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Old June 18th, 2001, 03:45 PM
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Default Crown Princess: Baltic 2001

Hi,

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?

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Old June 19th, 2001, 09:05 PM
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Default Re: Crown Princess: Baltic 2001

MHS,

To answer your questions:

>> 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.

Have a great cruise!

Norm.
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Old June 21st, 2001, 03:40 PM
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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!
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Old June 21st, 2001, 05:04 PM
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Default Re: Crown Princess: Baltic 2001

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!
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