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  1. The lifeboats are never lowered unless the crew is doing safety drills which isn’t common enough to worry about. Having the lifeboats directly below you is not an issue at all. Won’t ruin your view and won’t cause noise.
  2. There are differences between the 6 and the 6S. So it is possible for you both to be right.
  3. Is it just the app that is not working, or is it your Medallion as well? Can your open your cabin door and tap in to charge things to your account?
  4. Of course it would be. I am talking about an actual emergency that comes out of the blue. It's not like the captain can notify the casino staff that there is going to be an emergency in 30 minutes and to please close the casino in advance of the pending problem.
  5. We have too. And all I could think the whole time we were there is: What if there were a real emergency that required people to go to that muster station? Would the people playing table games walk away from their chips/money and head to their own muster station? Would they refuse to budge, leaving no room for the people who are supposed to actually be there? Would people grab whatever chips they could (theirs or otherwise) and bolt for the exits? All in all, it seems like a horrible idea to have to gather there in the event of a bona fide, legitimate emergency.
  6. Ahhh. But there’s the rub. The OP seems confident that they have always and will always wait 35-40 minutes. But if the presentation sometimes begins 20 minutes after the advertised time, how can that be?
  7. If you arrive 35-40 minutes before it begins then you wait 35-40 minutes for it to start. If you arrive 20-25 minutes before it begins then you wait 20-25 minutes for it to start. If you arrive 5-10 minutes before it begins then you wait 5-10 minutes for it to start. See a pattern developing? Seems to me that there is a solution staring you in the face. While I agree that the art gallery is a silly place to muster, but if you know in advance that this is where you must go and you know that there are no seats, even for early arrivers, then there is no advantage to arriving early. If you feel that you must arrive early, try making a game of it and play “how many olives can we spot in the paintings“
  8. If I'm ever on a ship that vibrates, rolls, pitches and yaws enough to redistribute the thick, viscous soap from top to bottom of a pump dispenser, then the choice of soap provided to me will be the least of my concerns. I'd be checking the quality of my life vest and pulling out the barf bags! 😁
  9. It does seem expensive to me, but I have never questioned how they arrived at the price point. It is a pretty easy metric for Princess to run to see how much each guest spends on drinks and what Princess's break-even point is. (And remember that their goal is not to break even.) What bothers me is how they are using the package as the most frequent carrot in their sales, and if you aren't interested in a"free" beverage package, then it is difficult to tease out any sort of discount. The cruises with "free" beverage packages tend to be priced at or close to msrp so if you don't derive any benefit from the beverage package, you are left with nothing. Granted, throwing in the beverage package is not "nothing", but only if you use it. But rest assured that the people who go to the "Friends of Bill W" meetings aren't really getting any benefit from that sort of sale.
  10. To be fair, "That's the way they are making them now" isn't the same as "That's why they're making like that now." Especially given that your conversation was taking place on the Sun Deck. He was of course correct. You'd never hit the water from "up here." But none of that really addresses the Promenade.
  11. Cite? I’ve heard dozens of reasons for the disappearance of promenades but never this one. Lifeboat placement. Revenue generation. But passengers falling overboard? Never heard this before. Presumably you have some industry literature to support this theory.
  12. Were diving into the realm of the ridiculous, but with sourdough, you knead the new batch such that the old completely integrates with the new. In a soap dispenser, the old will be at the bottom and given the laws of physics and the relative viscosity of soap, unless someone agitates the container vigorously, turning it end over end to mix the solution, the old soap on the bottom is always going to remain on the bottom until it gets used, which will happen. So unless you plan to "knead" your soap dispenser, the sourdough analogy is far from perfect. And in the end, what we are talking about is getting cooties from someone who has touched the soap dispenser, which, by definition, means that these people are washing their hands routinely. Your bigger concern should be coming into contact with places both within and outside of your cabin that have been touched by the many people who do NOT wash their hands after going to the bathroom. THAT is where your skeeve factor should be directed.
  13. Dispensers pull from the bottom. So the "original soap" does not linger indefinitely. New soap gets poured in the top and then makes its way toward the bottom as the soap on the bottom gets used. It's cyclical. The sourdough analogy isn't a perfect one.
  14. Ruby Princess went into service in 2008. Guess how many years it had standard communal dispensers prior to changing over to the touchless ones. Nobody complained or cared.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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