Don't go on their ships.
Don't worry if you don't have a tuxedo for formal nights. Many men were wearing suits and ties. The soft drink package is worth the price if you are a moderate Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke drinker. The future cruise deposit is a must if you think you might be cruising again with Princess in 2 years.
Do not pack too much because you need room for purchases.
Bring a trench coat. It gets a bit windy, but do enjoy the space up top!
A lot of passengers we spoke with had air conditioning issues as well.
I still think Royal Carribean is better but Princess is close
You can dress casual or dress-up if you wish. Anytime dining is nice as you can go to the dining room anytime you want to.
Make sure to visit the International cafe on the Plaza deck. The pastries are good and a great place for a light lunch. The only place to get fresh brewed coffee on the ship. The coffee card if you like specialty coffees is a good deal and it gives you free brewed coffee.
Catch the shows. I suggest the dining rooms for lunch rather than the buffet.
Beautiful ship! Excellent service throughout. Get a balcony room. It is worth the extra dollars!!! Check the Princess Patter each evening so you can plan your activities for the next day ahead of time! Relax and enjoy!!
I liked the way the captain kept us informed through-out the journey. They had plenty of elevators to service 3000 people. It was a beautiful ship but get a balcony! It was nice to sit on the balcony when it was warm.
Oder your breakfast coffee from room service.
The Piazza has real good food and coffees too. Take time to enjoy the entertainment there while having a snack and or your favorite coffee.
I loved when the elevator announced the name of the floor and the way the captain spoke about the ship. Each time when he described the ship, "The Beautiful Emerald Princess", I grew to love her more!!!
The breakfast in the Lido has special to order omlets
Dont plan any excursions at Turks because there is a great restaurant, bar, pool right at the pier.
Don't miss British Pub Lunch on sea days - they have at least two separate menus.
Explore the ship..
Watch for "happy hour" at certain bars where you buy one drink and get another for one dollar. If you want to meet people, always choose "shared" tables when asked, during open seating at breakfast and lunch.
The All Inclusive Photo Package We bought this and we maximized our value. That said, Princess does not seem very knowledgeable about what you get so I thought I would make that clear to everyone. When I called and enquired, here is what I was told and then the reality. You get one print, any size, of every picture taken of you on the ship with the exception of Black and White ones. Any extra prints are $10.00 per. At end of trip you get a thumb drive with ALL the digital photos. The reality is close to that. You do not get a print of anything taken in front of a “White Screen” or any Black and White ones. Included are the embarkation photos as well as the ones taken in port when you first leave the ship. Also, you do not get “any size”. For the posed pictures, you get the 8x10. If you want a smaller size, $10.00. The Thumb drive is really cute. Looks like a ship. Extra Power in the Staterooms We had a mini suite with 2 TVs. Behind each TV was a wooden panel. Move the panel and there is an extra plug. Room Service “Pre Breakfast” Most mornings we would get up around 6:30 and have a very light breakfast delivered (usually a croissant, some fruit, and coffee/tea) and enjoy that on the balcony as the sun rose. Very nice way to start the day Princess At Sea Have to remember this is a web page not an app so your phone will not give you an indicator when things have been updated. The site has a lot of good info, including a digital copy of the patter, and allows you to calendar events, create your own, etc. Patter is uploaded nightly around midnight and it was fun to review that on our phones before sleep and kind of plan the next day. Remember to refresh the web page so you can see your messages. This is a great way to communicate when you get separated and is completely free. Leave your phone on “Airplane Mode” and log into the ship’s wifi. You DO NOT need an internet package to utilize this site. Beach Towels You can get them at any of the pool areas and can take them ashore. This was different for us as Carnival and Royal has simply left 2 in our rooms, with the caveat of if it is not in the room when you leave, you bought it. Time Change This was weird as they took an hour from us the first night, but didn’t give it back until the last night. Really thought they would give it back to us the night before our last sea day (the night we left Cabo). Not a complaint, just odd to me. Red and Blue Carpet When going to your room the first time, look at the carpet when you get in the hall. There is striping that runs the length of the hall. Red on one side and blue on the other. It is very easy to get disoriented on these ships and the carpet color helps you walk down the correct side Go to 7 You cannot walk the length of deck 6. If you want to go from one end to the other, suggest you go to 7, walk on either the inside or outside to the other end, and then go down one floor to 6. This is really handy when you want to go to Botticelli’s for tea.
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