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  1. Just curious, are the tables in the Horizon Court pre set with drinkware during breakfast hours?  I've seen it and complained about it on every Princess cruise we've done.  We have seen the unused, inverted or right-side-up drinkware left on the table between passengers, the tables "cleaned" with a swipe of used cloth napkin and the the unused drinkware re-positioned for the next user.  Who's to say if the previous diners handled, sneezed on, or coughed on that drinkware?  Maybe they coughed into that napkin that the crew used to wipe down the table.

     

    When I complain, I'm always told that it's corporate policy that the tables be pre-set at breakfast.

     

    I always grab my own clean drinkware from one of the beverage stations and I never, ever unroll my silverware burrito and lay my eating utensils on the table.


  2. On 2/18/2020 at 7:45 PM, 1gr8cruise said:

    So I get an email saying my Ocean medallion order has been shipped, scheduled to be delivered by Fed Ex on Wednesday.  The Fed Ex shipping tracker indicates they were shipped from Singapore GS, Are you flipping kidding me Princess,???  My Ocean Medallion devices were shipped from the second highest concentrated area of Coronavirus in the world??  Then I go to the United States CDC website and they say the disease can be transmitted from an object.  If the object is contaminated and you then touch your mouth, nose or eyes after touching the object.  This is incredible...........  

     

    Think about all viruses when you go to the Horizon Court for breakfast and find the drinkware already on the table, upside down.  Then watch to see if they leave "unused" drinkware on the table for the next passenger and watch to see how they sanitize the table with that drinkware still sitting there.

     

    My advice - grab your own coffee and juice from the beverage station and don't use anything that you find already on the table.


  3. Try Travel Guard for an annual policy.  It covers you for all travel beyond, I think, 150 miles from home.  It does have limits and will not cover you for full cancellation of a cruise, for example.  

     

    As long as you understand that it is not without limits and for losses beyond those limits you are self-insured, it may work for you.  I figure that what I have saved by not buying cruise and air line's insurance over the years has been well worth it.


  4. 20 hours ago, Denarius said:

    I have not received any objections so far, but have received several compliments. And anyway, the code says that you can wear formal national dress and the bolo tie is the official male neckwear of the states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico!

     

     

     I love it.  I am an Appalachian hillbilly descended from Scottish immigrants who left the lowlands during the great leaving.  Our national dress is a set of bib overalls and a plaid shirt.  To dress up for Sunday-go-to-meetin' we add a fedora.  No use puttin' on airs.  We do get a little more dressed up for marryins and buryins since those are more formal affairs.

     

    I guess I need to pack my funeral suit for cruising.😄😄😄

     

     


  5. 14 hours ago, aimhigh said:

    Sadly this doesn’t protect anyone from those who eat from their plate with their fingers at the buffet, lick their fingers and then handle tongues or fruit. I am disappointed to tell you that this happened lots on my recent Viking cruise and I have seen it on other cruise lines. I always ask the crew to change the serving utensils but they never speak to the offenders.

    If you really care, wash your hands, use a napkin to handle tongues and do not think it is cool to eat food with your fingers.

     

    I, for one, speak up to the offended when I see a passenger ignore the serving tongs or ladles and use their hands at the buffet.  I hope it embarrasses them enough to change their behavior. I also notify a supervisor.  On a recent cruise I saw an ignorant passenger handle several rolls with her hand until she found the right one.  The tongs were right there, but she apparently didn't know what they were for.  I said "Please don't handle other people's food with your hands."  She  huffed and puffed and walked away mumbling about me being rude.

     

    I also speak to the supervisors when I see tables pre-set with drink ware - especially if unused drink ware is left on the table for the next person to use.  

     

    The next time you are on a cruise, any cruise, watch to see how the buffet tables are cleaned between uses.  I often see the tables given a swipe with a used cloth napkin and then drink ware placed upside down on the table surface or the multi-use placemat.

