Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2018 onboard the Crown Princess

The 2018 sailing is sold out, but we are accepting reservations on a waitlist only.  We are also accepting reservations for our Alaska sailing.

This blog will predominately cover the Caribbean sailing, and once we've sailed this sailing, I will move North to Alaska.

Still available on the January 20, 2018 sailing is our VIP package.  This package is an optional package and is an additional $200.00 per person.  It you are a VIP passenger you will receive early access in to the Princess Theater for our headliner shows.  You will enter 10 minutes prior to general admission from the entrance on deck 6.  The difference between the Crown Princess and our past ship the Caribbean Princess, this theater does have wheelchair accessibility from deck 6.  the VIP will also allow you to be in the early grouping for the autograph session, a private cocktail party with a meet and greet and a VIP raffle ticket.  There are 40 VIP package available.

There is very little availability for our reserved seating.  Reserved seating is available in the mezzanine area for only $400.00 per person and this package includes the VIP package.  Your seat will be held through showtime.  

I am very excited about the 2018 cruises, and please feel free to ask any questions that you might have regarding your cruise.  If you're on social media, please join our private Facebook page, this page is just for those passengers booked on the 2018 Crown Princess for the 25th Annual Concerts At Sea Where The Action Is Cruise.

I look forward to welcoming you onboard!

Keep Rockin'
Tammy Selee
Concerts At Sea
866 3OLDIES (365-3437)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Don't forget your passport!
 Concerts At Sea strongly recommends that you travel with a passport.  Particularly if you had an emergency that would require you to leave your cruise, you would not be able to do so, because a passport is required to fly home from the ports on this itinerary.  The statement regarding cruise passengers is as follows on the State Departments Official Web site:  "Closed Loop" Cruises: U.S. citizens who board a cruise ship at a port within the United States, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship may present a government issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization).  For more information regarding travel outside the United States please go to: Vaccination Requirements: It is not required that you get any shots for traveling to the Caribbean.  Many passengers will check with their local health department for recommended vaccinations, but none are required.

Don't Forget Your Camera!
You may not chose the camera at the right, but make sure you pack your camera.  If you have video built in to your camera or you have a separate video camera you may wish to use this as well, but video taping of the headliner shows is not allowed.  But there are plenty of opportunities to take pictures and video.  Video is allowed during the Question and Answer sessions! If you are planning on some snorkeling or diving excursions, an underwater camera is a must! I've recently seen some inexpensive disposable underwater cameras. Princess Cruises has many photographers on-board and they will be at every Princess function taking photo's.  These photo's are posted in the Photo Shop and ready for your purchase.  This is certainly an optional expense.  It is a nice time to perhaps have a photo taken on one of the formal nights, or if you bring a special outfit for our sock hop, you may wish to commemorate it with a professional photo.  I'd also like to post some of your photo's on our web site! This year you'll find a photo booth opportunity on the night of the sock hop, and pictures will be available on our web site.
All-Inclusive Photo Package
Take home all the prints and digital files of your cruise for one low price. Plus, purchase pre-cruise and save $100 USD compared to the onboard price of $199 USD. Item #5415 - $99

Don't Forget Your Sunscreen!
There is nothing worse than a bad sunburn and many of the Concerts At Sea passengers do not live in an area that has allowed them to be out in the sun during recent months.  You can make this purchase on-board the Caribbbean Princess in the sundries store, but you may find that it is less expensive at your local stores.  A wide brimmed hat is another nice item to include in your packed items, but I have seen many a nice hat fly overboard on a windy day up on deck, so make sure it's a well fitted hat.  Leave your beach towels at home, your cabin steward will provide you with towels for your use on-board and on the islands. You may have put your sunglasses away for the winter, but you'll want to find them and put them in your carry on, you'll be glad you did!  We may experience a few showers, so if you have a small travel umbrella, throw it in.

