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  1. Sounds something like the Oscars.....he who campaigns the most wins! On the other hand, we did find 2018 Princess much better than 2016 Princess.
  2. 30 DCL cruises, and we've never missed CC when it was scheduled....lots of September cruises as that's an off season and birthday time for us. Until a few years ago there was a guy on line tracking how often any of the ships missed CC and when. His numbers pretty consistently ran 1-3% of scheduled visits were missed. The 3% was when the island was wiped out by a hurricane and closed for repairs for several weeks.
  3. I've also seen it offered on port days when the ship didn't get into port till about noon. The morning schedule was essentially a sea day. You might want to check your arrival time.
  4. The bars generally stay open till midnight. There is no way to compare "apples to apples" between cruise lines. We're platinum on DCL, but started cruising Princess for different itineraries. We found Princess to be rather "beige" in all aspects until our cruise this year when we had the best food we've seen on any cruise line in the last 5+ years! The standard Princess cabins are tiny, but since we need an HA cabin, that's not an issue for us. We love DCL. The problem is that I can often get a suite on Princess for less than half of a balcony cabin on DCL. DCL prices have increased greatly over the last 10 years to the point that I can't justify the cost. They are better, but they aren't 4 times better than other lines! And we always find things that we like better on the other lines as well.
  5. My daughter liked the bunk, so we made sure we booked a room that would hold 4. No worries. Obviously this won't work if you book a *GT.
  6. In our case the pools opened as soon as the cleaning was finished, so we were able to have an hour or so before others boarded. There is also one food place open during that time....as if there isn't enough food already. You CAN choose to leave the terminal between cruises if you wish; in that case you will check in and re-board as if it weren't a B2B. We've done about half a dozen B2Bs on DCL. Each one was different--follow the instructions you'll get in the letter sent to your cabin.
  7. There is no formal night on a 5 night cruise. There is one night that will be designated "Dress Up, Optional." As to 5 night Navigators, all I can suggest is a google search--sorry.
  8. You will not miss the AP shows. You'll have one of the shows each night you are seated in AP. They will be run on Pirate night on a 6 night cruise...but the servers will be dressed in Pirate costumes. There are 3 signature menus, one in each restaurant, typically (but not always) served on the first night you eat in that restaurant. Then you'll have 3 theme menus, served in all restaurants on that night. One of those is the pirate menu/pirate night theme.
  9. To the person who asked about upgrades.....I've tried to post a response 5 times over the last 3 hours. I keep getting error messages. This system is a problem! The answer is that yes, sometimes *GT bookings get upgrades. However, they are more likely to give a complimentary upgrade to someone who booked at a "full price" rather than a discount, and place the *GT booking in the type they purchased. All available cabins are shown on the web site, but you have no way to know what inventory control will do with what is available.
  10. Just returned from a B2B. More detailed report to follow. However, there was NOTHING wrong with the condition of the ship. I saw no ceiling leaks anywhere, no significant repair issues. There was much cleaning, re-varnishing etc. going on, particularly on port days. OK, our shower needed a little "tweaking" as it would suddenly go cold in the middle of use and our fold out couch should have been replaced some time ago, but that was it. I read all the negatives here prior to cruising and saw nothing that they reported. I would not hesitate to cruise this ship again! Most traveled passenger had 488 days on the first leg and over 800 on the second leg.
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