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  1. Quite a few years ago there was a discussion about some of the canvas art pieces cracking. If I remember correctly it was Michael Godard pieces. Has this happened to anyone and if so how did you resolve it? I did a search but nothing turned up. Please no comments about why someone would purchase art on a cruise ship. Thank you in advance.
  2. This cruise in October actually starts in Quebec and ends in Ft. Lauderdale. It sails almost at the end of October and by then the fall colors are pretty much gone.
  3. I guess like everything else in life change takes some time to get used to. However as others have pointed out I find the print in the posts to be a bit small although I can enlarge it on my touch screen monitor. But I also find the print to be a bit dull and wish they would darken it.
  4. And who is supposed to pay for all these Covid tests in advance of departing from home for a cruise? Some will say that if you can afford to cruise you can afford the test. Others will say medical insurance will pay for it. But who pays for the dedical insurance and this "abuse" of insurance will do nothing but cause medical insurance rates to rise. Cruising with the restrictions proposed, particularly wearing a mask, is not the way I want to spend a vacation so even though we have 25+ cruises under our belt we will be foregoing this type of vacation until the restrictions are eliminated.
  5. Several years ago we did the 10 day Mexico cruise out of San Francisco 3 out of 4 years. We live about an hour east of San Francisco so it is very easy for us to get to and from the port. We did it mainly for the cruising experience and not specifically for the ports. We've been to the Mexican ports more times than we can count although we do enjoy each of the visits and usually just wander around the towns and enjoy the local food/beer. Definitely will do it again but not until all the new cruising restrictions are removed.
  6. Hopefully the type of restrictions proposed when cruising resumes will only be temporary, be it 6 months or 1 or 2 years. No way I will cruise again with having to wear a mask onboard or only allowed to get off the ship in a ship-sponsored excursion. We may just be looking at road trips here in the United States and see parts of our own beautiful country.
  7. Everyone is hoping it will happen but at this point it would be just speculation. No one knows what will be allowed or when.
  8. I just watched the replay of this. Jan's mouth has to be killing her holding that smile for an hour. As Thrak noted, nothing about this worked. The audio part of the presentation was an absolute disaster. One would think that they would fully vet their capability of putting this together before it was presented to their loyal customers. And get rid of the silly games. Just tell us what is going on and what life will be like on a cruise ship when Princess does begin sailing again.
  9. The last time we did this cruise we were on Celebrity departing Bayonne, NJ I believe on October 6th. We flew into Boston a week early and spent that time driving around New England before boarding the ship. We got lucky and saw some spectacular colors, particularly when driving across the Kancamagus Highway in Hew Hampshire. When on the ship the colors sailing down the St. Lawrence River were amazing. But every year is different, although I would definitely do it again in early-mid October rather than September. I looked at your itinerary and the following would be the favorit
  10. I extended mine once. I just called the Princess 800 number, asked for it to be extended,and the rep took care of it. This was probably 4-5 years ago but the process should still be in place.
  11. We've done this cruise 3 times, always in early - mid October. No concerns or actual activity related to hurricanes. Our last cruise departed on October 7th, 2018 and we had spectacular fall colors.
  12. We toured the British Isles last year. You will not be able to do a half day tour to the Normandy D-day beaches. LeHarve is about a 90 minute drive each way from the beaches. You might consider either adding a day or two to your trip or departing Paris a day early. You can get a tour from Paris but it will be a very long day as the beaches are close to 3 hours away. I would suggest you leave Paris early and rent a car to drive to Bayeaux a day or 2 early. Spend the night there. It is a very charming town. You can do an all day tour with a couple of companies to the Normandy beaches. W
  13. When we did our British Isles cruise last year there was an option to board in either Southampton, Dublin, or LeHarve. The prices for boarding in Southamptom were a few hundred dollars cheaper than boarding in the other 2 cities. We stayed a few days pre-cruise in London and disembarked a day early when docked in LeHarve and spent a few days in Normandy before driving to Paris for a few days there. All in all a great trip.
  14. There will be shows but I don't think anyone can respond at this point as to the specific shows that will be on your sailing.
  15. Twice I requested refunds of FCDs I had paid for last August. The first request for $600 took 80+ days. My 2nd request for a $200 refund was placed on May 18th and I received the credit back to my credit card today. Much improved service from Princess.
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