Don't forget some cash!
By now you have registered your credit cards online with Princess.  The ship operates on a cashless system, and all on-board purchases will be charged to your on-board account.  You will receive a receipt for all your purchases and on the last night of the cruise you will receive an itemized bill.  Please double check this and take care of any discrepancies  before you disembark, it's not common for there to be charges on your bill that aren't yours, but it does happen.  Just take the issue up with the great staff at the pursers desk. Your credit card is accepted at  most stores on the islands.  I strongly recommend that you advise your credit card company that you are traveling outside the US, so that you don't have an issue while trying to make a purchase and your credit card company puts a stop on your card for unusual activity.  I also recommend that you leave all credit cards at home that you don't plan on using.  You will want some cash for cab rides, tour guide tips, and small purchases.  When getting cash from your bank, ask for some of your cash in $1's, it will make it easier when trying to find a small note for a tip. There is an ATM on-board the Emerald Princess and on the islands, but you will find fees attached to these transactions. Safes are provided in your cabin on-board the Caribbean Princess and your room card is used as access, so leave your valuables, and extra cash here.

Don't Pack Your Medications in checked luggage!
Do Not Pack your medications in your checked luggage, it is important that you pack this in your carry on luggage! If you are traveling with needles and need a disposal place, please advise your cabin steward and he will provide you with one.  If you have medications that needs to be refrigerated, you do have a refrigerator in your cabin.  If you have medications that needs to be administered by a nurse or doctor, there is a medical facility on-board that will secure your medications and will make arrangements for your needs. If you are traveling with a cpap for sleep apnea, you will need to contact your booking agent.  Distilled water for this devise comes from the medical department and Princess wants to insure that they have enough distilled water on-board   Princess should be advised of most medical issues, so please contact your booking agent.  As many of you have seen on the news or have experienced yourself, it is flu season.  It's not to late to get your flu shot, but do so soon so it's effective while on your cruise.  We've all heard of the Norwalk virus and to avoid this be sure to use the Purell dispensers located around the ship and wash your hand frequently.  You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire at the check in area that covers your overall health.  If you answer yes to all or some of the questions, you may be asked to visit the doctor upon boarding.  If you are considered to be contagious  you may be quarantined to your cabin.  Princess and all the cruise lines take all necessary precautions to avoid any illness outbreak during your cruise. 

Should I pack a hair-dryer, curling iron or travel iron?
Hair dryers are provided in your cabin, and if you're staying at one of the Concerts At Sea's pre-cruise hotels hair dryers are provided.  The hair dryers in the cabin are just fine if you have short to medium length hair, but if you are someone with long and or thick hair, you may wish to pack your own for a more timely process.  The hair dryer is located in a draw in the vanity area of your cabin. There are plug ins for your electrical devices. Curling irons are tolerated, but travel irons and steamers are not.  Fire is the most dangerous situation that can happen on a ship, so you will be asked to remove your travel irons and store them for the duration of your cruise.  There is a dry cleaning service on-board the ship if you wish to send something out for pressing, and their is a small laundry facility on-board with washer, dryer and irons.  A little tip; to avoid winkles: take your items that are likely to wrinkle  leave them on the hangers and cover them with plastic bags that you receive from the dry cleaners.  This will practically eliminate wrinkles in dress shirts and dresses.

Formal Night and other attire?
Princess offers two formal nights.  You will probably see some men passengers in tuxedo's, but they are most likely not in our group. A suit for men would be acceptable. For the ladies, you'll see everything from gowns, sequins, simple black dress or nice pant suit.    Ladies, after the holiday's  every department store has their holiday outfits on sale, so if you're looking for something new, now's the time. If you would prefer not to do formal night, then you'll find dinner served upstairs in the Horizon Court. Just a suggestion: pack a wrap, shawl or light weight sweater.  The public rooms are air conditioned and if you have tendency to get a chill, you'll be glad you have it.  Other nights in the dining room are considered casual, but no jeans in the dining room after 6 pm. Men are asked to wear a collared shirt and slacks. Ladies will be most comfortable in a dress, skirt or pants and blouse.  Your first night in the dining room is casual, as some passengers may still awaiting the arrival of their lugggage.  Please don't panic if your luggage isn't immediately delivered to your cabin.  The ships personnel have over 2,000 pieces to deliver on embarkation day.

