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  1. The library on Grand is essentially a game room. We just took Grand to Alaska in May. The library was full of people playing games pretty much every sea day. The book selection was pretty sad. I really can't think of a Princess ship I have been on in recent years that had a library that was just books and was quiet.
  2. Grand Princess has a tea lounge called Leaves in the Library. You could get fancy tea there and snacks for an extra fee certain hours of the day. So, it was definitely okay to eat and drink in there.
  3. Why would it be strange to get a drink package on a 15 day cruise?
  4. I have not received any emails from VV except for our booking confirmation, for whatever reason, but I logged on to the website and noticed that we only owe $2,946. Our booking confirmation email stated our balance was $3390. So, they have taken $444 off the price of our cruise.
  5. We got off Grand last month. There was a round table in our cabin but not the barrel chair.
  6. I have not received an email at all. Looks like the Central Sea Terrace was $3800 when I booked and is $3600 now. I figured we would get hosed as far as getting any discount due to the port change since we are already paying an inflated price to be on the inaugural cruise. Those who called, are they giving you the current price or are they just giving you a ridiculously tiny discount?
  7. The prices quoted above for IC hot chocolate are correct. We just got off the Grand on May 16. They were also serving hot chocolate in the buffet. It was never offered to me but I saw other people drinking it and I heard someone ordering it. I mentioned it to my husband and he said they had come by the table and offered hot chocolate while I was in the buffet line. He also saw containers of it at the drink station. I was still using up stamps on a coffee card I bought in 2012--and we have been on at least 6 Princess cruises since then--so I will probably not ever buy a coffee package with the way it is set up now. Clearly, I wouldn't get my money's worth. There were several people still using their old style coffee card for free brewed coffee. I thought that was only allowed on the cruise that you bought the card on. I guess this is one reason they went to the new package.
  8. We have done this twice on Grand. We stand at the very front of the ship on deck 15 (or 16?). We did it in November and we did it a couple weeks ago. I just have to warn you that it is unbelievably windy and cold. Very cold. I thought it might be slightly warmer in May, but no. Also, anyone with long hair needs to have it fully secured. Any loose hair will be an absolute rat's nest by the time you get under the bridge! The first time we did this, it took my husband and I both working on detangling my hair for 45 minutes to get it presentable for dinner. It's totally worth it, but you need to be properly prepared.
  9. I was just on Grand a week ago and missed the puzzles in the conservatory. I like reading in the conservatory but it was so cold in there this time that I didn't spend as much time there. We spent about an hour one night on a puzzle in the library that someone else had clearly spent a good chunk of time working. The next day, it was put away and the table was being used for Mahjong. This happened pretty much every day. I was wishing there was a dedicated puzzle area.
  10. aimee0715

    What now?????

    There's not a lot of cruises to Cuba. I assume this is because they require a passport and a lot of cruisers cruise with just a birth certificate and DL. We wound up going on Azamara because the selection of cruises on other lines was not great and most just stopped in Havana. RCI had a great Cuban itinerary though.
  11. LOL @ "until they get tired of it then they stop". This is so true! We were in Havana for 2.5 days and they actually go annoyed by the end when we tried to show them our passport. If you take anything (and if you can even go at this point), some gum or candy may be good. A guard in one of the museums in Old Havana approached our guide and asked him something. He turned to me and said "She wants to know if you have any gum." I gave her the rest of my pack of gum. I was just relieved she wasn't telling him that I couldn't take pictures. (In the museums in Trinidad (the one in Cuba), you have to pay extra to take pictures.) That was really the only opportunity I had to give anyone anything.
  12. aimee0715

    What now?????

    No one expressed that to me. It was just evident. A doctor in Cuba makes the equivalent of $40 USD per month. I gave our guides nearly that in tips. None of the tour guides that we had were all that shy about talking about their government and their thoughts about it. The only thing that I recall all of our tour guides said to us was the explanation of the word "paladar" and why privately owned restaurants are called that in Cuba.
  13. I also booked with Yosel back in November and had a great experience. I didn't actually meet Yosel but we had Reneil (I probably spelled that wrong) one day and Rey the next. Both very knowledgeable and both took great pictures. Reneil takes a more traditional, posed picture and Rey is more of a street photographer. Really can't say enough good things about them! We actually had almost 900 pictures for the two days.
  14. aimee0715

    What now?????

    I cannot even put into words how pissed off I am about this. We had the most amazing trip to Cuba on Azamara in November. I have thought every day of returning there. Really the most amazing place I have visited. We have another trip planned on Virgin in April of 2020. I watched John Bolton say today that allowing Americans to travel to Cuba has not improved the lives of Cubans. That is 1000% false. There are so many entrepreneurial Cubans benefiting from the tourists. So many paladars (privately owned restaurants), Air BnBs, taxi drivers, tour guides (although most call themselves taxi drivers because tour guide is a special license over there), shopkeepers, etc. I am so disappointed for the hardworking Cuban people. Trump's first set of restrictions really made things difficult for the Air BnB people and private tour operators because people just went on cruises and booked excursions through the cruise line to make sure they stayed within the rules. I so hope that you all are able to go on your cruises and see Cuba. If you do, please look on Trip Advisor for a great tour guide. We stopped in 3 ports and had wonderful guides in all 3. The cruiseline excursions are on big, government owned tour buses (it is ironic that Trump's restrictions pushed cruise passengers to government owned tour companies 🙄).
  15. I'm booked on the inaugural (sort of, I guess) cruise in April. My birthday is July 15 though so I'm kind of bummed I didn't book this instead!
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