     

    And then they wonder how viruses spread.


  6. On 2/9/2020 at 5:16 PM, pocomum said:

    We are planning for our first WC..NEVER even thought about emergency dental kit..Thank you

    Did think about emergency sewing kit though, lol...and duct tape and gorilla glue, just in case 🙂

    If it moves and it's not supposed to - Duct Tape.  If it's supposed to move and doesn't, WD40.  

     

    My little tool kits comes in handy on just about every cruise.  Sewing kit with a couple of buttons, small leatherman tool, small Swiss Army knife with scissors and a cork screw, small vial of Gorilla Glue, duct tape, WD40 pen, eyeglass repair kit, Sharpie pen, and a few other bits and bobs.


  7. 22 hours ago, Denarius said:

    If there is a dress code you should adhere to it out of respect for your fellow guests. But it is fine to show some individuality within the code as long as it is not breached. I personally dislike wearing a traditional necktie or a bow tie, but have a collection of bolo ties some of which are quite formal. I wear one of these with my dinner suit and it looks fine, much better imo than a dickie bow.

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    I like it, but I'm sure some of the fashion police will object.

     

    The dress code that I see on the P&O website does not mention the style of the shirt or the tie in the narrative, in fact it doesn't mention shirt at all, but does show some illustrations posted previously.

     

    "Our Gala Evenings, or Black Tie nights, offer a chance to get dressed to the nines in glamorous evening wear. Don your favourite cocktail dress, tuxedo, ball gown or dinner jacket, or alternatively a dark business suit and tie. You may also wear formal national dress or military uniform".

     

    BTW, does the Maitre D check to see if one is wearing socks with the required red toes and heels?

     

     

     

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  8. We are aware of basic sanitation practices and are always on guard for poor sanitation practices by others when traveling.  The basics:

     

    Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.  Resanitize after you go through the buffet line and touch ladle handles, the bottom of your chair when you pull it in, and any condiment containers.  DO NOT lay your silverware directly on the table - the table may have been sneezed on and then wiped down with a used cloth napkin (seen it done).  Be suspicious of any food worker wearing plastic gloves - they  work well to keep the person's hands clean and are even more effective in spreading germs from one surface to another.  Sit for a bit and observe all of the surfaces a person wearing those gloves touches as well as your food. 

     

    Essentially, break the chain between the dirty world out there and what you put in your mouth.


  9. On 2/19/2020 at 8:03 AM, Adawn47 said:

    So you like to travel light. Fine. A tie isn't heavy and takes up no room. Can I politely ask without meaning to offend,  why if you consider a "pompous ass in a tux" is offensive do you choose a ship where a strict dress code is enforced?  I have noticed that of the lines you mentioned as ok with a t-shirt under your jacket or no tie, P&O wasn't among them.

     

    Good point about a shirt and tie not being that heavy.  I'll pack one or two when I cruise on P&O.  

     

    A pompous ass in a tux is still a pompous ass is a roundabout counter to the old saw that clothes make the man.  As I have cruised over the years, I have met a variety of people and some of the most charming have been amongst those who may not be dressed to the nines and some of the most boorish have been those who show up in a tux and are definitely dressed to impress.  I know it's a broad generalization, but the extremes are memorable.

     

    Dress codes, chair hogs, and smoking are all hot topics aren't they?

     

    Cheers.


  10. No plans to change any travel plans here, but we are aware of basic sanitation practices and are always on guard for poor sanitation practices by others when traveling.  The basics:

     

    Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.  Resanitize after you go through the buffet line and touch ladle handles, the bottom of your chair when you pull it in, and any condiment containers.  DO NOT lay your silverware directly on the table - the table may have been sneezed on and then wiped down with a used cloth napkin (seen it done).  Be suspicious of any food worker wearing plastic gloves - they  work well to keep the person's hands clean and are even more effective in spreading germs from one surface to another.  Sit for a bit and observe all of the surfaces a person wearing those gloves touches as well as your food. 

