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  1. My response to a similar thread:
  2. The exception is for "certain group people-to-people educational travel that previously was authorized will continue to be authorized where the traveler had already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to June 5, 2019." While I think that all travel can be educational in the broad sense of the word, that's not an out for everyone with a booked cruise to Cuba.
  3. You're both right, I should have said "Ah, but you frequently do pay for it." For my last two HAL bookings, both made in non-promo periods soon after they became available, thus enabling us to get our cabin choice, I considered refaring to take advantage of new promos. In both cases, however, the higher fares were more than the original fares plus the cost of the perks purchased separately. As Dave said, there are lots of variables and each cruise is different.
  4. Although the article was supposedly updated in March of this year, some of the information is very dated and no longer accurate.
  5. Ah, but you do pay for it. Compare booking prices with and without the perks and you'll see that you pay for the gratuities, beverage packages or whatever, just not directly. Another issue to factor into your decision whether or not to book with the frequent promotional offers.
  6. It's in the FAQ's. Go to https://www.princess.com/cruise-tips-vacation-ideas/cruise-destinations/cruise-tips-advice-and-information/tips-on-what-to-pack-for-a-cruise.html. It's in the bottom half of the last paragraph.
  7. Wow. Let's hang 'em first and not even worry about a trial!
  8. So true, with different webpages providing conflicting information. If they are going to state on one page: When formal nights are held, please observe the dress code in the Traditional Dining and Anytime Dining venues for the enjoyment of all our guests. Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for women Tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits with a tie for men then they shouldn't contradict themselves on another page saying: For more formal settings, men should bring a suit and a nice pair of shoes (or, at the very least, a shirt, tie and slacks), while women may want to bring an evening dress or a skirt with a good blouse. Not that it's any consolation, but the HAL website has similar discrepancies and, of course, similar formal night dress threads.
  9. The plans will generally indicate those cabins with a partial or fully obstructed view. In your case, there is no obstruction and it will be a plexiglass rail. Photos of 4155 will give you an idea of what to expect: http://halfacts.com/signature-class/4155-nieuw-amsterdam/
  10. Be that as it may, Princess has decided that a skirt and good blouse is suitable for formal settings. Their ships, their rules.
  11. How important are the group events to you? Will there be plenty of time to socialize with your friends outside the set events, or do they take up most of your time aboard? You don't indicate what the difference in price might be if you were to cancel and book directly with Princess, but is attending the events worth the extra money? Are there potential tax write offs? Maybe you can recoup part of the higher costs if you can claim a legitimate business expense.
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