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    Mainer in Florida
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    my grandchildren, cruising, Las Vegas, reading, Motown & Doo Wop music
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    Princess Entertainment, Food & Decor, Carnival Fun
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  1. Princess did confirm that, although one balcony is obstructed and the other is not, the panel between the two CAN be opened. So this morning I booked these two staterooms for our granddaughters' spring break. It's almost $1K more than a mini-suite, but two bathrooms, privacy for dressy and twice the balcony space is worth it to us.
  2. That's reassuring. Thank you. I will call Princess to confirm, but I know from experience that I have cruised more than most of their agents and some will just give an answer to get you off the phone rather than ensure it is a correct answer. I do expect fellow CC members often know more than them.
  3. March 2019 we took granddaughters on the Regal in a minisuite. It was wonderful. BUT we spent a lot of time waiting for bathroom / shower availability. SO...for March 2020, I have been watching and am currently holding two connecting / adjoining staterooms. I know there is a door between the two rooms - absolutely brilliant! However, one stateroom is obstructed view balcony E701 and the other is a regular balcony E703. How can I determine with absolute certainty that the panel between the balconies can be opened. We would like to lock the balcony door on the girls' (ages 7 & 10) stateroom, so everyone has balcony access only from our stateroom. (An adult is lead guest in each booking, but we'll have a queen bed in ours and two twins in theirs.) Does anyone know if the panel between these two balconies can be opened?
  4. We booked EZ Air only once. We booked economy Boston to Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic. Once paid, we were able to choose seats together and add luggage, both for a fee, on Virgin's website. Does anyone know exactly what benefits are included with Premium Economy? Seat assignments? Better seats? Luggage? Something else? Thank you!
  5. IF you are sailing B2B, are you allowed two bottles per stateroom per cruise?
  6. Entertainment is my #1 priority. After several disappointing cruises with Carnival, we started going to Las Vegas often so we could choose the shows that most interest us. Then we began sailing Princess and found a great balance! We are just a couple cruises from Elite on Princess, so that keeps us coming back, too. Princess works for us because it isn't stuffy. We found Celebrity to be stuffy, so sailed with them only once. Feedback I have read is that Holland America is also stuffy with guests uptight about dress codes. We are mid-60s, but not old enough for HAL 😉 Maybe someday we will try them, but based on Cruise Critic HAL board, it just doesn't sound like a good fit for us.
  7. We are a little younger than your parents (married 46 years.) Like you, we are Platinum on Carnival and have sailed with them 21 times. We are also Platinum on Princess and Royal Caribbean. We have sailed NCL, Celebrity and Disney as well. In December we will enjoy our 49th and 50th cruises. We have enjoyed all of our cruises, but find Princess suits us best at this point in our lives. Princess ships are beautiful and more elegant than Carnival. The food on Princess is as good as or better than Carnival. Entertainment is where Princess is far superior to Carnival (and about the same as Royal Caribbean.) I like to plan far in advance and that worked for us with Carnival. With Princess, however, we find it is often to our advantage to book at the last minute. Now that we are retired and spend most of the year in Florida, we make it work very well. We'll sail with another line, but Princess is now our first choice.
  8. We feel like we are getting back those missing hours on board by doing B2B and having all day 12/4 on board. In any case, we get to experience a new ship (and two cruises toward Elite) without spending a lot of money.
  9. We had the same concerns, but figured we are on the ship anyway, it's one more cruise toward Elite and booked both. I am wondering if part of the reason we are boarding and sailing late is so the contracted Christmas decorators have more time! We watched them work on embarkation day of another cruise and it was amazing.
  10. We did it once. We had an aft minisuite on Royal Caribbean with a huge balcony. We put one mattress out there and shared it. (yeah, I know, blah, blah, blah...) It was wonderful for a few hours then the humidity got to us and we moved back inside. But to answer OPs question, yes, some of us have done it.
  11. We some hesitation, we booked both this morning. We were able to get the same balcony for both and friends are joining us (adjacent balcony) for the first leg. It's exciting to check out a new ship and it puts us two cruises closer to Elite.
  12. Late boarding and departure are disappointing! I am holding a balcony, but reconsidering because of this factor...basically missing an afternoon on board. I'm going to think on it.
  13. EXACTLY what I was going to say! I had it three times on our last cruise (Hawaii 15 night).
  14. This morning I went back and got four of the $100 cards (in addition to my two $500 cards.) The points are going to expire and there's no better value for us.
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