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  1. Not sure I see the problem. The only people who will be using the dispensers in any particular cabin are the occupants of that cabin. Of course, one might say...but what about the people on the prior cruise, or the people on the one before that? OK. Let's play the game. Assuming that the dispensers are not cleaned between voyages, (an assumption that many are leaping to, which may be true, but has yet to be established), the total number of people using the dispensers in any one cabin is around 6-10 per month at most. Now compare that to the number of people who have been using the communal dispensers in the restrooms outside of the HC, or outside the MDRs, or outside of the theater. Number of people coming in contact with those dispensers every month? Literally hundreds. Maybe even measured in the thousands. And that process has been going on since the beginning of time and not a single thread has been started about how unsanitary it is to have soap dispensers in communal restrooms. But somehow 6-10 people a month using a dispenser is now unacceptable? Don't see it.
  2. As I noted above, the balcony is NOT viewable by "everyone" above. Just a very small subset of people. Here is a photo showing what someone on Baja Deck can see if they lean way over, or have a selfie-stick. (The angle of that shot is not what someone would see if they were standing at their railing normally.) As you see, that person has a clear view of the uncovered portion of the Caribe Deck and Dolphin Deck balconies directly below them, as well as the Caribe and Dolphin Deck balconies that are 3 or 4 cabins in either direction, left or right. After that, the lateral dividers block the view. So if your cabin was the Dolphin Deck cabin shown in the center of this photo, only a small sliver of people, (maybe 4 or so cabins to either side of you) could see you. All others would be obscured by the dividers. The second image below shows how the dividers mask your balcony from most of the people on the ship. And bear in mind that the second photo wasn't taken from a cabin balcony (unless the photographer had a very long selfie-stick.). Someone who was actually on their balcony instead of on a protruding wing would see much less.
  3. We love the balconies on Dolphin Deck on Caribbean and similar builds. The "privacy" issue tends to be a red herring. In order for others to look down on your balcony, they have to be above yours and within a few cabins on either side of yours more or less. Otherwise the lateral dividers block their view. So there may be 10 or so cabins each on decks 10, 11, 12, and 14 that have a decent view of your specific balcony. That's a total of about 40 cabins. And in order to see you, they have to be standing at their rail and look down at you (as opposed to looking at other more interesting vistas). At any given time, maybe 2 or 3 of those 40 cabins have people at the rail looking down. Bottom line, if they can see you by looking down, you can look up and see them. I have looked up numerous times to see who might be looking down at me and every time I see a whole lot of nothing. Proving yet again that in theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.
  4. I know that your post pertains to airlines. But for others who are getting things mixed up, let’s get the terminology straight. The site linked in the previous post provides paperwork for ESA certification. But...and it’s a big but...Princess does not allow ESAs. So the ease with which one can obtain ESA certification is irrelevant. The rules are clearly stated in earlier posts to this thread. To get on board, the dog must either be a real service animal or a convincing fake service animal. But it cannot be a real or fake emotional support animal.
  5. Because it is unassailable. No one is going to risk a $3,000 cruise on the chance that they get to the port only to be told that they aren't going to be allowed to board. The risk/reward is far, far too great. This isn't an "Oops. Didn't work this time. I hope I have better luck next time" situation. People showing up with dogs either have the proper paperwork that will allow the dog to board, or have very convincing fakes which will allow the dog to board. Either way, there is nothing that Princess can do about it. The law does not allow them to do the type of cross-examination that would deny boarding to the dogs that you find to be so offensive and disruptive. So get over it.
  6. The Princess policy has been clearly stated in this thread. Emotional support animals are not permitted. So why are you so certain that the people traveling with dogs did not have the proper paperwork? Do you really think that Princess is looking the other way and not enforcing its own policy? Kind of a big risk to fly to a departure port with your non-qualifying pet hoping that you could sneak the dog on board. The risk of being wrong is monumental. The dog would be denied boarding and so would the owner. No refund. Who would roll those dice? We’re not talking about having a pint of rum confiscated. The more likely scenario is that the dogs you are seeing are providing a service for a disability that you cannot see. People showing up with dogs who are not qualified to board and putting their vacation worth thousands of dollars at risk? Doesn’t add up.