Don't forget your Cruise Documents, Boarding Pass and Baggage Tags!

Is their a gym or work out area on-board?
Yes, The Caribbean Princess has a beautiful gym and spa area.  There is no fee for use of the equipment in the gym. The Gym is open from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm and the Lotus Spa is open from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm. You'll find treadmills, weights, spinning bikes, row machines,  and other state of the art equipment.  If you're interested in yoga or zumba or other classes, please refer to your Princess Patter that is delivered to your cabin each night for the schedule of each days activities. The use of the stairs and the gym will keep off the cruise vacation pounds.  The on-board spa facility is a wonderful way to treat yourself on your cruise.  On embarkation you'll find the spa open for tours and a list of their services.  Be sure and ask about specials that may be offered while the Emerald Princess is in port.  The Emerald Princess also has a full service hair salon, and appointments are required, the most popular days for hair appointments are on both formal nights, so you will want to make this appointment on the day of embarkation.

Can I bring liquor on-board the        Caribbean Princess?
As provided in the Passage Contract, passengers agree not to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind on-board for consumption, except one bottle of wine or champagne per adult of drinking age (no larger than 750 ml), per voyage.* Princess Cruises reserves the right to remove any alcoholic beverage in excess of the above stated policy thresholds from both passenger suitcases and hand-luggage. Alcohol will be stored for safe-keeping during the course of the voyage and will be delivered to the passenger's stateroom on the final day of the cruise.
Consumption of personal wine or champagne is limited to your stateroom. A $15.00 per bottle corkage fee (which is subject to change without notice) will be applied to your shipboard account for any personal wine or champagne consumed in any public area of the ship. Any wines or champagnes supplied from the ship's stock to passengers would not be subject to a corkage fee.
Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty free from the ship's gift shop, or at ports of call, will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to the passenger's stateroom on the last day of the cruise. A member of the ship's staff will be at the gangway to assist passengers with the storage of their shoreside alcoholic purchases while our Boutiques staff will assist passengers with shipboard alcoholic purchases.

Unlimited Drink Package

An alcohol drink package ($57.45 per person, per day, including gratuity).   The alcohol package includes drinks-beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks-that are up to $10.  Non-alcoholic drinks like sodas and shakes are also included as are coffee, tea, and espresso.  wine aficionados are eligible for 40 percent off bottles priced under $100.00
One nice additional perk: the package throws in some goodies like gelato that are normally included with the purchase of the Princess' specialty coffee package.


Does the Caribbean Princess offer an unlimited soda card?
Yes, The Unlimited Soda Package includes:
  • Fountain dispensed Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Toinc Water and Soda Water
  • Souvenir tumbler (Please note, you do not need to carry the tumbler with you to receive soda)
  • Unlimited Malt Shakes/Thick Shakes (only in Sundaes & Scoops respectively)
  • Free Root Beer*
  • Free Hot Chocolate (with marshmallows in La Patisserie)
  • Free Juice
  • Complimentary Mocktails
  • Whirly Straw
*Root Beer is served in cans and is available at all bar locations (excluding Room Service and Princess Cays). 

Package Prices
  • $49.00 plus 15% gratuity
This package is available to all passengers regardless of age. The package must be purchased for the full duration of the cruise, partial packages are not available. We carry Diet Sprite, Orange Soda and Ginger Ale, however, these are served in cans and are not included in the Unlimited Soda and More Package and will incur a separate charge. You may purchase this package once onboard at any bar location. This package may be used in all bars and dining rooms that have a fountain dispenser; this package is not available when ordering room service or at Princess Cays. A small sticker will be placed on your cruise card to indicate you have purchased the Unlimited Soda and More Package. The package is only valid for the passenger with the cruise card and only one soda may be purchased at a time.

