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1 hour ago, Purple Galinule said:

We arrived in Seattle mid-afternoon today. Once we got our (very wet) luggage, we were off to our hotel for a nice meal and a good night's sleep. The Medallion app looks like we are good to go for Group A Green Lane. 

 

It has been nice to hear from some of the folks who were on earlier cruises. Their experiences on the CC Live threads are going to mean a lot to us as we set sail. Tomorrow looks like another rainy day, but it cannot dampen our spirits. It has been almost exactly two years since our RT San Francisco to Alaska cruise.

 

By the way, do not forget that tomorrow (9/19) is National Talk Like a Pirate Day! What a great day to get on the Majestic Princess. Arrrrgghh!!!!!!!!!!! ☠️ 🦜

My friends favorite pirate joke.

 

What's a prirats favorite letter? 

(Everyone says "rrrrrr")

You think it'd be Rrr but it's the C.

 

 

So lame.

You're welcome to it.

 

Hope you enjoy your cruise guys. I'm on next week!

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23 hours ago, Cabunit said:

If anyone on the 9/19 sailing is doing a Back-to-Back from the 9/12 sailing a report of your experience during the turnaround day would be much appreciated!

Off topic here, but I like your avatar pix!

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I am trying to decide which side of the ship to pick for the best viewing.  We're looking at a roundtrip from San Francisco cruise.  When it starts out and the ship is going north, are you close enough to see land or more out to sea.  The pictures of the map look like you'd be farther away.

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2 hours ago, palolake said:

I am trying to decide which side of the ship to pick for the best viewing.  We're looking at a roundtrip from San Francisco cruise.  When it starts out and the ship is going north, are you close enough to see land or more out to sea.  The pictures of the map look like you'd be farther away.

You will typically be far enough out to sea that you will not see land.  If you do it will still be so far away that you will not be able to distinguish any features and certainly not close enough so see any on-land wildlife.  Once you get to the Alaskan ports you will be much closer but not at all in the open sea.

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Talk like pirate day!

 

Little boy dressed as a pirate for Halloween gets asked “Where’s your buckaneers?”

You know the punchline.

 

Currently waiting in our SEATAC Country Inn and Suites room for shuttle to pier arranged though front desk at $35 per for round trip. 
 

Room not much bigger than ship cabin and free breakfast was covid style pre packaged heat and eat. Not bad but not great.

 

This will be the first of four once a month cruises booked to use up covid cruise credits and casino free cruise offers. Next comes Mexico and California 7 day back to back on HAL. Then Caribbean ten day back to back on Enchanted Princess. Then trans Pacific to Hawaii on HAL. 

 

COVID COVID GO AWAY, (AND STAY AWAY)!
 

RAIN,RAIN, GO AWAY. COME AGAIN SOME OTHER DAY!

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What a day it has been! We started with a nice (meaning free) hot breakfast at the Seattle Airport Marriott concierge lounge. Then we went to the airport for our transfer to the ship. We got there at 8:15am and were told the bus would not leave much before 11:00am. Well, darn. Not wanting to sit at the airport for 3 hours we grabbed a cab and were at the pier before 9:00am.

 

Now, I know what you are thinking. Wait at the airport or wait at the pier. We have decided we made the right decision. We were second in line to board, and once the boarding process began we were through check-in in 9 minutes. A 15 minute wait in the elite/platinum lounge and we were then on board Majestic Princess for our vacation.

 

The rooms were not yet open, so we went to the Market Place and had some pretty darn good Mexican food for lunch. We toured the ship for a while, watched the security video, checked in at our muster station, got a lesson on getting the Medallion app working on our four devices, and went to the Sail Away party. 

 

The party is one fun time. The dancers were good and the music was lively - although I could not "Name That Tune". We did find out the margaritas at the pool bar and really good! Sun and music, the rain and HAIL!!! Seriously. Then a great rainbow.

 

Next up is dinner. We understand that no reservation is required for the Club Class dining room. If you do want to make any reservations for Specialty Dining, just dial 138 and they will set you up. We have the Crown Grill reserved for Tuesday evening in Juneau.