  7. And just how frequently do you think this occurs? Seriously! Do you really think that people are bringing Rover on a cruise where there is no where to run around, play and do its business? It's not like the ports of call are going to allow Rover to leave the ship. Rover can't come with you when you go zip-lining in Roatan, or go to the Academia in Florence, or climb up the Acropolis. Are there that many people who bring Rover on board and them leave him confined to quarters while they go out and enjoy their excursions? Or do you think that there are that many people who go on cruises with Rover who never leave the ship themselves and hang out all day in their cabins with Rover? People who think that "pet dogs" on cruise ships are a real problem are seeing ghosts. Probably one in a hundred thousand guests, if that.
  8. Sounds good. My next cruise is in B409 on Regal. Same set-up. Took an up-sell into Club Class and this is where they put me. Cabin probably opened up when someone else accepted an up-sell into a full suite.
  9. The connecting door isn’t centered at the foot of the bed. As you noted, that is where the TV is. The door is off-set sort of at the corner of the bed, almost across from the little half-circle entry table, but not directly across from it.
  10. For us, the Red, White and Blue sale around Memorial Day has netted us the best price and perks. Nothing involving a drinks package does anything for us as we drink mostly wine and bring our own. I find that when Princess adds a beverage package to the sale, it tends to overshadow everything else. I look for lower fares and prepaid gratuities (or generous OBC which accomplished the same thing.) When beverage packages are offered, the fares are often “rack rate” and your sale benefit is merely the free drinks. But if the free drinks are of no use to you, all you are left with is rack rate fares.
  11. Why would the people who want to tolerate it complain to management?
  12. If you have the Medallion app on your phone and go to the "Journey View" page, you can "Plan Activities". When you click there, you will see what is pretty much the Patter for your cruise, hour by hour, day by day, and you can bookmark the events that interest you. It won't be fully populated, but it is pretty thorough. For example, for my upcoming cruise in December, it already lists the following musical acts: Janusz Bato Vivace String Duo Icon Vivian Williams Michelle Jolly DJ Alpha Regal Trio Trivia dates and times are listed, as are bingo games, paper airplane contests, Princess Live Game Shows such as "Yes or No" or "Marriage Game". I would suggest that this is the best source for finding out about your specific cruise.
  13. I've never heard that this issue (dropping off luggage if cabin is not ready) is in any way impacted by Captain's Circle level. Though I have no doubt that some boorish fools have raised their voices and tried to throw their status around in an attempt to get the crew to allow them earlier access.
  14. We obviously have no way of knowing, though I suspect that most of the "purse dogs" fit into this category. But given how inconvenient it is to take a larger dog on a cruise ship, I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt to someone who is traveling with a lab who never makes a peep, is well-behaved and sits at the feet of its owner at all times. Remember that whatever rules, laws or accommodations we are discussing here that arise from U.S. standards do not apply in foreign countries. Cruising, by definition, involves foreign travel. You can't just put your pet dog on a plane to Rome, hop on a Princess ship and take that dog to Greece, Montenegro and Croatia. It is really, really, really hard to take a cruise with a dog and have that dog accompany you throughout the voyage. While the effort might make sense for someone who truly needs the service of the dog, (and the paperwork that would accompany that need), I suspect that the red tape (and risk) involved is far too great for someone to try to take Fifi along for the ride. Once again, a Cruise Critic thread has run on and on addressing a problem that doesn't really exist. Go ahead and start a thread called "Post Pictures of Dogs You Have Seen on Your Cruise Here!" and see what happens. Crickets. Honestly, I am "0 for cruising" in that category. Have never seen a one. Maybe a seeing eye dog once.
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