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Old August 25th, 2001, 08:19 PM
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Default Transfers Los Angeles

We will be flying on Alaska Air from Victoria via Seattle to Los Angeles, arriving at noon in November to board Sea Princess for Mexico which leaves at 7pm. Our #2

We will have transfer tickets from airport to ship. Is it as easy as everybody makes out, pick up your bags and someone is already present to take your bags , direct you to your bus.

Should we put ship tags on prior to our flight that day.
Do you wait a long time on bus until its full??

We are experienced air travellers and our last cruise took a bus by ourselves to port.

Any advice would be appreciated, I like to walk our trip prior..>
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Old August 25th, 2001, 10:55 PM
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Rob,

Since you won't be clearing customs in Los Angeles, go ahead and put your cruise luggage tags on your luggage before you check it for your flights -- and make sure that airline's check-in agent does not remove them when when you check your luggage! (They sometimes instinctively remove "old" luggage tags without first verifying that they really are old.)

Upon arrival in Los Angeles, look for Princess representatives as you enter the terminal. They usually try to meet passengers at the gate. If you don't find them there, continue toward the baggage claim until you find them. They usually wear blue sweaters and white pants or skirts, so they are pretty easy to find. Also, the Princess representatives usually carry clipboards with a huge Princess logo (blue and white) on the back -- and they hold the clipboards high to flag arriving passengers (when they are not looking at their paperwork). When you find a Princess representative, he or she will provide further directions.

>> Regarding luggage, practice does vary. Sometimes the representatives will direct you to claim your luggage and put it in a specific place in the baggage claim area. At other times, Princess representatives get the luggage directly from the airline. From there, Princess usually loads the luggage onto trucks for transport to the ship.

>> Once you have done whatever you need to do with luggage, the Princess representatives may direct you to a hospitality suite to wait for your buses, or they may simply show you to a meeting point and give you a time to meet there to board the buses, or they might send you directly to a coach. In any event, they will get you onto a coach headed to the ship.

Note that your checked luggage will not travel with you to the ship, and that it might arrive in your stateroom a couple hours after you do. If there's anything that you think you will want on the day of arrival, pack it in your carry-on luggage.

BTW, I just found the list of shore excursions for this cruise on Princess's web site -- and it seems to have expanded considerably since I took a "Mexican Riviera" cruise aboard sister MV Sun Princess three years ago. Here it is.

Puerto Vallarta (8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday)

>> PVR-A Puerto Vallarta / Coastal Drive (3 1/2 hours, $24.00)

>> PVR-C Town & Countryside Drive (4 hours, $29.00)

>> PVR-G Countryside on Horseback (4 1/2 hours, $52.00)

>> PVR-P Golf at Marina Vallarta - 18 Holes (5 hours, $125.00)

>> PVR-R Beach Club & Tequilla Factory (4 1/2 hours, $43.00)

>> PVR-S Sierra Madre Expedition (7 hours, $80.00)

>> PVR-T Hideaway at Las Caletas (7 hours, $65.00)

>> PVR-X Puerto Vallarta Certified Dive (7 hours, $79.00)

>> PVR-Y Scuba at Marietas Island (7 hours, $60.00)

Mazatlan (8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Wednesday)

>> MZT-A Highlights & Papantla Flyers (3 1/2 hours, $29.00)

>> MZT-B Shopping, Beach, Lunch, & Show (6 1/2 hours, $42.00)

>> MZT-C The Best of Mazatlan (7 hours, $52.00)

>> MZT-D Sierra Madre Tour (7 hours, $57.00)

>> MZT-E Sportfishing Tournament (7 1/4 hours, $119.00)

>> MZT-F Colonial Villages & Papantla Flyers (4 1/2 hours, $45.00)

>> MZT-G Hacienda las Moras (5 1/2 hours, $59.00)

>> MZT-P Golf at Mazatlan - 18 Holes (6 1/4 hours, $110.00)

Cabo San Lucas (7:00 AM to 1:00 PM Thursday)

>> SJD-A Land's End Boat Tour & Scenic Drive (3 1/3 hours, $32.00)

>> SJD-C Land's End Boat Tour & Beach Club (3 hours?, $31.00)

>> SJD-D Coastal Highlights (3 1/2 hours, $35.00)

>> SJD-H Horseback Ride on Beach (3 hours, $51.00)

>> SJD-N Ocean Kayaking/Snorkel (2 1/2 hours, $39.00)

>> SJD-Q Cabo San Lucas Sportfishing (5 hours, $139.00)

>> SJD-S Sail & Snorkel (3 1/4 hours, $55.00)

>> SJD-T Sail & Snorkel Fiesta (2 1/2 hours, $38.00)

>> SJD-V Sea of Cortez Ecological Snorkel (3 hours, $54.00)

>> SJD-W Discover Scuba Diving (3 1/2 hours, $86.00)

>> SJD-X Cabo San Lucas Certified Dive (3 3/4 hours, $81.00)

Overall, this looks like a reasonable variety of excursions. You should receive an information package about sixty days before sailing, or soon after you submit your final payment, that will containing a booklet called "Adventures Ashore" that will have detailed descriptions of these excursions.

BTW, which date are you going? I'm going on the 3rd of November.

Have a great cruise!

Norm.
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Old August 26th, 2001, 02:17 AM
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Wow..
Thanks for all the info and the extra stuff on excursions.
Sure beats the rates charged by Alaska cruise for similar tours.
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Old August 26th, 2001, 06:28 PM
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Rob,

You're welcome!

Norm.
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Old September 1st, 2001, 02:46 AM
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Hi Rob,

You probably will have to wait until the bus is full or make a few stops around the airport but like Norm says the good thing about the bus is you don't have to move your luggage anymore.

You can take a taxi for about $40 and leave immediately but then you have to take care of your own luggage. have fun.

Mr. Mac
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Old September 1st, 2001, 03:16 PM
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Default Re: Transfers Los Angeles

Thanks Terry,
As you say, sitting on the bus knowing my bags are taken care of is fine with me. I looked up LA on the web and now know it has at least 8 terminals and Alaska domestic uses #2.

On the reverse side, the ship docks at 6am and if my plane leaves at noon or 1pm then that should be ample time.. right.

Rob
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Old September 8th, 2001, 01:10 AM
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FYI:
We used transfers in LA on our 2000 Elation cruise,all I can say is I'll NEVER DO TRANSFERS AGAIN!
Absolutely no organization.....total chaos.People getting on the wrong buses for the wrong airports.....loading and unloading bags with one driver trying to sort out the mess, the process took nearly 2 hours.
We've booked the Star Princess March 2002 and this time we'll get a limo/ taxi to and from airport/port & I don't care how much it costs.
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Old September 8th, 2001, 02:21 AM
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Wow.. not good what you must have gone through with the Carnival line.
Thanks for info.. Someone else told me its about $40 for a cab..(taxi).
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