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  1. We always stay at the Hyatt Place, Convention Center 17th St. It is right across parking lot from several restaurants and a publix grocery store. They have very inexpensive shuttle to and from airport and to the cruise port. IF you are a hyatt loyalty member you get free breakfast and its not bad. The sun trolley also stops in front of the publix grocery store and will take you to the beach for $1 if that is somewhere you want to go. The rooms are a little more spacious than a regular hotel room as they have a half wall separating a living area with a couch.
  2. We always stay at the Hyatt Place on 17th Street and love it. They have a shuttle to and from airport and also a shuttle for $7 each to the cruise port. They are right across the parking lot from several restaurants and a publix grocery store. The Sun Trolley stops here and will take you to the beach for $1 per person (kids under 40 " are half price). Website for sun trolley is www.suntrolley.com. The hotel also includes free breakfast if you are a hyatt loyalty member (free to join and can do it online when you book your room or beforehand). The rooms are mini suites with a couch separated by a half wall and either 2 queen beds or a king. Very spacious for your family.
  3. We have cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Princess. We primarily cruise Princess. We are in our mid 50's and love the quieter, laid back vibe on Princess. I think your parents would really love the entertainment on Princess, especially the music in the Piazza. There is definitely an older crowd.
  4. Could you elaborate? Im curious to know why.
  5. This was by far, the BEST review I have read on cruise critic (and I have read a LOT)! We have cruised Carnival twice, Norwegian twice, Royal Caribbean twice, and Princess a lot more-lol! We are platinum on princess and prefer to cruise them now. I saw a great deal on a last minute cruise on MSC and started doing some research to see if we may want to branch out and try her. Your review was just what I needed! Thank You so much for your detailed commentary and beautiful photos. We are already booked on a 10 day Southern Caribbean on Princess in January, but I am going to do our status match and we will book our next cruise in 2021 on MSC Seaside.
  6. I have cruised Norwegian twice and Princess a LOT! We are now Princess loyal and choose to cruise only them. The two cruises I did on Norwegian were 1- with my Mom, and 2- with my Sister in Law. I actually loved Norwegian and thought their entertainment was the best at sea (I have also cruised Carnival and Royal Caribbean). I enjoyed the food as well and my cabin service was great. That being said, when cruising with my Hubby, we prefer to cruise Princess. There are just things onboard that make us feel like we are coming home again. We love the International Cafe, the laid back atmosphere, and the food and service we have come to appreciate. We know the layout of the ships and its very comfortable for us. Hubby really likes this factor. However, We had our favorite ever cabin on Royal Caribbean last year. It was HUGE. A deluxe balcony and the biggest cabin we have ever been in. We typically cruise in balcony or mini suite on Princess. We love that we now get free internet onboard (because of our loyalty status) and I also love the self serve laundromats on Princess. I only need to pack half as much and do laundry mid way through the cruise. I know some people don't want to do laundry on vacation but we usually cruise 10-14 days so it just makes sense for us. Plus, it doesn't really feel the same as doing laundry at home-haha! You will find less families and more older folks onboard Princess. We always cruise when the kids are in school but have heard from others here that not too many kids onboard anyways. There are several pools and hot tubs but no slides and other kid centered activities on the decks. IF you want a very relaxed cruise/vacation, I highly recommend Princess. If you are wanting more lively entertainment and activities, probably best to stick with Norwegian. Just my opinion after sailing most lines.
  7. Thank you for this very informative response! We are coming from Barbados so I guess we won't see them. We are taking the shore excursion that is a catamaran ride to the Pitons then Marigot Bay and a beach for swimming. I think it will be cool to view them from the water!
  8. Can anyone tell me if you can see the Pitons from the ship as you approach St Lucia? I really want to see them and there is a shore excursion on a catamaran to get fairly close to them. I am just wondering if we will be able to see them from the ship (Princess) as we approach St Lucia.
  9. All the breakfast pastries, especially love the almond croissants and sugar doughnuts. Lunch has great sandwiches and salads along with desserts.
  10. Great! Thank you all for your quick responses!
  11. I have always sailed on the larger Princess ships so I don't know if the Star has the MUTS (Movies under the stars) screen. Can someone help me with this? It is one of our favorite things to do onboard and looking at a last minute cruise on the Star in September.
  12. Today is a day at sea. We had our meeting this morning for all those passengers staying aboard for the next cruise. We will have to meet in the Princess Theatre at 9:30 on Sunday morning to be taken off the ship and then brought back on. You are allowed to get off earlier and go into town if desired. If not planning to do that, or planning to go off a little later, you have to meet at 9:30 so everyone is off the ship and they can zero it out. It sounds like it should all go smoothly. I'll post after with the results. Yesterday we were in St Maarten and we stayed onboard along with several other folks. Hubby did manage some alone time in a hot tub which was nice. Lots of folks sitting out around the pools but not many in them. We haven't gone to see any shows and last night was the first Comedienne. Hubby did not feel well so we ended up ordering room service for dinner and going to bed early. Missed the show. The day before that we were in St Thomas. We did a shore excursion with the ship. It was a panoramic island drive. The sky was perfect. We stopped at a few different places to get some pictures. The first picture below is of our ship on the right and the Crown Princess on the left. The second picture shows Water Island on the left and you can see a couple ships docked at the Crown Marina. The 3rd and 4th picture are of Magens Bay. It was so beautiful and definitely did not look crowded. This was about 3 pm. We enjoyed this tour. There were 16 of us on a mini bus with air conditioning.
  13. It doesn't feel like the new beds. They are pretty hard but I am sleeping fine. Only a little back discomfort when I first wake up. We sleep on a tempurpedic cloud at home.
  14. The buffet is great! Lots of choices and very big. Usually 2 types of carved meat, multiple main courses and sides. Last night at dinner (buffet) I noticed a crepe station. The guy was making crepes to order with all the trimmings you could want to add.
  15. We just boarded the Regal on Sunday, 31 March and they did not have us fill one out. Agree with Thrak that most people that were actually sick did not disclose this upon embarkation.
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