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  1. For those of you giving the advice to purchase the water package based upon ease and price you really are not getting a full case of water only a half case as they only offer 12 bottles. The 500 ml are the basic 16.9 water bottles. My BFF is a huge water drinker and is not wild about tap water regardless of where we are and prefers bottles water. That’s why I am asking as to purchase the water package, she can drink up to 6-8 bottles a day at 16 oz bottles. We are also doing B2B cruises, 24 days, so to purchase that much water thru Princess would be between 50-60 for water. If we to a big box store and buy wholesale we can get liter bottles at 5.49 a case of 18. We would love only need 3 cases costing $16.50 saving approximately $35 just on water!
  2. I know this question has been asked and answered a million times before however we cannot get a straight answer and would like to know peoples experience. We are trying to figure out how to bring water on. We have called Princess, Chatted with Princess and we keep getting conflicting info. Can we check water, still in packaging, with a luggage tag on it to be brought to our room? if we can’t do the above can we place water bottles in a suitcase, with clothing, to go to our room? Can we just place a case of water in a suitcase to be delivered to our room? Does water need to be carried on?
  3. Last night my BFF was reading all the fine print and discovered that Princess states for our deck we should board at 2:30. That’s not what we planning. We were going to get dressed, eat breakfast, and then make our way down to the pier. In in order to get clarification on this and some other questions she contacted Princess by both chat and phone and was given different answers. One said that was the time we had to board, no leeway, and that the dining room would be closed but perhaps the buffet would be available for lunch. Another stated we could board between 12-3. I then went to chat and received the 12-3 response also. Then the the question of water keeps getting different responses. How much water can we take? Does bottle size matter? Can it be placed in checked luggage or does it need to be carried on? We have aent sent an email to our TA and are awaiting her response. Hopefully someone who has recently sailed from Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale) can give us some insight.
  4. My BFF and I are planning our trip to Australia and New Zealand. I have researched just about every cruise line to see who sees the most ports with the least Amount of Sea Days. We originally picked a Princess Cruise which was 20 days and went to just Australia and New Zealand. We always get a balcony so the price was around $6,500 and did not include airfare. Our travel agency has monthly travel panels so we began looking at other cruise lines. In 2021 Holland American has a 43 day Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia, Hawaii, Victoria BC and it ends in seattle. The price for this is around $7,000. We discussed it and decided it was worth the extra $500 to see the other ports and the length. I have been on holland American before and honestly a boat is a boat. Some are bigger, nicer, etc but they all get you there. The staff is what makes the boat! Good luck hunting!
  5. I have contacted princess regarding this and this is their response. Hello, Thank you for contacting Guest Medical Support. Please always carry your identification card. In an accident, your I.D. card will tell the people helping you that you have a pacemaker. Please also travel with a letter from your doctor stating your use of a pacemaker and present the letter to security staff. This will allow them to utilize a wand/pat down rather than having you walk through the metal detectors. For future voyages, no need to send us this information prior to sailing. In regards to the medallion and your medical equipment, at this time there is no indication of affect on implanted medical devices. Please let me know if you have additional questions. Kind Regards, Nicole Hatch Guest Medical Support Team Health Services | Princess Cruises +1-661-753-2680 | guestmedical@hagroup.com
  6. Does anyone know if a wine package is offered in the dining room? When we were on RCI they offered a package where you could purchase 3 bottles of wine (up to a certain price) for a discounted price. By any change does Princess offer the same or do you have to purchase the wine bottle by bottle?
  7. Astro Flyer thank you so much!
  8. I am wondering how exactly you receive your medallion. I have read that you can have it mailed to you or pick it up at the port. One post states that on the Ocean Ready app there is a spot to specify what your prefer. I am on a B2B leaving November 6, 2019. At what point is your Ocean Ready app ready for us. I have been told 30 days before, 60 before and at 90 days before. When exactly are we able to enter our booking numbers, have them recognized, and set things up to receive the medallion before we arrive?