Need Coffee?
Coffee Card Promotion
  • The Coffee Card Promotion retails at $29.00 plus 15% gratuity and allows passengers to redeem 15 speciality coffees throughout their voyage, in any location, where espresso/cappuccino service is offered.
  • This represents anything up to a 20% saving compared to purchasing these beverages individually.
  • Every time a guest requests a coffee a hole-punch is made in the coffee card until all 15 slots have been used.
  • The coffee card promotion includes all hot and cold beverages featured in the Cafe Selects Menu (see below) apart from the Green Tea Fusion Smoothies.
Princess Cafe Selects
Espresso & Coffee

Freshly Brewed Coffee* 12oz, 16oz - regular & decaffeinated
Cappuccino 12oz, 16oz
Cafe Latte 12oz, 16oz
White Chocolate Latte 12oz, 16oz
White & Milk Chocolate Mocha 12oz, 16oz
Vanilla Bean Latte 12oz, 16oz
Hot Chocolate* 12oz, 16oz
Revolution Tea* 12oz, 16oz

* Note: Freshly brewed coffee and Revolution Tea refills are complimentary when seated in the lounge. Hot chocolate is complimentary in the dining room, in Deck/Buffet areas on Alaskan itineraries and in conjunction with the Coffee Card Promotion. However, hot chocolate continues to carry a charge when offered at the bars and buffets.
Lobby Bar
Iced coffee and Blends
Your choice of the following flavors frozen or served over ice
White Chocolate 12oz, 16oz
Vanilla Bean 12oz, 16oz
Caramel Mocha 12oz, 16oz
Green tea fruit smoothies - non-fat fruit smoothies fusing together green tea and fresh fruit
Peach Pizzazz 12oz, 16oz
Pomegranate & Blueberry 12oz, 16oz
Mango Madness 12oz, 16oz

Princess Smoking Policy

For the enjoyment of the passengers; lounges, Princess Theater and  indoor areas on-board the Emerald Princess are non-smoking. Smoking is only permitted in designated sections of the Casino and Nightclub. For those passengers who would like to enjoy a cigar or pipe, the Speakeasy cigar lounge is located on deck 6. Smoking cigars or pipes outside of this lounge is not permitted. Outdoor smoking areas are clearly posted throughout the vessel. Smoking is not permitted in staterooms and balconies. Violations to this non-smoking policy will result in a $250 fine for each occurrence, which will be charged to the passengers stateroom account.

Can I mail from the ship?

. The Pursers desk has stamps for most of the ports of call. The mailbox is also located at the Pursers desk. Stamps may be charged to the passenger's shipboard account.
Upon arrival into each port of call, the ship will empty the contents of the mail box and deliver them to the local post office. Please remember that letters and postcards coming from foreign countries will take longer than if mailing within the US.
Please note that shipping packages or having mail delivered to the ship is prohibited due to security restrictions

A message from Jim and Steve
Jim and Steve will be spinning the tunes at the All Request Dance Party, taking place in the Skywalker Nightclub.  Concerts At Sea would like to make sure that we have your favorite song on-board  so feel free to e-mail Steve at

If you have any questions, please drop me a line and we'll get it answered.
I look forward to welcoming you onboard!
Keep Rockin'
Tammy Selee

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Port Everglades Launches Mobile Passport Control Program

Broward County's Port Everglades launched a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) approved Mobile Passport Control (MPC) program for cruise ship travel.  The MPC program is currently in use at a number of airports across the country, 

The MPC program is the first Smartphone app authorized to expedite a traveler's entry process into the United States. This first-of-its-kind app, developed by Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America in partnerships with CBP, allows U.S. citizens with a passport debarking a cruise ship to complete their Customs declaration using their smart phones or other mobile devices, expediting their clearance process in the terminal. 

Travelers and family groups can use the MPC app to provide their biographic information prior to speaking with a CBP officer. The CBP officer is then able to complete the identity verification and admissibility processing of arriving passengers.

I have just downloaded this app on my Apple Smart phone for both myself and my husband.  I have scanned our passports and taken our pictures.  Now when we get ready to disembark, we just answer the questions and we will no longer have to fill out the customs and immigration paper that is delivered to our cabin late in our cruise.  

 Just go to your app icon on your phone, type in mobile passport control, install and then follow the steps to scan your passport.  

For more information about this service go to:

Information about this service is also available at the pier.

