Has anyone returned from one of the first trips on the Crown this year? If so, would you share with those of us still counting down -- how did it go?
Have a number of questions too -- such as how did you obtain the US$1 for tipping room service? Was a tender required in any of the ports? Did tours leave on time (basically -- give or take 5/10 min) or were you waiting around for half-hour?
>> 1. Aboard any Princess ship, you can get small bills at the Purser's Desk or, during casino hours, at the casino's cashier window. You also can cash personal checks up to a reasonable limit at the Purser's Desk.
>> 2. Overall, Princess's shore excursions notoriously run on time. The only delays I have seen in seven cruises have been due to (1) delays in getting clearance from local authorities or (2) tender capacity in a tender port. I highly recommend showing up at the designated meeting place a few minutes before the time specified on your tour ticket. If you are any more than a minute or two late, you may miss your tour.
We did the Baltic's last year in May. Absolutely loved it. We had no trouble with foreign money-----used only US dollars and the credit card. Only one place gave us change in their currency that was in Sweden at the Vasa Museum I think. (only about 50cents). I think we liked Russia the most---very traditional! Lunch was very unusual, and I think the only "traditional" meal on the whole trip!
Just read your message again, forgot to add that the only port that had to use a tender was Sweden. We got onto a tour bus right away and when we got back we did not have to wait very long either, they did have some refreshments while waiting----even though as I remember it was just water maybe coffee and cookies or something like that?
I hope you'll enjoy this cruise as much as we did!