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  1. Am definitely going to try each and every one of the drinks you have listed - LOL. Thanks!
  2. The last incident of an outbreak of GI we encountered on a cruise was back in the 90's where we were boarded by CDC upon return to port. DW ended up being one of five hospitalized in the ship's infirmary, receiving IV for rehydration. So she was one of several interviewed one-on-one by CDC and asked to provide samples. CDC also collected rectal swabs, whole stool samples and serum from a number of the ill passengers; serum samples and stool sample were also collected from well persons. As per the CDC, the illness was characterized predominately by diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, headache and fever lasting 24 to 48 hours. We received a detailed eight-page report from CDC several months later outlining the results of their investigation. This wasn't the first time we've been boarded by CDC, as our very first cruise, our honeymoon cruise, also had an outbreak. In that instance, I was the one that became ill. Despite these two incidents, we continue to enjoy cruising as long as we feel that the cruise industry and the cruise lines make passenger safety their number one priority.
  3. Try "Luke3DP Watch Adapter" … this may be what the OP is referring to …
  4. I would say that you are fine on both occasions. Your jeans are not in any state of disrepair that would prevent you from the MDR during regular dining ... and your dress is perfectly fine for formal dining, as my DW has dressed similarly a number of times before. (Would love to see a Maitre D' argue with a lady whether or not her 'dress' clarifies as an evening gown or cocktail dress -lol). Enforcement of the dress code, particularly for formal nights really comes down to the whim of whoever is standing there at the entrance. There is an article by the Washington Post last year titled "The demise of formal nights on cruises: How dress codes are tearing passengers apart" that puts a perspective on the whole matter. Cruising has definitely evolved over the last few decades … but so are the type of people who now cruise.
  5. What did you think about the Cabanas in the Sanctuary? Were they pretty well all booked for your cruise?
  6. She surprised me with the LE 'James Bond 50th Anniversary Omega Seamaster Diver 300M' celebrating 50 years of James Bond … which features a black dial decorated with the James Bond 007 logo in a diagonal pattern, a unique caseback stamped with the gun-barrel design shown in the opening sequence of James Bond movies, a "bullet" decoration on the rotor that is visible through the central sapphire crystal glass, a helium escape valve and … etc. Love the watch 🙂 I just now learned Omega released last year, another LE James Bond Seamaster Diver 300M, this time celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Now that is a beautiful watch!
  7. Just caught up on your Sky Princess Pictorial Travel Journal - great way to document your trip! Is it through a blog hosting service where you purchase your own domain name and web hosting service? In re: to your description of the Sanctuary, it sounds you can pre-book a lounger for the entire length of your cruise or for certain days ahead of time - correct? If you reserve a Cabana, can you specify/request a particular Cabana (i.e. looking for one with the best view so to speak). If you've cruised with Princess since the 80's you must remember the Fair Princess … lol. What a ship 🙂
  8. $69?! Guess I won't be packing my lucky Bingo troll … LOL
  9. Congrats on your Tag purchase - checking out the latest in watches while cruising was/is still my favorite past-time. It's how I picked up my first Tag. 🙂 Now I just window-shop after DW got me my dream watch. B2B's are nice - hope you are enjoying it. Just got our Amazon order of stainless steel straws ordered specifically for our upcoming Princess cruise. Paper straws just don't cut it. When you boarded, did you notice if the Internet Packages were better priced when purchased on embarkation day as opposed to pre-purchasing it on the web? Thanks.
  10. Wow. Did not realize or it just slipped past me that 5 pm is the start time for TD and ATD - that is early! We love to try new cruise ships so when I learned of the new Sky Princess last August, decided we had to come back and check out how Princess has evolved over the past decade plus since we last cruised with them. So it was quite interesting to read everyone's dining experiences aboard Princess cruises, especially about ATD and TD. Certainly wasn't expecting to read about line-ups before 5 pm - lol. From the look of things, we'll probably stick with our usual 'early or first' seating times even though we are ATD. It's just going to be a tad weird (for us) though just to stay in one 'regular' dining room for a 10 night voyage without doing some specialty dining - lol. But with such an early start, the evening entertainment shows aboard Princess must start earlier then - correct?
  11. Wow! Thanks for the calculations! Combined with the photo of the prior menu, can easily see that the Premium Coffee & Soda package will not be a good deal at all for our 10 night Southern Caribbean voyage later this year as we are not regular coffee drinkers but do like the occasional specialty coffee.
  12. Thanks for the pic … it provides a sense of what to expect when we board later this year.
  13. Onboard Princess Cruises, is there really a reason for one to choose Anytime Dining if you are dining with the same group of people around the same time each evening? It's not like you have the ability to dine in a different themed restaurant like those aboard Celebrity Edge as part of your main dining or the rotational dining that occurs on Disney Cruise lines. If a couple was on Anytime Dining would they have to request a table for two each and every time … or if you were a party of three or four, would your group be placed at a larger table (that seats eight for example) with other groups? Just curious as to how AD works aboard Princess. Thanks.
