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1  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises Announces One of Their Biggest Beverage Updates Ever on: August 10, 2018, 06:59:11 AM
And I bet they come with a premium price - top shelf - type priced...
2  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess orders two LNG powered cruise ships for 2023 and 2025 on: July 24, 2018, 04:28:38 PM
Bigger and bigger with less activities that appeal to us. Going to be time to find a new line...shame...
3  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / TripAdvisor Usefulness Rant! on: July 10, 2018, 07:19:59 AM
I am getting more and more tired of TripAdvisor page layouts and information. They now pack the top lists with excursions or tours or something that they can sell you via TripAdvisor or Viator (a trip advisor company).

It used to be that a tour company would be listed, in the order of their reviews, and their website and contact information would be available to go VFR direct to them for information and tickets.  Now the top listing are the "recommended" listings with the top rated listing to follow later and there is no VFR direct information because they want you to buy direct via TripAdvisor. You have to scroll down and find the company on the later individual lists to find the links to their website to see what the prices really are and in a lot of cases the upper tier tours are from non-local companies. It can be very frustrating and confusing.

Now I have done it both ways. Bought from TA, Viator or scrolled down and went to the website, but this whole revamping of the pages is turning TA into a purely shop for their tours site...

Rant Over...

4  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Coral 60 Day North Pacific & World Cruise 2019 on: July 10, 2018, 07:11:38 AM
Welcome to the boards where you don't have to be careful of what you say, what website you reference, what signature you have, etc., etc., etc. (Mike has been banned several times from CC.)

Although we are just a few, I wish I could turn on a lot of those people from CC to here...

Welcome aboard!
5  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...
6  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.
7  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...
8  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...
9  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...
10  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...
11  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..
12  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!
13  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".
14  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.
15  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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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