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  1. Here is a quote from the Emerald's Princess Patter. I think all this class of ship follow the same guidelines. "Smoking is only permitted in designated sections of the Casino and Nightclub." The nightclub reference is Skywalker's. I have seen smokers there.
  2. Every beverage alcoholic or non alcoholic has 18% added to the menu price. Beverage packages include the 18% gratuity in the original price. Australia based cruises excluded. Specialty restaurant charges do not include the gratuity. That gratuity is paid as part of the daily auto-tip. Again Australia based cruises excluded.
  3. All I can say is that we have not been advised of any itinerary changes for our Feb 15th and 25th cruises. I think right now information posted and the technical expertise of Chengkp75 is all we can go by.
  4. Did I read a review here which indicted that the Planks & Steamers menus were offered some evenings in the buffet area?
  5. Yes. If the OBC shows under the payment section of your cruise personlizer it can be applied to pre-booked excursions. Note that if you have excess OBC under one passenger and not enough under the other to cover the excursion(s) you have to call Princess to request booking of the excursion(s).
  6. Look at the referenced web page. In addition the Sky has a Concierge Lounge on deck 14 aft for full suite passengers. Room service includes ability to order from the full DR menu. As mentioned no butler service. https://www.princess.com/downloads/pdf/ships/PrincessSuite_eFlyer.pdf
  7. If visiting Martinque and you have some left over Euros take them along.
  8. For Mexico cruises, even though it's against Princess' stated rules, people have their towels and stuff down early by the Retreat Pool and then leave. At anytime Princess could change the enforcement of their policy and remove stuff from unoccupied lounges. There are lots of complaints from passengers about passengers' practice of reserving chairs with stuff when they are not there. The retreat pool has netted awnings covering the lounge areas. These awnings are really for show only. They do not provide shade or sun protection. I have noticed less people in the afternoon. My guess it gets too hot. The Sanctuary cost $20/half day, $40/full day and $30/full day if you book all the days of the cruise, port and sea. You select your own lounge chair from those available in shade or sun. This is your chair for the times reserved. Come and go as you wish. Board as early as allowed and go directly to the Sanctuary. In tropical cruises lounge reservations fill quickly.
  9. Call the Crown Plaza and the Doubletree in San Pedro. Ask for their stay and park for cruises rates. Not sure if they have rates for as long as 38 days, but you can ask.
  10. In Martinique items in tourist shops are priced both in Euros and US$. If you have Euros, take them. All other islands I have visited, which is most of them, are happy with US$.
  11. Basically all the main airlines. Take a look at one of the 2020 cruises on the Princess web site and select flight quotes. You can get an idea. I would select an airline that allows you to select your seat when you book. The flight to Australia from the east coast is around 22 hours in the air. Not comfortable in a coach middle seat. This is one example Golden Princess Tue, Mar 10, 2020
  12. SHARE is only on the Emerald, Ruby and Sun ships. We tried it on the Emerald. Just OK, not bad, not great. We don't plan to return. You get your own table. We prefer the Crown Grill or Sabatini's Trattoria which serves dishes more to our liking. There have been Curtis Stone mains that show up on the menu in the MDR's.
  13. When a venue as large as the Vista Lounge is closed all evening to all but the group then the remainder of the passengers are locked out of various normal entertainment activities for that evening in that venue. Things like shows, dancing, certain live bands, etc. The remainder of the passengers have to try to fit into the other small entertainment locations on the ship. The Sky is lacks any other large entertainment location. It only has the small Princess Live and Jazz Club.
  14. A summer Caribbean cruise will have lots of families and generally a younger demographic. Plenty of bars to gather including indoors and outdoors. There will be live entertainment all evening with a party band, easy listening, probably some classical, individual entertainers such as a guitar player/singer, piano entertainers in the various venues. The Caribbean has a large splash/youth pool for families on the upper deck which should keep the main pools from being occupied by children. The Terrace Pool and the pool by the spa are adults only. One downside of the Caribbean is the theater. Just not enough seats. You have to arrive 45 minutes early for productions shows and an hour early for Bravo, one of the best with live orchestra enhanced with strings and other musicians. If it's a good value I would go for it. I think right now a summer Caribbean cruise may be offered with the Premium Beverage Package, wi-fi and gratuities, under the Best Sale Ever promo.
  15. Agree. If linking is for dining and billing then I think you need to do this through your booking process. If linking is just to find and text others on board you can link on the medallion app by selecting Link Your Booking.
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