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Johnstone - Answered a Question by Simpson (20 Jan 08 18:27)

Don't worry about that. It doesn't matter what age you are, everyone has lots of questions before going on their first cruise. As far as having a cup of tea when you wake up, you can get this delivered to your cabin. I've not sailed with Princess yet (but will be soon) but you usually have 2 ways of doing this - 1. call room service when you wake up and ask for it to be delivered or pre-arrange it in advance. As for your account, all ships are cashless. You use your cruise card that you are given at embarkation to pay for everything onboard. At the end of your cruise you settle your account. I normally give my credit card details at embarkation, that way I dont have to queue on the last day to sort out my account as I would need to if I was using cash. You will need Euros for when you go ashore. best place to get them is the Post Office as they dont charge commission. Ask for small denominations, as you dont want to be stuck with a 100Euro note when all you want to buy is a couple of coffees. Have a fantastic time. Cruising is a wonderful experienc.

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morris - Answered a Question by Simpson (20 Jan 08 18:32)

I am sure you will like Sea Princess, we've been on her twice and loved it. We take a small travel kettle and our own tea bags and powdered milk for that first tea of the day! or you could use room service. Best to set up a credit card account and tick the box on the form you have to fill in, so that your card company will change it back to sterling (its cheaper that way).

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Dolan - Answered a Question by Simpson (20 Jan 08 19:38)

Hi there! I am getting married on the Sea Princess on that cruise! Never been on the Sea Princess before but have cruised several times and it is a wonderful experience! Advice other cruisers have given here is sound but if you are an early riser (like me) you can apparently go to the buffet restaurant and enjoy tea or coffee on the open deck or on the restaurant as early as you want1 Enjoy the cruise.

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jones - Answered a Question by Simpson (20 Jan 08 19:49)

You'll have a great time on Sea Princess,I'm sure.Ifyou are doing the Iberia cruise be sure to visit Lisbon and La Rochelle.Vigo isn't so nice,Brest is ok,St Peter Port pleasant.Excursions can be expensive,you may prefer to do your own "thing".Usually there is a courtesy bus from ship to port.Why have you left it this long to go cruising?!?

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oakes - Answered a Question by Simpson (21 Jan 08 12:08)

Princess will set up an on board account for you, and in return they will take an imprint of your credit card...or if you choose you can put a $300 dollar deposit down instead. BUT BE CAUTIOUS... Princess have a policy that they bill in dollars, but if you are from uk they will automatically convert your bill from dollars to pounds and a very poor rate (ie in dec 07 it was 1.75 dollars to the pount, when we were getting 2 dollars in uk). They also then charge 3% for doing so. When you get your cruise documentation you will have the opportunity (in the very small print) to choose "Do not convert". If you tick this then the conversion will be left to your credit card company. Worth getting a credit card from post office who make no charge for this! Also advise that you check with pursers desk that this is how your account is set up, as I have read of people getting "converted" despite their request. There are is no tea and coffee in the cabins. You can use a travel kettle, or get room service. It is free, but a small tip is expected..dollar or two. Hope this is of use.

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Goodson - Answered a Question by Simpson (04 Feb 08 17:08)

My wife and I have been on 4 Princess cruises so far. Normally there is a card in your stateroom which you can fill in the night before to get tea, coffee, fruit, cereal, etc. delivered to your room at a time you select. NO EXTRA CHARGE ! REgarding payment, you will have to set up a Credit Card account, but we normally buy travellers cheques and then get them credited to the account on board. That way you get the best rate. Enjoy ! ere you can .

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