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  1. Most of the time the crew lacks the backbone to enforce the dress code which has not changed. It is now more about you as a guest do you want to respect others on the ship and follow the rules, or do you feel you are somehow special and the rules don't apply to you? The choice is yours but understand sometimes Princess crews have a backbone and enforce the rules I have seen smart casual turned away on Princess cruises within the last year. The formal night dress code is not a suggestion or recommendation, it is the rule on the ships. Princess makes it easy to know what to pack and what to wear when you’re dining onboard our spectacular ships. There are two designations for dress codes: Smart Casual and Formal. Smart Casual Guest attire should be in keeping with what they would wear to a nice restaurant at home. Skirts/dresses, slacks, and sweaters for ladies Pants and open-neck shirts for men Dinner wear such as pool or beach attire, shorts, ball caps and casual jeans (with fraying and/or holes) are not welcomed in the dining rooms. Shoes must be worn. Formal When formal nights are held, please observe the dress code in the Traditional Dining and Anytime Dining venues for the enjoyment of all our guests. Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for women Tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits with a tie for men
  2. Pattaya is a ghost town now. just spoke to a friend who lives on Pattaya Beach. He said the Chinese have left and tourism is down by 90%. From the live phone video I saw reminded me of Pattaya in 2001 after 9-11. If this keeps up some great deals will be offered.
  3. The city has changed over the last couple of years today it is a massive building site the Chinese have come in and are building many casinos and resorts. The local population was thrown of the land and most local business closed. So not a lot to see or do here. I'm involved with a school in Sihanoukville step up by a Expat NGO group. The locals in the area live on less than single US Dollar a day. It is a very poor area. Here is a link to Shine if interest in a real look at local life here. Our small school is now taking care of 150 children every day. https://shinecambodia.org/ The Tuk-Tuk are very comfortable and will sit up to 4 people they are a great way to see the country side. Pricing is in US Dollars, a short ride a mile or so should be $1 to $2 max. A longer rental for touring around should be $10 to $15 dollars for the day, 6 to 8 hours. Many drivers will try to get more but you really should not pay it. Paying more will in fact result in not getting as good of tour. If you are really happy with the driver give him a tip at the end. Also if you stop for lunch you should offer lunch to the driver. The food is wonderful in Cambodia and very cheap. Even in Phnom Penh in December (Most Expensive In Country) my wife and I would eat full meals for under $15 dollars total. Boutum Sakor National Park is to far away in my opinion it will take 2 1/2 hours by car each way. Ream National Park is about 18 KM 12 miles away, it will take about a hour to get to it, that is a option. The country side is well worth seeing.
  4. I'm in SE Asia (Philippines) and getting information local information. A couple of cruise ships have tried to make port calls here from China and not allowed into the ports. The national air carrier and several other regional airlines have stopped flying to Mainland China. I flew from Singapore on January 21st and already several red flags raised but very little really done. Base upon what I have seen thousands of people have traveled through the area already, many before the outbreak was known. China is building new hospital in record breaking time, 10 days from ground breaking to open for the sick. The WHO believes it will take until May for this to peak. So it will affected all travel in SE Asia, air & cruise. I already have rebooked my flight to Los Angeles for a April Cruise. Was traveling through China, now will go direct Manila to LAX. The next month will be very telling.
  5. The prices being quoted at the port are Falang pricing. More than double what they should be. I still have some Real Estate interest in Pattaya (30 minutes south of the port). So I make a coupler of trips a year to the area. The Pattaya to Bangkok prices offered by many taxi car services are much lower than what has been post. If I was coming to the port I would setup a car from Pattaya. The costs Pattaya to Bangkok should be about 1300 Thai Baht ( about USD$42 dollars) and the same or even a little less for a port pickup. And really no reason to keep the taxi all day, very easy to get a taxi in Bangkok for the return trip. One sevice I have used is https://pttaxiservice.com/ out of Pattaya.
  6. You need to understand that while the daily menus may change. The overall stock of food and supplies takes much longer. Having talked to mangers and done Ship Tours, I was told that they order the food and supplies for the ships 6 to 8 months in advance. This does not count local fresh items, like fruits and vegetables. The restocking of the ships is set this far out. The same beef used in Miami is used in Australia. So product has to be order and placed into shipping containers and then shipped around the world to many ports for restocking. Therefore it does not seem possible to change menus based on comment cards. The amount of port, beef, chicken, etc that will be on the ship is preset almost a year before the sailing of your cruise. It is really a whole separate business keeping Princess ships stocked for the guests. With changes needed to be made a year or more in advance from the Corporate level to the ships cruises. The menus are also adjusted for seasons and the market the ship is sailing in. The number of whole turkeys on ships for a Thanksgiving or Christmas cruise is very different than a July 4 cruise. A item can be change on the menu IE one chicken dish for another, but they cannot say stop chicken and switch to beef.
