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  1. Just got confirmation of this rule from Princess. I asked to cancel. I will lose the entire cruise cost. I am putting in a formal complaint to Princess about this. This will significantly impact on my cruise experience and so I want to be able to cancel without penalty. They have so far said no. I will be pursuing this right up to departure and if I can't cancel without penalty then I will be taking it up with Guest Services and the senior officers on board. I feel conned by Princess. If they don't make this right... either by changing the rule (not likely) or by at least giving me FCC then I will never cruise Princess again. Even if they don't and I have to cruise then I will be staying in my room and not using the bars. What a waste of £5000 that would be.
  2. Sad to hear about people catching covid. IMO lateral flow testing should be done at very regular intervals on any cruise... at least every 2-3 days. Covid can test positive in 3 days after contact so why aren't the cruise lines taking this seriously? To test before and then not again until disembarkation is not adequate to catch infections and stop transmission.
  3. Perhaps it is... many of those so called "perks" are in all cabins... refrigerator, TV, hairdryer, safe etc... so they aren't perks of the mini-suites... just things that are available. Thanks... I think I have misread the details and I get it now 🙂
  4. This is from the PDF on Club Class Mini-Suites... PLUS all the comforts of our standard Mini-Suites • Princess Luxury Bed • Welcome glass of champagne • Complimentary fresh fruit upon request • Separate seating area with a sofabed • Balcony with patio furniture • Spacious closet • Two flat-panel televisions • Private bathroom with combination tub and shower^ • Massage showerhead • 100% cotton luxury towels • Luxurious Jacquard-woven cotton linens • Plush European style duvets • Feather and non-allergenic pillows • Conditioning shampoo, shower gel, lotion • Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk • 110-volt, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings • Evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow • Twice daily housekeeping service https://www.princess.com/downloads/pdf/ships/club-class/ClubClass-eFlyer.pdf
  5. If fruit is so readily available as is suggested how can it be considered a perk of the mini suite?
  6. LOL! It is meant to be delivered to the room as a perk of a mini-suite so why would I want to do that 😮
  7. Sure... thanks... that is what I have seen on the Princess web site... my question though... is it actually available? A lot of little perks like these have been stopped because of covid.
  8. I am on the cruise after yours I think (depart 22nd October). They seem to be increasing capacity on each sailing so I would expect ours to sail at about 2500.
  9. Rules are good. They protect us all when we don't necessarily know we need protection. But the sip and cover rules is not going to protect anyone any appreciable amount as far as I can see. I am on Sky next week for 14N... I have decided that I will follow the sip and cover rule when it makes sense... if I am in a crowded bar and there is little space between us then it makes sense to wear masks no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient it is. I can always choose to go somewhere less crowded if I don't like it. But if I have space around me and I don't consider it any risk then I will not be sipping and covering. I feel very uncomfortable not complying but not because I feel I would be increase the covid risk but because I don't like breaking rules. I am the kind of person that always follows rules and it is alien for me to not do so. But on this occasion I will make an exception. I am not having my cruise ruined (it would ruin the cruise for me because I spend a lot of time in the bars!) because of some arbitrary rule that has nothing to support it. I guess this is a result of the increased capacity. I suspect that they need to increase capacity for financial reasons and so felt that have to do something to counteract the increased risk. The thing is that I am convinced this new rule will not actually reduce the risk by any appreciable amount. I am not sure how the crew will handle those that don't comply... we will see.
  10. This is really difficult for me because basically I follow rules. I am generally not one to rebel or to push things to the limit except when I feel it necessary. On this occasion I want to comply simply because it is a rule and I should follow the rules but I am struggling to justify this one. I would like to see the justification. Are cruises of over 10 nights getting many more breakthrough cases? I have not seen any statistics to suggest that anywhere. If they have no evidence, and are not prepared to make that evidence open to public scrutiny, then it is just an arbitrary rules and I am not inclined to comply. I am a huge supporter of masks and totally comply normally so don't think I am a mask basher. I strongly believe that they do help to prevent the spread of covid and so I am a supporter of masks when it makes sense. But sip and cover simply does not make sense. So, wearing a mask when moving around? yes, of course. But I am dead against wearing masks when seated in a bar, with excellent aircon. This rule was sprung on us a week before our cruise... that is just not fair. We took a 4 night cruise in September to see if we could cruise with the mask rules. We decided it was OK because when seated with a drink we could remove the mask. So we booked a longer cruise and this happens. We would have book a shorter cruise if we had known.
  11. We noticed that fresh fruit is meant to be available on request when in mini-suites... is this still available or has it gone due to covid? Do you also get champagne to welcome you on board? Sailing next week on Sky from Southampton.
  12. We are on Sky Princess next week. As I understand it, in the UK there is still no service at the bar... all table service only. Can anyone confirm this please. Also, I wonder when bar service will be reinstated... I hope that this doesn't become one of the changes that become permanent 😞
  13. These are the rules as I understand them: A day 2 test does not need to be booked if you are travelling directly from your arrival airport to the port for embarkation (less than 24hrs). You say "in transit" on the PLF. However, if you are in the UK more than 24 hrs prior to the cruise departure then you must book and pay for a day 2 test... you are then not in transit and you put your test booking reference on the PLF. Should the ship sail as expected you will not need to actually take the test even though you paid for it. If it turns out you are still in the UK on day 2 (arrival day is day 0) then you must take the test. I think this is grossly unfair but that is the requirement as it stands as I understand it. The same rules apply for when you return to the UK after the cruise... Submit a PLF 48hrs prior to sailing... if in transit (less than 24hrs and direct travel to airport) then no day 2 test required... if in UK more than 24hrs between arriving back on the cruise and your flight home then book and pay for a day 2 test but only take the test if still in the UK on day 2 (arrival in country is day 0). See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-air-travel-guidance-for-passengers#transiting-through-england
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