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h-sar

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    Edmonton AB, Canada
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, RCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. Golden Princess, New Yrs 2007, out of New Orleans, for the following reasons: 1. Our first ever cruise. My parents were with us and the kids were 8 and 10, still full of wide eyed excitement. Well, so were all the adults, frankly! 2. This was all before Cruise Critic came into my life, so had no visions in my head of food, activities, the sheer size of the ship. Everything I knew about cruising came from having watched first run episodes of the Love Boat back in the day. Nothing beats the wonderment of stepping onto a cruise ship for the very first time, having seen no YouTube videos, no Instagram pictures, etc. Will never be able to experience that feeling again. Now, I do so much research beforehand, I could probably walk onto most ships blindfolded and find my way around, LOL. Definitely something to be said for going in without any knowledge. 3. This was about 16 months after the devastation of hurricane Katrina and cruise ships were just starting to sail again from New Orleans. The devastation in certain parts of the city was still evident, but it was good to see the economy rising up and tourists like us returning. In fact, princess was using large tents for the check in process as the port had not been rebuilt. 4. The most fortuitous part of this was that our first ever cruise happened to be on a Princess ship. We became spoiled for any other line and will be elite after one more week (which was supposed to have happened this coming Christmas 😔; fingers crossed for Dec 2021!)
  2. Did CarrieB during the day, pre-cruise 4 yrs ago, a couple of days before Christmas. Loved it!
  3. Relative just had Princess cancel their Alaska cruise for Sept.
  4. Lumiere Chef’s Table on Regal New Yrs 2019 - probably the singular best dining experience I’ve ever had (service and food) and I’ve eaten my way through most of Italy, Spain, and Greece multiple times on land trips 🙂. Definitely an experience my family will never forget and hope to replicate on the Sky this Christmas 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼. The last two are from the Crab Shack on Regal on this same cruise.
  5. A few random bits and pieces from this past Christmas on the Sky 🙂.
  6. I agree with the above poster. Not sure I would want to spend a week in Mexico to be able to spend a few leisurely hours at the ruins. On the other hand, I definitely know I would want to spend a week on a newer ship to be able to spend a couple of perhaps rushed hours at the ruins. While we never do ship excursions, preferring to find our own at the port, this is one that I would definitely book through the ship. We did Native Choice at Costa Maya a couple of years back and it was one of the best excursions we have ever done. We did the one that takes you to the ruins and then to a home in a native village for a lunch feast prepared by locals. Definitely an excursion I would repeat again.
  7. We were on for Christmas and New Yrs, the height of the child season 😁, and didn’t see a single young person in there during the two weeks; in fact, never saw more than 2-4 adults in there at any given time. Young people don’t really seem to hang out in that aft area at all.
  8. We just got upgraded from an inside to E505 for our upcoming Christmas cruise on the Sky 👍🏼👍🏼. Do you happen to have any pictures of your balcony obstruction?
  9. Have watched Sunday’s and Monday’s Vlogs. Today’s (Monday) was particularly interesting about how the casino crew has been spending the last couple of days without passengers on board. It was also heartening to see these hard working young people enjoying some of the guest facilities.
  10. Just google Chris Wong Vlogs. Or search for it on YouTube.
  11. A few months back, I came across a young British YouTuber, Chris Wong, who was vlogging from the Royal Caribbean ships he was working on. Currently, he is the casino host on the Oasis. Yesterday, he said the ship would be docking in Miami today to offload the last of the passengers before the 30 days of no cruises. He said he would be vlogging every day during that time, if you are curious about what the crew will be doing. Not sure that I am allowed to mention his channel, but I’m sure the mods will take my post down if need be. His vlogs do really give a good insight into working on a ship, although I am never sure how honest he is being about the negative side of it as he is currently still employed by Royal Caribbean and seems to be looking to move up the ladder. However, he’s very engaging to watch and getting insight into crew life (filtered as it might be) is very entertaining.
  12. So excited for you and hoping for the best in regards to CV. I have a three week land trip to Italy in July that I’m keeping my fingers crossed for. 🤞🏼🤞🏼 Can’t wait to follow along on your journey. We absolutely love the Regal. Did 6 Christmas vacation cruises on her before switching to the Sky this past year. Great Amazon/TJM shopping hauls! You’ve purchased necessary, practical items, most of which I’ve got in my travelling tote bins as well. Nothing more exciting than an Amazon delivery associated with a trip! 😁
  13. Doing the dance of joy (in my head as I’m truly not a dancer and would make Elaine from Seinfeld look graceful).... Prior to this past holiday cruise, chronicled above, we’d already booked next year on the Sky - 2 eight day back to backs for Christmas and New Year’s. After this past Christmas cruise with all 4 of us in the same quad deluxe balcony for 14 days, we went with two double interiors for this coming Dec ($14,200 all tolled, CDN, for 16 days). I was hoping for some price drops, but the price actually went UP about $1200 per cabin. Today, I received an unexpected email from my TA that we’d been upgraded to two obstr balconies on deck 8 mid for the first leg. Woohoo! Thank you, Princess! Now, I’m greedily hoping for something similar for the second leg 😁. I love the Princess product and I hope they weather this storm only to come back stronger. Feeling a little bittersweet about my good fortune as it came about because of the misfortune the entire world is facing. Sending good thoughts the way of all the crew members from across the fleet who have been temporarily displaced from their positions and looking forward to seeing some of them again on the Sky.
  14. Received an email from our TA earlier this evening that we received an upgrade for our Christmas 2020 eight day Sky cruise, from two double interiors to two double obstructed balconies on deck 8 mid!! Fourteen Princess cruises since 2006 and this is our 2nd free upgrade (first one in 2014 was the same type of upgrade and got us hooked on balconies). Thank you, Princess! Being able to only cruise at Christmas break, we pay the highest rates for both cruises as well as flights from Canada to FLL, so this is definitely a nice reward. I don’t want to be greedy, but am keeping my fingers crossed that our second leg for New Yrs week might also be upgraded. Good luck to all those who are hoping for upgrades.
  15. Happy 80th! May you celebrate many more birthdays on a Princess ship 😊💐🎂.
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