 

Our cabin is great - almost. The inside is very spacious - bigger than Club Class on some other ships. Nice desk, plenty of closet space, etc. However, the balcony is tiny/small/wee. We have had balconies with two chairs, a table, and two lounge chairs. This one barely fits two chairs and a table. 

 

The Medallion app looks like it is going to be fine. No problems, so far. I will review it at more length later. Tomorrow at 10:30am is the CC meet & greet in the Hollywood Conservatory on deck 17 forward. Hope to see many of you there.

 

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@Purple Galinule You have great taste in first day cruise wear! We had the same colored shirts on our cruise a few weeks ago and got so many comments on them. We’ve decided to wear them on embarkation day for every cruise to come.

 

Have a great cruise and thanks for the photos…..please keep them coming if the internet and CC hold up for you. They were both very temperamental on our cruise.

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Here’s how boarding went for us today:

We arrived at the pier from our Seattle home at 11:22 this morning and were on board with a drink in hand 25 minutes later.  The holdup was definitely the line to check in (which you do as soon as you enter the terminal - downstairs, not upstairs as pre-pause) - probably that much more time to examine everyone's unique testing paperwork.  And it seemed there were tech issues at some of the check-in stations slowing things down.  At no time were we asked which boarding group we were in, nor did we ever have to show a “green lane” or QR code on our phones.  However, there was a sign in the terminal directing those with “yellow lane” designation to the outer perimeter of the waiting queues, which lead to an area closed off with moveable panels and appeared to be where one might get a rapid Covid test or perhaps had other health issues to discuss.  (There was a “bouncer” at the entrance to the area and we saw a person in scrubs with a clipboard emerge from there.)

After passing our vetting, we were given a green card stating that we could board immediately.  So next upstairs, through the TSA-esque scanners, and then out the terminal door; a quick stop for security to see if your “security” photo looked like you (if not, they took another), and then on to the ship and its cheering welcome lines!

Having taken this same cruise in early August (the second Alaska one), we notice that things seem more polished this time around.  Some activities have been added that weren’t there the first time around.  Mask wearing has been Very Good; I haven’t seen anyone without one around the ship.  It seems like Princess is back in the groove!

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3 hours ago, Purple Galinule said:

What a day it has been! We started with a nice (meaning free) hot breakfast at the Seattle Airport Marriott concierge lounge. Then we went to the airport for our transfer to the ship. We got there at 8:15am and were told the bus would not leave much before 11:00am. Well, darn. Not wanting to sit at the airport for 3 hours we grabbed a cab and were at the pier before 9:00am.

 

Now, I know what you are thinking. Wait at the airport or wait at the pier. We have decided we made the right decision. We were second in line to board, and once the boarding process began we were through check-in in 9 minutes. A 15 minute wait in the elite/platinum lounge and we were then on board Majestic Princess for our vacation.

 

The rooms were not yet open, so we went to the Market Place and had some pretty darn good Mexican food for lunch. We toured the ship for a while, watched the security video, checked in at our muster station, got a lesson on getting the Medallion app working on our four devices, and went to the Sail Away party. 

 

The party is one fun time. The dancers were good and the music was lively - although I could not "Name That Tune". We did find out the margaritas at the pool bar and really good! Sun and music, the rain and HAIL!!! Seriously. Then a great rainbow.

 

Next up is dinner. We understand that no reservation is required for the Club Class dining room. If you do want to make any reservations for Specialty Dining, just dial 138 and they will set you up. We have the Crown Grill reserved for Tuesday evening in Juneau.

 

Our cabin is great - almost. The inside is very spacious - bigger than Club Class on some other ships. Nice desk, plenty of closet space, etc. However, the balcony is tiny/small/wee. We have had balconies with two chairs, a table, and two lounge chairs. This one barely fits two chairs and a table. 

