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geoherb

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    Raleigh, N.C.
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    Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Holland America, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. The internet worked but just excruciatingly slow. I could read my emails but I couldn't download my hometown paper. Streaming videos was definitely out of the question. We didn't try streaming just music. It took up to five minutes to include each photo in my live thread.
  2. Beware that the final statement you receive on land may be different from the final statement on the ship. When I took back-to-back cruises on the Island Princess last summer, the ship treated refundable onboard credit differently--reinstating some on the second leg. When I did not receive a refund as expected, the customer service rep told me the ship did it wrong and that I was not entitled to it. She did email copies of my onboard statements, but they were different from what I had on the ship. I eventually received a goodwill credit toward my next cruise in lieu of the refund that the ship indicated I would receive.
  3. I've heard of the upgrade being given to a lucky passenger at the blue card gathering. They get Elite for the cruise but not for future cruises. We met the couple who won on one of our cruises.
  4. I was on the Crown's transatlantic cruise this fall and the connection speed was terrible. I received a 75 percent refund for the 12 days out of 16 that the speed was unacceptable.
  5. On my back-to-back Alaskan cruises last summer, there was very little activity on the roll calls. I chalk it up to there being so many first-time cruisers.
  6. Thanks for the heads up. I just checked our leftover bills and they're all polymer fives and tens. Our ship missed going to Portland, which is why I ended up with more leftover British cash than intended. When I got the cash from my bank before our last cruise, I made sure that I was getting just the current notes and not outdated ones.
  7. I would skip the London Pass and book each attraction ahead of time. The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will be open when the OP is there: https://www.rct.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace We prebooked the Churchill War Rooms as well on one of our trips. I haven't been to the Tower of London in several years. We did not prebook Kensington Palace a couple of years ago, but did not have too long a wait since we arrived early in the morning.
  8. I never touch the menu at breakfast since that's the meal I eat the most using my hands. Plus it doesn't change except for the specials on the right. I look at the posted menu as I'm entering the dining room. I was quarantined for an upper respiratory infection in December on the CB. I was eventually reimbursed for all my expenses between my primary insurance and the Princess insurance.
  9. Here's the menu for the embarkation day lunch from my cruise on the Caribbean Princess a couple of months ago. The dining room was open from 11:30 until 1 that day.
  10. The OP's premise is faulty. If she wanted to be able to cancel for any reason, she could have purchased insurance with that coverage.
  11. I highly recommend reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society before your cruise.
  12. Le Havre isn't as quaint as Honfleur, but you can still get a nice little taste of France there. We enjoyed our visit to the Museum of the Modern Art. It has a lot of Impressionist paintings. We also toured a couple of churches and went to a market.
  13. Then you've been extremely lucky. We've used the cancellation insurance once. We've used the insurance to cover onboard visits to the medical center several times. Most recently, I just received a check for having to see the ship's doctor in December. It wasn't an amount that would have broken me, but a more serious condition might have been a huge unreimbursed cost without insurance.
  14. Access to the thermal spa rooms is not included with suites on the Regal Princess.
  15. Here's the room service menu from the Caribbean Princess two months ago. The shrimp cocktail was $8 then. We've received the shrimp cocktail as a gift a couple of times. It's about the same as shrimp cocktail in the dining room.
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