what a shame you have to pay extra for The Santuary
The Santuary is beautiful and should be available to those who make reservations. Or just allow limited number in at a time. It is very peaceful and as a matter of fact I think all ships should add that luxury to their ships. Each new ship comes up with something newer and better than the last. Some ships take ideas from other lines and bring it up a notch. BAM!!!
But I don't feel you should pay to get this kind of amenity. I mean you don't see Princess charging for Movies Under Stars.
Please elaborate on what you are referring to for those who do not know what the Sanctuary is or what cruise line to which you are referring.
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The Sanctuary is on the newest Princess ships, it is basicallly a tropical oasis that has a pool and it is connected to the spa facilities. It was designed to be part of the spa experience, but it seems that folks were taking advantage of just the pool..... I think it is set-up now so that if you have booked a spa service you can reserve a block of time in the Sanctuary at no charge, otherwise you have to pay a usage fee.
Yes, it is a shame that its usage was abused and Princess felt the need to initiate a fee.
ijust got back from the crown 09/3 . i never saw more than3 to 4people there at a time .i think princess should offer you a coupon to use it cheaper every time you use the spa services [including getting your hair done]maybe 10 dollars off
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I greatly enjoyed the Thalassotherapy pool on Mercury but I did not enjoy it on Millennium. One big difference, other than Mercury's pool is much nicer, was that the one on Millennium was full of people and was no extra charge. The Thalassotherapy pool on Mercury is additional charge or included as a suite perk.
Sorry, but I believe that everything on a cruise isn't included nor all inclusive. If you want that then you have to pay for it or pay more and sail on a luxury line. The mainstream lines aren't delivering that and Princess, Celebrity, and Holland America are not luxury lines. With $399, seven day cruises, the lines have to make revenue in other areas. Cruising isn't what it was ten or even six years ago.
If the area isn't utilized then it will become something that is. People speak with their wallets and the cruise lines listen through their comment cards and their balance sheets. Right now I'm not sure which hears better.
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