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  1. 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.
  2. Golden Princess has already left the fleet, even if there is no pandemic and suspended cruises. In the original plan, her farewell cruise would be in this month. Then she will enter drydock in Singapore in October to be converted to Pacific Adventure of P&O Cruises Australia. The drydock work is possibly postponed. If Australia continues to ban cruise ships for long period, I am not sure if Princess will keep Golden Princess for some more time, but the chance is low.
  3. That's slightly dated. The Golden is no longer in the fleet, and doesn't list the Majestic which also has a covered pool.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. 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’... 😺
  9. We took the trip a few years ago in May on the Grand and ten years ago on the Diamond in October. Loved/Liked: 1. The Grand and Diamond are the right size, right number of passengers, great amenities, still some of my favorite ships. 2. The Mexican port call and excursions where great 3. Days at sea, love them and had plenty of them to relax. 4. Crew of the Grand was amazing! 5. Spending a few days in San Fran and wine country. 6. Covered pools, really thing Princess has missed the boat by not continuing to add a covered pool on each ship, such a great area to hang when the weather is cool or just bad. Would like to change (or disliked): 1. Cool weather the first and last days of the cruises, made it difficult to lay by the pool 2. Outdoor/shared saunas on the Grand. Prefer the ones in the locker rooms like the Star/Golden/Crown/etc. . . (don't love the set up on the new Royal Class as all) 3. Diamond crew, many it was there last contract, so service was so/so, still good but you know what I mean 4. Dining set up on the Diamond, I know it was built at at time that Princess was going to go the way of NCL for dining, but then didn't so the dining room are small and weird IMO. Overall, very relaxing trips each time. I highly recommend it for a relaxing trip.
  10. Suggestion....Most of these ports have UBER which is an easy ride or taxi both which are fast. Enjoy your cruise & enjoy going under the Golden Gate Bridge. Different from some I’ve never been to a Mexican port or town that I didn’t like. Always enjoy getting off the ship for some food & drink. In Mazatlan there is a good food tour where you get to sample a lot of food & drinks from different venders. I’ve done it twice & would love to do it again. Tom😀
  11. With the cancellation of the Alaska season's it looks like the Golden Princess will not return to North America.
  12. I have been following the same question on the “ask a cruise question” forum and though it might be interesting to have a Princess specific discussion. Listening to music is my main activity on the ship, as my wife donates to the casino. I enjoy all the venues and styles, classical, piano bar, rock cover band and guest performers in the theater. One of my favorites is Helen and the “One Way” a rock cover band from Eastern Europe. Had a great Piano Cello two some on the Golden last year, I don’t remember their name. He(the Piano player) was from Spain and She (Cello) was from Hungary. Help me out guys. I also have encountered a great country singer Dan(?) Steele a few time that I really enjoyed. Please share your favorites.
  13. I like the ports of call a lot better with the 10 night sailing out of Los Angeles (La Paz, Loreto). However, I do really love sailing out of San Francisco. 1) For us, it's just a short Uber ride to the port (that doesn't apply to many) 2) Pier 27 (or 35, which is rarely used for cruiseships anymore unless there is more than one or even two ships in port) is fabulous. It is right in the middle of the Embarcadero with many hotels, restaurants and attractions within walking distance from the port. Not so, in LA. Even our public transportation system (BART ...Bay Area Rapid Transit) will take you to a mile within the port from both SFO and / or OAK (Oakland) ... from there, there is MUNI, which will take you right across the street from the cruiseship port. 3) Sailing out under the Golden Gate Bridge in SF instead of sailing by cranes in the industrial area of LA is something I will never tire of. BTW, I don't think the Star Princess is a bad ship while I have yet to sail on the Ruby. However, I have sailed on the Crown, Emerald and Caribbean, though. I do like that the Star has an indoor pool area. Sailing out of SF can be quite a bit cooler than sailing out of LA. Plus, the seas can be rockier sailing out of SF, especially when sailing north back to the port. I used to love Manzanillo on the SF itinerary, but last time there, it was just a lot of military with machine guns. Still a beautiful port but, they cautioned about all the crime and not leaving the safety of the port area. I would say that is a moving target, because I've seen that in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo before ... last time there, it has moved far south. And, it can be so very hot in Manzanillo. We've had amazing explorations there in the past, though. Me? I would always pick SF because of the convenience. But, all in all, I would honestly pick whichever one has easier transportation to get to the port. You really can't go wrong with either one of them. One has a much better embarkation port (SF) but, one has slightly better ports of call (LA), IMO. Oh, did I mention, if you choose SF and have some extra time in SF, we have WINE nearby ... lots of great WINES! We are very proud of them here!! Just remember that the hotels in SF are very very pricey!! But, it's a trade off ... if it's on your bucket list, it's worth the extra cost. The public transportation system in SF is phenomenal so, you could save some money there. In LA, you can fly into LAX (yuk!) or Long Beach (yes!) and in SF, you can fly into SFO (ok) or Oakland (yay!) or even San Jose (quite a bit further but, still the bay area). We've done both itineraries several times ... ask away if you have any specific questions.
  14. We went last October on the Grand. The early morning arrival into SF was gorgeous! Same as the view leaving under the Golden Gate Bridge. Loved the weather once we got to Mexico, the 3 days down to Mexico went from cold to progressively warmer. Each port was nice. Nice relaxing time. Also, the amount of locals on the ship was nice, we usually cruise out of other ports.