Safe Travels!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Welcome Aboard
January 28, 2017
24th Annual Concerts At Sea
Where The Action Is Cruise
Schedule of Events

Saturday, January 28, 2017  
5:00 pm-5:30 pm          Welcome Aboard
Princess Theatre            Come meet staff and artists.
Decks 6 & 7 aft             Please wear your Concerts At Sea t-shirt as a group photo will be taken  

8:00 pm-9:00 pm          1st Time Concerts At Sea Passenger’s Get-Together
Deck 18 aft

9:00 pm-10:00pm         All Request Dance Party with  Jim & Steve        
8:30 pm                         JR & The Stingrays with Jackson Haney
Club Fusion
Deck 7 aft

Sunday, January 29, 2017   
Fun Day At Sea 

8:00 am-9:30 am             Morning Show with Wayne
Outrigger Terrace
Deck 15 aft

10:00 am-11:00 am          Trivia with Wayne
Wheelhouse Bar
Deck 7 Starboard mid ship

11:15 am-12:15 pm          Dance Lessons with your Concerts At Sea dance hosts
Wheelhouse Bar  
Deck 7 Starboard mid ship        

Princess Theater Terry Sylvester of The Hollies and The Cowsills
2:00pm - 4:30pm        
VIP passengers enter from deck 6, general admission passengers enter from deck 7.  
Wheelchair passenger entrance is on deck 7 between staircases
 Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to show time, 
VIP passengers are allowed entrance 10 minutes before general admission
Saving of seats is not allowed

CafĂ© Caribe             Autograph Session
Deck 15 aft                       
 Relax in either Club Fusion or Skywlkers
 your group number will be called  from these venues
2 items per artists for signing, no t-shirts

8:00pm                            Jimmy Jay Rewind Show and dance party                 
Club Fusion                
8:00 pm—10:00pm       All Request Dance Party with Jim & Steve
Skywalkers Night Club

Monday, January 31, 2017 
Fun Day At Sea

8:00 am-9:30 am           Morning Show with Wayne
Outrigger Terrace

10:00 am-11:00 am        Trivia with Wayne
Wheelhouse Bar

11:15 am-12:15 pm        Dance Lessons with your Concerts At Sea dance host
Wheelhouse Bar

2:00 pm-4:00 pm           Peter Rivera formerly of Rare Earth 
Princess Theater             and The Buckinghams
VIP passengers enter from deck 6, general admission passengers enter from deck 7. 
Wheelchair passenger entrance is on deck 7 between staircase
 Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to show time, 
VIP passengers are allowed entrance 10 minutes before general admission
Saving of seats is not allowed

4:30 pm-5:30 pm             Singles Mixer
Wheelhouse Bar

8:00—10:00pm               All Request Dance Party with Jim & Steve
Skywalkers Night Club

8:00 pm-9:00 pm                Hosted VIP Party
Club Fusion                       ~Invitation Only~

9:15 pm                            JR & The Stingrays with Jackson  Haney
Club Fusion

Tuesday, January 31, 2017  

8:30 pm-11:30  pm                Dancing under the stars
Neptune Pool
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 

8:00pm - 9:00pm                An Acoustic set with Jackson Haney & Friends
Club Fusion

9:00pm                                 Concerts At Sea Caribbean Idol 
Club Fusion

Thursday, February 2, 2017 
50's and 60's Night
Two Locations
Prizes for Best Dressed
Photo Booth 

8:00 pm-9:00  pm                      Concerts At Sea Hosted Cocktail Party
Club Fusion
8:00 pm                                     Concerts At Sea 50’s & 60’s Sock Hop
Club Fusion
8:00 pm-9:00 pm                         Concerts At Sea Hosted Cocktail Party
8:00pm—10:00pm                     Concerts At Sea 50’s & 60’s Sock Hop

Friday, February 3, 2017 
Fun Day At Sea

8:00 am-9:30 am                       Morning Show with Wayne
Outrigger Terrace
10:00 am-12:15 pm                   Jimmy Jay’s Rock ‘n Roll Family Feud
Wheelhouse Bar
1:30 pm-2:45 pm                             Jay and The Americans
Princess Theater
VIP passengers enter from deck 6, general admission passengers enter from deck 7.
 Wheelchair passenger entrance is on deck 7 between staircase
 Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to show time, 
VIP passengers are allowed entrance 10 minutes before general admission 
Saving of seats is not allowed

