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  1. This is the OP...thank you for sharing the correct answer and not just a guess. I was hoping that these weren't cameras but in this day and age you never know. Plus, I enjoy learning new things, so thanks again. 😊
  2. I'm Elite and was on the Ruby Christmas cruise from Ft Lauderdale too. When I first got to the port, everyone was in one giant line. After about 20 min a port worker walked down the line and told those of us who already had our medallion to follow him up to the doors to create a "green lane" line. But when the doors opened, both lines walked in together. After security, there was then a special line for Elite, Suite and Platinum to check in. Afterwards we were shown to the Elite, Suite and Platinum lounge. It was a nice room with refreshments. Eventually we were told that we could board and that we were the first passengers to go onboard. So, that seems like Priority Boarding to me even though it wasn't a special line right from the beginning like it used to be a number of years ago.
  3. I was on the cruise just before yours (Dec 20-30) and there was a good deal of coughing around the ship although much of it seemed to be from children...it was the Christmas cruise so lots of kids. Some people were wearing masks but those don't prevent catching or spreading a virus so the illness could have been left by some of our passengers for your sailing. Hope you're feeling better and have a good 2024.
  4. Those "things" were there pre-2020, but I don't remember seeing so many of them. Whatever they are, it felt kinda creepy since they looked like cameras. I didn't do anything weird on the balcony (lol) but was hoping no one was looking inside the cabin.
  5. Enjoyed all the various theories, although taking a guess instead of only answering if you know the facts seems to be the typical answer on CruiseCritic...😆
  6. I just got back from the Ruby, staying in a balcony cabin on the Caribe deck. I've seen these things on previous cruises, but this time I noticed that they're on every other balcony on many decks. They look like cameras that are watching the balconies. I'm hoping they're not, so I'm asking if anyone really knows what they are...no guesses please.
  7. Am on Ruby now...got envelopes at Guest Services desk.
  8. I was very pleasantly surprised with the indoor market stalls at the port of Limon! I mainly wanted coffee...especially certain brands that a friend from Costa Rica told me that locals drink. I found all the coffee brands for half the cost of good beans in the US! Got plenty. There were also 3 places, right inside the entrance, that did foot massages and other things for a reasonable price. I got a fabulous 30 min foot massage for $20! The best thing was that the many vendors were polite, not pushy, spoke English, took US dollars, were friendly and kind when I said "no" or I'd think about it!! Lots of passengers were buying...I think it might have been because there was no pressure. It was pretty hot and humid but there were fans and lots of places to sit and relax.
  9. On the Ruby now...that light only comes on when I walk into the closet area and goes off after I leave and nothings moving under it. Seems ok with me. If I blocked the sensor, it would be awfully dark there.
  10. I usually cruise with others, but I'm leaving on my 7th solo cruise shortly. I also have a balcony. Dining: unless I'm with other solos, I prefer to eat dinner in the buffet. I do eat breakfast or lunch occasionally in the MDR. Dress: I wear something nice, but not fancy, to dinner in the MDR. Solo meet: there are usually solo meet & greets nightly but unhosted and rarely have anyone there. Excursions: anyone can book excursions. Quiet areas: all ships have areas to read (or for me, knit) around the ship. Adagio, Skywalkers, Crooners, and seats in hallways/passageways.
  11. Yes, it's a bright royal blue with a divider...color came out looking navy blue on my camera. It's so sturdy...I think I got them on the world cruise.
  12. Is this the new or old blue bag? I have 2 of them and they're so durable, water proof and zip shut. This one is the bag I take to work with me.
  13. I've had different experiences each time but always have to get off the ship. Once it was a quick wait in the terminal and back on the ship, but usually I either walk or taxi into town (depending on the port) and return in a few hours. I research what to do in the port ahead of the cruise in order to maximize my time. But sometimes I just get back onboard and relax.
  14. I was just curious...I'm not bidding. I picked a great Caribe balcony cabin. Their upgrade price for a minisuite was over $1,000 and I definitely don't want a cabin in some location where I don't get to pick.
  15. Mine started in Illinois, went to Los Angeles and now has arrived in a large city near me back in the Midwest! 😆 Supposed to be here tomorrow or Tuesday...we'll see!
  16. I'm curious...I booked a cruise about 3 weeks ago and it leaves in 10 days. I chose my cabin but within a couple days the sailing had been listed as "sold out." Since then I've received 3 emails to bid on an upgrade (they offered 3 categories), but how can they have cabins available for upgrade if the ship is full?
  17. If they did this to me, it would be the last time I'd be booking on this cruiseline.
  18. I've seen and read passenger stories that they were not contacted but were "upgraded" to a location they didn't want. Personally, I was offered an upsell (pre-pandemic) by email and I took it. But if I marked my booking as No Upgrade, I would be furious if they did it anyway.
  19. Does Princess have a policy of doing "auto upgrades?" If so, how do you go about opting-out?
  20. A few days ago I sent an email to hello@stockperks.com with my name, email address, date of cruise, booking number, and attached my redacted proof of Carnival stock. The next day they emailed me that they submitted it to Princess. The following day the OBC was in my account!
  21. I was frustrated trying to use the app so 2 days ago I sent an email to that address and yesterday they advised me that it had been submitted to Princess...today I was approved!! That was quick and easy. 😄
  22. Oh good...I'll be on the Ruby this Christmas!
  23. For those who have sailed over Christmas, did they show any of the common Christmas movies on the cabin tv or on MUTS? Also, what special activities or foods did they have? TIA.
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