Grand Princess - May 16, 2019

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  • nathanaeljmiller
    nathanaeljmiller April 30, 2019 3:11 pm
    On 4/25/2019 at 6:39 PM, masterty said:

    I did the UST on the Star. Yes I would do it again and again.  I would do it every cruise. My DW said once was good so YMMV. You do visit areas that are off limits and generally get your money back in photos and swag. I think everyone should do a UST once.
    I also can confirm that there will be Cruising Ducks arriving May 16th to board the Grand. So you and your family need to be on the lookout. Check out "Cruising Ducks-Original group" on facebook to learn more about #CruisingDucks

    Thanks for your post. I am surprised that we have never heard of these cruising ducks before. We are regular cruisers so we must have passed a few at this point. I'll be on the lookout. Thanks!

  • masterty
    masterty April 26, 2019 1:39 am
    On 4/9/2019 at 10:33 PM, nathanaeljmiller said:

    Great information - thank you! Another question...do you think the UST is worth it to take my parents? They haven't sailed on the Grand but we are very familiar with the ship. Do you get to see things that normally you wouldn't? (ie scullery, crew areas, etc). Say hi if you see us around! If this cruise is like the other princess cruises we've been on, we will be one of the only ones with a 1 year old. 

    I did the UST on the Star. Yes I would do it again and again.  I would do it every cruise. My DW said once was good so YMMV. You do visit areas that are off limits and generally get your money back in photos and swag. I think everyone should do a UST once.
    I also can confirm that there will be Cruising Ducks arriving May 16th to board the Grand. So you and your family need to be on the lookout. Check out "Cruising Ducks-Original group" on facebook to learn more about #CruisingDucks

  • heath_durbin
    heath_durbin April 10, 2019 6:44 am
    On 3/28/2019 at 8:20 AM, Out-O-Work said:

    Monty - We have a friend or family member take us to the Bart station in Pleasanton and get off at the Embarcadero station. Weather provided, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to walk to the ship. After disembarking after Hawaii, we took a taxi to the Embarcadero station and I think it was $14.

     

    My mom, dad and I will be renting a car at the airport and dropping it off near the port.

     

    thou, of ports, SF is one you truly can use public transport.

  • nathanaeljmiller
    nathanaeljmiller April 10, 2019 5:33 am
    1 hour ago, masterty said:

    Cross referencing is what it is called. Contact the BVE department through princess or use whomever you booked with and verify that your booking number and your folks booking number are cross referenced. BVE's  have a booking number just like you do. This will add your names as guests to the BVE list. There will be a BVE host to greet and escort you all once you arrive. Understand that there is a 50 BVE limit per voyage and if this limit is reached you as a cruising passenger may be restricted from joining the BVE guests. I have never witnessed this actually happening. I typically pay for my sister who lives in SF to be my BVE. Once I along with 16 other cruising friend joined my sister on a BVE and a second time I used her for a party of 8. both times we all got on first, in time for 9 of us to book the UST followed by lunch in the MDR. Enjoy. We are in a suite and will be boarding right behind you. No BVE for me this time. 

    Great information - thank you! Another question...do you think the UST is worth it to take my parents? They haven't sailed on the Grand but we are very familiar with the ship. Do you get to see things that normally you wouldn't? (ie scullery, crew areas, etc). Say hi if you see us around! If this cruise is like the other princess cruises we've been on, we will be one of the only ones with a 1 year old. 

  • masterty
    masterty April 10, 2019 3:53 am
    14 minutes ago, nathanaeljmiller said:

     

    So we should have the same booking numbers? I believe they somehow tied our bookings together but I'll double check. Thanks for the heads up. Is there a special line for the BVE or do you just tell people there that you're part of the BVE embarkation? Thank you 

    Cross referencing is what it is called. Contact the BVE department through princess or use whomever you booked with and verify that your booking number and your folks booking number are cross referenced. BVE's  have a booking number just like you do. This will add your names as guests to the BVE list. There will be a BVE host to greet and escort you all once you arrive. Understand that there is a 50 BVE limit per voyage and if this limit is reached you as a cruising passenger may be restricted from joining the BVE guests. I have never witnessed this actually happening. I typically pay for my sister who lives in SF to be my BVE. Once I along with 16 other cruising friend joined my sister on a BVE and a second time I used her for a party of 8. both times we all got on first, in time for 9 of us to book the UST followed by lunch in the MDR. Enjoy. We are in a suite and will be boarding right behind you. No BVE for me this time. 

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