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Old February 5th, 2010, 06:04 AM
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We're new to this site & fairly new to cruising (went on Ventura last year P&O), we're looking at going on Grand Princess in January, on our cruise last year we had a balcony, but unfortunately we were in the shade most of the day. How do we work out for this time which side of the ship is best for catching the sun? We would like to sit on the balcony in the afternoon & relax with a drink & good book. Also, what are the drink prices like on the Princess cruises.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 09:18 AM
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Think about the direction your ship will be cruising and the position of the sun. If you are in the tropics the sun will be pretty much overhead. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere the sun will be the your south. In the afternoon the sun will be west of you.

All that said if you cruise north to south you want a starboard cabin, etc.Of course it it is a closed loop cruise you get sun half the time and shade the other half.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 10:21 AM
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I will work that out, thanks for that.

I am looking at the Grand Princess for 14 nights in January, this site is really helpful. I have been on the internet and read so many different things that put you off, but like anything it's personel taste and everybody enjoys different things.
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Welcome to the site Raebrand, we have really enjoyed it since we found it a few years back.

Apart from welcoming you, I wanted to address your query over the drink prices, they are pretty much on par with P&O prices (depending on exchange rates of course) but remember, unlike P&O there is an automatic charge of 15% added to the bar bill.

Hope you enjoy Golden & the Prncess Experience as a whole, we far prefer Princess to P&O despite being Brits.

One other thing to remember is when you have completed the cruise, make sure that both Princess (Captain's Circle) & P&O (Portunus) loyalty schemes are aware of the other cruise. P&O will give you half points for Princess, Princess give full points for P&O cruises.

Have a great time, it will soon come around.

Alan & Katrina
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Hi Kandajones,

Thanks for your reply, we too are Brits,we have definately decidecd that we are going to book the Grand Princess for Jan 2011, when we book which will be through a local travel agent, after giving them the best prices that we have seen on the internet & getting them to match it or hopefully better it, shall we let them know we have cruised previously with P&O and are members of Portenus so that we get more of a discount? Wouldn't have even considered that before as different companies.

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Ok, think we've worked it out correctly now, we are leaving Fort Lauderdale at sea for 3 days and then heading for the caribbean, we then loop back towards FL where we unfortunately end the cruise. So due to the fact that we are at sea for 3 days we would prefer the sun on those days so are thinking that best position for this will be starboard side. Please if this is wrong.

We are booking tomorrow.

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Old February 5th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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Hi again Caron & Stuart , ooopps Grand not Golden - I am getting my ships mixed up ;o) We love them both.

and so to your question.

You will not get any extra discount from the T/A (unless they are in a really good mood), but it's worth updating both Portunus & Captain's Circle when you have completed the cruise.
You have to have taken one cruise on a Princess ship before you can include your P&O points, but as soon as you have your number, email them your P&O details & they will add them (likewise with Portunus) - after that they link the accounts & the points are automatically accumulated.

For TA's, have you tried Liverpool Cruise Club, they always seem to find us the best prices when we call, and will match (or try to beat) any other offer. They also regularly give obc or free car parking/coach at the airport.
They have a website & freephone (0800 655 6601), there's nothing to lose by trying.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for the advice, we will ring them today & see what they can offer. We are travelling from Scotland & it seems really difficult to get flights from here, only a few T/A actually offer flights from Glasgow, it's so much easier to fly from as near to your home as possible.

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