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« on: February 01, 2014, 04:35:25 AM »

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-your-cruise-line-wont-tell-you-2013-05-10

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2014, 07:46:50 AM »

One comment that caught my eye was "Cruise lines say most activities are still free and that surcharges ensure that extras used by only a small number of guests don’t push up ticket prices for everyone."
That doesn't seem to be true on Princess any longer. Almost half the daily events posted in the Patter seem to come with an extra charge these lately and the things that remain free are pretty lame IMO. I'm surprised they don't charge admission for Trivia.  Wink

Although I haven't been on the Royal yet does their interactive TV system have on-demand movies at an extra charge or is everything free to view? Huh  I've been told that they've locked off the HDMI input on their TV so you can't bring movies from home any longer forcing you to purchase theirs at an extra charge unless you want to watch one of their older selections that most people probably have seen.  Angry
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2014, 08:50:37 AM »

There is no pay-per-view anything on the Royal Princess TVs.  The inputs to the TV are not accessible because the Royal TVs are mounted flat against the wall.  Princess makes their big on-board money in the casino, the photo gallery and the bars.  I've never ever spent one dime in the casino, rarely the photo gallery (that excludes my dear wife's spending passion for gangway pictures), and I go cheap at the bars.  I'm always on a crusade with the ship beverage manager to force the bars to sell me a cheaper gun coke than the can coke which surprise, surprise, gives the bartender a higher tip.  I never tip for room service but I do extra tip the cabin steward at the end of the cruise.  By maximizing on-board credits ahead of time you can come out with a very modest ship board account balance at the end of the cruise.  As a treat I only allow myself one and only one visit to a specialty restaurant on some of the cruises and usually only on embarkation night when they are least busy.  Since I'm rambling here let the record reflect that I've never been in any Princess alleged germ filled pool or hot tub but I admit to playing bingo on the last day with the Princess odds against you are more manageable.  BTW: My coffee card is now on year three for free brewed coffee.  Final tip.  When you book a cruise watch the on line pricing and if Princess starts dropping prices give your T.A. a hard nudge to drop your price.  It's not uncommon for a savvy T.A. to get you a price reduction even after final payment.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2014, 05:49:07 PM »

Somehow I thought when they said "interactive TV" I read into that being pay per view shows. Guess I was wrong about that.
Why would the then lock off the TV HDMI input ? I have heard that it is blocked or was that a misstatement?
Also I though they cut off the unlimited for brewed coffee. If they still let you use yours maybe they haven't noticed the date.
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