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  1. That's the same form I submitted on the 13th. Received the Princess acknowledgement of receipt the same day. Cruise was a 7 dayer departing on April 4. We chose Option 1 @175% and of course we haven't received the FCC yet. Realistically, I don't expect it for a few weeks at least, and we're unlikely to commit to any use of it for some time to come. I'm becoming increasingly doubtful our next booked trip on which we could use it, in late September will happen either.
  2. I was under the impression that we had until May 2022?
  3. Not sure what you mean by "...extra 25%" The original Email from Princess had numerous different "offers" of 50%, 75%, 100% even 225%, depending on which option you select, and when your cancelled was to have sailed. Our trip on the Sky was to have sailed on April 4, so that put our option 1 selection as a 100% FCC for the cancelled cruise, plus an extra 75%. Being from Canada simply means we pay a lot more than US citizens for the same cruise, but I don't think it makes any difference in this case, in calculating the FCCs.
  4. Actually, I erroneously said it was from the March 12 Email, when it was actually from the online FCC request form linked to by the Email. And like you, I sure don't expect to have them processed too quickly, though I admit I would like to see some detailed examples of exactly how they do their FCC number crunching. Hypothetically, let's say I had a ticket invoiced at $1600 +$160 in taxes. Add to that $80 in pre-paid internet. Based on their description, I would expect an FCC of $1600, and a refund (to the original credit card?) of $240. This ticket came with 3 OBCs of Booze package, Gratuities and Coupon Book, plus a few extra Princess and TA gifted OBCs and those are of course gone. Add to this, my selected Option 1 FCC of 75% would bring the total FCC to $1600+ ($1600*.75) for a total FCC of $2800.
  5. When Princess sent us the Email a few days ago, asking for our selection of Options 1 or 2, they defined the FCC as:
  6. Although it probably won't mean much, there is a bit of hope. The original statement from the Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, in announcing the ban, stated: “We will be reexamining the situation after the 30th of June, or in anticipation, if things have improved, and at that moment we'll make a decision about whether we can allow the cruise ship season to resume.” Not well worded, but I interpret it to mean the July 1 date COULD possibly be advanced?
  7. Regarding the July 1 date, there may be a little bit of leeway here. The original announcement from Marc Garneau, the Transport Minister, was clumsily worded but did seem to be a bit more flexible: “We will be reexamining the situation after the 30th of June, or in anticipation, if things have improved, and at that moment we'll make a decision about whether we can allow the cruise ship season to resume.”
  8. I believe you've made a significant typo? The FCCs we will all receive from our cancelled trips (ours was on the Sky on April 4) are expressed in percentages, not $$$ amounts. So 125%, 225% etc. We are supposed to get an FCC of 175%, you will get 225% should you choose Option 1
  9. Love it. We're doing exactly the same hotel and same cruise, in three weeks time. It's been almost 5 long months since our last Princess trip, so the withdrawal symptoms are pretty rough right now. Looking forward to our first martini and Alfredo's pizza on the 4th of April. Keep up the posts, we're particularly interested in Take 5 and the Sanctuary, so keep those photos coming. ENJOY!
  10. We're boarding the Sky on April 4, looking forward to hearing how things progress. Enjoy the trip ;o)
  11. Just have to Google "The Birthday Paradox" for all the detail you could want. It's quite counterintuitive
  12. This has also been our experience. I'd guesstimate that about 50% of the time, we're not charged corkage fees when bringing our own wines into the various dining venues. We've tended to have the charge applied more in the MDRs than in the Speciality restaurants.
  13. You can always pre-order from the Total Wine outlet on 17th, then simply have the taxi/Uber wait outside for the two minutes it will take you to run inside and pick it up. TW carry at least two of your preferences.
  14. If you are walking from the Renaissance to Terminal 2, the closest terminal Princess uses, per the OP's original question, it's about a 10 minute walk, Google calls it a half mile. A few years ago, the Port moved the security station farther down Eisenhower Blvd, past the turnoff for T2, so there is no security to go through when accessing Terminal 2. As to accessing the other terminals, just make sure you have your ID and boarding pass in case they ask for it at the security post.
  15. Similar issue here. Under Chromium browser, could log in but it wouldn't find our upcoming trips. Error message said "Whoops! Your page was not found" Logged in with Firefox and no problems, so yes, they are having issues.
  16. If you're staying near the 17th St strip near Port Everglades, there's Lauderdale Divers in the mall between the Embassy Suites and the Extended Stay. Small shop but they'll have masks and snorkels. If you're mobile, there's the massive Divers Direct superstore in Dania Beach, right on the I95, immediately southwest of the airport. They have pretty much everything you'd want.... Happy diving ;o)
  17. I've flown AC around the planet for decades, usually economy inside NA and business to the rest of the world. Bruce is correct in his comments. Rouge is a relatively new offshoot of the mainline carrier. An acquired taste, but is often the only way to fly AC to certain destinations. Fundamentally the same, biggest difference is no in-seat TV screens, they rent out Ipads for inflight entertainment. AC Business class inside NA is just bigger seats, with full service, etc. No lie-flat seats or mini-suites like on the longer international legs Preferred seats are certain seats in Economy that command a small premium in price to book, but either have slightly longer seat pitch or may be in emergency rows so much longer legroom and are usually farther up front. Premium Rouge is sort of "Business Class lite" with longer seat pitch, slightly wider seats and more or less full Business Class meal service. If you know which specific aircraft type you're booked on, you can check seatguru.com and see exactly what the layout of the specific cabin will be. Here's one for the Air Canada Rouge 767-300 https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Air_Canada/Air_Canada_Rouge_Boeing_767-300ER_new.php Have a great trip !
  18. Same here, used NordVPN last November on the Royal, no issues.
  19. I guess it's pretty sad if people do have a recycling program and still dump paper into the garbage. In our case, our town makes it easier for us to recycle paper than throw it into the trash, and my wife and I dump at least 40 lbs a week of recyclable materials into our recycle bin. But to the point at hand, yes, I think Princess is using FAR more silly and wasteful packaging than they need to.
  20. Sad that your town does not have municipal paper recycling available. Our recycling bin fills up at least 5 times faster than our garbage bin.
  21. I've needed distilled water on a couple of trips, and never bothered pre-arranging. I just asked Stewart when we first met him/her and the jug showed up very quickly.
  22. ABSOLUTELY agree on the White Pass railway out of Skagway. It was an amazing trip and we will definitely be doing it again on our next Alaska trip. We did the long one, train from Skagway all the way into the Yukon, then bus back. Amazing.....
  23. Thanks for the heads up. When you say "...only done once", I take that to mean that they only ran one show per night, and not the usual 8 and 10PM shows? When did the shows start and how long were they?
  24. We've had two Medallion cruises, and the security issue is a bit more worrying than what you describe. If you steal someone's Medallion, (or if you find one lying on the deck somewhere), you don't have to "...walk quickly through the ship and listen for a door to unlock" All you have to do is walk up to one of the very many helpful electronic screens and touch the person's Medallion to the sensor. That immediately logs on to THEIR info and you are presented with their avatar and name. You then touch another of the on-screen icons ( IIRC it was called "Stateroom") and it then helpfully shows you another screen with their cabin number and a very nice map display showing the best route for you to take to go and open their cabin door.
  25. What is the power output of these new USB outlets? Presumably they can be used to charge phones, but we always leave our phones in the safe. Has anyone used these outlets to charge a full tablet. not just a small phone. I have a number of USB chargers, including a few that plug into an AC outlet, which do not have enough grunt to able to charge larger, power-hungry devices.
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