, due to need for quick turnaround of cabins on disembarkation/embarkation days, it would be difficult for the room stewards or room service to get the mini-bar right. So I always trade out all liquor in for Skyy Vodka, Perrier for reg water, keep 1 coke, & trade sprite & other coke in for more tonic. What makes me SO FURIOUS is that we only get 1 mini-bar setup even on a 14 or 15 day (or longer) cruise!!! NOT fair when we are on the ship so long -- going to be on a 13 nt one in July & dreading having only 1 mini-bar setup & can only bring on 2 bottles of wine!!!! PLUS NOW that there is NO Happy Hour with BOGO+$1 which was always packed.... AND the crazy concoctions called "drinks" (so awful) at the Platinum/Elite 5-7 pm cocktail thing for $5 or $6 ! Why can't I just get a regular Vodka-Tonic or Manhattan at that event for that price??? Come on, Princess, give us a break!!
  8. Looking at cruises for Jan & Feb 2020 & wondering what how often RC changes the theatrical musicals. What musicals can be expected on Allure, Oasis, etc next winter? (Recently enjoyed Mama Mia on our 1st experience on Allure.)
  9. KatyMac67: WOW!!! Why bring a sewing machine??? Did you really have room in your cabin for ALL that stuff & the 2 of you??
  10. .......The med is further north. 🙂 (of Norway?:) Is this person confused? Or had too many libations?
  11. Read today that Holland America is not going to Antigua also....(of course HAL is part of the Carnival corp.) I felt that Antigua was a very pleasant island to visit & safe. Due to Hurricanes Irma & Maria, many other ports weren't available so alot of ships changed to visit Antigua....that increase of ships & visitors must have caused some politicians there to start saying we/cruisers aren't paying enough to visit there. Now that most of the hurricane-stricken islands are getting back to hosing cruise ships, some ships may decide to stop going to Antigua on their own. Wonder how the people providing the tourist activities like this idea!!
  12. It sure would be GREAT for someone to get the exactly correct info & post it here. (I am Elite & going on Caribbean Prin in late July for 13 days.)
  13. Sunday was when those horribly destructive tornadoes killing 23 people hit Alabama & Georgia. Those tornadoes were part of a long line/front of storms moving northeast. I am guessing that by midnight the ship met up with that same front which still had extremely high tornado-like winds. That would explain such an event at sea. Other ships may have been behind Escape just far enough to have missed the impact felt by Escape.
  14. Sunday was when those horribly destructive tornadoes killing 23 people hit Alabama & Georgia. Those tornadoes were part of a long line/front of storms moving northeast. I am guessing that by midnight the ship met up with that same front which still had extremely high tornado-like winds. That would explain such an event at sea. Other ships may have been behind Escape just far enough to have missed the impact felt by Escape.
  15. Will Epic's damages to the pier structures affect docking of other ships at SJ in next few weeks? On 2/28 we on Allure scheduled to be docked at SJ along with Carnival Magic & NCL Gem.
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