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7 hours ago, MrMan said:

That works for you.  But I think you guys are missing the point. You are not the customer Princess is looking for for the future.  To survive Princess has to replace the customer as it ages.  These new updates are what attract a younger set.  Whilst current cruisers are complaining about coffee cards that have been sitting in their junk drawer,  comfortable chairs that are not bar stools,  and how they pride themselves not using excursion decks or casino, new younger cruisers are spending cash in bars, casinos etc. They want new ships with more food options (foodies) and flexibility that the MDR experience does not provide ,  entertainment that is a notch above what Princess provides, something to do after 10pm.  Princess is starting its transition to a new customer base that spends, like Celebrity as done.  With HAL taking the "traditional" cruise market, this leaves Princes without a brand slot.   This is why Princess is making changes.

Actually I think all the cruise lines owned by Carnival are missing the point.  Have cruised for 40 years, on 9 different lines, well over 60 cruises, one of the reasons I cruised different lines is I got a different experiences.. now Princess, Celebrity, HAL, Cunard and even NCL all look the same... no reason to try different lines at all.    Glad  I did most of my cruising in days gong bye, better product on all lines than today.  The splash and technology does not impress me one bit... may be these young folks who do not know much are... so be it.. I  will go out of my home port and be satisfied... no  need to fly to somewhere for the same product.   

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6 hours ago, FloaterBoat said:

 

 

Probably completely different lol. CC is more or less a private entrance and streamlined seating with a couple extras on the menu.

They are different... we did a comparison some years ago, between Princess and Celebrity... did 2 - 7 day cruises back to back one on the Ruby and one on Eclipse.    On this trip went to the Crown Grill on Princess and  did Blue on Celebrity...at that time comparing the two ships, Princess still came out ahead for us.     We tired of Celebrity over the years, did the Equinox, Eclipse, Silhoutte.. missed no main deck, found entertainment hit and miss, no real library, prefer Princess mini suite cabins with bath tubs and larger balconies on Grand class to Celebrity... but that is just us.    We kept trying Celebrity because originally we liked the older Celebrity ships... but not the newer style, feel the same about Princess royal class... we will pass.

 

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In the last few years, I've done four cruises on Princess Grand class and two on Celebrity Millennium class. I love these older ships but they are getting long in the tooth. I found the Celebrity Edge Infinite Veranda concept unappealing and the tiny balconies on the Princess Royal class ships are a deal breaker. I'm on the Sky for a 3-day in a suite with a balcony that's larger than the standard Royal class 36 sq. ft. This short sampler cruise may send me scurrying back to the older ships. 

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1 hour ago, john_galt said:

In the last few years, I've done four cruises on Princess Grand class and two on Celebrity Millennium class. I love these older ships but they are getting long in the tooth. I found the Celebrity Edge Infinite Veranda concept unappealing and the tiny balconies on the Princess Royal class ships are a deal breaker. I'm on the Sky for a 3-day in a suite with a balcony that's larger than the standard Royal class 36 sq. ft. This short sampler cruise may send me scurrying back to the older ships. 

We tried out the Edge Infinite Veranda and really disliked it so we're going for the traditional balcony (Sunset Veranda ) on the Apex preview next year.

One advantage Sky has over Regal and Royal are those larger balconies on Dolphin deck forward and aft (i.e. much like the Grand class) so we will be trying for one of those for Enchanted Princess. For the Sky Med Inaugural, we have treated ourselves to a suite too.

 

Sandra

 

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Podcast by Tony Roberts (VP Princess UK & Europe) at: 

 

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On 9/16/2019 at 5:11 PM, AF-1 said:

CATGUY7;  Let me know if you can use your balcony.  On Emerald those suite balconies were unusable at sea;  too windy to sit out there.  Maybe your cabin will have the something to block the wind on balcony.  Cheers and have fun out there

I will report back.  Thank you!

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2 minutes ago, Schrute Bucks said:

We are sailing on The Sky 10/16-10/20, 2019 from Trieste to Athens. Can't wait. Just a few weeks away.

Photos! We will need photos! 

 

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14 hours ago, mammajamma2013 said:

We'll be on her the week after!

Got it;  have fun out there

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On 9/17/2019 at 10:21 AM, MrMan said:

That works for you.  But I think you guys are missing the point. You are not the customer Princess is looking for for the future.  To survive Princess has to replace the customer as it ages.  These new updates are what attract a younger set.  Whilst current cruisers are complaining about coffee cards that have been sitting in their junk drawer,  comfortable chairs that are not bar stools,  and how they pride themselves not using excursion decks or casino, new younger cruisers are spending cash in bars, casinos etc.

 

I think it is partly true and it scares me. It seems to me the "new cruiser" would rather be car racing on the Bliss than looking at the beauty of the glaciers, fjords, whales, etc as they glide by. They have to be constantly entertained and by ever new things because they bore quickly.

 

17 hours ago, pris993 said:

Actually I think all the cruise lines owned by Carnival are missing the point.  Have cruised for 40 years, on 9 different lines, well over 60 cruises, one of the reasons I cruised different lines is I got a different experiences.. now Princess, Celebrity, HAL, Cunard and even NCL all look the same... no reason to try different lines at all.    Glad  I did most of my cruising in days gong bye, better product on all lines than today.  The splash and technology does not impress me one bit... may be these young folks who do not know much are... so be it.. I  will go out of my home port and be satisfied... no  need to fly to somewhere for the same product.   

 

For me, cruising used to be about the destination and they looked for ways to keep you happy on sea days, now the destination is less important as the ship becomes the destination.