  9. I contacted Princess as I have Pacemaker, Pain pump, and Spinal Cord Stimulator along with a replaced knee. Here is princesses response Hello, Thank you for contacting Guest Medical Support. Please always carry your identification card. In an accident, your I.D. card will tell the people helping you that you have a pacemaker. Please also travel with a letter from your doctor stating your use of a pacemaker and present the letter to security staff. This will allow them to utilize a wand/pat down rather than having you walk through the metal detectors. For future voyages, no need to send us this information prior to sailing. In regards to the medallion and your medical equipment, at this time there is no indication of affect on implanted medical devices. Please let me know if you have additional questions. Kind Regards, Nicole Hatch Guest Medical Support Team Health Services | Princess Cruises +1-661-753-2680 | guestmedical@hagroup.com
  10. I would recommend contacting the company that makes your devices and pose the question to them. Contact Princess and ask for the specifics of the medallion such as battery use, RFID chips, radio frequency etc. Once you have all the info from Princess then contact your device vendor and ask them what they recommend for you to do. To be honest, technology is only going to advance and medical device makers know this and are making devices that can be compatible with all of them. I myself have a pacemaker, spinal cord stimulator, and pain pump. At the airport I have to go thru the scanner that allows the hands to be placed on my head. Usually this still requires a pat down do the implanted devices.
  11. I am getting a puppy in May which will hen be trained to be a service dog. I have a B2B cruise scheduled for November 2019 and the puppy will be approximately 8 months old and will be in training. Is he allowed to come, with permission from the cruise line? Is it better to keep him at home and wait until he is totally trained? I really don't know what to do and what would be the best fo the dog and myself. Any suggestions?
  12. Just had this issue this morning as I like to be proactive. We have a B2B book in November and I was attempting to set everything up. I contacted Princess and was informed that you will not be able to link your reservation until your sailing is 60 days away. Hope this info is actually correct and it helps.
  13. This is from the Port Everglades Site for parking In Florida free parking is only given to those with disabled parking parking fee waiver for the disabled In compliance with Florida Statute 316.1964, parking fees are waived at all Port Everglades lots and garages to disabled persons operating vehicles with ONE of the following qualifications: Display a Florida Toll Exemption Permit as explained in Florida Statute 316.1964 (see example below) Vehicle is modified with specialized equipment such as ramps, lifts, or foot and hand controls for use by a disabled person (see example below) Display the Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate issued from any state government. The DV license plate must be on the car parked in a Port Everglades lot or garage at the time of your cruise. Florida DV license plates are issued under Florida Statute 320.084 (See example below). Parking agents will not waive parking fees for any other reason than those listed above. To learn more about parking choices, fees and regulations at Port Everglades, click here. For more information on disabled toll permits or to obtain a Florida Turnpike toll exemption sticker, visit the Florida Commission on the Transportation Disadvantaged website at dot.state.fl.us/ctd. examples Florida Toll Exemption Permit Specially Modified Vehicles Disabled Veteran License Plate
  14. We booked on first cruise on Princess for the fall of this year but I have been on Carnival, Celebrity, HAL, Premier (no longer in business) and to be honest my favorite one was Celebrity. The boat was great, the rooms (we had 2), food was excellent, high tea was one of the highlights. The only issue we had was in Grand Caymen several passengers missed the tenders for the tours. Originally there was some back and forth over reimbursement for missing the excursions but eventually we were given a refund due to the number of people who "missed" the announcement. Celebrity had the most diverse group of passengers of all of the boats I have been on. HAL caters to the older crowd, Carnival the younger and families, Celebrity had a little bit from every age group. The advantage on Celebrity was even though there were infants and children they didn't run wild all of the ship nor did you experience a baby screaming either. We chose Princess for our cruise this year as it was difficult to find a cruise to the Panama Canal and the Caribbean with the things we wished to do. It worked out that we were able to get a B2B on the Caribbean Princess in November. I am looking to discover the differences between the two also but I loved Celebrity.
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