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  1. Last night the TA Retro info page was updated to include an upsell price for sip and sail bookings, $25 pp pd for adding grats and WiFi. Kind of a ho-hum since that is essentially the buy-it-yourself price. But it’s gone this morning, although I do have a screenshot of it:
  2. It’s about 2.5 miles by road, the pathway is easier. Taxis are plentiful and cheap from the port exit. Much more info on the ports forum.
  3. Try this https://www.northpalmbeachlife.com/caribbean-princess-family-reef-splash-zone.html
  4. CPS parking at Southampton is a valet-type service; you pull up to the unloading area (where the porters will assist with luggage) and check in with the CPS staff. You hand them the keys to your car and they take your car to the parking area.
  5. Loyalty credit does not appear in your booking; it shows up onboard in your folio, usually the first day.
  6. Famski, if the new flights show up on your AA account you are all set. It may take a few days for your Princess EZ Air to update.
  7. When on the ship use WiFi calling only (put phone on Airplane, then turn just WiFi back on, log into the medallionnet WiFi—should only have to do this the first time, it should keep you logged in) then call as normal, but instead of using cell tower on the ship you are using the WiFi connection. You can test this out at home using your home WiFi system before you go.
  8. You must set your phone up to use WiFi calling. Here is the help page from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203032 Depending on your carrier, there may be limitations on use. There is a link on the above page to the supported carriers and their requirements.
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    Coke brands only and just the fountain guns for the soda package, although on occasion you may get a sympathetic bartender. But don’t count on that happening often. Post 4 in the thread below discusses what is in the guns.
  10. For pictures. It’s darker away from the ship and town so the Aurora lights can be seen and photographed better. And the land is stable while the ship moves slightly , but enough that the required long exposures don’t work very well on the ship.
  11. Princess negotiated fares do not include all flights that a participating airline offers, nor do they include all airlines. So just because the airport 2 hours away is included, and the second leg is included, it does not necessarily imply that the desired first leg from your local airport is part of the packages. Which is a bummer for you, depending on the EZAir prices vs. booking direct.
  12. It mostly depends on how much time your excursion spends outside. Some are fully outdoors for 3 hours with bonfires to keep warm(er). We had checked the temps for the month the prior year and found lows of about 30. This year it got colder sooner and we were glad we had brought the winter stuff (jacket, pants, balaclava, boots, etc.). It was down to around 15 degrees at 7 pm on the 26th. We had not brought our thick gloves, because we wanted to operate the cameras and phones. The touch sensitive gloves were not warm enough and I would recommend heat packs if you plan to be outside for any length of time. Many others had to remove their gloves entirely to work their equipment and had to give up early. We ended up going inside a lot to warm up the fingers and noses, but that may or may not be possible depending on where you are. Be aware that the port of Alta, where you will have the best chance of seeing the lights due to location and timing, is a tender port with NO facilities at the pier. No shelter, no seating, no toilets—nothing but a pier and a ramp and a parking lot. If it is windy or snowing while you are waiting it can be miserable without proper gear, especially if the tenders run slow due to the wind issues.
  13. We very much enjoyed the crew and our fellow passengers, even running into some fellow travelers from prior cruises. The captain was very thorough about announcing the reasons for our deviations and keeping us posted on the weather conditions. Due to said weather conditions, the lights were only visible on one night, which was the second evening in Alta, Oct. 26. But when they did finally appear, they were glorious.
  14. Usually around 7 pm and then again around 10 pm.
  15. FWIW, on my just completed cruise on the Sapphire the disembarkation form said that any amount of unused refundable OBC up to $250 could be received at Passenger Services. I’m wondering if that was a typo and was supposed to still be $25. But it did sort of jump out at me when I saw it.
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