 

I would be amped to book this cruise

 

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23 hours ago, pjrockman said:

The Royal Class dips into more modern amenities such as MedallionNet, new upscale Restaurants, MedallionClass™, and Club Class, without sacrificing all of things that traditional cruisers (middle-aged and Seniors) are used to partaking.

 

Last I heard, two of the biggest age groups: Baby Boomers (55-75 year olds) and Gen Xers (40-54 year olds) are not going to stop aging today (no jokes, please).  So, in my opinion, the collective 76 Mil + 82 Mil people in those two age brackets will fill all of the Princess Ships nicely for many years to come.  A flaw in the above thinking is that we don’t all change a bit as we age and Princess is picking some of the trends created by the younger of those aging and keeping other tried and true things that make Princess the choice of older cruisers.  Funny, there will always be lots of people in the 50 to 80 age brackets.  

 

Also, very rarely am I in an empty casino on Princess.  Old money still spends in Casinos.

 

We love all the different Princess Ships, but really love the Royal Class (9 Cruises on the Royal and Regal) and 4 scheduled on the either the Sky and Enchanted.

 

This is just my opinion.  In case you wonder, I am on the border of the above age groups.

 

Looking forward to the Sky.

 

Safe Journeys, Paul

First of all the younger folks 20's - 30 's are not sailing on Princess because Princess does not have the extra attractions as Carnival, RC & NCL; meaning race track, water rides, skyline etc. The 40's age group sails with Carnival because they are cheaper and have more less than 5 day cruising and after hour dancing.

50's age group like RC for the large theme ships and after hours dancing and NCL for the over abundance of extra dining options you pay for and their White Night theme party.

I sail on Princess for the less children being on board, High Tea is free , passengers have social class and very friendly to see everyone around them have a great time. No nickle and diming the passengers, not using the intercom to sale and talk in different languages ever 30 minutes like MSC cruises, the food and customer service are of high quality than Carnival. Maintaining my Princess Club points to reach Elite status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 8/25/2019 at 7:06 PM, pjrockman said:

 

So, the nice Public sitting area on center Promenade Deck (Royal/Regal) turns into ‘semi-public/private’ dining area on the Sky?  Interesting.

 

Safe Journeys, Paul

That's too bad!  Those were nice areas to go out on and just enjoy the view either in port or while at sea, wind permitting, of course.  I guess now one will have to eat dinner to enjoy that same view.

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We're sailing the inaugural TA, but not exactly excited. The Royal class ships have lots of design flaws, and they made it even worse with this one by taking away Crooners and lots of pool deck space. The only thing I'm excited about are the new production shows they'll premier for us.

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4 hours ago, LadyElle said:

First of all the younger folks 20's - 30 's are not sailing on Princess because Princess does not have the extra attractions as Carnival, RC & NCL; meaning race track, water rides, skyline etc. The 40's age group sails with Carnival because they are cheaper and have more less than 5 day cruising and after hour dancing.

50's age group like RC for the large theme ships and after hours dancing and NCL for the over abundance of extra dining options you pay for and their White Night theme party.

I sail on Princess for the less children being on board, High Tea is free , passengers have social class and very friendly to see everyone around them have a great time. No nickle and diming the passengers, not using the intercom to sale and talk in different languages ever 30 minutes like MSC cruises, the food and customer service are of high quality than Carnival. Maintaining my Princess Club points to reach Elite status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We don’t follow your age descriptions at all! We much prefer Princess and Royal Caribbean to Carnival.  Our 7 year old prefers Princess to other lines. We almost never sail less than 7 nights. 

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2 hours ago, phred119s said:

We don’t follow your age descriptions at all! We much prefer Princess and Royal Caribbean to Carnival.  Our 7 year old prefers Princess to other lines. We almost never sail less than 7 nights. 

I don't take children on cruises at all and I don't see that many on Princess ships I have sailed on; Grand and Emerald Princess. My children are grown and I am a very Happy Camper. I sail only on 10 days and up because I do not want to see children running around a ship unsupervised and do not know how to behave at a buffet dining. I am very happy that Princess will not offer children sail for free anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, tothemall&beyond said:

We're sailing the inaugural TA, but not exactly excited. The Royal class ships have lots of design flaws, and they made it even worse with this one by taking away Crooners and lots of pool deck space. The only thing I'm excited about are the new production shows they'll premier for us.

They can take away a section if they like, but the food quality and customer service is a very high demand for me. I am looking forward to the new Broadway and European shows.

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Big price reduction for the 12/1 sailing as of today but they took it off the Getaway Sale. 

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15 minutes ago, john_galt said:

Big price reduction for the 12/1 sailing as of today but they took it off the Getaway Sale. 

There is always a catch.

They usually offset each other.

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58 minutes ago, Colo Cruiser said:

There is always a catch.

They usually offset each other.

Still saved $150.00 😎

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our exact same cabin as the one we have on 12/4 would still be $ 2 more than the 12/1 cruise.

 

Decreased price, but no 50% off 2nd passenger, and increased port taxes from when we booked

 

still in wait and see mode for 12/1 ... and expecting an upgrade, upsell, on the 12/4 ...

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On 9/16/2019 at 10:05 PM, Lucky TGO said:

I’m  pretty sure the Sky  Princess will be excellent when it’s  completed. 

What is that thing at the swimming pool?  It looks like something from

The Game of Thrones. ( See Photo )

Tony

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Hi Tony, that looks like a sunscreen over a hot tub. I know that many people don’t like hot tubs, but for those who do, it’s a great way to shield you from the sun. Royal Caribbean has them; they’re kind mesh, which lets the sun in, but provides protection as well.

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Princess Instagram just posted a short video of the sky suite and the above area in question.  Looks to me like it's sun protection.

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