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1246  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: My OBC rant on: September 03, 2011, 02:36:13 PM
Can't your T.A. get it for you?

My TA always notes my CC on a confirmation sheet which I print but that CC never appears on Princess's web site & I confirm it after boarding.
1247  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: My OBC rant on: September 03, 2011, 06:30:30 AM
The only CC I can seem to verify is the $$ obtained from the credit card points. Anything else, we have to wait till on the ship before finding out. 
1248  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Closing of Horizon Court on: September 03, 2011, 06:27:45 AM
April on the Star. I didn't even notice the limited selections after 11 PM but that is always typical. Not that many people stay up after 11- especially on Princess. From what I'm reading, they are totally shutting down the buffet at 11 PM lately which might not be all bad since thay can probably same big bucks & only disappoint a few people.

1249  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Can the 110V cabin desk power outlet supply 1500 watts? on: September 03, 2011, 06:17:10 AM
RichC you are amazing.  You are the ultimate Princess picture taker.   Grin

My dear daughter, traveling with her family, had no trouble blowing circuits in a suite and all of the nearby cabins.  She had curling irons, curlers, God knows what - all going at the same time.

We were on an old Celebrity ship years ago & we couldn't even turn on the TV, lights and hair dryer in the cabin without tripping the breaker every time. After happening numerous times, I just followed the cabin steward to the panel which was unlocked so I could reset it myself the next time it happened. The newer ships are wired pretty good in comparison- normally they know there won't be everyone using the hair dryers at the same time, which are the biggest load consumers.
1250  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: tipping cash on ships and pre/post cruise on: August 31, 2011, 05:52:48 AM
Wow, maybe I've fell behind the times but we've always considered tipping around $2 for room service, laundry etc to be sufficient an will continue to do so in the future. I didn't think anyone would possible be upset unless given $5.  Shocked
1251  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Can the 110V cabin desk power outlet supply 1500 watts? on: August 29, 2011, 06:02:18 AM
I use it to help dry our bathing suits.  Wink
1252  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Closing of Horizon Court on: August 29, 2011, 05:12:34 AM
On ships where they have an international cafe, they'll be open all the time, or so I've read. At least I can get a dessert if needed.  Tongue
1253  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Closing of Horizon Court on: August 28, 2011, 02:27:14 PM
I can't imagine that they many people would be really upset with the decision. It's got to save them a bundle.
1254  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Can the 110V cabin desk power outlet supply 1500 watts? on: August 28, 2011, 02:24:31 PM
I took my own hair dryer once before I knew they had them by the desk.  It worked but it wasn't putting out it's full 1200 watts.

Even the Princess hair dryers on the desk are only labeled 1,200 watts, but who knows how much they really are?

1255  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Princess makes itinerary changes for the Sapphire Princess in the Spring 2012 on: August 26, 2011, 07:16:54 PM
Good point! Smiley

That's only a little sarcasm since no one should tell you how to spend you money.  Smiley
1256  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Princess makes itinerary changes for the Sapphire Princess in the Spring 2012 on: August 26, 2011, 02:29:45 PM
I'd do Hawaii twice a year too if my budget allowed it  Embarrassed
You just gotta cut back on those $95 Chef's Table dinners. Roll Eyes
1257  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Recent Princess changes on: August 26, 2011, 06:35:18 AM
I most heartily agree with you when considering the Crown Grill; I didn't think it was that much better than the main dining room--and the service wasn't as good . . .at least the one time I ate there.  But I find Sabatini's completely unique and well worth the additional cost.

And the Chef's Table, to me, was absolutely amazing.  I'm no foodie but that was the best dining experience of my life.  It's not something I would do every cruise--I don't think anything could top my first experience--but I would surely suggest everyone try it . . . .at least once.  I've paid $95.00 and more for shore excursions that I didn't enjoy a fraction as much as I did the Chef's Table.

Just to let you know, they've changed the way Sabatini's serves their menu. It's not the same with numerous courses but more of an order off the menu type of place. I don't think the items have changed but only the way it's ordered & presented. We might hit it once again in Nov.
1258  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Princess makes itinerary changes for the Sapphire Princess in the Spring 2012 on: August 26, 2011, 06:30:28 AM
You can say that again!  Although, in the last few years I've started looking at the Mexican Riviera the way I suspect a lot of cruisers near Florida ports look at the Caribbean--just someplace to go; the ship is the real destination. 

I do think the new 7-day Coastal cruises just might fill the void.  San Diego and Santa Barbara are beautiful cities and even though I live an hour from one and an hour-and-a-half from the other, I never go there.  And I can't remember the last time I was in San Francisco.  Then there is the added plus of no beggars, aggressive vendors or petty thieves; and no stifling heat and humidity. Tongue


I will still try to get to Hawaii every few years, although I wish they would bring back the 15-day itinerary; 14 days is too long for only four ports (Ensenada dosen't count) and I really liked Kona.  And maybe they'll consider bringing back the 14-day round-trip cruises from L.A. to Alaska that they did in the mid-70s.

We're going back to the Caribbean for the umpteenth time in Nov for 20 days and other than getting off the ship to walk around the towns & stretch our legs there isn't much to draw us to see on any of the islands. We've seen all the rain forests, did all the shopping we want to do, seen the monkeys, birds, lava pits & houses, banana plants, sugar fields, etc & snorkeled at all the best places various times. Although living in Fl there are more islands to go to, after a while they all look the same & if it weren't for the ship being a vacation in itself it wouldn't interest us in the least.
I hoping that the hurricane damage (most likely) in Princess Cays forces them to go to Nassau for a while since it's been 13 years since we were last there.
If were were on the west coast we'd be on a Hawaii trip at least twice yearly.  Wink I think there are a couple of 15 day trips scheduled. (?)
1259  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Recent Princess changes on: August 25, 2011, 06:33:35 PM
Do you think $20 will make much difference?  I really don't, Rich.  At least it won't deter me.

I was one to consider the old price outrageous since the meals in the dining rooms are great with us. We live a low key lifestyle & just being served a decent meal on the ship is more than enough for our taste. We fine it hard to justify the extra expense in Sabatini's at $20 p/p even if we have extra CC to spend so you can see that we are not spenders like most Princess cruisers. If they depended on people such as ourselves for their profits, they would no doubt be in big trouble.  Wink
That being said I think most people might back off with the higher price, but who knows?
1260  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Recent Princess changes on: August 25, 2011, 03:58:50 PM
There should be plenty of open spaces at the Chef's Table. No more rushing onto the ship to make reservations.  Cheesy
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