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  1. I booked directly with Princess and refared my Aug Enchanted cruise yesterday. We have received air credit, all promos and I was able to keep same cabin. I dont normally use TAs (unless Costco has outstanding deal), so not sure how to approach this. May be call Princess yourself?
  2. Thank you! just refared my Aug Enchanted Princess cruise, aside from $300 savings, we got at least $600 in credits and gratuities, not even counting air credit!
  3. We have cruised on all mass market lines and at this point prefer Princess. However, my next choice is NCL. Couple posters above echoed my understanding that Princess is more of "cruise ship" vs "floating Vegas" (👀 at RCCL). I love quieter, more refined atmosphere of Princess ships with no late night parties (just not my thing) and stupid belly flop contests (👀 at Carnival). I like watching a movie or a concert on MUTS while DS is playing in the pool with other well behaved kids (yes, there are kids on Princess and they are almost all very well mannered). I truly believe that cruising interactions with people of all ages have given my DS an edge in dealing with adults in his daily life, he has no problem engaging adults in polite conversation and holding up his end of it. I absolutely LOVE not being disturbed by sales pitches, etc. in my cabin and over all sense of "no nickel and diming" during my vacation (👀 at NCL). There are obviously drawbacks to Princess (smaller cabins with no couch in regular balcony and below), different types of entertainment (I like it, some prefer other things), almost no night life, etc. One BIG plus of Princess for me is no smell of smoke anywhere but casino, which I obviously avoid. On my last NCL ship "brilliant minds" put smoking area literally next to kids outdoor play area.
  4. I booked some time ago (end of June?) and all cabins were available. May be this is fairly new thing? I just checked my booking and my cabin is still what I chose.
  5. We have Deluxe balcony booked on August 2020 Med cruise on Enchanted. I booked directly on Princess site with no issues.
  6. I didnt know that! My DS will be elite after our Dec cruise, woo hoo!
  7. Interesting that there is such wide range of feedback. We have sailed Regal in both Caribbean and Baltic, and internet is way better in the Caribbean. Baltic internet was very slow, dropped all the time and for sure you couldnt stream anything on it. To me this means that unlimited package is a must really, since I would have wasted most of my complimentary minutes just trying to check email.
  8. If memory serves me correctly, Jan Swartz (sp?) did the same guest spot on Cruise Critic couple of years ago.
  9. We have also stayed in mini on Regal. It is has waay more space, 2 TVs (one aimed at sofa bed), privacy curtain between sofa bed and main "bedroom" area. It also has extra dresser space, larger bathroom with more shelving AND you can access balcony without folding the sofa bed (very tight, but doable). For 3 adults I would absolutely go with Mini. We have 2 adults and 10 yo, so deluxe balcony is still doable for us.
  10. We just spent 11 days on Royal in Deluxe Balcony. I would strongly suggest is vs upper bunk.Yes, it is crowded with couch folded out. No, you cannot squeeze by, you will have to climb over the couch to open the balcony door. Room steward folds and unfolds the couch for you every am and pm. If needed, it is easy to do it yourself too. Unfortunately I dont have pics.
  11. We have experienced Xmas and NYE at sea last year and are not going back to land! Best Xmas present I have received from DH in last 20 years and I am counting on the same present for next 20.
  12. Yes please! Especially interested in vibration issues, feedback on Market Place, AC and other house keeping. CB used to be my favorite ship until we were spoiled by Regal. Coming back to CB would be an interesting experience.
  13. Thank you for sale update! I have just snagged my favorite DW (Deluxe "obstructed" balcony) on Enchanted Princess for Med cruise next summer. Very excited!
  14. MissP, I think $99 for all photos was very limited online only deal. We bought it for Panama Canal cruise. It was great, but kind of forced me to bring home more pics that I really needed :). I do like the 10 pis package a lot. Typically it is all that we really need at this point, ie how many champagne fountain pics can one have 😉 Voljeep, I get that it is the tactic sometimes, but in our instance we have prepaid for the package sometime midcruise. Technically she (photog) could have charged us for the extra 2 pics. What she did, while being a small gesture, left me with positive "vibe" of photo staff and with feeling of not being "nickel and dimed" which is very important for repeat cruisers.
  15. Cobber, only the chosen pics were included in the download. We actually ended up with 12 pics total because my DS couldnt make up his mind about what to choose and photographer, he made friends with on the cruise, just told him to take the two extra. It was very nice of her.
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