     

    Essentially, break the chain between the dirty world out there and what you put in your mouth.

     

     

     


  11. On 2/18/2020 at 6:31 AM, KnowTheScore said:

     

    I confess I don't really understand the point you are trying to make here nor do I understand the mentality of wishing to participate in a dress code event whilst not participating in the dress code and looking for ways to essentially flaunt it.

     

    There's enough variety and opportunity to be unique or flamboyant or flash or understated or colourful within the bounds of the dress code.  You can wear different coloured shirts or ties or jackets or trousers.   The point is that it's an event where everyone generally participates in a standard dress code for the benefit of their fellow passengers.

     

    If I'm required to wear a tie or bow tie of any sort to participate then that's what I am going to do whether I like it or not, whether I consider it a "rag" or a "cow tow" or otherwise. 

     

    I don't do it because it's a rule

     

    I don't do it because P&O ask me to

     

    I do it for my fellow passengers to uphold the intended spirit of the dress code and event

     

    If I felt that I needed to try and break that dress code and charismatically talk my way around a maître d, then I would

    simply elect NOT to participate and stay in areas of the ship where dress code was not required.

     

     

     

    I can see and understand your position.  Thanks for sharing.  I prefer to travel light and pack what is necessary, but with enough that I can dress for dinner on a ship without offending anyone's sensibilities.  A smile and some polite conversation go a long way.  If my lack of a tie is offensive, I don't think I'm the one with the problem.  A pompous ass dressed in a tuxedo is still a pompous ass. 

     

    As the character Jack Dawson said in the movie Titanic  "Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it."

     

    Cheers.

     

     


  12. 1 hour ago, exlondoner said:

     

    You have probably made a wise choice. We all find different things offensive. I am slightly crushed by the implied derision of 'cheap $100 polyester suit' being beneath consideration. While Cunard passengers do not always come across well in dress code debates on these boards, on the ships themselves at any rate I have never felt despised for being (relatively) poor.

     

    The clothes police do seem to be a bit more militant and opinionated on Cunard and P&O.  I try to fit in as easily as possible when considering what to pack for a trip that includes a month or two on land before or after a cruise.  To that end, my standard black ensemble has been allowed into the MDR on formal/gala nights on several lines - including Cunard.  And I always check with the maitre d first.  While it may be an affront to the "tea in first" crowd,  a smile and polite behavior will carry the evening.

     

    As the character Jack Dawson said in the movie Titanic  "Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it."

     


  13. 8 hours ago, bluemarble said:

     

     

    Gala:
    On Gala nights it’s dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit for the men with a regular tie or bow tie. Evening or cocktail dress, smart trouser suit, or formal separates for the ladies please. You can also wear formal national dress and military uniform*.

    And it looks like the example photos posted meet the requirements for gala nights.

     

    I may have to upgrade my black T-shirt under a black jacket ensemble with a cravat 

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  14. 8 hours ago, bluemarble said:

     

    Smart Attire:
    Gentlemen, every night we request you wear smart trousers with a shirt and jacket; tie is optional. Ladies, blouses and skirts or stylish trousers and dresses are welcome.

     Call it smart attire, and indeed it looks to me like the example photos meet the requirement for any evening except gala nights. Thanks for clarifying.

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  15. 10 minutes ago, PORT ROYAL said:

     

    Think your photograph evidences the Princess Cruises dress code, which is perfectly  acceptable to Princess.  Good to note the Princess MD found your dress code acceptable, which they would, as one believes the dress code on Princes is advisable.

    However, this attire would not show the due respect for The Cunard Dress Code, the Cunard ship, your Cunard table mates, other Cunard diners, and Cunard guests in other areas of the ship where the same levels respect are required.

    If there is no wish to show the levels of respect required on Cunard, then there are many other lines who would  find your attitude acceptable.

