Great News, Harry!
I just sent you an e-mail asking about the tickets. Gee, we didn't even get an express sticker. I've got the clear folder from our last cruise in September, maybe I could just stick our tickets in it? Let's see who gets on the ship first!
We're in D718 at the port-aft. If you walked each day from Harry & Art's to Capt Ron's and mine, you'd work off all that food!!!
Sorry my first message was so short. My boss came in the office :o)
There is also one other person I've corresponded with on the CC board. If I remember correctly, his board name is "filmsafetyman". He says that he's an experienced world traveler but has never been on a cruise ship before! I game him our names and room number but don't know his.
I went through our tickets this afternoon, and all the info is there and correct.
We are really looking forward to the trip because of the length and sea days (it forces me to relax).
I think we may do the Sierra Madre tour in Mazatlan because we don't care for it as a port. It's a LONG tour -- 7 hours, but we always get so much out of the small towns in Mexico. ... Otherwise, we are going on our own.
If you don't mind advice, in Cabo do the $10-$12 glass boat ride and pay for it at the pier (don't book thru the ship). Cabo is so Americanized, it's fun just to go out and see Los Arcos, the animals, etc. (45 mins, so you will still have time to poke around town)
Last weekend, we did the Walmart run for Bonine, Nyquil, etc., so we are all set with that ... just have to pull the clothes out for the dry cleaners.
You know, maybe all the www.cruisemates.com folks should have dinner together one night ... with us, and you and Ron, and Marion (and Ken who sent email to me) we have a table for 8.
I just booked this trip today, talk about last minute. I've never done a cruise before but it was a great deal and I can really use the vacation. Has anyone made this voyage before? Will a 31 year old male travelling solo be bored to tears? Worst case I imagine I can kick back and read, lose money in the casino and look forward to a little scuba diving south of the border. Anyways, I ran across this site and message board and thought I would say hello.
Thank God we are not sailing alone. I was wondering where all of you were!
Count us in for dinner, Cabin B 302.
I don't think I got an express check in sticker, what is it, where is it and where do you put it? This is our first Princess Cruise so I am learning the Princess ropes.
We are coming in on Friday from Buffalo, New York and spending the night at the Hilton in San Pedro.
Anyone staying there too? I haven't been on the boards much. I have been very busy at work with a major marketing promotion that I am working on. Bad timing, it popped up after I booked the cruise. So much to do, so little time.
It's a good thing I am always 'cruise ready' and have nothing to buy before I cruise. We were on Celebrity Mercury at the end of November so everything is still easily available, put nothing away!
Very interested in your PV excursion on the sail boat. Where did you book it, on your own or through the ship.
We never book ship excursions and usually find something on the pier or I book on line before cruise time. However, been too busy to get anything lined up for this cruise. Have not even read about the ports! I am very bad with this cruise.
Have done the whale watching in Cobo, spent a week there a few years ago so I am not to interested in finding anything to do there. It is a real party town. Have not been to the other 2 ports so I am looking forward to seeing them.
I am a water/beach person and never shop. Would rather spend the day walking a beautiful beach and checking out the colored fish with my snorkel.
We rented a sail boat and captain in the SOuth Pacific and had a wonderful day with three other couples I met on this board. We did the sailboat thing again in Key West in November and my husband got sea sick! I am the 'waterbaby' not him. He just watches me in the water and reads a book!
I'm on the star 04-05. I'm anxious to hear your comments when you return.
I've been on long land vacations to P.V. many times. We have stayed as long as one month at a time. I love that city. I know exactly where I'm headed that day.
Conversely, I have only been to Mazatlan and Cabo once and that was 20 years ago on a cruise ship. I wasn't too fond of Mazatlan but am trying to keep an open mind for this trip. Cabo is such a short amount of time, I doubt it will be hard to find some interesting things to do.
In this group, I believe Harry Martin is the Mexican Riviera expert. I'm sure you'll get a response. Welcome to the unofficial CruiseMates get together!!!
