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  1. I've got an 18 day Majestic Princess cruise coming up this fall so I'm wondering if they gave a reason why. Did they also eliminate the elite laundry benefit? Or just the same day laundry?
  2. Just got back to SF from a downunder cruise. Loyalty also was in Au$. ($25 = $25) however OBC gifted by my PVP converted properly ($25 = $36).
  3. Thanks for input! I currently only do 1.5-2 miles at a stretch and prefer to keep individual legs under 3 miles. Still cannot do a 10k but eventually I'll get back there. Running is no longer possible. Also stairs are an issue after 'that' injury. But I can wear a compression wrap if nec Thank you everyone for the input: Vancouver: Mobi Bikes northern entrance of Stanley Park Gastown Sun Yat-Sen Garden Victoria: Ogden Point to Inner Harbour https://www.rogerschocolates.com/ 🙂
  4. Thank you! I'm saving this as I have 1 booked under lowest refundable price no perks. It's actually cheaper for me to just add them on as a solo
  5. I'm on the Pacific Northwest Coast cruise out of SF on March 29th. I don't have a lot of OBC and I've been here b4. Hoping for local input With that in mind and the fact that I need to walk more, what are my top 5's? I've seen Butchart Gardens and Capilano Bridge (must do's IMHO for any going there 1st time). Usually take the shuttle to town in Victoria but thinking of walking there (google shows St Lawrence St as walkable, is it?). Can I actually walk to Stanley Park in Vancouver? Are lime bikes common there if I'm pushing it? WWYD?
  6. I lost the link to the website showing that and cannot find it in bc this thread. Do you have it?
  7. Got it on the Enchanted TA but not the Majestic yet. Guess I'll trade the minibar for a bottle to bring home as I'll NEVER exceed daily limits (however gratuities + 2 glasses a day + latte exceeds $30 day) And it was cheaper to just add on 🤑
  8. I'm on the Pcific Northwest Coast cruise out of SF on March 29th. I don't have a lot of OBC and I've been here b4. With that in mind and the fact that I need to walk more, what are my top 5's? Seen Butchart Gardens and Capilano Bridge (must do's IMHO for any going there 1st time). Usually take the shuttle to town in Victoria but thinking of walking there (google shows St Lawrence St as walkable?). Can I actually walk to Stanley Park in Vancouver? Are lime bikes common there if I'm pushing it? WWYD?
  9. Following bc as another solo. Often promos don't make financial sense for me
  10. From what I've tried to learn online is that Hong Kong does not require a visa for a 72 hr stay (maybe longer but I'll only be there for 72 hrs on a different earlier trip) Getting a visa. Rather be safe then sorry
  11. 😶 So what DO you use at home? Sugar cubes?????
  12. This varies as you can well suspect. Things on the Au-NZ Golden Princess that others found 'missing' on other itineraries: - Bar soap - Mini tubes of hand lotion - Barrel chair & round table - Notepaper & pen - Chocolate covered strawberries on CC Night - Walking out of Elite wine tasting with a full glass of whichever one I wanted. Picked the NZ Sauvignon Blanc I would have preferred missing CC Night. Squeezed everyone into Vista Lounge. Prefer separating PES and Ruby Golds. Less crowded
  13. Agreed. I get a lot of OBC even with a basic fare. And I don't need / want PBP. Just give me the best refundable fare + shareholder OBC + loyalty OBC + FCC + elite benefits. That's what she couldn't understand. If I wasn't paying corkage it might've made sense (free gratuities + PBP + Internet). Waiting to see if PVP can add with this fare or if this as good as it gets 🤑
  14. I'm a solo in balconies. Maybe she feels sorry that I'm assessed a solo penalty? I used to just get a coupon book (useless for solos) but this year I've been getting dinners & either $25 or $60 OBC. And that $25 was for the 1 cruise I didn't book thru her. Chris, looking for your email. I've got it somewhere or will get back to that East Coast cruise ..... think it's there
  15. I had 45 minutes of a frustrating call. I wanted it under 'best price ever' fare but my PVP support person wanted me to choose 'BEST.SALE.EVER' fare which just happened to be $750 more. Yup. The gratuities are $261 and I prefer my wine. Not using up $490 on internet (I log on / download / log off / respond / log on to send / log off) which typically runs me 1-2 minutes each time. And I cannot imagine what $490 corkage fees would represent (it's just 18 days so I'll bring 3 bottles on and buy less than a glass a day) 45 minutes of tying up their time. I'm off today And my PVP always comps me a dinner & excursion OBC.
  16. Yeah .... I missed this 1st time around. That's part 1 of the cruise. Part 2 is similar but different Japanese ports. I fly into and back from San Francisco. Will probably pick another cruise but visiting the consulate 1st. If anything like Russian Consulate then DEFINITELY a different itinerary A= USA B= Japan then Shanghai C= return to Japan D= USA
  17. Drop back 10 and punt: Would you do: 1. B2B on Sapphire Princess in & out of Shanghai to Japan (been to Japan b4) 16 days Chinese immersion experience 2. Hong Kong to Sydney (also Vietnam, Singapore [was there in 2018], northern Au) on Majestic Princess 18 days (cheaper) As you can see I'm vacillating but now leaning towards #2. Gonna drive my PVP nuts
  18. I did! And glad I did. He was fantastic. I paid in A$ directly to him bc I still had some left over from Melbourne. Stops were enough and the option to stay in town was nice (I didn't). There's also the option of adding on a 2nd tour for another NZ$20 which is a nature / coast drive. (I didn't, maybe should've). There are also a number of options in the terminal and you can pay for all of them there.
  19. I'm deciding between 2 return NS flight at 12:30 and 23:45 disembarkation day in Shanghai. It gets more complicated bc it's on the 2nd half of a B2B just visiting Japan (only 1 country other than China). I'm confused: 1. Do I need a visa 2. Is there a looong disembarkation tour on Princess cruises 3. Should I run into the consulate? Would take all afternoon
  20. Is this correct or should I go to the consulate? (Its just in the city): JUNE 3: Arrive in Shanghai 11am sail 5pm (6 hrs) JUNE 11: B2B arrive in Shanghai 7am, sail 5pm (10 hrs) JUNE 19: disembark in Shanghai & fly out @ noon same day (5 hrs) Do I need a visa? I'm in Shanghai less than 24 total hours
  21. Yes but not sure how that works with Visa reqs as it 'might' be covered under 'in transit' rules but maybe I should get the multiple entry one 'in case'. I'm thinking maybe I should just go into the consulate. Maybe take drive out to the beach in SF and stop off there. I have the worst luck with consulates but this might be one time to make a trip in
  22. Just booked my 1st B2B! Looking for ideas on what to do on a late flight out of Shanghai. Preferred flight is 23:45. NS to SFO. Earlier flights are dbl that one but may be worth it if the alternative is to sit in a (boring) airport all day. If Shanghai is like Singapore I could easily be amused there though. I was surprised that the savings on a B2B were somewhat significant (>15%) and thinking of a ship shore excursions on turn-around day. I suggested that it be eligible for an upgrade (OV now but PVP says it's just a bar down the side of my window)
  23. Pricing still not available. I have no problem getting on the site
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