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About dfields1814

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    South America. Europe

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  1. I have taken 2 SA cruises with Princess. The Falklands was a highlight. But remember you have about a 50% chance of going ashore. That port is cancelled often due to weather. I think the Princess Island is visiting Antartica. I don't know about the Coral. If it does that would be big plus. I am assuming your cruise begins or ends in Buenos Aires. If so go early or stay on a couple of days. One of the great cities of the world. - but mainly for time to visit Iguazo Falls. I have been on over 35 cruises and this one is my favorite.
  2. Our two cruises do not have the same striating or end port. If both the cruises started and ended in NYC I could do it. But One cruise ends in Canada and the ends in NYC. For the first cruise all the flights home start in Canada, none for NYC. On the second cruise from Quebec City all the flights t are to Canada none to NYC. I think you could do it if both B2B cruises ended up at the same place. Maybe if you took a B2B cruise both starting and ending in FLL that might work.
  3. We have a B2B from NYC to Quebec City to NYC. I can't book a RT flight from NYC. I called Princess and the agent said I would have to purchase two one way tickets. That is not going to happen.
  4. We had the same problem with the Watts tour. We do not get priority tender tickets. I contacted Patrick and he said they would not leave without us but it was extremely important to get there as soon as we could. So we lined up at the MDR where they distributed the tender tickets about 40 minutes before they opened up. We were on on the first tenders But everyone with priority tenders got there ahead of us. On our tour with him they had about 5 vehicles that they drove to the point as a group. They only had to pull a car of the mud just once. The tour is well worth it.
  5. I would avoid LAX if possible.But there are more flights and the flights are usually cheaper out of LAX. So I am pretty much forced to use LAX. If I had my choice I would use Long Beach.
  6. We used to like the majority of days at a port with a couple of sea days now and then. Now my wife is battling medications for cancer so suddenly sea days are more important for her. She doesn't have to do anything just sit there and enjoy the sea and be pampered by the staff! Times and circumstances change.
  7. I agree on the equality of the tacos in the buffet. We live in Southern CA and my wife is of Mexican heritage so the bar on tacos is quite high for us.(There is no one that makes tacos better than my wife!) However, I must say that the tacos on a Nov. cruise to Mexico was much better than the tacos on a SA cruise last March. So there is hope!
  8. I book asap after they are posted. If the price goes up ( which it has) Princess will honor the lower you booked at. You always cancel if you decide to go on your own or get a private tour.
  9. That is one excursion I would do with Princess if you are attending the luau. We gat back to the ship around 10;40 which is after the time they told us to be back. Side note. One of the main reason we took that cruise was to visit my son who was in the army. He had been to Iraq. Turns out he could not get off base that day so we went to the Center instead. When we Got back, late, out son was there waiting for us. Princess gave us an addition 15 minutes to be with our son before we had to board. We were the only passengers in the terminal. I will always be appreciative to Princess for the 15 minutes,
  10. We just got off the Royal last week. I would not hesitate to take a cruise on her again. In fact I may RSVP a cruise on her today. That being said she is not my all time favorite ship. There is no prominade deck on level 7. You can't walk around the ship on that deck. You have to go up tp 17. The balcony is tiny. You have to sit sideways. There is no Skywalker's and Explorer's lounge. Club 6 is the replacement for Skywalker's. From some reason they turn up the AC in there - always very cold. They have a room called Live where they do game shows instead of the Explorers Lounge. The music and dancing has been moved to the piazza. Good luck finding a seat there during popular times. There are a lot a good things as well about the Royal. The bathroom and the shower seem larger. I don't know if there are or not. But they do seem larger. The entertainment is second to none. Encore and Silk are great shows. On our last cruise the Sunset Quartet in the Wheelhouse Bar was absolutely the best. The buffet is huge. I am not fan of any buffet but my wife liked it. The ship doesn't seem crowded even thought here are like 600 more passengers. Never had an issue with crowded elevators except at prime times like 5:00 PM. It is a medallion ship. And the big positive. My wife doesn't get motion sickness on the Royal. On the smaller ships she does. My theory is that she is so big there is not as much motion. The MDR food was about standard for a Princess shop. No better No worse. Except the steak on both cruises was a bit tough. I eat mostly seafood anyway so that was not a big deal. Other than that the food was fine. But I am no foodie. If they give it to me I just eat it. The Royal is my wife's favorite ship by far. (This is the only Royal class we have been on.) We have been on her twice. The first time was a 50 day cruise from FLL to LA. Both my wife and I say that that cruise was our all time favorite, So for me even with its faults it provided me with the best cruise ever!
  11. It was OK. The hotel they use is not 5 star in my opinion, but it was nice enough. It has two pools. One was for adults only. The lunch was OK at best. The staff was great. All in all we had a good time but don't expect a 5 star resort that you can find elsewhere. This year I bought a day pass at another resort on my own. This was with Princess. I don't know if other cruise lines use another resort.
  12. My regret has to do with the some of the ports Princess visits. We should have taken a land trip. A couple of hours in daylight just isn't enough. For me the big regret was Rio. One day there what was I thinking? A lot of these port I regret for my wife in that I had been there on lands trips but they were my wife's only visit. My wife is an artist so just a couple of hours in Florence broke my heart for her. She spent just a couple of daylight hours in Istanbul. It is now her favorite city. Too bad she could not have spent a longer time there, As for the ship itself we have been on over 30 cruises but never once been to MUTS, used the pool, or the sanctuary. Just not interested. Maybe we should try these activities one of these days. I also would like to try the chefs dinner or whatever they call it.
  13. Recently disembarkation at San Pedro as been pretty good. The Royal is using the terminal next door to the one they normally used due to the size of the Royal. However, one time a couple of years ago we did not get off the ship until after 10:30 AM because the ship arrived late due to fog.
  14. I believe in Alaska smaller is better (Coral) . As to the 20% you will have to decide that based on your personal finances. I most likely would take the Grand only because of the 20% if everything else was equal.
  15. We took a fifty day cruise from FLL to LA. It had three legs. On the first leg the beef was tough and very difficult to eat. On the second leg the beef was excellent. On the third leg the beef was just OK. We had the same chef and kitchen crew. and the same menus. It had to be the quality of the beef they took on board.
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