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Old 07-16-2019, 09:24 PM
 
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In late April and early May of this year my wife and I went on a seven night cruise with Princess. We spent some time in the shipboard casino and as best I can recall, we got everything that we were owed when we cashed out. On the slots we lost whatever we gambled, so there was nothing coming to us there. But she did well at blackjack and I won at roulette, and as I said we cashed in all the chips we had won at those games.

So today we each got a letter from Carnival. Knowing that Princess is part of the Carnival corporation I thought these letters must be simple questionnaires about our recent trip, or maybe some vouchers towards a future cruise. But no. It turned out wr each got a casino settlement check, together totalling over $650.00. A nice surprise to be sure, but then I do remember that the item for casino charges on our final shipboard billing statement seemed to be much more than we had actually bet there.

Can someone explain what happened here? Do shipboard casinos routinely charge your account for much more than you actually bet, and then refund the overage to you ten weeks later?

We've been on previous cruises where we gambled in the casinos, but this has never happened before.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Look at the small print on the back of the check. Does cashing it obligate you to booking another cruise? Is it really a check or is just a piece of paper, a voucher, that you can use towards the cost of new cruise?I

No? Then request or look at your final ITEMIZED Bill from the cruise.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:11 PM
 
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No, they are definitely checks, no question.

We wouldn't want to go on Carnival (or Princess) again if it were free.
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:45 PM
 
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We took a Princess Cruise that was so awful I wouldn’t do it for free. We love Royal Caribbean.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We took a Princess Cruise that was so awful I wouldn’t do it for free. We love Royal Caribbean.
What was so awful? Please include the basic itinerary and length of Cruise. I'm not being argumentative or snotty. I'm asking because we've been considering trying princess again.I

(Not interested in Royal for the aforementioned reasons.)
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:39 PM
 
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What was so awful? Please include the basic itinerary and length of Cruise. I'm not being argumentative or snotty. I'm asking because we've been considering trying princess again.I

(Not interested in Royal for the aforementioned reasons.)
I can't speak for Teacher Terry, but our main complaint was that there were almost constantly loud music or activities in the atrium. Most of the best bars and restaurants were adjacent to that part of the ship, so if you wanted to have a quiet drink and dinner you couldn't do it. A lot of the time they had music we liked, but we didn't want it at that time and place.


Other loud activities included Zumba dancing and various audience participation games like the awarding of raffle prizes and word games, always shouted through mics at full volume. I've read comments from other passengers on the Royal Princess and Regal Princess (a twin ship) that they could hear the atrium noises from their cabins; fortunately this wasn't a problem for us because we were well forward.

We certainly didn't expect shipboard life to be as quiet as a library, but the general noise level in public areas was distracting.
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Old Yesterday, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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We certainly didn't expect shipboard life to be as quiet as a library, but the general noise level in public areas was distracting.

We were on the Golden Princess in May. Agree the music in some of the public areas was annoyingly loud. I normally get up early, 6am or so, grabbed a cup of coffee and try to find a quiet place with a view. It was difficult to do. Certainly not annoying enough for us to turn down a free cruise though, if it was offered.
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Old Today, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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What was so awful? Please include the basic itinerary and length of Cruise. I'm not being argumentative or snotty. I'm asking because we've been considering trying princess again.I

(Not interested in Royal for the aforementioned reasons.)
I will say a couple of things: 1-I don't think the respondent was answering the Ops question and was totally out of line. Now; as for Princess, it is a love/hate type of line to be honest. At least this is our opinion. We have sailed them 3 times.

Good: nice ships
good buffet if you are into buffets.
MDR food ok, pretty standard
specialty dining: nixed. We have had great food and crappy food.
Good itineraries

cons: and again opinion only: many of the cruisers on Princess are very snotty and love to one up everyone. Service: hit or miss; of course this can be the case on any cruise line
entertainment not special.
Formal night optional: well true, but if you go casual you will probably feel out of place. I am not talking casual as wearing jeans, I am talking even basic capris for the gals and standard casual for the guys. To be honest, we haven't cruised Princess for about 5 years.
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