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  1. Sounds something like the Oscars.....he who campaigns the most wins! On the other hand, we did find 2018 Princess much better than 2016 Princess.
  2. 30 DCL cruises, and we've never missed CC when it was scheduled....lots of September cruises as that's an off season and birthday time for us. Until a few years ago there was a guy on line tracking how often any of the ships missed CC and when. His numbers pretty consistently ran 1-3% of scheduled visits were missed. The 3% was when the island was wiped out by a hurricane and closed for repairs for several weeks.
  3. I've also seen it offered on port days when the ship didn't get into port till about noon. The morning schedule was essentially a sea day. You might want to check your arrival time.
  4. The bars generally stay open till midnight. There is no way to compare "apples to apples" between cruise lines. We're platinum on DCL, but started cruising Princess for different itineraries. We found Princess to be rather "beige" in all aspects until our cruise this year when we had the best food we've seen on any cruise line in the last 5+ years! The standard Princess cabins are tiny, but since we need an HA cabin, that's not an issue for us. We love DCL. The problem is that I can often get a suite on Princess for less than half of a balcony cabin on DCL. DCL prices have increased greatly over the last 10 years to the point that I can't justify the cost. They are better, but they aren't 4 times better than other lines! And we always find things that we like better on the other lines as well.
  5. My daughter liked the bunk, so we made sure we booked a room that would hold 4. No worries. Obviously this won't work if you book a *GT.
  6. In our case the pools opened as soon as the cleaning was finished, so we were able to have an hour or so before others boarded. There is also one food place open during that time....as if there isn't enough food already. You CAN choose to leave the terminal between cruises if you wish; in that case you will check in and re-board as if it weren't a B2B. We've done about half a dozen B2Bs on DCL. Each one was different--follow the instructions you'll get in the letter sent to your cabin.
  7. There is no formal night on a 5 night cruise. There is one night that will be designated "Dress Up, Optional." As to 5 night Navigators, all I can suggest is a google search--sorry.
  8. You will not miss the AP shows. You'll have one of the shows each night you are seated in AP. They will be run on Pirate night on a 6 night cruise...but the servers will be dressed in Pirate costumes. There are 3 signature menus, one in each restaurant, typically (but not always) served on the first night you eat in that restaurant. Then you'll have 3 theme menus, served in all restaurants on that night. One of those is the pirate menu/pirate night theme.
  9. To the person who asked about upgrades.....I've tried to post a response 5 times over the last 3 hours. I keep getting error messages. This system is a problem! The answer is that yes, sometimes *GT bookings get upgrades. However, they are more likely to give a complimentary upgrade to someone who booked at a "full price" rather than a discount, and place the *GT booking in the type they purchased. All available cabins are shown on the web site, but you have no way to know what inventory control will do with what is available.
  10. The fine print makes it clear that the promo is for the food only and that it is non-refundable. Use it or lose it. You can change the date and time that you'll be assigned (we did).
  11. I didn't see anything that implied they booked a hotel package thru Princess.
  12. When we used Air Canada in August, seats had to be ticketed before they could be assigned. This is not the case on many other airlines. On Delta, you are able to see your reservation on line before the tickets are purchased and can choose seats on the Delta web site any time after EZ Air makes your reservation. Yes, you get a confirmation number on EZ Air which you use to check in on the Delta web site. You DO want to go to the airline's site to enter your frequent flyer number, contact information etc. I'm guessing other airlines work the same way. EZ Air is not really good at notifying you of flight changes. After we give our e-mail to the airline, we get the communication directly from the airline well before EZ Air sends anything (if they ever do!)
  13. You might want to check the part of the boards that deals with embarkation ports. That said, your best bet from LAX to the hotel will be Uber. THere is a designated Uber pick up area at LAX (or at least there was in August, 2018). We just asked the information person where it was. Our wait was about 2 minutes--he got to us before the app said he would! There are lots of hotels near the cruise port that have shuttles. I'd suggest that you use a web site like hotels.com to narrow down your options based on dates and costs. We have no way to know what sort of hotel you like or which ones are full for your dates. The filters on the web site will allow you to specify any particular features you want, distance to port, etc. Then read the fine print to see which of the ones you like offer complimentary shuttles to cruise terminal. And finally, whether you get a name here or on line, call the hotel to be sure that they STILL offer that service.
  14. Diet Coke is available from the gun. It is the only sugar free soda that is available that way. There is no Problem if you don't like the available gun selections--you are able to bring on board as much soda as you wish.
  15. Keep in mind how many pictures you need to make these packages worthwhile. This is one area where you can save a lot of money by carrying your own camera. The character attendants (NOT the photographers) are happy to take family photos with your camera. They can be a good thing if you have kids, or a group cruising. (One person in the purchasing cabin has to be in the photo to have it on the package). For a couple cruising alone or with an infant...maybe not.
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