  7. PRINCESS CRUISES CAPTAINS LIST: as of 02/01/2020 Dates include specific sailing dates or end dates unless not specifically deduced. CHANGES SUMMARY: SHIP CAPTAIN Caribbean Princess Marco Fortezze (as of 11/6/2019 sailing) Coral Princess Dariusz Balana (as of 10/18/2019 sailing) Todd McBain (returns this winter before last Antarctica cruise) Crown Princess Domenico Lubrano Lavadera (until at least 2/2020) Diamond Princess Gennaro Arma (as of 9/2019) Emerald Princess Martin Stenzel (confirmed through 4-29-20) Enchanted Princess Nick Nash and Gennaro Arma (beginning 6/2020) Golden Princess Aldo Traverso (as of 9/25/2019 sailing) Grand Princess John Harry Smith (as of 10/13/2019 sailing) Island Princess David Galloway (as of 10/17/2019 sailing) Majestic Princess Dino Sagani (contract began 10/18/2019 sailing) Pacific Princess Andrea Spinardi (as of 11/11/2019 sailing) Regal Princess Fabrizio Maresca (until 2/2020) Tim Stringer (returns 2/2020) Royal Princess Tony Draper (as of 10/26/2019 sailing) Ruby Princess Steven Lewis (as of 11/22/2019 sailing) Sapphire Princess Paolo Ravera (as of 10/19/2019 sailing) Paul Slight (as of January 1, 2020) Sea Princess Tony Ruggero (as of 11/3/2019 sailing) Sky Princess Heikki Laakkonen (until 12/7/2019) and Michele Tuvo (officially 12/7/2019 [source] // unofficially 11/21/2019) Star Princess Mariano Manfuso (as of 11/4/2019 sailing) Sun Princess William (Bill) Kent (as of 10/17/2019 sailing) TO UPDATE THIS LIST: DO NOT push the "Quote" button. It creates a copy that the next person cannot properly update. DO select and copy ALL of the text, including the above headings AND these instructions, from the most up-to-date list (the most recent reply with the list).  Go to the bottom of the latest post, to the "Post a Reply" box. Paste your copied text into that box. Make your modifications to the list. Click the "Submit Reply" button just below the list you are modifying. Confirm that everything is correct! You can edit for up to 20 minutes.
  8. Have used Phamtours.com for this port. Because it is a cargo port and nothing here, no taxis, stores, phones, etc, it is about 8 KM to the closest town. HCMC is about 90 minutes away, so you really need a tour pre booked if you plan to go to HCMC. Pham offer a complete tour including Driver & Guide, all admissions, Lunch, Tri-Shaw rides, Rex Hotel rooftop coffee stop, War Museum, Local History, Shopping. At $60 per person, no deposits required it is a great tour. Email for Pham phamtoursvietnam@gmail.com
  9. The cruise line association issued the following: "Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) pledged that its members will deny boarding to anyone who has traveled through mainland China in the past two weeks, in addition to other precautions." https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/01/31/cruise-ships-deny-boarding-anyone-who-has-been-china-recently/4622855002/
  10. Have done Nha Trang as a port stop 5 times in the last two years. It is a very nice port for several reasons. 1) Walk out of the port and you are in the business area, taxis, tours etc, and many business at the port. 2) Really nice beaches a short walk or taxi ride away. 3) Many things to see around the city and just outside of it. 4) Great Waterfalls, springs and private baths and spas are all around. 5) Lots of local history and easy to get around 6) A nice Fishing Village and several interesting temples. 7) Private Resort Island with it own Sky Tram is close to the cruise port. 😎 Great Shopping for not only low cost items but high quality art About visas: Princess charges $56.00 to process a visa on the ship. It is much cheaper to apply online for your own e-visa at $25.00 dollars. Takes about three days you will find many agencies who will process visas but I would only recommend going through the official Vietnam Government site. https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/trang-chu-ttdt note the gov.vn in the web address only the Government of Vietnam can use this, many claim to be official, approved, etc, all the others are agents. Tours: You can book with the cruise line but it is costly, and bigger buses, or you can just walk out and hire one of the waiting drivers. I would recommend using a official license tour company. With insurance, bonded, and real guides. We have done many tours with Phamtours.com email phamtoursvietnam@gmail.com Dung Pham is a very good operator and provides many different complete tours. His very popular all day cruise tour ship tour is Only $60.00 includes, a complete tour with several stops, a riverboat tour, a great lunch, drinks, and a English speaking guide with you from start to finish. Also small tour size limited to 10 guests, he may have several tours running from the ship but keeps each group small with its own van, driver and guide. A great way to see Nha Trang
  11. Yes I know what it says but they advertise and promote without saying that. Also when we purchase cruises on the US Site and it say $300 OBC, we pay for the cruise in USD but they then do conversion at 1 to 1 which costs use 40%. It is stealing and boarders on Fraud. No full disclosures, But when the benefits go the other way they don't do 1 to 1, for Euros and GBP they do not do 1 for 1 it is just dishonest.
  12. The OBC are done 1 to 1 for everything but cash for casino, that they will give you a conversation rate for. But owners shares, future cruise etc, Princess STEALS FROM THE GUEST WITH 1 to 1.
  13. Expat Cruise

