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About hollydog

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    Centennial, Colorado (near Denver)
  • Interests
    Travel, ballroom dancing, running
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe, Caribbean, Panama Canal

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  1. Can we safely assume the new Sky Princess will be equipped with the Ocean Medallion?
  2. Question about Margaritaville within the secure port area of Falmouth. Is pool access included if we order drinks? Is it a full service restaurant or just a bar?
  3. Does anyone know which pier Crown Princess docks at in Civitavecchia?
  4. Deck plans for the Crown, Ruby and Emerald show a large open deck on the front of deck 14 (Riviera). Does anyone know if this is a public area? How is it accessed?
  5. Question about the upper bunks in Regal balcony cabin C630. Do they drop out of the ceiling, or fold down from the wall?
  6. We're thinking of doing a few days on the Olympic Peninsula, then a 7-day cruise to Alaska out of Seattle. Emerald Princess departs Sunday Sept. 16 at 4 pm (I think from pier 91). Are we cutting it too close by spending Saturday night in Port Angeles, return the rental car to Sea-Tac, then take a Lyft to the ship?
  7. Glad you had a great cruise! We'll be boarding the Royal on Nov. 30, our first time on the bigger ship. We've always bought coffee cards, both for the specialty coffees and the fresh-brewed from the IC. We've read that the Royal has fresh-brewed everywhere instead of the old (gross) syrup based coffee. Can you confirm this? We have 2 cards remaining from last cruise with lots of unused punches, so maybe don't need to buy new ones.
  8. Do any of the bars on the Royal have Princess' Sea Witch beers?
  9. We're sailing the Royal Nov. 30 for 10 days. Before I pack, I'm thinking of calling the Captain's Circle person a week prior to sailing and asking how many Elites will be on board. We have never waited more than 2 days for laundry, but have only been sailing longer cruises in the off season since turning Elite.
  10. Everyone seems to assume there will be major delays upon disembarkation when a ship returns to the US on a transatlantic. We've done 3 TAs when the ship had been in the Med all summer and only experienced a big delay on one (rumor was it was drug related). The other two times we were off the ship by 8 am. Maybe we were just lucky?
  11. Yes. We always get decaf specialty coffees with our coffee cards.
  12. Princess posted this on their Facebook page about an hour ago in response to a question about losing the free Platinum/Elite internet minutes. We regret that there is misinformation about the new internet packages being trialed on Grand Princess. When the program rolls out fleetwide, guests with Platinum or Elite internet minutes will have three options upon first sign on: 1) Activate their existing minutes, just as before; 2) Upgrade to a package with a larger number of minutes, just as before; or 3) Upgrade to one of the new unlimited packages at a reduced rate, which is what you're describing. Any Platinum or Elite guests who chooses option 1 or 2 will still be able to access any site they were able to before the new packages rolled out, they are not limited to just the "Social" tier. As we've said, since this is a trial, there have been a few bugs to work out, and we've heard from our shipboard teams that there were some issues with access to certain websites for Platinum and Elite guests, which I believe is where this rumor is coming from. We hope that helps, and assure you we very much do value our loyal guests.
  13. Does anyone have more up to date information on the Royal?
  14. The latest Cruise Director list is dated Sept. 17. It shows Royal Princess: - Ron Goodman until 1 Aug, 2017 Does anyone know who the current CD is and how long he/she will be on the Royal?
  15. If you check the Princess website, it says the Royal will not be getting the new "luxury beds" till 2019.
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