     

    While that photo was indeed taken on a Princess Cruise, it is the same outfit that I wore on the QM2 crossing that I described.  Here is the dress "code" language on the Cunard website.  According to the photos given as examples of formal wear, I was over-dressed for formal nights, and for the Gala evenings I did not accept their invitation to go beyond that.   I guess I could've packet a cravat.  As I said, the MD had no problem with my attire.

     

    "During the day, feel free to relax and dress as you please in all areas of the ship. Then as the sun goes down, the style goes up. Every night on board, we ask that you wear formal attire in most of our bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

     

    On our much-loved Gala evenings, which are the highlight of the voyage for many, we invite you to dress to impress as the celebratory atmosphere and sense of occasion is heightened across the ship. There are two or three of these special Gala evenings for every seven days of your voyage. Of course, if you prefer to spend your evenings in more relaxed attire, a selection of casual dining and entertainment venues are always available for your enjoyment"

     

    https://www.cunard.com/en-us/the-cunard-experience/what-to-pack

     

     

    The photo below is the example on Cunard's website of formal wear.

     

     

     

     

     

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  16. On 2/17/2020 at 8:19 AM, mollygirl said:

    Great tips!  I am on board right now anchored off Grand Cayman enjoying my morning coffee!  It’s a beautiful day!  Am in an a partially obstructed balcony on Emerald deck.  Lifeboat on bottom half but I don’t mind.  It is good to have fresh air.  Plan to watch Judy under the stars tonight on MUTS!  My 29th Princess Cruise with 3 more booked in the next year.  Just recently joined this group and am enjoying it!  Go Princess!! 

     

    I rose before dawn every day and watched the sunrise from the Sky View Bar aft of the Horizon Court.  One of life's little pleasures.

     

     


  17. 8 hours ago, tv24 said:

    See if your husband can pack a black jacket, black slacks and a white shirt, with a conservative tie.  That's what I do and I pass muster with the fashion police.

     

     

    Here is the outfit I wore on the QM2 after travelling around Europe on land by bus and train for two months.  I did not pack and haul "formal" wear for the cruise from Hamburg to NYC, but I did take a black sport coat, a pair of black slacks in addition to other clothes that I could wear on land.  To dress up for dinner, I wore my sport coat over a black T-shirt, black slacks, a pair of all black sneakers, and slipped a black pocket square into the breast pocket of my sport coat. 

     

    I'm not sure if the fashion police approved, but the maitre d did, and he was very interested in my adventures on land.

     

    The sport coat adds 20 ounces to my luggage. Not sure what the black slacks weigh.  You can't blame airline baggage fees for not dressing up.

     

     

     

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  18. 9 minutes ago, KnowTheScore said:

    In agreement with Wowzz

     

    The dress code on P&O is "Black Tie"

     

    The clue ought to be in the title TBH

     

    For gents P&O state this as

     

    "tuxedo, or dinner jacket, or alternatively a dark business suit and tie. You may also wear formal national dress or military uniform."

     

    So no, your attire as shown there does not conform regardless of how smart you or anyone else deems it.

     

    Aside from that, for me personally, it also fails the entire spirit of the dress code.   The idea is that we all conform to a certain standard for the benefit of all.   A t-shirt is not Black Tie attire simple as.  You need a shirt and you definitely need a tie.

     

    P&O even display a picture of the suitable attire options lest anyone is still confused:

     

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    Thanks for posting that. The P&O website was a bit wonky today and I couldn't find the dress code info.

     

    This was another one of my formal night ensembles.  I guess I would need to tie a rag around my neck in order to meet the code.  This was my black sport coat, black slacks, a black T-shirt, and a black pocket square.   

     

    I've worn this on Cunard after traveling for two months in Europe prior to the cruise, have asked the maitre d if it was OK, and have never even raised an eyebrow.  There's always the guy who shows up on chinos and s shirt with no tie or jacket and still gets seated in the MDR.

