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Old February 22nd, 2001, 10:59 PM
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We will be sailing our first cruise on Princess (have sailed many times on Carnival, NCL and Royal Caribbean).

We are curious as to what the entertainment on the Grand is like, what does it consist of? We enjoy comedy shows. Carnival each night does have an adult comedy show which we always enjoyed. Does the Grand offer comedy shows and what other things are there to do after dinner besides in the Casino?

I also heard there is a nightly movie shown in a public room, is this true?

One other question, does the pizzeria close at 6pm as we heard it does and is the refrigerator in the staterooms large enough to hold a dozen cans of soda at a time?

Any information you can give us would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old February 23rd, 2001, 10:32 AM
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It is my understanding that the entertainment on the Grand is quite good and with 3 lounges/theaters with entertainment night and each show is repeated at least once a week. The name of Marty Allen keeps popping up on these forums. The notes seem to say he is not to be missed. The Princess Entertainers - singers & dancers put on several Broadway/Las Vegas style revues with elaborate costumes and stage settings. A new production number just started on the Grand for this season's sailing. There is also Country/Western entertainment in the Painted Desert, a piano bar in the atrium, Explorer's Club, Wheehouse Bar (on the Sea there was a combo w/ singer there nightly). Of course Skywalker's is the nightly disco. I don't know about a routine Comedy show, but know there have been comedian's on board. From all I have heard there will be lots of choices throughout the week. Entertainment is one of Princess pluses for me when compared to Celebrity. I think RCI does a good job too bringing on older name entertainers.

I believe you can ask your room steward to remove any mini-bar items that may be in your frig is it comes stocked (suites, etc.) The unit is a good size, so a 12 pack should fit nicely. I understand the store at the pier does not sell soda, so you may wish to bring it with you or buy it at Winn Dixie or Publix on 17th at FLL.
I don't recall any mention of movies, but most new ships do have that routinely scheduled into their daily program.

When are you sailing? We leave in 3 weeks!
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Old February 25th, 2001, 01:45 PM
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Ah, lucky you, three weeks. I know your counting the days down

We are leaving on July 15th, western caribbean. Have kids here so we must wait for summer recess. I never went to Costa Maya, wondering what there is to do there, or if there is a nice beach there? Are you sailing eastern or western?

I live in Ft. Lauderdale, so it will be easy for us to bring a piece of luggage with soda as I always need an extra piece to hold the sounvenires we bring back. I love Cozumel for the onyx, come back with some beautiful pieces and my kahula.
Princess does not offer "soda cards" as Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer to children. Not that I am cheap, the children will pay for soda's but if I can keep the bill down a little (with four people it sure can add up alot) it will help some.

We chose regular dining late seating, as we don't like to rush taking turns getting showered and dressing since we are in a quad cabin. Late seating gives us all time to enjoy a full day and not have to rush to get to early seating. We also perfer the assigned seating, I think its more personable having the same waiter who gets to know what you like and has it ready before you get to the table....such as one who knows i enjoy espresso right after my dinner. Not asking for such things sure gives it a little plus.
Did you choose personal dining, I heard many people who perfer it thinks its a great system.

Thank you so much for answering my letter here, and you have yourself a wonderful cruise on the beautiful Grand.
Bon Voyage!!!

Nanatravel wrote:
>
> It is my understanding that the entertainment on the Grand is
> quite good and with 3 lounges/theaters with entertainment
> night and each show is repeated at least once a week. The
> name of Marty Allen keeps popping up on these forums. The
> notes seem to say he is not to be missed. The Princess
> Entertainers - singers & dancers put on several Broadway/Las
> Vegas style revues with elaborate costumes and stage
> settings. A new production number just started on the Grand
> for this season's sailing. There is also Country/Western
> entertainment in the Painted Desert, a piano bar in the
> atrium, Explorer's Club, Wheehouse Bar (on the Sea there was
> a combo w/ singer there nightly). Of course Skywalker's is
> the nightly disco. I don't know about a routine Comedy show,
> but know there have been comedian's on board. From all I
> have heard there will be lots of choices throughout the week.
> Entertainment is one of Princess pluses for me when compared
> to Celebrity. I think RCI does a good job too bringing on
> older name entertainers.
>
> I believe you can ask your room steward to remove any
> mini-bar items that may be in your frig is it comes stocked
> (suites, etc.) The unit is a good size, so a 12 pack should
> fit nicely. I understand the store at the pier does not sell
> soda, so you may wish to bring it with you or buy it at Winn
> Dixie or Publix on 17th at FLL.
> I don't recall any mention of movies, but most new ships do
> have that routinely scheduled into their daily program.
>
> When are you sailing? We leave in 3 weeks!
> Bon Voyage
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Old February 26th, 2001, 01:25 AM
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Lynda,

There's a choice of three shows each night in the Princess Theater, the Vista Show Lounge, and Explorers Night Club. The Princess Theater and the Vista Show Lounge can accommodate both production shows and headliners. The Explorers Night Club generally either features a headliner or cabaret act. There usually is a comedian among the headliners, but some of the other acts are even better.

If you enjoy comedy, be sure also to attend the London Pub Night.

Norm.
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Old February 26th, 2001, 03:20 PM
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We too are traditionalists almost for the same reasons. Its just the two of us at home now so I enjoy meeting new people. We usually choose a large table, so the chance of meeting some nice new friends is greater. I have only been at one table where one person was obnoxious but all the others were fine. I too believe that Princess has yet to adopt a Soda Card program. Their loss again. We don't really plan to eat at Sabattini's but maybe will have lunch in the Painted Desert ($3.50pp extra fee). I bring liquor and possibly sparkling water on board, as I rarely drink soda. We are staying on 17th so will shop at Publix or Winn Dixie before we board.
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