3:30 pm-5:30 pm                         Question & Answer with the Stars
Club Fusion
8:30 pm                                  JR & The Stingrays with Jackson Haney
Club Fusion
8:00 pm—10:00pm                  All Request Dance Party Hosted by Jim & Steve
Skywalkers Night Club

Saturday, February 4, 2017 
Fun Day At Sea

8:00 am-9:30 am                  Morning Show with Wayne
Outrigger Terrace
10:00 am-11:00 am             Jim & Steve’s Rock ‘n Roll Bingo 
Wheelhouse Bar

11:15 am-12:15 pm              Military Veterans  Get Together
Wheelhouse Bar
2:30 pm-3:45 pm                     Paul Revere’s Raiders and Mitch Ryder
Princess Theater
VIP passengers enter from deck 6, general admission passengers enter from deck 7.
 Wheelchair passenger entrance is on deck 7 between staircase
 Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to show time, 
VIP passengers are allowed entrance 10 minutes before general admission 
Saving of seats is not allowed

8:00 pm                          Final Night Jam Session with your 2017 Concerts At Sea onboard artists
Club Fusion

Sunday, Februrary 5, 2017 
Goodbye’s are not forever, 
Goodbye’s are not the end,'
 they simply mean, 
I will miss you until we meet again!

Travel Safe,
From all of us with Concerts At Sea

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Onboard dining

Onboard dining

Embarkation Day Lunch
I can promise you onboard the Caribbean Princess you will find ample opportunities to have a fine meal.  
Upon boarding the Caribbean Princess you may be ready for lunch in the Horizon Court.
The Horizon Court offers buffet style service and is located on Lido Deck. A little insiders suggestion: The Coral Dining room is a much quieter dining area and a great way to start your cruise vacation.  Lunch will be served in the Coral Dining room until 1:30pm and is a delightful way to start your cruise vacation in a quiet relaxing atmosphere.
Throughout your cruise, you can dine at the Horizon Court, International Cafe', Prego Pizza,Trident Grill, Cafe' Caribe, or the Coral and Island dining rooms.  All of these locations are complimentary throughout your cruise.

Specialty Restaurants
Crown Grill
$25.00 per person

Crown Grill, located forward on deck 6 (Fiesta deck), is the ship's additional charge restaurant $25.00 per person with reservations recommended. Open for dinner only serving the Crown Grill menu, between 6pm and 11pm, Crown Grill features premium beef and seafood items along with appetizers and special desserts.

Examples of food on offer include black tiger prawns or seared pacific scallops for appetizers, black and blue onion soup or marinated goat's cheese and tomato salad, chilean sea bass, pan roasted barramundi, New Zealand lamb rack and rib eye steak for mains and molten chocolate cake or lemon meringue pudding tart for dessert.

Some items may be subject to additional charge for example the option of either a whole maine lobster or Brazilian Lobster tail costs an additional $9.

$20.00 per person
Sabatini's Italian restaurant, located on deck 7 (Promenade deck), offers fine dining with a view. It is one of the ship's additional charge select restaurants $20.00 per person with reservations recommended.

Open from 6 pm to 11 pm, Sabatini's offers speciality Italian cuisine and premium seafood on an a la carte menu. The three course menu begins with Antipasti consisting of hot and cold appetizers, soups and salads, followed by a pasta course featuring the chef's nightly speciality, and then the Secondi Piatti (main courses) offering meat, seafood and chicken options.

Deluxe Balcony Breakfast
The Deluxe Balcony Breakfast is offered on the Caribbean Princess.
The breakfast is available any day, with the exception of disembarkation day.  The package allows passengers to take advantage of dining in their stateroom while indulging in an exquisitely-prepared breakfast.  
The cost is $45.00 per couple.
Highlights Include:
  • A half bottle of chilled sparkling wine
  • Oven fresh breakfast pastries
  • Cold smoked salmon (dill cream cheese and toasted lemon brioche)
  • Medley of fresh fruits and forest berries (clover honey Chantilly creme)
  • Quiche Lorraine (bacon, shallot, tomato and fontina gratin)
Menu is subject to change. A non-alcoholic beverage may be substituted for sparkling wine.  Guest should make this request once onboard when scheduling delivery date for meal.

