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  1. I have engaged a Princess TA to help me and it is the perfect answer. I still do all the checking etc. and when I book a cruise I just put it on hold. I then call my Princess TA and she books it and even gets me the best deposit(i.e. lowest) she can. Also when, like the chocolates popped up as a freebie, all I did was email my Princess TA and she got them added to my bookings. Same for refaring if price goes down. And sometimes I get a response from her within literally 4-5 minutes! So much easier and better than having to call yourself and wait on hold sometimes. I love my Princess TA and our relationship. With a Princess TA you still have control over your bookings etc. Pooh
  2. Our cruise dropped $250pp and added on specialty dining and now got the box of chocolate added onto my booking too. So I was able to get these added onto my existing booking which had also dropped in price! Guess it all depends on the cruise! Pooh
  3. I found out long ago that Princess pricing is based on where you live. Pricing can and usually is different for one living in the West vs. Central or East US. So I am not surprised that two prices might have shown up, unless the two couples lived in the same city! Also, pricing will be different for first time Princess cruisers vs. past cruisers, usually, initially by about $100pp or so. Pooh
  4. For the last three days or so I have not been able to check flights(availability, pricing) for my upcoming cruises. It just comes up with a blank screen. Is anyone else having these problems? Pooh
  5. I just booked my first Viking Cruise and was a little surprised at final payment date. My cruise is May, 2023, and they wanted final payment by 12/31/2020! I got it moved up a tad, but still it is approximately 2 years before the cruise! Pooh
  6. I have just booked a cruise also and purchased the insurance. Viking allows you to cancel for any reason. However, to be reimbursed in cash, it must be for a "specified reason" listed in the Protection Plan document. For any other reason, you will be reimbursed with a future travel voucher. Via the insurance policy you only have 12 months to use the voucher, whereas in this temporary cancellation policy you have up to 24 months to use the voucher. You can cancel up to 120 days (4 mos.) before your cruise date and get a complete cash refund except for a $100pp cancellation fee. Also, if you have purchased the Viking travel insurance that is non-refundable after 14 days of booking. Pooh
  7. I agree and that is why I will always make sure at least they say they have A/C in the rooms! 😁 Pooh
  8. I know what you mean! Have been to Europe several times and have had all kinds of A/C in the rooms, but have found even the worst of the A/C provided was better than none. Pooh
  9. I need some help here. In looking at Princess tours for this itinerary, the vehicles involved are motor coaches without A/C! My question is do these busses get hot and or stuffy then? My DH and I are very into comfort and A/C, so would appreciate anyone's input on this. Thanks. Pooh
  10. Novotel gets good ratings and is reasonably priced and located and I was going to book it, but then looking carefully I noticed it does not have A/C in its rooms. That is a deal buster for me and my DH. No matter what time of year, we need our A/C! I am staying in Southampton(hopefully) the end of June, 2021. I found similar hotels (Jurys Inn and room2Southampton Hometel) that do have A/C and are equal to or a little less than Novotel. Pooh
  11. Looking forward to our Caribbean cruise in March because we are in this Window Suite. Will be disappointed if they don't cruise by then as in my next four cruises I was given a free upgrade to a regular balcony suite and the others were only able to get forward CC mini's which is kinda like a WS but not quite. Pooh
  12. Hi Rup; There were only two of us in the suite so we didn't need to use the sofa as a bed. It was getting alittle "used" looking, so for us to sit on it we wanted a clean sheet between us and the material of the sofa. They do make it up as a bed each night as needed and put it back to sofa when they clean up in the morning. I am American and had this suite on a Mexican itinerary so there were no kettles in the room. Now, maybe they will as they will be based out of England for your cruise. As an American, a kettle has not been needed by me! Grin. I get room service coffee! Bathrobes and slippers are included (at least for the first two guests, I don't know about the third.) You can keep the slippers. In fact, I have mine on now! Pooh
  13. You need to do the math on all. My next Alaska cruise the difference between the basic cost pp and where you get the three "free" items is $280pp. First take off the gratuities as that is paid by all and that amounts to $108.50pp. So now I am down to a difference of $171.50. The cost of the internet is $69.79pp leaving $101.71 for the drink package. I watch what I drink on a cruise as I don't do alcohol but do like my carbonated water and my virgin mojitos, etc. If I get three of these a day, it costs me around $15 or so a day. So for 7 days I would usually spend around $105. So that makes the drink portion ok for me and I can have as many drinks as I want and not count. Now I am left with the internet. My hubby loves and now has to have the 24 hr. internet as being on FB, etc. is just part(albeit a small part) of the cruising experience for him(to each his own! Grin). So it definitely is less expensive to do the package deal for us when booking. It's a math thing for us. So for each one personally, just go through the math and that will tell you which choice of fares to choose! Pooh
  14. Just to let people know and get an idea, I received my deposits back to my credit card today, Saturday. So combining Princess' procedures and my credit card's, it took 8 days to show up. Not bad. Now I am even steven! Got all my monies back that I had ever put out for my three cancelled cruises and still have $8630 in FCC to use!!!!!! My next cruise(fingers tightly crossed) is in March, 2021. Payment due by 01/09/2021. Hopefully by then we will know what is going on in this crazy world of ours! Pooh
  15. As of 9am Monday (paperwork done by end of workday Friday), I have no refund. But then by past experience, there has been a lag of a day or two before anything shows up online on my credit card. This is for any refund I have been getting in past. So I am going to be pleased if it shows up by Wed. If not, nope, was fibbed to! Will let you know. Pooh
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