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  1. OP regarding playing in the Casino - as everyone likes to say don't expect to win, but going to the casino on a daily basis, you will see the same people there and during a 7 day cruise, we will have good days and bad days - but we have fun and have a budget. If you do play and spend money - on the morning of the last full day of cruising you will receive a letter from the casino, thanking you for your playing (and losing) and give you a money amount that you can receive in casino play for your next cruise. You have a 6 week window to book and you must cruise within 6 months of the letter. (and you get the % off for cabin categories) Once you get home you will receive flyers from Princess from "princess players club". Currently our offers are 35% off inside cabin and hubby gets $300 casino credit, me $125 (guess who gambles more) and VIP amenities - these are the casino offers. We are cruising in May for 14 days so we will see what our offers will be after that cruise
  2. Cannavaro I agree that most do not put in pricing when talking about a cruise or giving a review. We have been on four Princess cruises. Our first was a retirement cruise for my husband, out of LA 28 nights Hawaii/South Pacific. I booked as an inside, and towards the end paid to move to a balcony, it was expensive - $4200+ per person, along with all the extras, port taxes, gratuities, insurance. then our next cruise was a casino free cabin cruise and then next was a discount cruise with the casino, then a free cabin cruise. Since we gamble in the casino, we get offers for 35% off inside cabin, 25% off oceanview and I believe 20% off balcony. We are limited with going out of LA, but in May we are doing a 14-day Alaska round trip. We booked this with a casino offer and we booked an inside, but got a free upgrade to oceanview. - we also have free gratuities, $400 OBC and $425 casino credit. No beverage package - but we are not alcohol drinkers. cabin $1361, insurance $108, port tax $255 - total $1724 per person - OW For anyone else not receiving casino pricing, pricing would be higher. I have tried twice to reprice at a lower price, but my price is would go up. The problem with someone giving you the price of their cabin, there are too many categories in each type of cabin (location) and what perks they receive with their price. Before using Princess, we had only gone on Celebrity, but they have only one cruise out of LA - Sept 2021 (which we are booked on), Princess is cheaper, but we like Celebrity
  3. We did a B2B2B for a total of 34 nights, going transatlantic, Norway, then Baltic. I purchased through my local bank a small amount for each currency needed. Got more Euro's since that was the majority used. Even got Ruble's. We used the local currency for tips for our guides on our excursions, purchasing coffee off ship, souvenirs. At the end of the cruise, we used the left over for extra gratuities.
  4. I would prefer that the cost of the cruise would already include the "gratuities". We always prepay the gratuities. In the beginning of our cruise time, we tipped extra to everyone - now we only eat in the dining room 1/2 the time, rest is in other areas. So we do not tip extra to MDR staff. We always leave extra in the cabin for our room steward and the end of the cruise. This topic is really hard, but it is totally a personal decision and no one should beat anyone up over what they do or do not do..
  5. We are also considering a British Isle cruise in 2021 and I have tried many combinations of B2B. I don't want to fly all that way for a 12 days cruise, so considering the FLL to Southampton transatlantic in April and then stay on board for the first cruise of the season, so expect it to be cold. Then considered flying over and doing two cruises one with Princess and one with Celebrity four or five of the stops will be repeats, but from what I read, stopping at all ports can be hit or miss with the weather. We would then have to fly round trip. This would be our final cruise over seas, so want to get it right and hit all the stops. Doing the two cruises, one gives us Iceland
  6. If you look on the Carnival website it states to park else where - Long Beach Convention Center. Is that necessary. Looking at map I see four parking areas within walking distance of the pier. Can you use those - they cost more, but LBCC does not provide shuttle to ship.
  7. We had our grandchildren on board - parents and kids in balcony cabin, hubby and me inside. The girls loved the cruise. The 6 year old is very shy, but she and her sister (4) went to the kids camp everyday. Make sure that you sign them up online before you go. You sign in who is allowed to drop them off and pick them. Most of the time, mommy dropped them off, but hubby and I did get them and we were on the list. MDR is great with the kids for dinner, 6 year old loved their alphabet soup and the french fries. and the staff is very attentive to the kids. The bunk beds in the balcony were very tight when both came down at night. The steward suggested that the adults sleep in the bunks and the girls sleep in the twin, but mommy/daddy did not and the girls were fine sleeping up in the bunks. On our next cruise with Carnival we are putting one girl in one room and one girl with us. This past cruise was on Royal
  8. i have been trying to call for two days also. I can wait, but if you need to make final payment, you may want to do it online.
  9. Vexorg you are correct on the formal nights
  10. we were also on this cruise. We wanted to do the early walk off, so we kept our luggage - two 21" suitcases. We left our room at 7:15, carried suitcases down two flight of stairs and entered the Concerto dining room, which had a long line and lots of guest seating at the tables. Ship was delayed in letting people off due to customs not being ready. Around 7:45 the line started moving and the masses started to merge (i would guess 500 people). Since we had our luggage, we were in the line that went directly to customs and then out to the parking lot - we were in our car by 8:15
  11. I knew this topic would go off base with the gambling issue. The topic was the cost of the cruise, not the gambling. If you go to your local 7-ll and buy a scratcher for $1.00 and win $2.00 - you should report $1.00 winning to IRS - how many people do - no one does. I am not a tax expert, but on a previous cruise I won a $1,800 jackpot and I filled out the paper work with the ship casino. I received my money and the following January I received a 1099-G (i think that was the form) that had my winnings on it. I reported it on my taxes and I also report my losses which if you have a casino "membership" they keep track of your win/loss and will give you a report which will offset your winnings. Again the point of the topic is how cheap you can go if you are not paying for the cabin - not the gambling.
  12. this is not a prize or princess promotion. This is an offer that casinos in Las Vegas and other locations with give in conjuntion with the cruise line. The offer is given based on your casino play during a specific time. Some hotels offer with other cruise lines. We have done it twice with Harrah's casino both times on Princess. You have to choose a cruise and the max nights is usually 10 nights, and they only offer so many cabins on each cruise.
  13. My husband and I had an inside cabin and a balcony cabin for son/daughter-in-law/2 grandkids. when i booked the cabins I had to book one in my name and one in my husband's name. (free cruises) I booked me, DIL and 2 grandkids in one room I booked husband and son in other once on board I went to guest services and I had my medallion keyed for both rooms and had my son"s keyed for both rooms. That way we could go to each others rooms with the grandkids and sleep where we wanted. They had no problem with allowing one medallion to get into two rooms.
  14. when we were on the Royal, my husband would get an "americana" which cost $2.75 in the international cafe. I would get the brewed for $1.75 - both prices is the large size we would get a cup of coffee with dessert in the dining room and my husband said that it was just as strong as the americana in the international cafe. He also liked the buffet coffee, but felt it was weaker than the DR.
  15. forgot - $133.00 for 7 day parking now total is $1,043.50 minus $200 obc (won't try to figure out gasoline)
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