Showing posts from May, 2014

Princess Introduces Sudden New Fees and their Loyal Passengers Revolt

The Regal Princess debuted last week on its inaugural sailing without much fanfare.  Until…..

“Av8tor” doing a live thread on Cruise Critic for this sailing posted the following:  
Speaking of new surprise charges, they now have a mandatory $3 delivery charge for room service (it’s not just for pizza anymore)! First, they told us it’d be $3 to have the daily fruit delivered like we normally have. The fruit order card was the same as it used to be (no mention of any charge). When they told us about it, we assumed it was just a charge for the fruit, so we told them to just forget it. Then that night we ordered a pot of hot water for tea and that’s when they told us that all room service deliveries now had a $3 charge. I believe this is just on the Regal now, even though the Princess web site still describes room service as “complimentary. Another surprise charge is a .50 charge for “mixer” if you order a cocktail. So, now my Canadian Club and 7-Up drinks are billed as $6.25 alcohol plus .…

Princess Introduces Sudden New Fees and their Loyal Passengers Revolt Part Two

To read part one first click here:  

Late on Sunday night I got a notification from Princess on Facebook of a response to my post. This is what it said:  Hi Vickie, we apologize for the frustrating situation this weekend. We value your loyalty, and we take your concerns to heart. Based on the feedback we've received, for the time being both room service and Alfredo’s pizzeria charges being trialed on Regal Princess will be halted. We acknowledge we need to provide our guests prior notification of any such changes to our onboard experience, and we promise to do this in the future.  

Note there was no comment from Princess about the added fee for mix in highballs.

Wow!  Obviously Princess took all our comments/emails seriously and responded quickly. Is it the answer I want, no not 100% but I am willing to celebrate this victory. It seems Princess thinks the main issue was how they implemented the fee with no notice, but I am not sure they understood that the added fees was also a big i…

Laundry - Do It Yourself

Laundry, oh that dreaded word.  You are on vacation and WHAT you have to do laundry!  

Well no worries, Princess is one of the lines that has laundry facilities on board on each floor. Look for them on the map and note that sometimes it is faster to go to the facilities on the deck above or below than all the way to the other end of the ship on your floor.  

I won't get into the games, arguments, lines, quality of the laundry cause well I just don't do that, but rest assured getting a machine can be as hard as wining at trivia. My honey is the one who does it, he loves doing it, he does it often at home too so hey if it makes him happy.  

Each ship and deck can be different with the number of machines and how the room is laid out.  But basically you will find some washing machines, dryers, ironing boards and irons (set on a timer), dispensers for soap and dryer sheets/fabric softener and coin exchanger (note the newer ships now have a machine that will dispense a token and charge…


One of the reasons we really wanted to get to Elite status in Princes' Loyalty Programs was so we could get free laundry. So after 150 days or 15 cruises you too can get laundry done, or you could book a full suite as they get it too.

In every cabin you will find a laundry paper bag (note suites get a cloth bag) and a laundry form. It is up to you to fill out the form. Trust me the first few times I didn't fill out the form and felt horrible when I found out that our cabin steward was itemizing our clothes without saying anything to us (we tipped him well that trip).  

You need to fill out your name, cabin number, date and note that for the free laundry you only get next day service.  If you want quick service you will have to pay for it.  But normally it takes just one day to get the laundry back, but be warned if there are a ton of Elite members on board it could take much much longer.  Case in point, our South America cruise where the ship was at least a third elite was takin…

Over 5,000 Days at Sea - Wow

I just heard today from one of my Facebook Fans on my page Cruising Princess Cruiseline With Vickie that Princess' Most Travelled Passenger Lorraine Arzt had passed away. Here is theLink to the story that was posted.  
Lorraine Arzt had over 5,000 days at sea with Princess.  She was so loyal to Princess that they even named her God Mother of the Royal Princess in 2007.  
I had never met Lorraine but I knew many crew that spoke of her.  She was a fixture on the Royal with "her" own cabin.  She personalized her cabin with items from home to make it more personal.
After her husband passed away she continued to travel alone.  She would request certain crew to accompany her for dinners, to shows and even to excursions on shore.
Crew commented to me that she was lovely and tough, demanding and caring, sweet and harsh.  I guess that can describe most passengers.
I know my partner and I often talk about what it would be like to live on board a Princess ship, but to actually know some…

Cruise Card -- What Does It All Mean

You ever wonder what all this information on your cruise card means?  
As soon as you check in you are given a cruise card.  This is invaluable on board.  It allows you to enter your cabin as a key card, it may even keep the lights on in your cabin.  On the Royal and Regal Princess there is a small slot as soon as you enter your cabin to put a cruise card, this means someone is in the cabin and this allows you to use the overhead lights.  

There are four different colored cruise cards.  The different colors represent the Captain Circle Loyalty level you are in.
If it is blue:  first time cruising Princess, but can also mean crew, or someone sailing as one of the crew's friends and family
If it is gold:  you are sailing on your 2nd to 3rd Princess Cruise
If it is ruby: you are sailing on your 4th to 5th Princess cruise or you have sailed over 30 days.
If it is platinum:  you are sailing on your 6th to 15th Princess cruise or you have sailed over 50 days
If it is elite:  you have sailed ov…

Cruising Video Channel

Did you know Cruising Princess Cruiseline with Vickie has a Youtube channel?  

Link to Youtube Channel

About a year ago I decide to put to use some of the videos I had created while sailing.  Here you will find everything from

My Must Haves to Take on a Cruise

My Cruise Organizer and Planner

Italian Night

Snorkelling with Turtles in Barbados

King Penguins in the Falklands

Packing Tips with Ebags

And many more.

Thanks for checking.

The Big 50! In More Ways Than One

Yup I know you are shocked.... how can she be turning 50? Okay stop laughing!  And it doesn't happen till next year!  
I still have a year to go.  But not only is it the big 50, it is also our 20th Wedding Anniversary too.

For the past year my honey (aka Bernie) has been saying we need to do something special to celebrate two great milestones.  So we have been contemplating where to go.  
A few obstacles were in the way though.  Our anniversary is in July, and my birthday is August.  But next year (well most years) it is very difficult for us to get time off in the summer, and especially long stretches off in the summer. So we had to think about Fall itineraries.  
There are many areas we considered. Northern Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and Mediterranean.  
What we wanted was a "wow" vacation, to somewhere we maybe haven't been to.  One where we could see lots of amazing ports but also get in a good rest and come back to work rested.  
After many months of searc…