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  1. I think they took the little bottles of Elemis shampoo, shower gel and conditioner 2 or 3 years ago. About the time they installed the vats of industrial strength shampoo and gel in the showers.
  2. Please help me. The Ocean Medallion was announced in over 2 years ago (January 2017) with the promise of a bold new era in cruising by means of a ground breaking, new technological wonder! The Regal was to be first to receive this upgrade and it was to be completed by November 2017. This marvelous new spectacle was pitched feverishly by the marketing folks at CCL throughout the summer. When I sailed her in December there were but a few far forward rooms on the top two floors with Ocean Medallion and they had very limited capability… I guess the door usually opened, but that was about the extent of it. I sailed her again in the spring and nothing had changed (had they thrown in the towel?). I will be sailing her again soon and it looks like while they have completed the rollout to include all rooms, it appears the ground-breaking enhancements originally splashed in early 2017 are mostly still in the works, or perhaps given up on??? We did receive these little button thingies and they are packaged in grandiose, glossy little boxes like exquisite jewelry (seems like a padded envelope would suffice?). So what am I missing? My wife and I are baffled about all the pomp, hype, and promise given to this project over the past two years for what apparently is a glorified cruise card.
  3. The question I come away with after wading through this thread is; what is the purpose of asssigning Club Class to particular rooms? Why not sell it as a set of perks to anyone regardless of stateroom location or category?
  4. If you refer to the deck plan you will discover balcony, deluxe balcony and mini suites with much larger balconies than the standard, miserable cramped ones. I'd go inside before I'd do another typical balcony. Do some research and book early.
  5. I've watched many final four games on the big screen. I'm not sure what/if games will be available in earlier rounds. I'd think you'd at least have some options on your stateroom TV.
  6. I believe what you are referring to as "expanded balcony" are "Deluxe Balcony" in Princess terminology. There are some Deluxe and some standard balcony rooms and some mini suites with larger balconies, but there is not mention of them. You have to refer to the deck diagrams. And FWIW if I can't get a larger balcony on one of the new ships I'll either go inside or I'll pass.
  7. I've stayed at both and the DoubleTree is much nicer/newer and overlooks a marina, but there is really nothing within walking distance. The Crowne Plaza is a short walk to museums and restaurants. But like a lot of Crowne Plazas in the US, it could use a facelift. It seems like they both provided shuttle service to local attractions and the cruise pier.
  8. Whittier is actually much closer to Anchorage than Seward. If you rent a car you will likely be returning it to the Anchorage airport. From there you can take a shuttle bus to Whittier (Princess or other). My thinking is that August (at least early August) may be too early for Northern Lights as it still stays light much of the night. If Northern Lights are important consider taking one of the last Alaska cruises in mid-Sept. Fairbanks and points north would provide more/better Northern Lights options than Anchorage. Consider flying to Fairbanks, renting a car and returning it to Anchorage (spending a day or three in Denali on the way). I do know that many Fairbanks hotels will wake you (if you want) when the Northern Lights make an appearance.
  9. I'm thinking much larger than a tad???
  10. Not sure about a cemetary, but there are a couple graves just north of the Princess compound... just stay on the trail near the water. My thinking is that it is a few hundred yards, but PescadoAmarillo has shown my sense of distance to be a bit skewed!
  11. Not far, probably less than a mile and some of my favorite fishing spots. Also some beautiful secluded beaches on the west side. Not good news for those of us that like to wander off the beaten path.
  12. From the standpoint of brand consistency, I would have thought these type of changes would be rolled out fleet wide and not isolated to individual vessels?
  13. I'm thinking driving only scratches a bit more of the surface... a lot of country and very few roads, which is why Alaska boasts more private planes than any other state, in spite of the tiny population. But as you state, the Alaska Marine Highway can get you to much of the coasts, including the Aleutians. A bucket list trip for me will be Vancouver or Toronto to Prince Rupert by train, then a couple weeks hopping the various ferries.
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