Capt Ron and I are 55 somethings who go for the cruise to be on the sea and (of course) the meals. Unfortunately, he and I both look the part (chubby) :o)
Feel free to contact us either through this forum or on the ship. D718.
Express check in is a gold colored sticker (with those words on it) attached to the plastic folder your Princess tickets come in. Since 9/11, our limited experience has shown that there isn't much value in them and so we're not too concerned about the length of time it will take to get us on the Star. Of course, the value could increase if you arrive with 10 busses :o). We are staying overnight at the Sheraton near the pier.
I too have been really busy at work and haven't even packed yet. I'll repost with the info on the URL and e-mail address for Capt Pete out of PV. The sailboat cruise is an all-day event, leaving at around 9am (checking in at 8:45) and getting back about 5pm - with a continental breakfast, big lunch, and open bar. I believe the cost was $75 a person, paid with cash. It sure would be fun if you folks wanted to join us!
(Putting on my Martha Stewart hat to plan a get-together dinner) ...
I was looking at the trip itinirary as to a good night for a get-together dinner, and I was thinking Monday night (an "at sea" day).
My rationale was that the first night (Saturday) everyone is pretty pooped, second night (Sunday) will be the formal night so I figure most would like to do the romantic thing, and that brings us to Monday night (the last at-sea day before we hit PV).
Sound OK??? and How about 7 p.m.? (I will adjust the time a smidge based upon the time of the show)
Does anyone know the names of the two Personal Choice dining rooms??? That way, I can make reservations.
(By the way, for the PC-registered people, *make reservations* for dinners. We never stood in line on the Sea Princess. Call early in the day. I usually called about 2-3. I think the desk opens at 1 p.m.)
According to my "guest list," we have confirmed:
Harry and Art - Cabin B205
Shar and Captain Ron - Cabin D718
Marion and hubby - Cabin B302
Ken and Robert - Cabin A748
Those who have not RSVP'ed are:
Mike and his wife (the anniversary folks) - Cabin D728
Last-Minute Ron - the Unknown Cabin
I will call everyone's voice mail on Monday (if that day is OK) to let them know exact time and restaurant (when decided). If by chance there is no V-M in the cabins, I will scurry about leaving Post-It's in your cabin mail slot.
Monday's dress is "smart casual"
Think that covers it all ... and finally attaching a pic of Art and I taken in October at the repeaters party on the Carnival Spirit.
Harry AKA Martha (who must now go do some insider trading and whip up some Creme Brulee at the same time) :-)
Hi Ron, great for you on the last-minute booking! See my most recent post for info about a planned dinner.
The Riviera trip is great (this is our 3rd or 4th time). You can check out shore excursions on the princess web site to preview.
As I mentioned before, the glass bottom boat ride in Cabo is a fun 45-minute trip, and you can just book it yourself on the pier for about $10-$12.
Puerto Vallarta is a great walk-around town. They have group vans that you can take for $2 that will drop you right by the cathedral. The Rio Cuale area is gorgeous -- great place to walk and shop.
In Mazatlan (our least favorite place) we usually try to get out of town. The little colonial villages are great, and you get to see the scenary as you head inland.
Hope that helps, and remember to pack Bonine if you are prone to sea sickness. (By the way, folks, the last full day at sea, the ship *boogies* up the coast ... I usually need to take two Bonine that day)
Shar and Marion, we decided to come up to LA one day early on Friday to visit with our friends Steve and Jennifer in Redondo Beach (we live in San Diego County). I booked on hotwire.com the Homestead Suites in El Segundo. Steve and Jennifer are gonna come to the hotel and I can make dinner right there (it's a 1 bed with full kitchen).
Steve is gonna be our taxi to the pier. I think we will get there about 11 or so.
Marion, express check-in is if you registered everything online. On the Sea Princess, from the time we arrived at the pier until we were smiling for the gangway camera, it was only 7 minutes! But I don't think the wait will be more than a half-hour or so for everyone who didn't register. But Shar, tell the check in people you did online register, hopefully they will put you in that line.