  14. When Princess talks about the "premium and specialty coffees and teas along with fountain sodas, fruit juices, hot chocolate and “zero-proof” mocktails" in the Premium Coffee and Soda package, what exactly are the premium and specialty coffees AND zero-proof mocktails that are included (i.e. the beverage menu of these items) ? What are the premium/specialty coffees offered in their "New Grounds Coffee" package that you can't get in the Premium Coffee and Soda Package? Thanks.
  15. LOL - the last time I packed a suit was on our last Princess cruise 12 years ago, to/from Hawaii. Subsequently all our cruising has been with either Disney or Celebrity. Did wear jacket/dress pants for special dining occasions such as Palo and Remy aboard Disney. But I have no interest in dressing up for formal nights anymore, even though I have a very (very) nice suit (from Harry Rosen). The ship is more of a destination for us now when cruising the Caribbean as we have visited many of the islands multiple times. Even with our most recent cruise aboard the Celebrity Edge, I just dressed smart casual attire. We're just curious as to how Princess has changed in the past decade + … and thus gave the nod to the Sky this time, vs the Norwegian Encore which we had also booked for the same time period. So I'll just see how formal nights are aboard Princess, with just my smart casual attire 😎
  16. So no jeans on formal nights? Short-sleeved polos allowed?
  17. It has been eight months since we cruised aboard the Celebrity Edge. Wanting to continue to explore the latest in cruise experiences, we placed deposits on two new ships that were still under construction … so had been pre-occupied on which one we cruise with later this year. Those two ships have just had their inaugural cruises … the Sky Princess and Norwegian Encore. We can only go on one but with the reviews starting to come in, we have time to decide. I recall how we were unsure about the Edge back before it sailed also. So while checking in on Princess and NCL, I'd thought I'd pop back into the Celebrity Forum, as we have a cruise aboard the Apex … for April 2021, which we booked when we were aboard the Edge. I certainly do remember the questions and concerns swirling about the Celebrity Edge back then. Now that we have cruised the Edge, we can say the following … We liked the Infinite Verandah stateroom. DW enjoyed the floor to ceiling scenic view from bed. It was a bit of a surprise to see how good the view is, of being able to see people on their verandah on the other ship as they cruise by while you're docked ... and then realizing if they have that great a view of you inside your stateroom while getting dressed - lol. Liked the Oceanview Cafe and most of its offerings Enjoyed being able to dine in the four main dining rooms. Though there was a miss or two with some of the signature dishes. The Magic Carpet is a nice feature. However if it was no longer there, wouldn't miss it. Eden is a unique area but didn't spend much time there at all. Don't know if I just didn't 'feel the vibe' of that space - it certainly is nice during the day, a quiet area. The Grand Plaza is a nice atrium - but doesn't have the feel of a big soaring central gathering area. The Sunset bar area needs some sort of overhead cover. Fine Cut Steakhouse was ok ... Café al Bacio is a nice place. Overall we enjoyed the Edge and interested to see if there will any changes when the Apex comes out.
  18. We were on the Edge last April and had early seating. Dined in our assigned dining room the first night. The second night we went to a different dining room explaining we wanted to try it out - no problem. Tried the other two dining rooms with no issues - just showed up when the dining room first opened up and we were seated. When we returned to our assigned dining room on the other nights, our waiter stated if there was something we wanted to try from another dining room he would be able to bring it to us - which I did once 🙂 … it was nice though to experience the different atmosphere/ambience of each dining room. Hope it's still that easy when you cruise.
  19. Thanks very much for your answers to the questions I posed. Have you tried room service yet? - pretty standard fare? Also I take it that you had to pick up your Medallions upon check-in due to you residing in Canada? How is the in-room entertainment options - is there a movie channel? Is formal nights still a big thing on Princess - haven't done formal in years and don't miss it at all. How did you find Princess Cays - is it worth tendering over (we're big fans of Disney's Castaway Cay)? Thanks 🙂
  20. Door decorating is a lot of fun on Disney cruises ... along with participating in the FE group gift exchanges that occur on those cruises. :)
  21. Date of Cruise: April 14, 2019 Ship: Celebrity Edge Cabin #: 11251 Deck #: 11 Cabin Category: Concierge Category C3 Cabin Location: Port Aft Bed Position: By Bath (head of the bed on the left side) Balcony Type: Infinite Verandah Balcony/Window Size: Floor to Ceiling 'Window' Balcony/Window View/Obstruction: None Balcony Overhang?: None Magic Carpet Issues?: No Noise Issues?: No Wind Issues?: No Connecting Cabin? Where Does it Connect?: N/A Suite Details: Advantages/Problems/Comments: Short walk to aft elevator/stairs … walk up past deck 12 to deck 14 to Oceanview Café Would You Book It Again?: Yes Photos or Photo Links:
  22. I see no issue with OP’s observations. Reminds me of a line in a movie ... "Manners Maketh Man" -Harry Hart, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  23. Lol - we’re still awake @ 12:35 AM watching ‘The Mummy’ in our hotel room ... and checking the weather ... looking forward to boarding in less than 12 hrs !
  24. Thanks for the review … will be onboard the Edge later in about two weeks!
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