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July 25, 2021 Live From Majestic Princess Alaska sailing


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I went to the priority disembarkation lounge (vista lounge) at 8:30 barely sat down before being escorted off the ship for my 8:40 time slot. I saw they had beverages and pastries. 
we had to show passports at customs and that’s it. No lines anywhere. Breezed past the luggage as I used port valet and was put immediately onto a princess transfer. 8:55 am we are on our way. So 25 min from cabin to transfer driving away. 
not too shabby!  

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4 minutes ago, HaveDogWillTravel said:

I went to the priority disembarkation lounge (vista lounge) at 8:30 barely sat down before being escorted off the ship for my 8:40 time slot. I saw they had beverages and pastries. 
we had to show passports at customs and that’s it. No lines anywhere. Breezed past the luggage as I used port valet and was put immediately onto a princess transfer. 8:55 am we are on our way. So 25 min from cabin to transfer driving away. 
not too shabby!  

How many people were allowed in the Vista lounge? I ask because on our Royal AOS Cruise all passengers were asked to remain in their cabins until their disembarkation time. I assume Princess is still having passengers assigned to disembarkation locations? 

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9 minutes ago, HaveDogWillTravel said:

I went to the priority disembarkation lounge (vista lounge) at 8:30 barely sat down before being escorted off the ship for my 8:40 time slot. I saw they had beverages and pastries. 
we had to show passports at customs and that’s it. No lines anywhere. Breezed past the luggage as I used port valet and was put immediately onto a princess transfer. 8:55 am we are on our way. So 25 min from cabin to transfer driving away. 
not too shabby!  

Thanks for that info.  How long did it take to get to the airport?    For others who took a taxi, how long was the taxi line and wait for a taxi and what time you tried; what was an approximate cost of the taxi, and when did you get to the airport?

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@HaveDogWillTravelJust want to echo what others have said……thank you for all you did to get this thread started and to share so much information! I feel like I know you now and hope to maybe meet you on a cruise someday.

 

Thanks to all the people who were on the cruise who also posted so much on this Live string. I feel prepared now for resuming cruising in 4 weeks. Can’t wait to go to Alaska in August and Caribbean B2B in November.

 

Wishing all of you a safe trip home!

 

Kim

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3 hours ago, mmllss said:

That is such good news - I always did not like the amount of photos that were ultimately thrown away so much better for the environment

When we did the Ultimate Ship Tour (IIRC), they told us the unsold pix are recycled.

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Thanks to everyone that has posted what is happening on the ship. 

 

I would think that a lot of people are in the same boat (so to speak), in that we have final payments coming up for cruises and were unsure whether we wanted to make the payment or cancel.  Live reports have alleviated a lot of questions.  Great Job!!!!!

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left my cabin at 8:30. Walked off ship. Got luggage. Cab waiting outside terminal. Sitting at gate  1 hour 45 minutes.    The cab driver was driving very fast!

To all of you going next and future have a FANTASTIC time.  We did 

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24 minutes ago, dskenn said:

left my cabin at 8:30. Walked off ship. Got luggage. Cab waiting outside terminal. Sitting at gate  1 hour 45 minutes.    The cab driver was driving very fast!

To all of you going next and future have a FANTASTIC time.  We did 

 

Glad you had a nice time.  Thanks to all for the information shared.

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We went to our assigned zone this morning to exit. Our group was about 15 min behind the scheduled time, but I was in no rush and didn’t try to get off earlier. There were several folks in our area that were supposed to have early walk off, and there was some confusion as to how and when they could go. 
 

Debark was a breeze after that. Straight down the gangway to the terminal, a quick stop for luggage that was beautifully set out and lined up and waiting for us. Customs took a half second look at our passports and asked us to drop masks to verify, and that was it. No questions or anything. 
 

Seattle port has changed things a little for the pick up area. The buses are all right there in front to the right, well labeled and with plenty of port helpers to get you in the right direction. Uber and Lyft used to be a short walk down the right side walkway to their parking area, but now they want to put you on a shuttle bus to get to where the ride share area is. My daughter and I looked down at our heavy luggage, contemplated heaving that onto a shuttle bus, and decided instead to go left and grab a yellow cab. Taxis are plentiful and right there in the front area to the left side as you exit. 
 

Since I’m local, I’m already home with second load of laundry going, and everything unpacked with luggage stowed. Pleasant journey home to everyone else flying and with longer trips. 

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@Mary Ann 2 there were taxis waiting and just a short line for them. Also Lyft and Uber are available.  Go back through @CruiseRaiderpost for her shuttle company.  She said it was great. Lyft costs about $53. Do not know about the cab. 
it is a 45 min drive to the airport. The regular security lines looked a bit long. Don’t know how much time they take. 
the tsa precheck line I used took 6 minutes. 
 

If you are flying Alaska and have access to their lounges, the lounge by N13 is great. There’s eggs, pancakes, barista, soda machine, alcohol drinks.  The one by the C gates is not very nice. The hot beverage machines were out of order and no soda/tea/lemonade. Only some bread for toast. The train takes you to N gates and the lounge has great signage. 

