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1  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Royal Princess on: June 13, 2018, 03:07:55 PM
We always stay at the Doubletree. Free shuttle, walk to restaurant. Not too bad using SuperShuttle from LAX and it takes HH points!

Only downside is that last minute shopping is no where around...
2  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess adds Asia cruises on: May 19, 2018, 02:46:53 PM
We've been booked for over a year. What took these people so long to read itineraries?

Geez.
3  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Shine Lawyers investigation pattern of noro on the Sun Princess on: February 22, 2018, 06:52:46 AM
They just had an outbreak of Noro at the Olympics with the security staff. No one suing them.

IMHO airport and airplanes are probably the main cause of Noro transmission...
4  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: 500 days on Princess is it a big deal. on: February 22, 2018, 06:50:48 AM
Yes. We got the 500 day treatment on our Panama Canal cruise last year. Very, VERY impressed.

Flowers, the good champagne - same as the most traveled package champagne - a signed card, a special tour and meeting with the captain and staff.

A big surprise for us and greatly appreciated...
5  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Winter 2019 Hawaii on: January 31, 2018, 10:39:34 AM
Thanks Mike - yes im just wondering if anyone in the know might know about what month Princess will release Dec 2019 Hawaii.

thanks!

Last year the Dec 2018 schedules were released in May 2017. So I expect the America's and Exotics in the May 2018 time frame...
6  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Using AA points for travel. B2B EZ Air Comment. on: January 29, 2018, 11:37:40 AM
I looked into using my plentiful AA points to fly first class to LAX and back to catch B2B Princess cruises.  Big shocker.  Very few first class flights were offered 10 months in advance and those were terrible routes and times.

I then looked into using EZAir for a round trip on B2B.  No go.  On B2B Princess only offers one way - not round trip air bookings.

Similar to situation with UA. They used to release F and J classes early, but have now learned that mileage people haunt the websites 337 days out looking for those fares. Now they only offer "Saver Fares" on a computer determined basis. Might be 11 months out, might be 8 months out, might be 2 months out.

There are some apps you can purchase that will track award rates and notify you.

So far I have been able to do it manually...
7  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: 200 gastro sick on Sea Princess on: January 05, 2018, 10:32:34 AM
They'll be sufficient germs floating around in the air so touching surfaces might be the least of you're worries. 

..and viruses. I don't know if you have been reading Dilbert lately, but the article in 2015 about the Vomiting robot study and Noro is particularly apropos to the current Dilbert arc..
8  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: 200 gastro sick on Sea Princess on: January 04, 2018, 06:43:34 PM

No you are wrong, we do require some.   Cheesy

We actually start 'cruise training' about two weeks prior in that constantly washing of hands, using germicides, keeping track of where we put our hands and what we do afterwards, etc. It almost needs to be an obsession.

My biggest pet peeve on a ship, or any other public restroom, is the inability to wash hands prior to touching anything! Love the handicapped stalls with the sink!
9  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Sun Princess sold to China -2019. Ruby Princess based in Australia- 2020 on: December 18, 2017, 04:24:45 PM
The Captain just cryptically said "upgraded". If you look on the announcements of the Sky Princess, they say:

"Finally, some exciting new innovations which will enhance the guest experience even further will be revealed in the coming months."

So I suspect some of the structural changes like stairs and some of the newer restaurant features will be the "upgrades".
10  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Changes or no changes noticed on the Caribbean Princess - Nov. 2017 on: December 12, 2017, 05:48:14 PM
That's why I never, ever schedule an early flight out of FLL.
11  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: 2019 Cruises Go On Sale - 12/14/2019 on: November 29, 2017, 04:29:29 PM
12/14/2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / 2019 Cruises Go On Sale - 12/14/2019 on: November 29, 2017, 04:28:43 PM
News From Princess

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Dear Elite member,

Your loyalty and the way you see the world at sea means everything to us. That's why we're making your travel planning even easier with a new exclusive benefit just for our valued Elite members. Now, you’ll have a special 24-hour exclusive booking window to book your cruise and select your stateroom before our cruises are open for sale to the public.

The following 2019 destinations open December 13th at 8:00 a.m. PST. (Reference flyers with specific sailings and ship offerings are attached to each destination.)
•   Alaska
•   Japan
•   Caribbean
•   Mediterranean & Greek Isles
•   Northern Europe
•   Canada & New England
Bookings must be made through your travel agent or by calling 1.800.PRINCESS, and your Captain’s Circle Member number is key to unlocking this new benefit. Be sure to look for an upcoming announcement on our newest ship coming soon!

This exciting new benefit will help ensure your next cruise with Princess is everything you want it to be — and we look forward to welcoming you aboard soon!

Sincerely,
Princess Cruises Captain's Circle Benefits Team

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Guess I'll be working on the spreadsheet over Christmas!
13  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Sun Princess sold to China -2019. Ruby Princess based in Australia- 2020 on: November 11, 2017, 07:59:02 AM
Makes sense. I expected the Sun and the Sea to go with the new builds coming out. Surprised that the Ruby is going rather than another Grand class.

2019 - 1 New Royal
2020 - 1 "Upgraded" Royal
2021 - 1 "Upgraded" Royal
2023+ - 1 "Upgraded' Royal (According the Captain on the last cruise)

So do they still consider the Emerald based in Australia?

Golden to P&O in 2020, Sun to China in 2019, Ruby based in Australia in 2020, Emerald already there, Sea will probably go to P&O or be sold...

Look's like we are facing an invasion of the Royal class...
14  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Princess Cays on: September 05, 2017, 12:42:09 PM
You can always open an excel file in Google Sheets as well. Here is a link to the Sheets version on my google drive:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18TOPCVOR2nXY3Dzw11nnpQ0aiVkvRNyGd_NNhaI1Qm4/edit?usp=sharing
15  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Ship Design on: September 02, 2017, 10:55:26 AM
Our big thing is dancing. With the Grands you had at least 2 to 3 dance venues of differing music and differing floor sizes. From what I have gathered on the Royal class you have the atrium - sometimes - and trust me when I say that dancing on tile floors is worse than dancing on the sticky glass in skywalkers...
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