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  1. It is properly called the "Winners" bundle. It is only for those who refuse to consistently back losers.
  2. It is free. Often held multiple times of day and evening with multiple topics such as movies or music.
  3. We have never needed reservations and neither Planks nor Steamers was crowded when we ate at around 6:00 PM.
  4. Near the end of your cruise, could you let us know if the al fresco dining at La Mer specialty restaurant and Alfredo's is a hit or a bust. I know a lot of people are not pleased with that use of the promenade deck and the loss of the Crooners bar. I noticed on the deck plans for the Enchanted and the Discovery ships that Crooners has been restored but on deck 6 so I believe Princess paid attention to all the complaints about having no Crooners on the Sky. I wonder if the Sky will have Crooners restored in the future. Thank you for your review of this new ship.
  5. I doubt that the ship will change its bookkeeping program's daily accounting so that one passenger can avoid seeing daily charges. Non-refundable OBC is used first to offset charges. Your cruise personalizer credits and payments section tells you what the total gratuity cost will be for the cruise and how much non-refundable OBC you will have. From that you can see if that non-refundable OBC will cover your total gratuity cost. There are things I would rather be doing on a cruise than auditing my folio every day.
  6. The only variance to the menu that we ask for is that they use cheddar rather than swiss cheese in our ham and cheese omelets. Other than that, if we are not in the mood for what is on the menu, we will go to the buffet.
  7. I don't know the reason for just having 24 passengers. Maybe there were fewer Elites than usual on these cruises. The luncheon took place in the part of Sabatini's next to the windows. To set it up they removed the bench seats next to the forward and aft walls as well as all the square tables. They replaced all that with large round tables.
  8. We have a king sized bed at home. The queen bed on Princess is not as big as our king.
  9. Yes there was dancing in the atrium. We never went to the Vista lounge on this ship except for the wife during Bingo. For some reason, Princess felt it unnecessary to put a bar in the Vista lounge.
  10. Sorry but I didn't ask and the Captain's Circle host never mentioned. There were 4 tables. Each table had 6 passengers and one ship's officer. The Captain sat at table #1. I don't know for sure if the passengers at his table were the 3 couples with the most days but I would guess that was the case. We sat at table #2 and we had 407 and 414 days. The officers at our table, ( the Staff Engineer and the Chief Engineer ), for the two luncheons were also 4 stripers like the captain. I don't know if the other 2 couples at our table had more or fewer days aboard Princess ships. The other tables had officers with less rank.
  11. We enjoyed all the entertainers that performed in the atrium and Crooners. In particular, the brother & sister violin duo were great. We did not attend any entertainment in the theater other than a performance by a large group of children from Halifax who did traditional Scottish dances. That was fun to watch.
  12. I forgot to mention in my original post that the in-transit passenger process for those doing back to back cruises is non-existent at the Brooklyn cruise terminal. We got a letter telling us to meet in Club 6. No one else showed up and we finally were told to leave the ship. We went through immigration just like any disembarking passenger then had to walk to the entrance to the terminal and get processed like we were boarding for the first time. This terminal is the worst one we have experienced and that includes Port Everglades, San Pedro, Seattle, Vancouver, Whittier, and Southampton.
  13. Just off the Regal last Saturday. The term used on that ship was shuttle rather than tender. Maybe it is just my years in the Navy but the term tender when speaking of a vessel meant a vessel whose purpose was to provide maintenance to other vessels. And the vessel that took you from the ship to shore was called the liberty launch.
  14. I don't recall seeing anyone without a coat or tie but I just paid attention to those men sitting near me in the corner of the dining room. I am sure their must have been some with nice shoes, slacks, and long sleeved collared shirt but no tie or coat. That is what I had on plus a tie. A tie is much easier to pack than a coat.
  15. These are some of the things we noticed while spending the last two weeks aboard the Regal Princess. The ship had a luncheon rather than a cocktail party for the most traveled passengers. The luncheons are much better than the cocktail parties. Menu was awesome. Wine was good. The cruise director saved herself hours of work in taping the Wake Show by using recordings of previous Wake Show crew interviews rather than actually doing new interviews. I thought the recent practice of having an entertainment director was to free up time for the cruise director to be more creative and interface with the passengers. We saw people turned away from the anytime dining room for attire that was very casual such as shorts or t-shirts. Coats without ties and ties without coats were accepted on formal nights. Ship security would not allow us to go ashore with post office issued mailing boxes that we wished to mail home. I don't understand that and Security would offer no explanation. The special main course dish offered in Club Class dining was often just one of the main courses on the regular menu with a different sauce poured on it. The menu was repeated each week.
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