DVCruise

DVCruise
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Hometown: Nevada
Joined: 10/21/2015
16
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About DVCruise

Retired love to cruise because it's so easy ...................


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Cruise Lines: Princess Cruises

Ships: Royal Princess


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Regal Princess

March 2017 - Regal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Regal was Grand / Ports were Great

Arrived in FLL at 6am so it was a long day but embarked early (11:15!) took a quick nap and began a great cruise.  Weather was iffy in Dominican Republic but did the Ocean World Excursion - Birds, Dolphins, Sharks - oh my.  St. Thomas was gorgeous and a long time at port so shopped in am, took "On Your Own" to St. John for the afternoon and had a great BBQ at Smoking Rooster before getting back on the ship. St. Maarten was the port my son flew home from so the day was complicated with that ...Didn't get to the beach but enjoyed wandering around.  

Regal is close to being retrofitted for Ocean Medallion Features so saw a few telltale signs like "activators" near elevators.  It appears people will have a choice as to whether or not to use it ...

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Star Princess

January 2017 - Star Princess to Hawaii

Great Cruise - Bad Weather

End of January/February is not a good time to head to Hawaii - lots of rain, wind, etc to deal with BUT the cruise itself was great.  The Ship while older and smaller than other Princess ships had more than adequate room for everybody.  The enclosed pool area was very nice and I always like the Terrace pool at the back of the ship in spite of rain.  Food was basically good in buffet and dining room - had terrible experience at Crown Grill which was opposite of other 15 times I've been there.  Had raved about steak and lobster but this time it was tough and grizzly, service horrible. Just goes to show that there is never perfection when it comes to dining!

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Royal Princess

November 2016 - Royal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Great Cruise for Relaxing on Beach

This was the third segment of 3 B2B cruises in Southern and Eastern Caribbean.  Very relaxing on both Princess Cay and Grand Turk - beaches within walking distance of the ship.

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Royal Princess

November 2016 - Royal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Second Segment of 3 B2B Caribbean Cruises

No need to get off the ship; Customs came on-board and cleared passengers who were on first leg Southern Caribbean 11/6-11/16.  Ship in excellent condition, Enjoyed seeing some new Caribbean ports.

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Ruby Princess

September 2016 - Ruby Princess to Mexico

Great Cruise Fun Time

Second part of back to back from Vancouver, smooth sailing except for Medivac event. Can see why called the Booze Cruise

Catalina Island fun to walk through

 

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Ruby Princess

September 2016 - Ruby Princess to North America

Vancouver to la

Embarking was a nightmare in Vancouver due to customs...they routed everyone all over the bldg.  Ruby Princess was great. Got some beautiful sunrise shots. Three days at sea is a tad too long without stopping at ports.

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Ruby Princess

September 2016 - Ruby Princess to Coastal - West Coast

Three Relaxing Days at Sea

Aside from a rather difficult process entering and exiting Canada, the cruise was very relaxing and I enjoyed three days at sea. Continued on ship from LA to Catalina and Ensenada with seemless re-embarkation.

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Grand Princess

May 2016 - Grand Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage

Awesome Alaska

Fabulous cruise with beautiful breathtaking scenery ... worth every minute of the chilly weather,  We were rerouted through Endicott due to glacier breakage in Tracy Arm Fjord but wouldn't have known the difference if someone hadn't pointed it out.  Saw a baby seal float by on a small iceberg ...happy happy happy!

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Crown Princess

May 2016 - Crown Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage

Crown Princess

April 2016 - Crown Princess to Coastal - West Coast

Headed to Canada Via the Coast

SWA lost our luggage so we boarded the ship with minimal clothes.  We were known as the "lost luggage" people and laughed it off.  Princess was kind enough to arrange to pick up our luggage at SFO and bring it back to the ship....very impressive.  Loved San Francsico and Victoria!

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Royal Princess

April 2016 - Royal Princess to Caribbean - Southern

Forget Come Back New - Glad to Come Back Alive - Awesome Trip

Trip was saddened by deaths of passengers - one who died at 80 scuba diving (no better way to go) and not sure cause of 2nd death but heard it was natural.  The ship also had to accelerate back to port so they could dock at midnight to let off two medical emergency needed passengers (who appeared okay as they were transported off at midnight so great job by medical staff on board)  It does put a damper on things knowing some people are suffering while you are enjoying the time of you life.

Besides that - the trip was fabulous - pleasantly surprised how beautiful Princess Cays beaches and facilities were - great snorkeling - the security guard throwing banana pieces helped draw the fish in droves!

Each island was beautiful in its own way with tons to see and do - rented golf carts, jeeps, cars and did a lot of self tours...Many people do not understand the devastation tropical storms and hurricanes cause on these islands and it is not an easy task to get rid of the debris... The islanders and natives that have picked themselves up and began again selling their wares are a delight to chat with and buy from - the prices are right and their stories are even better.

