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  1. I purchased two king size Princess feather pillows along with the Princess pillow cases about a year ago and they are the best pillows I have ever slept on. Not that crazy for the pillow cases as they are not very soft to the touch.
  2. I booked my flights the other day through Princess EZ-Air and did have to pay for them upfront. Went forward with the air booking because I don't think I could beat $300/pp R/T PVD to LAX with one stop in CLT and the flight times were perfect coming and going.
  3. Our cabin is A734 on the Royal Princess. I know about the soot having sailed in the past in an aft balcony on the NCL Breakaway, but will trade the soot for the aft views. :) With regards to getting the suite, let's just say I already paid for it on my last cruise on the Sky Princess if you know what I mean.
  4. I was offered from Princess for several sailings in 2021 an aft penthouse suite, $1000 free play, paid gratuities, wi-fi, and drink package. Chose a 3/2021 LA R/T CA coastal cruise on the Royal Princess.
  5. I too got the offer and was pleasantly surprised I was offered a suite. 🙂 In addition to the suite got $1000 free play, Princess Plus with drinks, wi-fi & gratuities. Booked an S3 aft penthouse suite on the Royal for the 3/13/21 CA Coastal R/T LA sailing. Our cost for this was $200/pp plus the $100/pp deposit which we get back in OBC. We made Elite on our Sky cruise this past February so it will be nice to have the Elite perks in addition to what the Casino offered with this booking. I waited a few days before booking this cruise and had no trouble getting through to book.
  6. This past Sunday I returned from a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on the Sky Princess and did not notice any different vibe on this ship compared to previous cruises. What I did notice was that open space cleaning seemed to be meticulous and continuous, and in the buffet once guests finished eating their tables were cleaned off immediately. So I think the crew did a great job keeping the ship clean and sanitized as possible. What did and does concern me more than taking a cruise is mode of travel to and from a cruise. And for us unless a cruise leaves from NYC or Boston our mode of travel would be air. That being said, at this point don't think I would book a cruise that would involve a lengthy flight out of the country which would place me in very close quarters with so many others which certainly enhances the risk of contraction of any infectious respiratory disease.
  7. I have been on 8 Princess cruises since 2004 and will be sailing on my 9th on the Sky the cruise prior to yours and have worn a more dressy capri on each of my cruises and a few pairs are packed for this one and have never been turned away from the dining room.
  8. I too enjoyed the pup photo and a fellow golden lover and the course of 20 years was owned by three and my 1st was also named Bailey. Number 2 was Duffy and number 3 was Kelly.
  9. I am an R.N. of 42 years and the 1st 20 of those years was an ER nurse. Last year while on the Crown Princess waiting for a spa treatment got chatting with the ship's physician who happened to be in the spa when I was waiting for my massage. This physician was actually a general surgeon who had a practice in AZ and arranged to take two months off from his practice during the winter to work on the ship. He told me the ship's infirmary is very equipped to handle most emergencies, but the goal is always stabilization then transfer to the nearest hospital. That being said, even if your husband has a bout of rapid A-Fib and rate can be lowered with medication, the ship's physician will more than likely require him to be transferred to a hospital at the next port for further evaluation and treatment. And the expense for that treatment and return home expenses will be the responsibility of your husband. So be sure you have the necessary insurance coverage to handle these types of emergency medical needs along with a few credit cards in the event that the hospital where your husband may be taken to wants some upfront payment. Unlike most hospital ERs in the US that are bound by EMTALA laws which pretty much means they are obligated to treat 1st in an emergency situation and seek payment later, foreign countries may have very different laws regarding extending emergency care so it is best to be prepared in advance. Also, be sure your husband carries on him at all times the progress note from his most recent cardiologist's visit that he had prior to leaving for the cruise. That progress note will contain pertinent medical history, current medications, and allergies which is extremely helpful in expediting his care at a facility that does not have the ability to access his medical records via an online patient portal.
  10. I used to get more NCL cruise comp offers balcony or above than I could possibly accept. My last cruise comp from NCL was a Haven Spa Suite on the Epic for a 10 day Italy coastal cruise two years ago, and as luck would have it hit a $7,500 jackpot on that cruise and since completing that cruise have not heard from CAS with any offers despite playing a good chunk of that jackpot back. After not sailing with Princess for a number of years out of the blue last year I got a balcony comp offer from them for multiple cruises and used it for a 10 day southern Caribbean cruise this past January on the Crown Princess. Played on the cruise equal to what I played on NCL and on return home the comp offers started coming in along with some of those cruises extending free play $$ which I never got with NCL. I took the offer for a balcony comp for a 7 day western Caribbean cruise on the yet to be completed Sky Princess balcony for next February and this comp offer included $1,000 in free play. Sunseeker 810, might be time for you to check out other cruise lines.
  11. I had to same thing happen to me on my Crown Princess cruise this past January and eventually the cruise came up paid in full. I have another casino comp booked on the Sky for next February, and already booked and paid for our excursions and the $100 deposit/OBC was deducted from the cost which was nice that we did not have to wait until the cruise to use this OBC.
  12. So if I were to put my cruise card into a slot machine, then put in the pin, and then enter $50 for example to be down loaded into the machine out of my $1,000 of free play, and say after playing $10 of the $50 of downloaded free play I hit $200 on a bonus spin, can I cash that $200 out which would leave $40 of free play in the machine along with the $900 of free play still on my card that was not downloaded ? Is this right ??