    Vietnam Visa

    Over 15% of the Philippines working class is now working outside of the country. So again stop trying to apply your standards to these workers. The simple truth is for every cruise job, 100 to 150 workers ready to take the job. 7 to 9 months on a cruise ship is luxury when compared to two years in places like Doha, working 30 days out of a 31 day month. OR in the UAE were they have no rights and treated like dogs. On my current cruise I have spoken to several crew members from the Philippines who have over 17 years with Princess.... if these jobs were bad they would not sign contract after contract. If some members here want to tip, go ahead and tip but do not try to say you can tell others what to do and how to think. Sorry these fees only help the company and not the crew.
  14. With these offers you really do not have time to debate and post here. You need to take the offer or not take the offer as soon as you get it. Princess is making lots of calls and offers and it is only valid until someone else says yes to this offer.
  15. I think this case is in trouble. The lawyer is building a business around bedbugs.... that is fine and it could be a good business, maybe. The lawyer may know bedbugs, but now he is sailing into Admiralty Law which is under its own set of rules and how to do things. Kind of like asking a top ER Doctor to do a heart transplant.... He maybe a get doctor but it requires very special skills. My opinion is the lawyer is using this case to promote himself and get other business. He knows he cannot take on Carnival Corporation, with its hundreds of lawyers and billions and win....
  16. Expat Cruise

    Vietnam Visa

    No visa fits all scenarios, if you are traveling for business, working, staying longer than 30 days..... The e-visa is the best choice on a Princess Cruise for most passengers.
  17. Expat Cruise

    Vietnam Visa

    As you have already stated you have never used a e-visa. No issues getting off the ship, it is 100% a legal visa, in fact better than the group cruise visa issued on the ship. I have had over 20 e-visa, been into these ports on four different Princess Cruises using a e visa NEVER ANY ISSUES. Stop trying to scare people here with false information. E-Visas are the correct way to go.
  18. On the Sapphire in less than two days was told by a current guests he has a package. I will find out in about 36 hours.
  19. I'm sorry but the phone rep you are talking to is wrong., We are boarding the Sapphire Princess in two days from now. Only minutes listed on the website, but have already confirmed with a passenger on a back to back that they purchased a package. Lately Princess seems to be doing a lot of these mistakes...
  20. Expat Cruise

    Vietnam Visa

    Your entry port is Nha Trang and the exit port is HCMC Seaport. These are the two we have always used for your ports. You can can also use Vũng Tàu Port for Phu My, both HCMC Seaport & Vung Tau Seaport will work for the exit point. Also set the start date for the Visa you can use February 1 and it will be valid for entry anytime in the month.
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    Vietnam Visa

    yes first port in Vietnam and your last port in Vietnam what are they?
  22. Expat Cruise

    Vietnam Visa

    I'm sorry but this another case of Princess Cruises giving completely false information. First your Visas are between you and the host country not Princess Cruises, the host country says they are valid that is the end of debate. If Princess try to present your passport to Vietnam and says a on ship visa needs to be issue the agents will say no this passport holder already has a valid visa. This is nothing more than the corporate office no knowing or understanding what is going on. It may also involve the simple fact that if you use the ships service they make a extra $48 dollars profit per guest. Do the math lets say 1500 passengers ship visa services, that equals a extra $72,000 dollars in profit for doing nothing. No reason to do anything bring your e visa and tell Guest Service to use them. You have nothing to lose by doing so. Even if they were not valid you still can take the cruise and use the ships visa service....But e-visas are 100% valid and allowed under the rules set by Vietnam and Princess cannot change these rules....if they do they risk not being allowed into the country.
  23. Your port is over a hour and a half away from HCMC. You really should book a tour to see the city. You can self tour but the costs for transportation to and from HCMC will be more than a good independent tour. You will not find taxi, any phones, shops or anything at the port. It is a cargo terminal which is 8 KM away from the small town near it. You really need to set up transportation before getting to the port. Many cruise lines offer a free shuttle to the local town. You cannot even walk out of the port they provide a shuttle from the ship to the gate. We have done Phu My Port four times in the last two years. Highly recommend booking a tour through Pham Tours, it is only $60 per person, includes guide, and driver, lunch and the places you will want to see. Dung Pham has always provided great tours for us. Here is a link to his site http://phamtours.com. Our last trip in March our CC Roll Calol group had over 50 guests with his company everyone was happy.
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