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BarryDrake - Answered a Question by Hill (22 Aug 08 21:16)

You shouldn't need to tip unless you want to as you will find that Princess will already have added 15% to your bill for tips. How or to whom it is shared I don't know. I gave our cabin boy something anyway but you never know if they think it's enough. Dress code - is very casual - too casual I would say as if you don'dress up it isn't really special is it? In your cabin is a TV with a bridge camera channel so you can view directly ahead where the ship is going - also this broadcasts on the internet all the time with Princess so you can check this out now before you go - thats one good point they have. You will have to go on organised trips unless you really know how to get about abroad as you have to be back on time for departures. Guide tips up to you. A fiver or so. If 70 people on the coach gave them a fiver each it wouldn't be a bad daily rate. I expect your Mum is teatotal which is just as well on Princess cruises as being an American Line ( they're still hung up on The Prohibition Era )No concept of Happy Hour or two for the price of one with this lot. I wouldn't go with them again without considerable persuading as they treat you with contempt when you leave or reboard the ship. - The so called security staff - Drinks Patrol I hope you have a nice time but it will be a long time until I return to Princess Cruises.

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phillips - replied to BarryDrake (25 Aug 08 22:19)

Please ignore most of the comments by mr.drake, we willbe joining your cruise for new year. we had splendid service last time hence re booking. not sure how ambulant your mam is but we noted dedicated staff assisting people with walking difficulties.we found the drinks reasonable . we had breakfast on the balcony most mornings which was lovely. as for the dress code people made a huge effort at dinner so bring your bling! Ship is decorated in a wonderful way . look forward to it .

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Tullock - Answered a Question by Hill (23 Aug 08 14:19)

Firstly dont worry about the previous answer posted previously you willhave a great time with Princess. Every time we have cruised with them tips were added to the cabin which you can remove if you wish. 15% is added to the bar bill though with the $ as it is we think the drinks are very reasonable. Dress up if you wish approx half do half dont. We always have an inside cabin (quiet and least movement if rough), set the webcam up on the TV and you will be woken gently by daylight. We very rarely do ship excursions as they are expensive (unless visiting a tricky place to traver in ie Egypt) Use the forums for info on trips. Bear in mind the Americans do not put as much emphasis on Christmas as we do they are also very PC and do not want to upset the non Christians on board. If you want crackers etc take them in your case. Have fun.

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Whittle - Answered a Question by Hill (24 Aug 08 12:11)

We have never cruised over the Christmas period but we have cruised with Princess on three occasions and are due to go with them in two weeks time to the Baltic. We have never seen anyone inappropriately dressed in the main dining rooms, and particularly not on formal evenings. Most people seem to enjoy 'dressing up'on the formal evenings and I would say that 50% of men wear a DJ/Tux and 50% a business suit - ladies, just get dressed up and enjoy!! With regard to excusions, we usually do our own thing when in the Caribbean. It is so easy to pick up a tour locally at each port, either by taxi or mini-bus, and they are much cheaper than the ship's excursions. We usually remove one set of gratuities and then tip our cabin steward and waiters separately. I agree with Tullock, even with the 15% gratuity added to the bar bill, the drinks are still reasonably priced - approx $6 for a cocktail. We always pay the small amount extra for a balcony cabin - it's so nice to sit outside each morning and particularly in the evenings with a pre-dinner drink. I am sure your mother will thoroughly enjoy the experience as will you.

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