 

The Medallion app looks like it is going to be fine. No problems, so far. I will review it at more length later. Tomorrow at 10:30am is the CC meet & greet in the Hollywood Conservatory on deck 17 forward. Hope to see many of you there.

 

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I like your shirt. Where did you get it?

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5 minutes ago, Purple Galinule said:

I just looked for it online and ordered it through Amazon Prime. There are several colors to choose from, but what could be better than blue?

I saw a great one for my husband and I to wear. Now to convince him to match. They are only $16.99.

 

jessica 

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3 hours ago, bapaleg said:

Where did you order that great shirt

 

1 hour ago, lbfluffy said:

I like your shirt. Where did you get it?

We got our shirts on Amazon too. The color is royal blue. I like that they come in men’s and women’s sizes.

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6 hours ago, Purple Galinule said:

What a day it has been! We started with a nice (meaning free) hot breakfast at the Seattle Airport Marriott concierge lounge. Then we went to the airport for our transfer to the ship. We got there at 8:15am and were told the bus would not leave much before 11:00am. Well, darn. Not wanting to sit at the airport for 3 hours we grabbed a cab and were at the pier before 9:00am.

 

Now, I know what you are thinking. Wait at the airport or wait at the pier. We have decided we made the right decision. We were second in line to board, and once the boarding process began we were through check-in in 9 minutes. A 15 minute wait in the elite/platinum lounge and we were then on board Majestic Princess for our vacation.

 

The rooms were not yet open, so we went to the Market Place and had some pretty darn good Mexican food for lunch. We toured the ship for a while, watched the security video, checked in at our muster station, got a lesson on getting the Medallion app working on our four devices, and went to the Sail Away party. 

 

The party is one fun time. The dancers were good and the music was lively - although I could not "Name That Tune". We did find out the margaritas at the pool bar and really good! Sun and music, the rain and HAIL!!! Seriously. Then a great rainbow.

 

Next up is dinner. We understand that no reservation is required for the Club Class dining room. If you do want to make any reservations for Specialty Dining, just dial 138 and they will set you up. We have the Crown Grill reserved for Tuesday evening in Juneau.

 

Our cabin is great - almost. The inside is very spacious - bigger than Club Class on some other ships. Nice desk, plenty of closet space, etc. However, the balcony is tiny/small/wee. We have had balconies with two chairs, a table, and two lounge chairs. This one barely fits two chairs and a table. 

 

The Medallion app looks like it is going to be fine. No problems, so far. I will review it at more length later. Tomorrow at 10:30am is the CC meet & greet in the Hollywood Conservatory on deck 17 forward. Hope to see many of you there.

 

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You got to the Port Terminal so early.  What time did they open?

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It was great to meet our fellow CC followers this morning in the Hollywood Conservatory, and also Aaron, a feature writer for CC. We both hope to see everyone around the ship and in port as the week goes on.

 

Below are a couple of photos from yesterday. One is the HAIL we had right after the Sail Away party, and one is the 9:45pm fountain/music show at the pool by the Movies Under the Stars.

 

Also, I emailed CC and asked to have Gallinule in my username corrected and it has already been taken care of. Thanks for the tips, everyone.

 

 

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I love the picture of the hail.  I wonder if Princess will continue to sail in Alaska in late September?

I also wonder if there is any chance you will see the Northern Lights.  I know you will be fairly far south for that, but being this late in the year ...  maybe ???

 

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Thanks for doing this "live" - we're boarding as you disembark, so we were hoping someone would keep us up to date.  Just returned to CA last night.  I was attending a wedding in Cedaredge near the Grand Mesa in western CO.  Gorgeous area.

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21 hours ago, Purple Gallinule said:

I just looked for it online and ordered it through Amazon Prime. There are several colors to choose from, but what could be better than blue?

Happy to see you got your CC Handle fixed.

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When I saw the Princess rep at the airport near the luggage carousels in August, she told me that it was a 90-minute wait for the shuttle and suggested that I find something to eat and make sure I used the restroom before heading over there. I was glad I did not listen to her. I had around a 15-minute wait for a shuttle. 

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