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  1. Golden has already been removed from the bridge cam list. Here is what may be one of the final views from the Star while she’s with Princess:
  2. Just received the cancellation of my upcoming cruise on the Star. Looks like the accelerated the transfer of these two ships. I've been on both many times... Sad they are moving on. Wonder what will replace them here in California for Hawall, Alaska and coastal trips. I'm sure it impacts many folks like us who were booked and paid for the trip. Oh well it's the second cancellation on this ship this year. Let hope for a speedy return to all cruising soon!
  3. Aft facing corner balcony on Grand, Star & Golden were fully covered when I was on them. Caribe deck.
  4. One of our first cruises was a guarantee mini. Ended up with one of the minis at the aft of the ship (Caribbean, Diamond, Golden, Grand, Sapphire, Star). Originally intended as handicap, but didn't pass the test. Great location, enormous balcony, handicap bathroom with huge shower, no bath tub. I was so disappointed...I wanted a bath tub. Ended up delighted. One of the best cabins we've been in (never had a suite...yet). OP: to answer your question. If you're willing to gamble you could end up with a great cabin or even an upgrade. Or you can just be happy that you're on a cruise.
  5. I booked 2b2 cruises on the Grand Princess for March 2022....yes...the day it opened. I am so thrilled she will be ported out of San Pedro. I have hesitations that by 2022 she will be also gone. I would have preferred Princess to give away the Grand and keep the Golden, but am thankful there is still one left. I'll sail on the Coral but never the Island. They pulled this switch once. I WAS booked on the Grand but given the Regal.
  6. Will there be any original Grand-Class ships (or smaller) left for us to enjoy in the US? Gone: Golden Star Sun Sea Pacific (soon) Sapphire? Not a happy cruiser.
  7. Can you be more specific in what would be "best" for you? We have been to Alaska 4 times. Three of those were on Princess. 2X on the Golden (now gone from the fleet), and 1X on the Crown. I will have to say that we are big fans of Skywalker's because it offers spectacular viewing inside to be warm and just outside. It was never as crowded as the rest of the ship on glacier viewing days. We are big fans of Vines. Thrak has also pointed out strong and weak points of different Piazza designs. Many love the Coral, but we are not fans. It felt claustrophobic to us. To voljeep: Not to worry, we love the Regal in the Royal Class!
  8. Well, if you book one in that case, they will give you at least a window suite but maybe a suite with a balcony. It would be rare but, stranger things have been known to happen. Now, my DH is always saying how much he needs a balcony. When I first booked that Window Suite, we walked in and he was so happy he couldn't see straight. Now, it is no longer about the balcony for him .. he always wants a window suite! Unfortunately, they are usually snagged pronto and it doesn't always fit into our budget. But, if I can make a convert out of him, I would bet that you could also make a convert out of your wife. There are just so many perks you will get in a full suite and like I said, they are usually a lot cheaper than a Club Class mini. The size of the room alone is incredible ... more like a spacious hotel room. And the location ... can't be beat! There are only 7 of them (something like that) on the entire ship and there are only 3 ships in the Grand and Crown class ships that have them, the Grand, the Golden and the Caribbean. I think there are some on a couple of the Royal class ships (maybe the Sky) but, I believe they are all the way forward. Someone will know the answer to that.
  9. Time to Leave - the Tardis is Powered up and Waiting.... We find ourselves back at the entrance. It's been an amazing time here in the Cloud Forest, and I have to admit that I love this area the best of the two wonderful conservatories. I know that there is much more to see, and that I could spend another day here, as around every corner there is something unusual, not to mention the fantastic plants and flowers, which I have so enjoyed photographing. Poor DH is eminently patient as I stand in front of flower after flower, trying to focus up and get the best possible angle. The Lion King stands guard as we leave. It is fitting that this is the final sculpture as it was crafted from a very special wood, Golden Silk Nanmu, a very precious wood that is unique to China and South Asia. This lion was made from a single trunk of this wood, and you can see golden silk-like threads in its grain. This is the same wood that was used during the construction of the Forbidden City. We pass the staircase between the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome, and see close up some of the large masks and shields originating from Papua New Guinea. These masks were meant to protect you from black magic, and represent spirits that will ward off enemies. These pieces of primitive art are carved and painted, with large eyes and protruding tongues. Some of them are decorated with seashells and animal hair. As we wait to get back into the Tardis we see that outside they are cleaning the glass of the conservatories. What a job that must be! But before we go there is just time to pop into McDonalds, where, of course, AF-1 is already in the queue, with ice creams for all of us - hooray! Just what the Doctor (Who of course!) ordered! So here we are, dear Cruising Adventurers, back at the door of the Tardis, ready to transport us back to the 'plane, for the final few minutes of our flight, and the end of this fantastic journey together. Hold onto your hats and keep your fingers crossed we make it!
  10. Hidden among the leaves is this beautiful owl The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is visible through the roof of the conservatory. One of my favourite sculptures, Famille de Voyageurs - or Travelling family, is a bronze which portrays a mother, father and child who, after visiting the gardens, fly home. With parts of their bodies missing they are quite surreal, as they appear to float with little or no support. The sculptures by a French artist, Bruno Catalano, were a gift from Changi Airport to the Gardens by the Bay. They are very realistic, and I love the suitcase which looks as if it is ready to be checked in at the airport. Another bronze sculpture, of a child holding a golden apple, which she has taken a bite out of.
