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  1. Thanks, everyone for all of your help!
  2. Thanks, I did manage to get the OceanReady app on my I-Phone, so now I will take your advice for my I-Pad. This all seems much more complicated than necessary, in my opinion. Oh well, onward and upward!
  3. I have an I-Pad. I have not been able to find the Ocean Ready app in the App Store. In fact, I can't even find any Princess apps in the App Store. Do I have to use my I-Phone instead of my I-Pad? Our cruise is on the Sky Princess, sailing Nov. 17, 2019. Is there another place in the App Store that I should be looking? I don't want to use my I-Phone if I don't have to since the I-Pad is easier for me to see. Thanks for your help.
  4. I have read this same quotation on the Carnival & PLC Shareholder Benefit Request Form, but I have a question for those of you who have used your shareholder onboard credit onboard a Princess cruise. When they say "gratuities", do they mean the gratuities for the cabin steward or only credits/charges and gratuities in the casino. We are new to Princess and are CCL shareholders. Some cruise lines do allow you to use the shareholder onboard credit for cabin steward gratuities, so I want to be very sure. This is especially important since Princess will be increasing the daily gratuity charge from $13.50 P/P (for an inside, OV, and balcony cabin) to $14.50 P/P for all voyages departing on or after May 21, 2019 (this according to an email I received yesterday). Thanks in advance for your help.
  5. relaxatsea


    We stayed at the Hotel Mellatti in San Antonio before our cruise. We also used their transportation service from Santiago Airport to the hotel, for a fee, and on the day of the cruise, they took us to the cruise terminal for free. Our room overlooked the port, and the views were amazing. It was easy to walk to the seaside promenade and to the large and modern shopping mall across the street where we ate lunch a the food court. This is a small family owned hotel, and we have never had better customer service anywhere. They were very warm, welcoming, and helpful. The free breakfast in their dining room overlooking the port was delicious also. After a long flight from the U.S., it was very nice to have someone waiting for us at the airport when we arrived. This hotel reminded me of an old Michigan farmhouse, to give you a better idea.
  6. On our Feb, 16, 2019 Seaside sailing, we had lunch at 12 noon in Butcher's Cut on a sea day. We went directly to the restaurant on Boarding Day to make our reservation. it was delicious! Highly recommend!
  7. Thanks, everyone! We were just on the MSC Seaside two weeks ago, and I can confirm that the food/snacks in the Sportsbar there have a charge, definitely not free.
  8. When we were on the Divina a couple of years ago, the food in the Sportsbar was free. Is this still true? We just booked Divina again for Jan., 2020, and wondered about this. Thanks in advance for any answers.
  9. We were there in February, 2018 for a cruise on the Norwegian Sun. There was no food and no vendors, although they did have very nice restrooms. The terminal is in a large warehouse-type building. I would guess that the nearest place to get any food would be maybe 3 or 4 blocks away. It is a working port, and, at least when we were there, it was not a tourist area inside the port. They will take you on a very short bus ride (about five minutes) from the terminal to your ship.
  10. Thank you so much for your wonderful tribute to Trainman Jim, plus pictures and links to his reviews. I was always a huge fan of his and followed him for years. I was particularly happy to see his original Trainman Sandwich followed by your version! I am also following your review with great interest since we will be cruising on Symphony in 2020. Great review and pics!
  11. Thanks so much to Rogue and Fiona for the great review and wonderful pictures. We we are on the Dec. 7 sailing and really appreciate all of your help!
  12. We did not get seasick at all. In our experience, we feel more motion in the forward cabins. When we have a choice, we always prefer aft balconies. However, I should probably add that we do not usually get seasick no matter how bad the seas (lucky us!). In 2016, we cruised around Cape Horn with its notoriously rough seas, and we were fine. It was quite an adventure! Even so, we always take Bonine with us just in case (there could always be a first time!). Ask your doctor for advice on this.
  13. Sorry, my mistake, Icaro Suites is in Buenos Aires.
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