  13. I recently received a balcony cabin comp offer from Princess which I used it to book a Sky Princess cruise for next February. Since I usually sail with NCL and get the cabin comps from them but never free play, that being said I have no clue how Princess or cruise free play in general works. Do the casino give you a voucher for the free play like land casinos do or is the free play loaded somehow on your cruise card ?
  14. I have been an R.N. going on 41 years and the last 20 of those years working as a triage nurse at a VA primary care clinic so I am going to try to give you some professional practical recommendations regarding your concerns. The common cold is a viral upper respiratory infection which is spread by droplet aerosolization which means infected droplets of respiratory secretions through the mechanisms of coughing, sneezing, and not fully contained nose blowing by an infected individual enter the air as droplets which can then enter your respiratory tract if you breath these droplets in. If your immune system is not up to snuff and not able to destroy these invading viruses then you too can contract the same respiratory virus contained in the droplets. Outside of the body these respiratory viruses do not have a long life while floating in the air or landing on surfaces because they need the food source of a human host to remain alive and active. So, wearing gloves offers little help in protection from these type of viruses because if the infected droplets land on your gloved hand and you touch your face around your nose and mouth those droplets are still on the gloves and can enter either orifice and can still infect. This is why frequent hand washing and face washing and use of hand sanitizer and facial wipes offers greater protection because you are removing frequently the infected droplets that may have landed on your hands and face. And for those who choose to use protective masks they too need to be changed frequently because once they become moist from your own secretions their protective barrier becomes less and less effective the moister the mask gets. Noro Virus, Salmonella, E Coli, etc. are gastrointestional infections which mechanism of contraction is the fecal oral route. Transmission of these gastrointestional illnesses can happen in several ways. Most often on cruise ships those who have these infections that produce infected diarrhea and vomitus do not adequately wash their hands after having a bout of diarrhea and vomiting then go on to touch surfaces which can include food serving utensils along with food in the buffet. Then the next person comes along and uses that contaminated utensil or goes on to ingest the food that has been touched by the infected individual and this is the most common mechanism of how these GI infections spread. The same can happen when an infected individual prepares food in an unsanitary manner. Although not as frequent, infected diarrhea particles can remain in the water of public bathroom toilets, and the next individual who uses that toilet through their flushing those infected particles can aerosolize in the air and enter one's mouth and go on to cause infection. This is one of the reasons why when there is a Noro outbreak on a ship it is recommended to try to not use the public restrooms. So again, unless you change your gloves as frequently as you would wash your hands they offer no better protection than good handwashing with an antibacterial soap or use of sanitizer when the ability to wash your hands is not available. I would only recommend use of gloves as a barrier to prevent skin infections such as Staff and MRSA for those individuals who have open wounds and lesions on their hands such as in the case of bleeding/weeping eczema because their skin being their first line of defense against these types of infections is not intact and too frequent washing with antibacterial soaps which are very drying can worsen their skin problems. So in a nutshell this old nurse recommends first and foremost in the protection against contracting these infectious illnesses is the maintenance of you own health. Strong immune systems begin in the gut, so maintaining high levels of good gut bacteria which kills the infection causing bad organisms which can be enhanced by simply eating yogurt or if your doctor approves taking OTC probiotics. Maintaining proper hydration is also another must to ward off dehydration which dehydration dries out the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose which can cause these delicate tissues to crack open allowing germs to enter and set up house. Rule of thumb, if you get to the point you are experiencing thirst then you are already low level dehydrated and down a liter give or take of body fluid volume so don't wait to experience thirst before you take that drink of water. Consumption of alcohol is very dehydrating and to a lesser extent coffee and tea. So to prevent any of these liquids causing you to become dehydrated drink equal if not more water along with them. Adequate rest is also very important. Taking short naps and just lying down for a 1/2 an hour or so throughout the day gives all the functions of your body time to recharge from all the energy it has expended on activities is does not usually do while cruising. And a great deal of that energy is expended digesting foods, and as we cruisers know we are eating more frequently and in larger quantities than we do on a day to day basis in our everyday lives. And lastly, those cold symptoms that show up on day 2 of your cruise if you flew to the port it is likely the airplane where you caught your cold and not on the cruise ship. The air quality on most planes is not very good, and that along with being in such tight quarters with a large number of individuals all breathing in an out the same stale air this is a very ripe environment for the spread of upper respiratory infections.
  15. I am sailing on the Crown on 1/26/19 and a few days ago received an e-mail from Princess relaying the following information which it looks like things have recently changed with regards to check-in. PROGRESSIVE CRUISE CHECK-IN INFORMATION To help facilitate a smooth start to your voyage we have implemented a progressive cruise check-in schedule. Please arrive at the check-in times listed below. If you have purchased a Princess Cruise Plus Package/Transfer, your check-in time will be provided at your hotel or the airport. Guests traveling on shared transport arriving as a group will be checked in together. Priority check-in will be available to guests with Priority Boarding within the allocated check-in times. Boarding will commence shortly after check-in. Please do not arrive prior to the start of cruise check-in as your cabin will not be ready. 12:30 PM - Aloha & Lido Decks: Cabins on these decks begin with A & L 1:00 PM: Dolphin & Emerald Decks: Cabins on these decks begin with D & E 1:30 PM - Caribe Deck: Cabins on this deck begin with C 2:00 PM - Plaza & Riviera Decks: Cabins on these decks begin with P & R 2:30 PM - Baja Deck: Cabins on this deck begin with B Thank you for your attention to this notification.
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