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  1. Everyone has already given good advice on using Princess tours vs private. My only other comment is by waiting until a few weeks prior to your cruise you may find many of the excursions are sold out. Also by waiting you run the risk of paying more than if you had booked in advance. When we know there is a tour we want, we book it as soon as it's available. Most shore excursions, in my experience anyway, are available 6 months or more in advance. Excursions for our Sept 2020 cruise have been open for months, so about 1.5 years in advance. And yes, I have booked several already. We are normally very independent, but on some itineraries it's worth it for peace of mind to use Princess tours. I also like to do plenty of research on each port and know in advance what we want to do. We've done some outdoor/off-road/adventure type tours for which we took appropriate clothing and gear. I can't imagine getting off a ship, wandering around looking for something to do wasting valuable time, then settling for whatever was available. But that's just me.
  2. Do they still offer the $99 deal? I haven't read any reports of that deal in last couple years, and thought they had done away with it. I've been looking regularly on my 2 upcoming cruises and only have seen the $249 price.
  3. We've been cruising with the same small metal key-chain bottle opener for 15+ years, so not really concerned about that!
  4. We keep a small bottle opener in our travel bag. It's meant to fit on a key chain so it's about 2 inches -- very portable. Never had a problem asking bartender to leave the caps on.
  5. Same here! I do this every day up until the cutoff date. Quick and easy, and sometimes results in $$ savings.
  6. We try to book under the Sip and Sail promo and would not typically pay for the drink package. We grab bottles of beer and bottles of water while we're out walking around the ship during the day, and put them in our fridge. That way we always have some cold beers for balcony sail-away, and bottles of water to take ashore or to consume during the evening. I personally would never buy a bucket of beer or any other drink if I had the drink package. We've never had trouble taking drinks back to our cabin to consume later, and having the fridge in the room makes it easy.
  7. Yes, that's how the AARP Rewards program works.
  8. As someone up-thread noted, right now they don't have Princess gift cards available, just Carnival. They are re-launching their Rewards program so hopefully they will be adding more redemption offers. Right now what I see on their website is underwhelming. Having said that, we find the $16 a year more than worthwhile for the other benefits.
  9. Good advice about not throwing away the cards -- thanks! I too am hoping AARP gets more Princess gift cards. I looked last night on their 'new' rewards page and wasn't impressed with the offers they have so far.
  10. Happy to help! I am a planner too and like to have as much info as possible in advance 🙂
  11. Yesterday I had my TA apply 3 cards worth $1,500 towards our upcoming cruise. Very easy, no problems!
  12. Under the new website excursion page format you can still find the detailed info. Open up the specific excursion, and there are two tabs in the middle of the black band: one says 'overview' and one says 'excursion details'. The 'excursion details' tab shows restroom availability, travel time, etc. and all the info that used to be on the left side of the screen.
  13. Mine took about 6 days and required a signature at delivery. They were delivered by UPS.
  14. Terms and conditions per Princess website: Terms & Conditions Introduction Princess® offers closed loop prepaid cards (“Gift Cards”) for purchase. This document contains the full set of terms of use governing your use of the Gift Card. As used below, the term “Standard Gift Card” means a Gift Card purchased by a customer, and the term “Promotional Gift Card” means a Gift Card that is provided without charge as a part of a marketing, sales, booking or similar promotion or loyalty program. We recommend that you read this document carefully before using the Gift Card. If you have any questions or would like more information about your Gift Card, you can call us toll free at the number below. General Description Standard Gift Cards have no expiration date. Promotional Gift Cards may carry an expiration date which will be printed on the Promotional Gift Card. Gift Cards do not incur any dormancy fees for non-use. Gift Cards are not credit, debit, or charge cards, and have no implied warranties. Princess® does not accept responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen Gift Cards, or any unauthorized use of Gift Cards. Gift Cards have no value until activated at time of purchase, and Gift Cards will not be activated until payment is verified. Gift Cards will be activated when delivered, and will be active upon receipt by the customer. Gift Cards cannot be reloaded, meaning funds may not be added to Gift Cards after activation. Once activated, Gift Cards may not be resold; resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure and cancellation of the Gift Card without compensation. Gift Cards are not refundable or redeemable for cash, except where required by law. Princess® may refuse, cancel or hold for review Gift Cards and Gift Card orders in cases where it suspects fraud, mistake, alteration, issuance in an incorrect denomination, or violations of law, policies or these Terms and Conditions. Gift Cards are issued by Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd. Princess® and the issuer reserve the right, and holders or purchasers of a Gift Card agree that, Princess® and the issuer may at any time change these Terms and Conditions, as permitted by law. These Terms and Conditions and all matters arising out of or relating to the Gift Cards, except as governed by federal law, will be governed by the laws of the State of Florida without giving effect to any choice of law rule. Redeeming Gift Cards Gift Cards are only redeemable for purchases onboard Princess’® ships or applied as payment to a Princess® booking. Gift Cards may be redeemed for or on any cruise sold or operated by Princess®. If the Gift Card is redeemed on a Princess® ship where the onboard currency is not based in US Dollars, then the amount of the Gift Card will be converted to the shipboard currency at the foreign exchange rate posted at the Passenger Services Desk. The price of each transaction paid for by the Gift Card will be debited against the balance or value on the Gift Card. If the price for a transaction is greater than the balance or value on the Gift Card, the purchaser must pay the difference. If the price for a transaction is less than the balance or value on the Gift Card, the unused portion will remain on the Gift Card until it is redeemed and the value of the Gift Card is decreased to zero, at which time the Gift Card will be deactivated. Gift Cards will not be accepted if the Gift Card number is invalid, the value on the Gift Card is zero, the Gift Card has not been activated, or Gift Card cannot be found within the Princess® Gift Card system. Additional Information Customers may contact Princess® with questions or for help with their Gift Cards at giftcardsupport@princesscruises.com. Princess Gift Card support agents are also available by phone at 1-855-426-0168. Holders of a Gift Card may check the balance of the Gift Card by visiting www.Princess.com/giftcard or by calling 1-855-426-0168.
  15. I looked for our Regal January cruise too and there will be 17,000 pax arriving in St Thomas and I thought that was bad! That's why we locked in a shore excursion because I didn't want to be wandering around looking for a piece of beach with 17,000 other pax 🙂
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