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  1. Now that cruises are starting to happen again, I thought I'd bump this up so that people could share their wisdom. True, things may have changed a great deal since before the pandemic, but hopefully many of our favorite "secrets" may still apply. Happy cruising!
  2. Wonderful news, Ellie! Will we get to see pictures of grand baby at some point?
  3. I started a new thread called (very creatively) "Princess Cruise 'Secrets' 2021". If you have any tips or questions, you might want to post them there since people are most likely to read the most recent version.
  4. Thanks for all the great recommendations! These reviews are really helping me pass the time until we can actually cruise again. I've also been willing to go back in time, as long as the reviews are entertaining. Some older reviews I've been enjoying include: Middle Aged Drama Queen Gambee Hoopster95 I've also found another post which lists even more excellent reviews: More ideas are always welcome!
  5. My understanding is that your travel agent can refer you so that you both get the referral credit. Most travel agents probably know this - but it is always good to ask to make sure.
  6. It may seem like an odd time to start another Princess Cruise Secrets thread since no one is cruising currently. However, I'm trying to stay optimistic and have just booked a 2022 cruise, so this could hopefully be relevant for many of us. Please share your favorite secrets so that people who are new to Princess (or those who don't read older threads) won't miss out. My favorite "secret" is still Refer-A-Friend. Details can be found on the main Princess page at the bottom in small print under "Cruise Deals". If you've never cruised Princess before, look into this before you book your
  7. I know that I've found this information before, but I'm having trouble with the search engine, so I apologize for the repetition: Which decks on the Crown Princess have balconies that cannot be viewed from balconies above? And, for future reference, where can I find this information for other Princess ships? Thanks for your help!
  8. I was very late to the party for your Fiji cruise, Elllie, so I'm excited to be able to follow this cruise "live" and have the option to chime in! I grew up in the Los Angles area, so it's fun to see your reactions. And, believe me, the locals hate LAX as much as visitors!
  9. Thank you so much, Ellie, for this wonderful virtual cruise! I may not post much, but I have loved every minute. Please, please, please take us on another virtual cruise (to Hawaii or anywhere else you choose) - after a well-deserved rest, of course.
  10. Thanks, voljeep - that's exactly what I had in mind! We may not be able to do truly live cruises, but reading previous live threads is as close as I'm going to get for a while. I hope that other people will post their favorites (and/or also brag about their own previous live threads - that's totally legit and welcome!).
  11. One way I'm (barely) surviving this stretch of time when I can't cruise is by reliving other people's cruises through their Cruise Critic reports. My favorite so far is Ellie1145's "Come Sail with me on a Virtual Cruise on Majestic Princess to Fiji". Even though she is still writing (and I hope she'll post about other cruises when this one is finished), I need more recommendations. I prefer a lengthy (the longer the better), detailed report that walks me through an entire cruise with tons of pictures of the ship, food, drinks, ports, etc. I love to feel like I am almost there with the writ
  12. I know that I'm extremely late to the party (I'm only up to page 40) but I wanted to catch you before you ended your cruise to let you know how much your cruise blog has meant to me. I was getting very fed up with being so isolated with the pandemic and missing all the wonderful plans I had previously had for this year. Following your lovely blog has almost made me feel like I'm on the trip with you - not quite as good as the real thing, but so much better than sitting home and feeling sorry for myself! I've been sharing news of this cruise with my family on a regular basis, so t
  13. I love seeing people post about Princess "Secrets" during this difficult cruise-free time. Please keep them coming! It gives me something to look forward to. Thanks!
  14. Well, it's a new year, so we may as well start a new "Secrets" thread. Please share your favorite secrets so that people who are new to Princess (or those who don't read older threads) won't miss out. My favorite "secret" is still Refer-A-Friend. Details can be found on the main Princess page at the bottom in small print under "Cruise Deals". If you've never cruised Princess before, look into this before you book your cruise to get $25 on-board credit for yourself and whoever refers you. If you have cruised Princess before but have friends or family members who are cruising Princess f
  15. Refer-A-Friend is still my favorite Princess cruise tip (and I'm not seeing it posted here). Details can be found on the main Princess page at the bottom in small print under "Cruise Deals". If you've never cruised Princess before, look into this before you book your cruise to get $25 on-board credit for yourself and whoever refers you. If you have cruised Princess before but have friends or family members who are cruising Princess for the first time, consider looking into referring them before they book. Every little bit helps!
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