I'm a Princess Cruise line fan and feel they do an awesome job on the ship in spite of many rude arrogant passengers who are more demanding than 2 year olds.  Age may have its "privilege" but rudeness is never okay.  Need to have a code on their cruise card that says "Does not play well with others"!

Best item I took on this cruise was a little spray bottle that I put water in and kept in the fridge - provided great "mist" to cool off on shore and on top deck when away from water....

 

So great time - definitely going again.

 

 

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Ruby Princess

March 2016 - Ruby Princess to Mexico

Sh*t Happens

Bad weather took us back to shore instead of Catalina Island so first portion of cruise was from LA to San Diego.  (Many cruisers had driven from San Diego to La to cruise so lots of irate people!)  Deal with it!  Why risk safety!  Princess made the right decision to forego Catalina because of rough waters.

 

Ensenada was beautiful - did the Bufadora tour and saw great bursts from the blow hole.  As always, Princess runs like a well oiled machine with great services and great staff.Love

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Crown Princess

January 2016 - Crown Princess to Mexico

Quick Getaway Vacation

Took this cruise for the main purpose of relaxing ... Didn't get off ship because I was suffering from severe allergies.  However, enjoyed just resting up on deck loaded down with allergy medication

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Crown Princess

December 2015 - Crown Princess to Mexico

Great Cruise Great Value

Princess Cruise Line runs like a well oiled machine ...Easy on and off ... plenty to do (or not).  Ports were interesting ... typical tourist stops.  Depending upon whether you chose to eat or to dine, good food throughout - great steak and lobster at Crown Grill - beef hot dogs and ice cream cones out by Neptune Pool.  Some "Fine Dining" restaurants have an additional "cover charge" (approx $20 per person) but well worth the extra money.  Soft drinks cost so wise idea to buy the drink card!  Coffee is free usually so the coffee card I bought was only used for specialty coffee drinks and most of the time, they didn't punch the card.  Anything costing extra is clearly marked (e.g. Milkshake $2.50 - cones free) Great cruise - great value - great time!

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DVCruise's Tips

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - The Smoking Rooster right along dock is excellent BBQ island bar with band to relax before getting back on ship.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Water taxi is inexpensive ($7 roundtrip) way to go downtown and enjoyable little jaunt ... Have cash - no cc or debit cards.
Regal Princess Regal Princess - The cabins have the energy-saving slot that requires a card be inserted for lights to come on (so does the Royal Princess). I kept an old Starbucks card in the slot to avoid putting my cruise card in and out.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - The Smoking Rooster (BBQ Bar right by pier past Senor Frogs) was fabulous...Island style seating / atmosphere - outstanding beef brisket with mac and cheese filled with grilled sweet corn ...Very reasonably priced!
Hilo, Hawaii - Used the Hop on Hop Off bus and went several places!
Ensenada, Mexico - Been there numerous times before but this port was really bad this time - the filth everywhere was deplorable. In defense, much of it may be due to the recent storms but very bad.
Honolulu, Oahu - Downtown a congested mess - Waikiki Beach was great. Pearl Harbor was worth going to but very depressing for many when the reality of what happened there really hit home.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Very clean but very crowded - Prince Harry was in town so lots of onlookers.
Grand Turk Island - While natives try to rent you chairs, the ones with Green Umbrellas are provided free by Grand Turk Tourism.
Royal Princess Royal Princess - Smoking is extremely limited with back deck 16 being open air smoking and Churchills on Deck 6 by Casino being indoor and VERY heavily smoke filled. Casino had equal night of smoking and non-smoking. New video screens throughout casino made it crystal clear if it was a non-smoking night with zero
Royal Princess Royal Princess - Southern Caribbean was more "formal" than Eastern Caribbean - very strict about dress code while the Eastern Caribbean was more "casual". Ship updates were wonderful.
Royal Princess Royal Princess - Glad to hear there are now steps in the center of the ship!
Juneau, Alaska - Loved The Red Dog Saloon ... Easy town to walk through from the pier.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida - Thrifty allows you to pick up a rental car at FLL airport and return to their location near the port at no extra upcharge. They run free shuttles to the pier at regular intervals.
VANCOUVER (PORTLAND), WASHINGTON - Grabbed a rental car and headed on 6 day road trip across Canada to Banff and back. Loved Lake Louise and everything in between.
Victoria, British Columbia - Definitely a "walkabout" town. Follow the map to "downtown" and take a water taxi back to the pier if you are tired. Loved the "floating houses" on the pier. Beautiful city one of my favorite ports
Dominica - Tons of tour guides/vans when you disembark - took 8 of us to Emerald Pool and anywhere else we wanted for $20 each -
St. George's, Grenada - Great islanders spices & more. Bought NUT-MED the lotion the Olympic winner from Grenada used when running and it is great stuff for my arthritis and bum knee!!
Royal Princess Royal Princess - No stairs in the middle of ship was a bummer when you want to run up one deck to grab a snack ...

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