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  1. In my mind, it works to encourage you to buy the FCD before booking. Your encouragement to book early is more about choice of cabins and locking in a fare before it goes up (which the in-demand cruises do more than you might think). I have bought FDCs on board, then used them to rebook a cruise we had already booked. I'm sure you could do this on the phone, too. But like any change, you would be subject to losing your existing promo and falling under the conditions of whatever promo is going on at the time. This was not a problem for us. We had booked under Sip & Sail and merely converted to 3 for Free, which is actually better for us. Jim
  2. I think we did it just to check out the CC experience for breakfast as much as anything. And I'm glad we did, since our October cruise is in a CC mini and now I'm more sure of a good breakfast experience. Jim
  3. We have not yet sailed in a Club Class mini, but we will in October. We have, however, had Club Class dining three times and the first thing I'll say is each time has been a little different. While Princess tries to standardize these things, they don't all come out the same. Two of our three CC experiences, via upsells or moveover offers that resulted in suites, were on the Crown. The first one, an April 2018 transatlantic, had the best hostess I can imagine, but a waitstaff that seemed uneven. One waiter would rather talk to you than wait on you. Our last Crown CC experience was pretty recent. The host seemed ill-equipped for the job, never came close to knowing our names and had to ask our cabin number till the last night. But the waitstaff was on the money. Oddly enough, one of the waiters we were not too impressed with in April 2018 was still onboard and had developed into a major leaguer by June 2019, and it was a treat to have the great talker be a great waiter too. Regardless of the personnel, I think there are some real advantages of having Club Class dining, and as usual it's up to every cruiser to decide what's "worth it." -- The time factor is doubled when you realize 1. You don't have to wait to be seated; and 2. You can get through your meal faster. We have gotten through a complete meal with apps, entrees and desserts in an hour or less when in Club Class. If you want to take longer, take longer. No problem. -- There is something else offered each night. Unlike another post here, I haven't seen an extra entree and another extra (but, as I said, we all have different experiences). We've generally seen an app, an entree or a dessert, but it was still a fun addition. -- We've often been dismayed at how clumsy Princess dining rooms could be with breakfast. When you have Club Class for breakfast, you have a dining team that can figure out breakfast. Jim
  4. As Cheryl said, the starboard Emerald minis are quiet. The Club Fusion stage that makes the noise is way aft on the port side. You can see it on the deck plans. Jim
  5. I don't mean to step in for the gentleman from Colorado, but I always put on the Princess luggage tags before going to the airport. I see no downside. If my bag ends up circling some carousel in Hong Kong, someone can pick it up and see, "oh, this bag is supposed to be in Rome in two days. Jim
  6. Do you really want to have your car in NYC when you cruise ends in FLL? Jim
  7. I'm pretty sure both are available at most bars. However, Crown Royal is available through room service at $23.60 for a 375 ml bottle. Jim
  8. We cruised into Brooklyn a few Septembers ago to end a Transatlantic. We came in early, sometime around dawn, and I remember seeing the Statue of Liberty for sure, but that's because we were fairly close to it. I'm not sure the Manhattan skyline was that visible, but it might depend on time of day and how close you are. Jim
  9. When I call room service to order gin, I often ask for a few lime wedges too. That way I can use the tonic in the mini bar and make G&Ts. I'll bet you could get olives that way too or ask for a few at a bar. And to be honest, I don't think it would be a problem to just fill one of those little 3 oz. fluid bottles with vermouth. I think it's technically against the rules, but they're just not going to make an issue of it. It's like going 2 mph over the speed limit. Jim
  10. Either that or go to the Churchill-style martini, in which one merely glances at the vermouth bottle. Jim
  11. I believe this is a case where the Platinum benefit (the internet minutes come with Platinum status with no bump for Elite) is actually forfeited when buying the package. If so, these prices and discussions you're seeing apply to a first-timer as well as a long-time Princess cruiser. Hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong. Jim
  12. Location. There are lots of deluxe balconies, but just a few in premium locations. Jim
  13. It all depends on the cruise. If it's a long one or one with a lot of sea days, I'll always go for the mini-suite. We like the extra interior space if we're going to be spending some time "at home." But be aware that mini-suites don't automatically come with upsized balconies on the Royal class ships. Most minis have the same 9 by 4 balconies that the typical balcony cabin has. If it's a short one or port-intensive, the interior space isn't so important to us. If you can score one of the aft balconies with a larger balcony, that's the way I'd go for a short cruise. Jim
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