Ultimate Balcony Dinner
The Ultimate Balcony Dinner is a unique Princess dining experience.  Passengers enjoy an exclusive, private dining experience under the stars from a small fee of only $100 per couple.
Highlights include:
  • The package includes once cocktail per person to enjoy in their stateroom/suite
  • In-suite flower arrangement
  • Delicious four-course meal, featuring cooked to order lobster tail
  • 1/2 bottle of Champagne
  • 8" x 10" professional portrait taken from your balcony
A non-alcholoic beverage may be substituted for sparking wine. Guests should make this request once onboard  when scheduling your meal.
Either of these options can be purchased through Room Service

The Chefs Table
$95.00 per person
The Chef's Table experience provides the chance to tour the ship's busy galley during dinner service, where the ship's executive chef previews the evenings menu with a selection of hors d'oeuvres and champagne for guests to enjoy.

Guests are then taken to a private table in the main dining room to enjoy a specially created multi-course menu accompanied by selected wines to complement each course.

During the dessert course the chef rejoins the table to discuss the evenings menu and share their culinary knowledge.

Available for up to 10 passengers per night (which may include mixed groups), the experience can be booked either through the ships DINE telephone line or at the dining reservations table set up on the first night of the cruise.

The experience  includes a complimentary copy of Princess' cookery book and photo taken at the private table with the chef.

Menus tend to be formed around regional specializes from a recent port visited and an example of one such menu includes (among other dishes)

  • ~ Asparagus risotto with lobster tail
  • ~ Sangria granite
  • ~ Trio of beef, veal and pork tenderloin
  • served with mashed potato, grilled
  • asparagus and charred cherry tomatoes
  • ~ Baked Camembert with pine nuts and a port
  • wine reduction with walnut bread
  • ~ Soft center cake with marshmallows and
  • chocolate amaretto sauce
  • ~ Coffee or tea and homemade 
    amaretto biscotti

The above pricing is subject to change.  

You will receive a Princess Patter every evening delivered to your cabin by your steward. Not only will this newsletter give you the highlights of the Princess activities, this is where you will also find the hours that restaurants are open.  Also listed will be the hours that the shore excursion office is open, the onboard shops, the casino, and a variety of other ships services.
I look forward to welcoming you onboard!
Keep Rockin'
Tammy Selee
Concerts At Sea 

Monday, January 16, 2017

EZ Check in for your return trip home

I think that an educated traveler is a prepared traveler.
So with that said, Princess offers a wonderful service for travelers that are departing home from the Fort Lauderdale or Miami airports.
It's called EZ check service and is offered on most major airlines for a small fee.
If you've never traveled home from the Fort Lauderdale airport or maybe you have and you have experienced the long lines for check in with your luggage, then this is the solution for you.  At the Fort Lauderdale airport you are not allowed to check in with your luggage more than 2 hours before your flight.
In partnership with Bags Inc Shipboard Airline Check-In Service.  Expedite your departure from Fort Lauderdale or Miami Airport following your cruise as you will no longer need to check in at the airport.
For a nominal fee of $20.00 (plus any baggage fees as imposed by your airline of departure), your boarding passes will be issued onboard during the last evening of the cruise and in Port Everglades your luggage will be transported directly to the aircraft.  You will receive a form to fill out to return 
to the pursers office.

Requirements to participate in this service:

  • Flights must be with a participating Airline. The connection flight can be operated with a different airline as long as the reservation is on the same record locator number.
  • All flights must depart after 11:30am from Fort Lauderdale airport or 2:00pm from MIA airport with no flight departing later than midnight on the day of your arrival.
  • Service fees listed below. And additional airline baggage fees (as determined by the Airlines), will also be charged to your shipboard account.

