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About pthjudy

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    Parsippany, New Jersey
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    Princess Oceania

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  1. I have some questions about the Emerald balcony discount. Must it be booked directly with RC or can I use a TA? Does it come off of a discounted rate or the rack rate? I normally book interior but sometimes the monetary difference between interior and balcony is very small. That’s why I’m inquiring, because it’s conceivable with the C&A discount I would pay less for the balcony than for the interior.
  2. So it’s called Next Cruise? Same program though. Thanks.
  3. Although we are nearly diamond on RC, we have never purchased a FCC. I have used this program on Princess multiple times and fully understand how it works re length of cruise, category of room, etc. On the RC website, the explanation is very poorly explained. So once again, I’m turning to Cruise Critic to help me in understanding the cost, the usage, and the benefits.
  4. We just became Emerald too. What perks will we now have? We are considering a back to back to reach Diamond.
  5. We have been on 3 Oceania Cruises with 2 of them crossing the ocean. We have taken well over 20 Princess Cruises. Princess is our go to cruise line. But we love Oceania as well. Oceania has the best food I’ve ever encountered at sea and getting extra specialty reservations is dependent on the ship’s capacity and how persistent you are. (On our last 14 night Oceania, we dined in specialties 12 times!) There is no nickel and diming on Oceania. There is no photographer, no formal nights, and very few children. That being said, Oceania is much more costly than Princess unless you spot a deal which is usually a transocean with few ports. With the Oceania package of flights and tours etc., you can sometimes do very well.
  6. There was no hotel doctor affiliated with the Westin and not knowing what it was, we just wanted to get home. (We thought he had some type of infection from his CPAP machine having had no familiarity with a PE.) In retrospect, flying was taking an awful chance and boarding that cruise, well I can’t let my mind go there. We were with a friend who also curtailed her trip, so we had hoped whatever it was would improve. We made many mistakes.
  7. This whole experience could have had disastrous results with 2 extended flights to and from Seattle. Fortunately he was diagnosed quickly in the emergency room and treated by cardiology, hematology, pulmonology etc. After a few days in the hospital, he was released and is pretty much back to normal now. We now have a bunch of new doctors to see. I am so very grateful.
  8. The last time I had to cancel it was because my son-in-law who was NOT traveling with us needed surgery and I felt I needed to be available. So each policy is different.
  9. It was through my credit card. Two of my cards have that benefit and I use them alone or together if the price exceeds the benefit of one of them. I have received payment in the past so I don’t feel the need for a separate insurance policy.
  10. Since it was last minute, we get nothing back from Princess. We had used our Citibank Costco card to purchase the cruise and will recoup the cruise cost through the trip cancellation benefit. It requires a form and a doctor’s note. Amusingly, although we had talked with several people on Princess to cancel and change the air, none of them cancelled the cruise. As we were boarded our return flight, I got a call from Princess about whether we are “joining” them. If I hadn’t been so stressed, I would have laughed.
  11. Now that I’ve had a few minutes to catch my breath, I need to give credit where credit is due. Unfortunately we had to cancel our cruise on the Ruby to Alaska on June 1. My husband got sick while in Seattle and there was no way we could board that ship. On the evening of May 31, we contacted Princess to change our flights from June 8 to June 1 so we could go home to New Jersey. We had EZ air and it was the best decision we made. They were unbelievably helpful in getting us a last minute flight. Try doing that directly with the airlines! Although he’s fine now he ended up in the hospital the morning after our flight with pulmonary embolisms. I can’t compliment Princess enough for their help in this stressful time. I won’t ever forget it.
  12. I know I will get some negative posts but I have had actual experience using the travel insurance that came free of cost with my no fee credit card. We had to cancel three seven day Caribbean cruises in January due to our SIL being diagnosed with cancer and needing surgery. We did get back about half from the cruise line since it was outside of 30 days. The remainder was easily reimbursed through the credit card coverage with a note from our SIL’s doctor and completion of a simple form. It was easy and fast and as long as the cruises were booked with the card, there was no problem. We do have evacuation with our Medicare advantage so medical is covered.
  13. I found the same issue while looking for excursions. I was able to access this another way but don’t understand why days can’t be scrolled.
  14. No we depart from Athens. Hopefully my roll call will come alive closer to our sail date and others may want to book a private tour together. There are several good options.
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