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3 minutes ago, HaveDogWillTravel said:

The train takes you to N gates and the lounge has great signage. 

When I read the airport website, it said something about buses to N gates I thought.  So to hear there is a train is welcome news if our plane leaves from a N gate. Is the train underground?  Can you give me an estimate of how much time that adds to getting to your gate?

 

Thanks again for all your so helpful posts and taking time out to do them.  Hope you have a good flight home!

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I just want to add that the technology and the TVs were really touch and go for me but did get better every day. I hope everyone boarding soon realizes that a huge amount of patience and respect is needed  for crew who are dealing with getting this new system working smoothly. 

one small example. I was in the Hollywood conservatory yesterday around 10 am and ordered a Perrier it took 15 minutes. I chatted up the crew member asking her what the crew experience was like wrt the order it for anywhere function. She said they still were working on getting orders sent from the closest bar. My water came from a room service area far away instead of the (closed at that time) bar in the Hollywood pool area.  She was saying that those delivering should get drinks from the closest bar open or closed to make it faster and easier but wasn’t sure if that would happen anytime soon. 
 

I asked Jan about journeyview reservations and what the master plan was for that. I asked if she could change the wording from making a reservation to “add to my calendar” or something like that. The word reservation is creating confusion. 
 

As you know from our posts there were no reservations needed for anything. And the number going displayed meant nothing as many people, myself included, made tons of unkept reservations. 
 

Jan said she wanted journeyview eventually to show real time actual usage of a venue. They were doing a dry run of checking reservations at a couple of venues/events (hence @CruiseRaider‘s experience getting their reservation checked). So it will be interesting to watch the next few live from threads to see how journeyview develops. 

 

it will also be interesting to watch the next few sailings to see if PES really can come early, sit inside the PES lounge in the terminal and be boarded with priority as Jan said. As you know sometimes the word from the top doesn’t always reach the crew on the ground. 

 

I also hope Jan takes to heart that reading over and over again in emails that “you will be denied boarding” for not being ocean ready when you absolutely can not get there is extremely stressful. I hope the statement  she made about accommodating and boarding pax who show up with vaccination records and travel docs even when they could not get ocean ready gets communicated LOUDLY. 
 

It will interesting to read on the live from threads if getting ocean ready gets easier and easier with each sailing. 


I asked Jan about vaccination requirement into 2022. She said they were looking to keep it through Oct of this year. And hoping that the vaccine would be available to 5-12 year olds by then.  She expressed great sadness that those traveling with under 12s had to have their cruises with children cancelled.  I should have mentioned that the message from Princess has been that west coast cruise are fully vaccinated at least through January. So I’m sorry I didn’t clarify what Jan meant in this part of out talks. I think this answer may not be the whole story in terms of my original question. 
 

Jan also said she was well aware of CC and said it was a very useful resource of information to gauge their customers’ experiences. 
 

Jan had Duke call me back for a shorter private talk. Within that conversation she did say that given the changing events testing is being discussed but no decision at the moment. 
 

For everyone considering sailing you really must be okay with ever changing requirements and with a set of functions in technology that is not perfect but is improving daily.  
 

You will find your workarounds. For example I like a glass of Gloria bubbly with my seafood appetizer.  I stop at vines and bring it in so I’m sure to have it right away. 

I am so glad I chose this first sailing.  I told @CruiseRaiderI felt a little like it was spring break lol. We were having such fun and with such normalcy and abandon.We had very little if any social distancing & almost no mask wearing until the last day.  I had two services a day from my room steward, Francisco.  He was awesome. He came into my room and fixed my tv or called for a tech to fix it when he couldn’t. There was absolutely no change in how that all worked. No I don’t care about the chocolate at night. The sailing was special in so many ways.
 

Tom Franek was AMAZING as was Barbara McCullough, Encore, Sweet soul Music and all the music entertainment.  Yes no game show, marriage match game and Hollywood  hiccups with Dan, Lauren and Rachel were side splitting, wet your pants funny. 
 

I will be interested to watch the coming up live threads to see how things change wrt masking, social distancing and such. 

 

I met the best people from CC and happy to be sailing with some of them in the near future. 

I think someone mentioned my signature showing my last cruise was 5 1/2 years ago. I’ve been on a couple dozen now with 16 on Princess. I   Just haven’t updated my signature. My last sailing was 10 days RT SF Aug 2019. 

 

 

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@HaveDogWillTravelsounds like a fantastic cruise.  

 

Love Tom Franek.  He was always so entertaining when he was in Crooners on one of my sailings and we watched him every night. I always hope he will be on another of our sailings.

 

I want to thank everyone for taking time out of their cruise and helping with this live from.  It’s been amazing to follow along.  

 

Would be invaluable if there could be some reviews of the sailing, it’s been way too long.  

 

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11 minutes ago, HaveDogWillTravel said:

As you know from our posts there were no reservations needed for anything. And the number going displayed meant nothing as many people, myself included, made tons of unkept reservations. 

so I guess I need to make "ton's" of placeholder reservations just in case we decide to actually go ?

 

without regard to those who actually want to go , but are 'shut out' by placeholders and need to just show up in a standby line ??

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