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pedirn

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    Palm Beach Gardens, Fl USA
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    cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Pacific

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  1. Please bring two smaller strollers. We cruised years ago where the people at the table next to ours brought their double stroller to the dining room every night They then proceeded to park it between the tables effectively blocking in those sitting on the side of the table by the stroller. Did not allow enough room to even move your chair Plus the wait staff had to move chairs and furniture around in the dining room to allow them to enter and leave
  2. The Ruby Princess docks in Circular Quay at the Overseas Passenger Terminal as it does not fit under bridge. We are staying at the Four Seasons. The first time in Sydney we stayed in Darling Harbor at the Four Points by Sheraton. It was nice but after staying at the Four Seasons last time we decided we like the area and hotel ambiance better
  3. I wish Princess would stop encouraging everyone to wave their “dirty” napkins in the air during baked alaska parade. How many of you ended up sick two to five days later? I wish Princess would bring back BOGO or BOGO$1 in afternoon. We are not much for drinking after dinner but really enjoy those afternoon cocktails 🍹.
  4. A question regarding taxis and peak travel time. We arrive at 6:05 AM and from past experience we think we will be done with customs and immigration by 7:15 to 7:30. We are thinking of finding a place in the airport to relax and have coffee to pass some time. What time does peak traffic hours typical end? Do taxi companies add a peak travel fee to normal rate or is it regular rate that just adds up due to traffic congestion and waiting? We will be traveling to the Four Seasons if that makes any difference. TIA Chris
  5. Did you check individual countries requirements? Things have changed recently with the islands
  6. Recently some of the Caribbean islands have started requiring passports. I heard Martinique and Dominique now requires passports from US citizens. It is very possible that one of the countries you are visiting is following this change
  7. sdonlon13....bread that tastes good without toasting? I will definitely try it. Thanks. Just hate paying $9-$10 for a loaf of bread/rolls and not liking it. That’s why I ask for recommendations.
  8. Thanks. It’s nice to know I won’t have to eat salad for four days 😄. The last time I was in Sydney was in 2008 prior to diagnosis and having to go gluten free. The FS hotel was great and location was perfect. I have been on many Princess ships traveling GF. I have had good and not so good experiences. I have never been glutened on a Princess ship (RCCL is another story). Mostly issue is with head waiter you end up with to handle your order. Some are very good and some leave you sitting forever to get next day menu. Funny on one ship they would not serve me caesar salad (minus croutons) as they said dressing not GF but all other ships would. Crown Grill made the onion soup for me with GF bread and Ultimate Balcony Dinner accommodated me without an issue. Special GF dessert each night was good....some better than others but still nice. I have read that some had to order GF pizza a day ahead but this has never been my case. I would suggest taking some rolls...for burgers, hotdogs. In the past I have taken on bakery that I made at home by flying with it frozen. But will not be an option this time as Australia is strict about bring non commercial food into country so trying to buy some locally. Going to try and buy rolls and breakfast pastries as well as some snack bars for tours. Chris
  9. Thanks. I have done that but am not familiar with the locals brands and local restaurants
  10. Margo I am aware of ships arrangements as I have used it many times. My concern is being in Sydney pre cruise and not knowing availability
  11. Thanks sippican. I will have some food with me but mainly for the flight to Sydney. Ordering a GF meal on flights is not always successful and I don’t get a meal 50% of the time. In Sydney I just wanted to pick up some rolls and snack items to take on ship as same toasted bread every meal for 29 days will get monotonous. BTW....Love be your location....We are originally from NH and now live on east coast of Fl.
  12. Thanks. As I said I hope not to carry from the states.
  13. I am searching for information regarding purchasing gluten free products to take onboard the Ruby Princess . I had planned on flying with rolls and snacks but wonder if this is necessary. I know as long as they are commercially produced and in an unopened package I would just need to declare them on arrival in Sydney. But from what I am reading on other threads it seems like I may be able to purchase GF products when I arrive. Can anyone who is GF recommend local brands as I am sure it is like in the states...not all GF products are the same. I also have have a question regarding restaurants. I have been researching on Trip Advisor for places to eat. A lot say they have GF but it seems many have salad and grilled meats. This will get old after a few days so looking for variety. We are staying at the Four Seasons so if anyone would share their favorite restaurants and dishes I would really appreciate it. TIA Chris
  14. Yes to gluten free pasta dishes in dining room. Not in buffet or Alfredo’s...only pizza there.
  15. I have done gluten free on both ships and used anytime dining. It went smoother on the Royal than it did on the Emerald. I think this is head waiter dependent. On the Emerald I would wait forever for head waiter to let the waiter know my pre selected meal (from night before) . Then waiting for next night’s menu took forever. This is important if you are trying to make a show. On the Royal it went much smoother and I was given next night’s menu after everyone had ordered and during wait for first course. Then we were free to leave as soon as dessert was over and not have to wait for head waiter. Both ships had mystery desserts every night. Chef’s gluten free special. They were mostly good although a few were bland. One suggestion I would make is bring some rolls/muffins with you. While Princess does an excellent job with gluten free diets, they serve the same bread toasted every meal. It gets old after seven days but it is really old on any longer trip. I want a change. So I bring Schars rolls (use for dinner rolls or burgers) and also muffins for a change at breakfast. I was not impressed with options at IC.
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