We have been on the Golden Princess (So America cruise) and enjoyed the ship athough the 'thrusters' were really vibrating. We have never had on any other Princess ship - even the other Grand class ships (Star, Grand). This size ship - Grand class is our favorite - not too big, not to small, just right (did that sound like The 3 bears ?? ). One thing we like Princess the self-serve laundry which may become very important with the airlines changing to ONE check-in bag.
Shore excursions - are paid on your account. Most everything you do on the cruise ship and excusions are on your cruise card which is usually linked to a credit card. The card opens your cabin and it is swhiped to pay for those extras (drinks, pictures, shops on the ship). Before the end of the cruise go to the purser (but DON'T go the last night of your cruise) and have your account printed and check it. Occassionally (not often) there can be a charge that isn't yours. The purser keeps all the signed receipts so you can prove or dispute the bill.
We loved the zip lining we did. Booking though the cruise line insures that the adventure has been inspected for safety.
I don't know about cancellations and when you get noticed. We did the swim with the dolphins and it was fantastic. Actually got to RIDE on the dolphin.... awesome.
You CAN NOT cancel at the last minute. Each evening you will get a Princess Patter that tells you about the next days itinerary. There is also information about 'last chance to cancel.... ' (it will list the port). So be sure to make your excursions or cancel within the alloted time. They will not refund your excursion because you missed it or just didn't want to, changed your mind. IF you do miss it for a really good reason -' I fell and broke my leg this morning' (just kidding) they would refund your excursion. It doesn't hurt to ask but don't except a refund.
If you have the 'Travel Channel' there is a great program 'Dos and Don'ts for Cruising'.
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