     

    I can always pack a black shirt and black tie if it will ruin somebody else's  cruise on P&O.  

     

     

     

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  19. 16 minutes ago, wowzz said:

    Strictly speaking,  you are in breach of the dress code,  because you are not wearing a tie. You will probably be OK,  but a zealous Maitre D' might take offence.

    Hope your rash goes before your cruise.

     

    I'm still in the witness protection program so I am not allowed to show my face because of the facial recognition technology employed by my adversaries. 👍

     

    That's also my story when someone is overly inquisitive about what I do when they are obviously trying to discern if I really belong in steerage.😄


  20. On 2/16/2020 at 5:29 AM, terrierjohn said:

    If you can squeeze a jacket in your luggage then teamed with some dark trousers should be OK, and for the lady black silky trousers and posh tops will be more than adequate.

     

    I like to travel as light as possible, especially when combining a cruise with some time on land before or after.  I pack things that can do double duty while traveling.  You can't blame not wanting to get dressed up for dinner on airline luggage fees. My black sport coat weighs 20 ounces.  It is really the only addition to my luggage for formal nights. 

     

    I pair the jacket with a pair of black trousers and then slip on a nice T-shirt, and slip a matching pocket square into the jacket breast pocket.  One evening on my most recent cruise on Princess, I wore the black sport coat, black trousers, a bright red T-shirt with a bright red pocket square.  In one of the lounges, two different women at two different times commented on how sharp I looked and how they wished their husbands like to dress up.  

     

    I shared my secret with them, probably to the dismay of their husbands. 

     

    And, I have never been turned away or felt out of place on any cruise line - including Cunard, Princess, and Celebrity.  Do you think I will pass muster on an upcoming cruise on the Aurora?


  21. There is no library, but some passengers drop off used books in the back of the internet cafe where there are a few board games stacked.

     

    There is no bar soap, so if you don't care for liquid bath soap from the dispenser in the shower, bring your own soap.

     

    For any of the roving musicians, the best sound is in the Princess Live or Take Five.  Other venues, such as the Crown Grill Lounge or the Piazza has too many people talking and foot traffic right through the middle of the seating area.  

     

    If you enjoy the production shows (I don't - too overamplified) get to the theater at least 30-45 minutes early to get a seat in your preferred area.

     

    My favorite quiet spot to read was the Crown Grill Lounge or the aft "promenade" deck chairs.  

     

    Do a walk around of the various stations in the Horizon Court before you select what you want.  There is quite a variety available.

     

    The International Cafe does Monkey Bread about once a week.  Make friends with the servers there and they'll let you know when it will be served - and get there early for it.

     

    The coffee in the Horizon Court was much better with the new machines that use instant coffee powder instead of the syrup.  The machines are high maintenance though, so you might have to grab a mug and try several to find one that is working.  The most consistent was the coffee and hot chocolate machines at the Sea View Cafe aft of the Horizon Court.

     

    If you are a chair hog, bring some big clips to fasten your towel to the lounger and the crew will not touch it all day. (Sarcasm alert).  Do not use a paperback to help reserve your spot since, with no library, paperbacks are a hot commodity.

     

    Avoid using any coffee mugs or juice tumblers that you find on the table in the Horizon Court.  They remain on the tables until actually used, so they sit there for passengers to handle, sneeze on, cough on, or who knows what.

     

    It's a beautiful ship.

     

     

     

     


  22. On 1/28/2020 at 8:32 PM, JNAL2T said:

    the first time I saw the Taco Bar I thought it looked good and grabbed a plate. Unfortunately I saw someone cough into their hand and proceed to pick up chips with their hands, I couldn't try it the rest of the week even though it looked good.

     

    I don't hestitate to speak up to idiot passengers who pick through chips, rolls, cookies or anything else.  That's what the tongs are for.  I also notify staff that someone just used their hands to pick through some food.

     

    It' also a good idea to carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use it after touching the tongs and other items and just before I eat.

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