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    St. Lucia, West Indies
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    Celebrity, Princess
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  1. Personally, I'd opt for a land trip, but if that's not doable, then a cruise is a great taster visit..you obviously won't see anywhere near as much, but then - you know that, so it's all good. As for whether it would go for Americans (or any others) in 16 months - who in the world could possibly know? The EU ban will be revised every two weeks - if the US gets their infection rates, etc under control (and probably when they also remove their ban on Schengen/UK travel ) then the EU/Schengen will almost certainly remove theirs.. it's not a permanent thing, at least not yet. If the US doesn't get it under control, or doesn't remove their ban, then all bets are off. If that's the cruise you want to do, out down your deposit and go for it. It's 16+ months away - the world will look very very different then, than it does now. And absolutely no one can predict what that may look like..
  2. Pretty sure thousands have stayed in said balcony cabin. Do you have specific questions about it? It's a standard Bella Balcony cabin. The interior will look like all the other regular balcony cabins aboard.. The balcony itself is an obstructed view due to metal railing covering part of the railing, instead of an all glass railing...
  3. Theres Jazz and piano players in Seaside Lounge Full band and a separate duo in Haven playing various dance music and for the theme parties, etc Usually a guitar soloist and a duo that plays in the atrium Garage Club with DJ for later night dance club. South Beach Bar also has DJ and after parties for the theme parties. Top Sail Lounge has pianist and violinist or vocalist. The theme parties are good fun - some bigger than others. White, 70/80s Flower Power, Neon, Cowboy/Western, Gatsby, etc. We never lacked for dancing or a party. Good fun!
  4. You're talking more than 8 months away. 8 months ago, could you have predicted you'd be in the situation you're in? Or asking the question you're asking? Absolutely not. No one did. It's unprecedented. There's absolutely no way to predict what things may or may not be like 8 full months from now. Or even one month from now. The Aruba (and other island) guidelines are for their phased opening - not set in stone for all time. And every island nation that's opening currently has different protocols. And none have released protocols dealing with cruising as none of us are open to cruise ships yet. It's a very fluid situation and protocols, etc are changing on an almost daily basis it seems.. All you can really do is monitor the situation. Princess won't sail to islands aren't that aren't open, or to those where the protocols are impossible to meet with a large ship. They'll either rearrange your itinerary to islands that are open for business, or cancel. You can only just keep an eye on things, pay attention to what the various islands are doing, and monitor the Princess site.
  5. There is an email address right on their website. Under Reservations, where you can either send a message via the form, or contact via email...or Facebook. WhatsApp using the phone numbers.
  6. Yes, there's numerous all-inclusives in St Lucia: Sandals, Royalton, Coconut Bay, St James Morgan Bay, Rendezvous, LeSport/BodyHoliday, etc. Yes, Cosol can arrange pick-up at a resort (depending on the resort, mainly those in the north), but it may be extra cost. Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the port and go from there. There's lots else to see and enjoy while here on a land trio, FWIW..
  7. Great choice. Deluxe balcony cabin, with small sofa sitting area, etc. And larger than standard balcony - that angle to the balcony makes it deeper than normal, meaning you can comfortably so out there, rather than being a bit tight.. also, no obstruction to speak of at all when looking straight out, no lifeboat covering the bottom portion of the balcony area, etc. And near midship stairs and elevators, for much easier access to the whole ship... It's a great choice.. PS: Cruise Ship Deck Plans for com (not sure I can post the actual address). Renmar's site .
  8. Nope. Suite perks are for those actually in the suites. If they let folks who didn't book the suite enjoy the same perks, what would be the point?
  9. Nope. No material difference between them. Same sizes, layouts, etc. The only "difference" would be in potential for a little more movement higher up, and closer proximity to either pool deck, etc with higher deck or promenade deck and atrium with lower deck. Also, Concierge Lounge is in Riviera deck, easier to walk up one flight of stairs and all the way aft to it than from Dolphin, if that matters to you (we found it an essentially useless perk - YMMV)..
  10. Interesting observation. For two of our four Seaside YC experiences, there were large groups of Americans, who essentially took over the YC areas with their sheer volume. Bar at the One Pool, bar in Top Sail, seating in Top Sail, etc. It was most definitely not a quiet or relaxing experience.. the other two Sailings had no large groups of any kind and were quite lovely.. I don't think the ethnicity of said groups makes a difference, at least not in our experiences in various lines, YC, etc - but rather the size, make-up and such.
  11. I sincerely hope you reported them immediately - and again every time you saw it - given the fire hazard and the littering, plus smoking outside a smoking area.
  12. 10:30 at the latest, barring some extremely unusual circumstances- in which case, you're not aboard having fun or anything. And out if cabin is 8am, with nothing open but breakfast till 9 or 9:30. There's nothing to stay aboard for.
  13. The cabins themselves at exactly the same. Premium simply denotes location. Some may be on Caribe deck, which have substantially larger balconies than other decks (9x9 versus 9x5). Some are aft facing, which is considered a premium location and have somewhat larger balconies. Midship is generally considered premium on most all decks. And so on. The interior of the cabin itself is exactly the same. It's just location.
  14. A Carnival Glory and Caribbean Princess ported in St Lucia yesterday and returned 219 nationals between them. Our returning nationals went straight into 14 quarantine. Both ships are making stops in various islands to return the nationals they have aboard, some of whom have been transferred from other ships over the last weeks. 8 others had been returned vis an NCL ship back on April 22 or so. They've since finished their quarantine and been released home. There's still about 2-300 or so aboard other ships right now, patiently (and it so patiently) waiting to get home, eventually. It's an unbelievable logistical nightmare trying to return crew to the numerous countries given the border closures, flight restrictions, etc. Most of my friends and family who've been aboard (or still are aboard) completely understand the situation - but they're sick to death of being in limbo and want to come home - understandably. And they all praise the various lines for doing what they've done so far for the crew - and would go back to work when things start up again...
  15. I'm going to presume you haven't actually read the info Princess has out out? It addresses many of your comments including buffet, santizing, menus, furniture, cleaning, screening and so on.. maybe give it a read? https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/coronavirus-update.html. The link to the PDF is there, 6-7 pages long with details, etc
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