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Contributor Level: Third Mate
Feb 18, 2015

Choose the early dinner seating and ask to share table with at least 4 other guests. You will make new friends and spend the dining time sharing experiences. Take a shawl (or dress warmer) when dining. Don't miss any of the shows and get your seat 30 minutes early to be able to get a seat.

Contributor Level: Captain
Oct 27, 2014

If you have a chance to meet the guys at the egg station... they will make you a great breakfast.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Aug 12, 2014

If you want to see the shows in Princess Theater, opt for the 1st seating for dinner.

Contributor Level: Purser
Apr 11, 2017

My tip would be to pick another ship. Seriously, this ship has been made too small by adding 300 passengers. The numbers of people on our cruise was 300 above the pre-renovation capacity of the ship. Seasoned passengers! Do not even think about taking a cruise on this ship.

Contributor Level: Purser
Oct 23, 2016

- Go on a diet before the cruise because you most likely will gain weight with all the great food. - Anytime dining is really convenient especially when you go into port. You have more flexibility. - Great comedy shows and Danny, the acoustic guitar player and singer was excellent.

Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 28, 2016

If you can purchase a case of water to bring on board. In room water was expensive.

Contributor Level: Purser
May 31, 2016

Choose a set time for dinner. The lines for anytime dinning were sometimes an hour or more wait. If you want to see a show, get to the theater at least 30 minutes early in order to get a seat. Do try the specialty restaurants.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
May 11, 2016

Choose anytime dining and sit with different people. The cruise is about destinations but also about learning about other people countries and customs.

Contributor Level: Purser
Apr 27, 2016

Just relax and enjoy yourself. We chose the anytime dining which I would recommend. It gives you a chance to enjoy the early shows and eat later. Also enjoyed first run movies with the "movies under the stars" program - usually started at 7 and were over by 9 so you could dine later.

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Apr 27, 2016

Be sure and purchase a coffee card. Fifteen specialty drinks for $29.00 plus tax. Included is free coffee in the bar. Believe me you will want that good coffee as the coffee in the buffet leaves a lot to be desired. Also get to the shows at least half an hour early. They fill up fast.
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Jan 08, 2016

Don't get confined to structured dining. Do the free style and either dine solo or share table to make new friends.

Contributor Level: Second Mate
Dec 08, 2015

You will probably need a map to get around your first couple of days; all the elevators don't go to all the floors, and it takes a while to learn "fore" and "aft" !

Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 22, 2014

If you're going to Horizon for breakfast, go early, or you won't have a seat. Otherwise, go to the dining room. It doesn't take too long to get your breakfast and they always have seating. ABSOLUTELY get a cabin with a balcony if you can afford it, it's worth it for the tour of glacier bay.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Jan 13, 2014

if you do the full transit on this ship, it is worth the extra money to purchase a lounge chair at the rear of the ship, check it out.

Contributor Level: Purser
Jan 09, 2014

Get up early to get a good spot on board when going through the Panama locks.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Apr 29, 2013

Take y our time. enjoy yourself. Lines in buffet were not a problem.

Contributor Level: Purser
Oct 09, 2017

Take gym clothing so you can work off all the food you eat.

Contributor Level: Purser
Oct 05, 2017

If you have been on another Princess ship they have different layouts. Check out your guide.

Sep 30, 2017

Check the deck plans. Make sure your cabin is in a quiet area before you book. I always do this very carefully looking for what is above us and whether the balcony is close to noise from the sun deck and amplified music. We personally never go above the Baja deck for this reason.

Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 27, 2017

Do Anytime Dining but make dinner reservations.

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