  15. When Princess canceled the Golden, we had b2b cruises with fcd’s and they just returned them to be used again as fcd’s. Maybe this is a different offer.
  16. My favorite part about sailing from San Francisco is going under the Golden Gate Bridge. I love being out on deck both leaving and entering the bay.
  17. I’ve taken a few 7 day cruises out of San Pedro to Mexico, as well as a 10 day out of SP. However, I enjoyed my two 10 day voyages to Mexico out of San Francisco the most. Since I live 90 minutes away vs several hours, that’s a huge plus. My first 10 day sailing out of SF was in 2009 on the Golden Princess. Back then we went to Acapulco and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa. I loved Zihua with its cobbled stone streets. It’s a small fishing village. When Mexico started having violence from drug cartels, etc. they eliminated those ports. In 2017 we sailed for 10 days on the Grand out of SF and they had Manzanillo, as well as the other three ports I’ve been to several times. That sailing on the Grand to and from Mexico was the smoothest I’ve ever experienced on a voyage to and from Mexico! Usually, coming back up we feel the rockier current. Not that time! Smooth as ice. Couldn’t believe it. I’ve always enjoyed going to Mexico via cruise ship. 10 days is even better.
  18. So how low on this Totem Pole can I go? We had the 14 day Golden to Alaska out of LA 8/8/2020 - with kids and grandkids - we had the Grand Suite and a nearby balcony and an inside. Totally a family event of a lifetime, but Nooooo! The Sun was the "replacement". Were I bubbapuck, I'd figure a way to get to Vancouver - stay a night at the Pan Pacific and just make it work! We only pass this way once! If it works out that the LA Round Trip stays, then nothing lost. So this is my recommended plan B
  19. Having done both versions I cannot say one has much over the other except for point of embarkation and whether or not you prefer longer cruises. We have done the 7 day a couple of times arriving in LA either by car or by air depending on how much time we wanted to commit and other activities we wanted to pursue. We live in N Cal not far from SF. Last time from LA we drove and upon disembarking on Sat AM went straight to Pasadena for a Cal-UCLA game. I’m an alum of both so cannot lose either way. Thats why driving worked then. This past Feb we did the 10 day out of SF because we were part of a group of 16 and we all lived within 50 miles of the port. Manzanillo is the only extra port and is ok, but nothing to be excited about. Sailing out under the Golden Gate Bridge is a neat experience if you have never done it. If you are planning some extra time either pre or post cruise I would recommend SF over LA but have to admit I am biased in that regards and am sure others may advise you differently. You do run along the California current for extra time on the 10 day but at least in February that was very mild. Your experience might vary.
  20. Two extra days at sea, one additional port, Manzanillo. Have been to Manzanillo once, a small town, don't remember much else. The Las Caletas excursion in Puerta Vallarta is supposed to be very good. You can only go there on a ship excursion. No private excursions to this location when ships are in port. The big plus is San Francisco pre or post cruise and the sailing under the Golden Gate. Prepare yourself for choppy seas. If you spend some time in San Francisco look up San Francisco City Guides, free walking tours. We took a few and they were really nice. They pass an envelope around at the end and request a donation. https://sfcityguides.org/
  21. I am confused as to what the policy for cancellation is for this cruise. So far Princess has not canceled this cruise even though I understand Canada will not allow us to dock. If I cancel (I have Princess platinum insurance) do I just get a FCC? If Princess cancels, do I get the total cruise payment back? We could really use the cash back at this stage. Thank you for all your help.
  22. We were finally able to see a little blue sky here in southern Oregon. Hopefully the smoke will lift completely by the end of the weekend. On a happier note, we just booked a trans Pacific cruise Sydney to San Francisco for April 2022! We were originally planning on a similar cruise n April of this year on the Golden but, alas, it was not to be. Hopefully we will finally make it this time!
  23. So only the "Dawn" now with P&O Aus. is the only one left of the these four wonderful ships. Our first Princess Cruise was in 1997 on the Dawn (inaugural year) and the following year on the Sun (also the Sun in 2002). Loved these ships and sad to see them move on, but completely understandable. Sun will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the last cruise we took with my Mom and Dad (she just passed last month). They had the 3rd most sea days on Princess and we now have the Venice Glass plate (love those) they used to give out with the Sun Princess logo on the back. Hopefully Princess can use the Dawn, Sun, Sea. Star, Golden and Ocean names again and get rid of the stupidly named Discovery; Enchanted and Majestic. 😞
  24. The Golden Princess is currently in Akaroa harbour in New Zealand. Passengers are not permitted to go ashore because there are three suspected coronavirus cases on board who have been isolated to their cabins. The ship left Melbourne on March 10th and so far has visited the fiords and Port Chalmers (for Dunedin). The three passengers flew into Melbourne from Los Angeles to board the ship and were in close proximity to someone who tested positive. One of the three has symptoms of respiratory illness, but the other two do not. I hope all three people test negative and there isn't another quarantine/isolation event.
  25. Dawn & Aria are part of the CCL fleet (P&O Australia line). I'm sure they're going as Golden & Star replace them. So yeah, I'm tracking them. Bored I guess. Majestic is shifted up here. But there will be 5 PCL ships downunder. I'm on one Dec 2021 (Sapphire)
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