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  1. We did that itinerary back in 2012 over Christmas - enjoy! Our kids loved that they could catch up with their cousins at the same time 😉.
  2. Agree, not worth the airfare so we’d do a B2B. 7 nights would have to be Norway, closer for us.
  3. There are always 7 persons in our party and we do tend to prebook online for Select prior to the cruise. I would contact the above reservation dept. if you want to eat at a certain time each evening with the children. At least then you will not be worrying about a long wait for a table to accommodate you all.
  4. Over the years, it’s always been documented on CC that the one area where the cruise lines are nearly always cheaper than direct from the airlines is one way flights.
  5. I know exactly where you are coming from. Sometimes it’s nice to visit certain places but know you can board the ship after a long day seeing the ‘sights’ 😉.
  6. Ours still comes with us, even when we do travel business 😄.
  7. Yòu have to take into consideration the flexibility when booking in the US too - far more options of changing/altering the cruise or elements of it without penalties, unlike in the U.K.
  8. I find it easier to have the US TA’s information with me when I sort the booking onboard as the reps are not always ‘on the ball’. I tend to converse with my US TA first, getting all my included perks listed together with their pricing, and then check what they are offering me onboard (usually, just the extra OBC for booking onboard is the only difference). Once I have received the paperwork, I email my TA with the invoice numbers etc. I can’t answer regarding the included suite perks as we don’t sail in suites.
  9. Correct, providing you book your new cruise in US$, it doesn’t matter who your current cruise was booked with.
  10. You can transfer it to a US TA if the booking was in US$. You can book onboard and have the booking transferred to a US TA providing the booking is in dollars. You can book onboard in different currencies if you so wish i.e. multiple reservations in different currencies (I have done this previously).
  11. We are in a similar situation to yourself with older teens. Unfortunately, X decided to redeploy Connie to Tampa to sail more Caribbean itineraries during the Christmas holidays, so we had to look at alternatives. Consequently, we have booked another Princess cruise even though we still have placeholders with X. Princess appear to offer wider, varied options for itineraries and we have been pleased with the sailings we have taken over the last couple of years. After we reserved a 13 night sailing for less than 7 nights on X (in peak season), we decided the difference in price was definitely worth it. Princess are currently offering a few bundled pricing add-ons too e.g. unlimited internet and premium drinks package for $25pppd (we already have the 3 For Free promotion, so everything is covered). If we hadn’t got the kids sailing with us, we’d consider Azamara, Viking and possibly a few others.
  12. Yes, the itinerary was removed and X decided that Tampa needed Connie for more Caribbean runs - obviously not enough ships sailing there already 🙄
  13. Great cruise; we were on the same sailing as VA and CineGraphic. I think most of our port stops we detailed on the communal review already posted. We really enjoyed the ship’s tour in Boston that took us out to Harvard and Lexington - super guide full of excellent historical facts. We also did a private tour in Sydney NS, which again was great. The first half of the cruise was extremely hot - the humidity in NY was 🥵. Saying that, I loved Charleston and would like to return, even in the peak of the summer sun. Quebec, it rained on the first day, however didn’t prevent us from venturing out and about. I’d easily take this itinerary again.
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