Thanks to all for their kind advice it's very helpful.
The dinner sound goods, I'm registered for the 6:30p dinner normally, didn't want mealtime to conflict with evening shows, etc. Anything I need to do to change my table time for Monday night? "smart casual'? I think I know what that is, easier to figure out than a company party last fall where the dress was "casual elegence" try and figure that one out. ;-)
I don't have a room number yet, I took the guaranteed option. I even have to pick my tickets up at the pier because I am "last minute Ron" ;-)
Harry, it seems like you've covered a bunch, but I have a few others:
Business Cards - To pass out to whomever you'd like to communicate with in the future.
Self Stick Labels - To put your contact info on, in case you loose your camera, video tapes, film cans, etc. You never know. There are honest people out there!
Duct Tape - Do a search if you don't know it's many uses
Scotch Tape - To put up maps and anything you'd like to display on your cabin door.
Door Decorations - You name it, anything to make it easier to find your room :o)
Most Importantly - Different sizes of zip lock baggies. Uses are almost as many as for duct tape. Mostly for securing anything that might "leak" on your clothes, etc. and to fill with snacks from Horizon Court, when you're running around in port - or for the fridge for later (just in case 24 hour eating isn't enough)
Monday night dinner is fine with us, as long as we make it to the show.
I believe Capri and Portofino and the two PC dining rooms. Portofino is on the same deck as the Traditional dining room, so you might want to go lower to the Capri. I read somewhere that it tends to get overlooked and it might be more stable ---as we bomb along at full speed :o)
I'm assuming your set up for early Traditional dining, correct? That's what we have. The shows are usually performed twice a night, once for early Traditional and once for late Traditional. All PC diners try to schedule the meals to allow for the shows (if they want to attend them). You need to plan on finding a seat in the theater approx 30 minutes before the show, Later is OK, but lots less seat choices and for the big productions, they'll probably fill up. Out of courtesy, just let your dinner mates and steward know you'll not be there. It's a real bummer to go to a table for 10 and be there by yourself. We were on the Dawn two years ago in Alaska and on the final formal night, a lady at the table next to us had that happen. Luckily, we had no-shows and were able to invite her over. We made her part of our new family!!
Monday for dinner sounds fine with me. I will INFORM Robert that he cannot make any dinner plans that night. How big can the tables get???As the ladies with me (4) may want to tag along. The light pink has gotten a tad darker more rosey now. Do you know if there are any other polite Canadaians onboard??
Ron, for your room (to let you know what to expect), they will have it listed at the pier on the manifest. Look for someone outside at a podium type thing, and they will let you know. Then for any checked baggage, just tell the porter the cabin number and he should write it on for you. (Be sure and include any liquor in the checked baggage.) By the way, parking is very secure and $10 a day -- cash only.
See my new separate post about making the Cruisemates dinner -- no biggie. You just tip your normal waiter and assistant waiter as if you were there.
Call our cabin when you have your cabin number. It's B205 (Baja deck) under my name, Harry Martin, to let us know where you are to give you the info about Monday night. Or just leave a note in our mailbox.
We have 9 Cruisemates confirmed! How fun! It's like a mini-cruisemates.com cruise!
And, final tip -- this week, check out a library for Fodors Guide or Frommers for things you would like to do in port. I know Frommers is on line, too. The princess web site also lists shore excursions (and will give you an idea of what to expect)
Here is the note I sent to Marion (along the same lines):
We ALL should be able to do Personal Choice that night, so we don't need to pay any of the surcharges. (Princess really prefers people to do PC and it's no prob switching that night ... only warning is that you should tip for the night you are not at Traditional dining). I just need to know the two dining rooms that are PC.
I know Art and I may hit the Mexican place one night ($8 a head, and a 16-oz Margarita included -- that's $5+ right there, and it got good reviews) but the Italian place is 3 hours and I think $25 a head (plus we are not too hot on Italian)
Glad the tips helped -- got the toiletrie bags packed today ... one less thing to do.
Hope you don't mind, but I will post this for the other folks, too.