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  1. Seems to depend on what browser you use. I just went onto the Princess site using my Ipad and the casino credit option was not in my personalizer. Went to my computer and used Google Chrome and again it was not there. Switched over to Internet Explorer and there it was!
  2. Sure, not that it is anyone’s business, but I don’t mind sharing why I wish to purchase casino credits. Three reasons actually. One being that I live in Canada and when I booked my cruise almost two years ago the exchange rate was much less than it is now. Everything I purchase prior to getting on the ship is at that exchange rate. Everything purchased on the ship is charged to my credit card at the current exchange rate, which is much higher now, plus an additional 2.5% conversion fee by the credit card company. The second reason is that is if I were to purchase regular OBC, any remaining credit at the end of the cruise is either refunded to my credit card in Canadian funds or I wait 6 weeks to receive a cheque in the mail which could either be US or CND funds. I don’t wish to wait 6 weeks to have my money refunded nor do I wish to be reimbursed in CND funds. Thirdly, I have purchased everything else in advance, drink packages, souvenirs that I want from the gift shop, specialty dining, so I can’t see needing any additional money but we do like to gamble a bit. Another reason for casino credit versus OBC. So.....that’s why I would like to purchase casino credits before cruising.
  3. Can anyone tell me their recent experience using casino credits which you purchase in the cruise personalizer prior to cruising? Do you still get a voucher that you exchange for cash? If not, is it easy to cash out if you have any $ left in your account? Can you cash out at any time during the cruise and can you take the total remaining balance when you cash out?
  4. Out of 4 different cruise lines Princess is the first one that has my entire last name on the documents. All others had the last 2 or 3 letters missing which was not an issue - it was just how their system worked. My TA didn’t put the hyphen in my name and when I was talking to a Princess rep about an IT issue he told me to call her and have it put in or I wouldn’t be able to board! So best to check 😁
  5. It is in your personalizer under onboard reservations - same place where you buy OBC, gifts, drink packages, etc. I just noticed it today after seeing this thread. It says "Credits appear on your stateroom account and are automatically applied toward Casino spending." It would be great if they just give you cash. We also booked when the exchange rate was much better than it is today.
  6. Reports I have seen referring to MedallionNet all say it is super fast.
  7. Sure. I’m second thinking it now though.
  8. I have this booked for early May. Was hoping to see some eagles and wildlife but maybe not?
  9. It was available on my personalizer for our May sailing but when I went on yesterday to purchase it the option was gone and only the PrincessConnect packages were showing.
  10. Wow that’s an awesome rate! I kept my eye on several different travel sites and joined their member program and never saw a rate anywhere near that for The date I need in May. After about a year of looking I saw a deal for a Canadian credit card that offered about $300 in free travel points for joining and charging a set amount in the first couple months so I applied for it, got it, paid final payment with it and got the Pan Pacific for $200 Pacific Club level. I am pumped 🥳
  11. Our first time on Princess will be in May. We have been on theee other lines and all have sofas in the balcony cabins. Although we don’t spend a ton of time in the cabin, I really couldn’t see having to sit on the bed when we are in there so we went with a minisuite for that reason alone.
  12. We will be on the Coral Princess also on May 8. We are across the river from you, a couple hours away, and totally agree that with this winter Alaska in May will be wonderful :) I have family near Vancouver and it is more often then not our summer-time weather there in May.
  13. If you don’t use all the OBC do you go to Guest Services the last night of the cruise to get the cash or how does that work on Princess?
  14. When do they post that days menus outside the dining room? First cruise I have been on that menus are not posted on TV. We also want to book specialty dining. Anyone have luck booking into a specialty restaurant the day of?
  15. I can vouch for Peaceful Restauant for Chinese and so does Guy Fieri 😃. It was a feature on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, although a different location. I went to the other location on my last trip to Vancouver and after a 45 minute wait to get a table, had some of the best noodle dishes ever!
  16. In Skagway we are doing the Eagle Preserve Rafting and Wildlife Quest through Princess. We float down a river hoping to see wildlife coming to the water to drink/eat.
  17. My cruise planner shows three internet packages Premium, Surf and Social along with the price but no other details. Anyone know how many minutes are included with these plans?
  18. YWCA Hotel - great location, awesome reviews on Tripadvisor and on this board, less than $175/night, clean, comfortable, can that be beat...really?
  19. Hmmm, Chilkoot Tours is showing it on their website for our date in early May - Yukon Rail and Bus Tour. I had checked into your Bennett Lake tour as well but when I went to the WPYR site I noticed the train schedule is not available that far in advance but I never thought about how Chilkoot is offering it for booking already. Guess I need to look into it more.
  20. Anyone know what approximate time the shops and restaurants are open until in early May? Thought I read somewhere they have shortened hours early in the season. Trying to decide on the short or long train/bus excursion but would also like some time to shop and maybe check out the Red Onion Saloon.
  21. Wow I just checked Pacific Rim and for $938.83 CND for one night I guess it should be exceptional!!!! Sorry but I would sleep on a park bench for a night before spending that kind of money for a bed to sleep in for one night! That is a quarter of our cruise fare:eek:
  22. Thanks everyone. I will keep checking all options until cruise time. I've used Hotwire and Better Bidding many times in the past and always with luck got the hotel I was trying for so that is definitely an option if nothing else comes up. I did check with my TA and she can't help with those properties[emoji53]. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  23. Has anyone come across super deals for these properties at any time? I am Canadian and have a few employee perk programs but none of them bring the rates down under $500 per night (May 2019). I have also joined the hotel loyalty programs in order to receive special offers via email, of which I have received a few for properties other than in Vancouver. Would love to stay at one of these the night before the cruise. We have YWCA Hotel booked for a few nights after the cruise and will stay there the night before if I can't get one of these places for a price I can live with (<$350).
  24. Please do. We are booked in a double/double with private bath for 2019. Martincath has provided some extremely valuable information on these boards and I have no doubt at all that the Y is a great place to stay, but I like to hear everyone's take on a place :) I'm also wondering if the double beds are actually double beds or are they queen?
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