  11. I think you will really love that! We've done both separately before and absolutely love those itineraries. If I had to fly any distance, I'd have done the B2B as well. And, you will be right there in the center of the Embarcadero on turn around day so, you can go explore the city. And yes, sailing under the Golden Gate 4 times will be a real treat. And that view of the Bay Bridge if you can catch it at night (I think they are still doing it) is quite the show. They are two different bridges and you will get views of both from the ship while docked in SF. The famed GG bridge connects SF with Marin County to the north. The Bay Bridge connect SF to Oakland to the east. You probably knew that already ... I believe one of the beer companies actually stepped up and paid to make sure the light show continued on the Bay Bridge when they threatened to stop it after funding ran out ... it's such a beautiful backdrop while enjoying dinner on the ship. If you aren't staying in town the night before, you may not get a chance to see it 😪. We sometimes sail from LA on a Pacific Coastal that has an overnight in San Francisco just for that reason. Oh ... and we live nearby but, that never gets old to me. Anyway ... enjoy your B2B ... it sounds like a wonderful trip!! I wish I could get my DH to sail that long. This lockdown here in the SF Bay Area has been rather strict (thankfully, they are loosening many of our restrictions now) but, it has turned my DH into a total homebody. We have a 15 night cruise planned for next year and he is now doubting that he would enjoy being away from home for that long. He was all in when I booked it before the pandemic. Maybe I will need to change it to one of those 7 night coastals instead.
  12. Nothing negative to say vs. the 7 day. Positives are extra sea days, which are always welcomed in my book. Sailing under the Golden Gate bridge is a wonderful memory!
  13. Not likely be the Star is leaving the fleet earlier than originally planned in 2021. Golden leaves this fall.
  14. The Grand is a significantly smaller ship and rapidly becoming the oldest ship in the fleet. The Royal is a newer ship with all the bells and whistles of modern ships. If you want a smaller aging ship with design of yesteryear this may well be your ship. If you want a larger ship with up to date amenities pick the Royal. The Grand used to have a Skywalkers night club up over the stern like the Golden and Star (now both have left the fleet) but was removed due to cracks in the superstructure making it dangerous. The Grand does have an inside pool which may be important in the colder AK climate while the Royal does not. The Royal has more and varied food choices all over the ship including a redesigned and larger buffet (may not be any more though due to the pandemic).
  15. I have not sailed on the Grand but have been on the Star and Golden...My last cruise was on the Royal. As noted before, there is only a partial promenade deck and portions of this are designated for smoking. The other thing I disliked about the Royal was the placement/design of the casino area. The casino has an open ceiling area with a staircase up to the next deck. The problem with this is that it allows the cigarette smoke to waft up to the next (promenade) deck. People who are sensitive to/annoyed by smoke will find this to be irritating.
  16. The Golden Weaver This busy little golden weaver is making a nest. It's fascinating to watch as it flies backwards and forwards bringing strips of grass to complete the structure. At first it looks quite messy, but by the time it is finished it is a neat nest, where the female will lay two to three greyish white eggs. It is the male who initially creates the nest, but the female will help complete it. However, it is the female who will incubate the eggs, and once they hatch, she feeds the chicks with a little assistance from her mate. The male chooses a suitable patch of reeds or bulrushes and then it weaves this amazing round nest, with a side entrance.
  17. Thanks for the information Pam. I am going to try and book 7/3. We were originally booked for the 14 day on the Golden this year so am excited that Princess will be doing the 14 day out of LA. We didn't book the Sun because I actually don't like those balcony cabins. The cabin itself is so tiny, smaller than any Princess ship. Was going to book something out of SF but now with the Crown being the ship, so glad.
  18. That's slightly dated. The Golden is no longer in the fleet, and doesn't list the Majestic which also has a covered pool.
  19. from google: Which Princess ships have covered pools? The following ships all have covered/indoor pools: Coral. Island. Grand. Golden. Star. Diamond. Sapphire. Jun 28, 2011
  20. On our last cruise that got cancelled (Golden) we only had a FCD on it. That was eventually returned to our account in full value as a FCD. Nothing changed. Now it sounds like on this last cruise (Sun) that got cancelled by them and we used an FCD only, that I will have to call them and have them reinstate the monies as FCD. I do not see why I should. Its so simple.
  21. If it was 10 days, it may have been out of San Francisco. The shortest I've seen from LA is 12 days. (Golden a couple of years ago)
  22. If it's the Crown and she's uncommitted, I wonder why just two cruises. 2019 they did them all summer on the Golden. Flying isn't going to be very popular anytime soon, so I would think there would be more of a demand for it. Of course, it remains to be seen if cruising will be popular again.
  23. I won’t dispute that Sydney is spectacular because it is, but San Francisco is also wonderful. Easing out into the bay, past the Marina Green and Presidio and under the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s best sitting on a port balcony sipping champagne. Just sayin’... 😺
  24. Yep the biggest one currently fits under the bridge is Noordam and will become Pacific Adventure when it arrives. However Pacific Adventure as Golden Princess never went to White Bay - same goes for Ruby but can be understandable (Ruby has one more deck than Golden) After the sale of Sun and Sea it'd be Coral, Island & Pacific for Princess to White Bay only IMO - everything else will be at OPT Michael
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