EZ Check Fee is $25.00 (The Princess site and reservation agents quote $20.00, but a passenger who recently sailed on Princess advised me that they most paid $25.00)  

Participating Airlines: American Airlines, 1st bag $25.00 2nd bag $35.00; Delta Airlines - 1st bag $25.00 2nd bag $35.00; Jet Blue 1st bag $20.00 2nd bag $35.00; United Airlines (Fort Lauderdale only, Miami airport not an option) 1st bag $25 2nd bag $35.00; Southwest Airlines 1st and 2nd bag no charge.

Benefits of this service:
  • Your luggage will be checked in direct to your flight.
  • You will not need to check in at the airport as you will already have been issued your airline boarding passes and airline luggage tags on the ship, you can proceed directly through security within two hours of your flights departure.
  • If your flights depart late and you wish to explore Port Everglades or Miami, you can do so without the worry of carrying your bags.
  • The list of airlines varies from port to port and is frequently subject to change throughout the season. Guests are advised to check the latest offerings when on board as we cannot guarantee an airline will operate due to airline operational reasons and local government conditions.
I encourage guests to take advantage of this service offered by Princess Cruise Lines.  It will save you time and stress.  And who needs stress at the end of a wonderful vacation! This service can only be reserved onboard your cruise, not in advance.

Also if you have a flight that departs late in the afternoon.  I highly recommend that you take a post cruise shore excursion.  You'll be whisked off the ship early and taken on a wonderful excursion to be returned to the airport in time for your flight.  You can book this excursion once onboard by the cut off date or before you travel.  Princess offers an Airboat tour to the Everglades for flights after 1:30pm from Fort Lauderdale or after 2:30pm from Miami, or an Intercoastal Waterways by boat including Los Olas Blvd. Available for flights after 2:30pm from Fort Lauderdale or after 4:00pm from Miami. Plus several others, check the list online or once onboard. On either tour, you'll luggage will go with you if you do not take advantage of the EZ check service.

Please feel free to talk to your booking agent about any of these service offered by Princess Cruise Lines!

Safe Travels,
Tammy Selee
Concerts At Sea
866 3OLDIES (365-3437)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Caribbean Princess internet use

You may access the Internet using your own personal laptop computer. You may use your laptops in any of the public rooms or in the comfort of your cabin. Full web browsing is available through the Computer systems (laptops, Internet cafe, and Business center pc's) provided onboard the Caribbean Princess.

In general, Internet speed will not be as fast as a high speed connection that is available on land. This is due to the data being transmitted through the satellite connection.

To use the ships wireless internet service, you will need:

A laptop with wireless networking installed and working,  Also, for those using an iPad, smartphone, or other e-readers with internet connectivity, you can connect on our Wi-Fi Network. The pricing structure for this is the same as the standard Wi-Fi pricing.

Internet time plans may be used interchangeably between public Internet Cafe computers or personal laptop computers using Wireless Internet.

Smart Phones
Guests that have smart phones with internet access will still have to purchase internet packages. It will depend on guest's cell phone carrier if they are going to get service and they should consult their carrier for long distance and international charges.

MinutesPackage Pricing (see below for schedule)Pre-Purchase Package Pricing
15 (last day special)$8.99N/A
Receive 20 bonus minutes for pre-purchasing (total of 120 minutes)
200$99.00Receive 40 bonus minutes for pre-purchasing (total of 240 minutes)
400$159.00Receive 60 bonus minutes for pre-purchasing (total of 460 min)
600$199.00Receive 80 bonus minutes for pre-purchasing (total of 680 minutes)
Pay As You Go$0.79/minuteN/A
Important Information:

Platinum and Elite Princess Captain's Circle member receive a complimentary internet credit to be used on the computers in the Internet Cafe or wireless Internet on your personal wireless device.  On this cruise, Platinum and Elite Captain's Circle members will receive 250 minutes.

Platinum and Elite Captain's Circle members are recognized as such when they initially log on to the Internet on board.  

If you have any questions or concerns about the use of the internet while onboard your cruise, please consult with the onboard internet manager.  His hours are listed on your Princess Patter.  You will find the internet cafe on deck 5 mid ship.  Right next door to the Concerts At Sea hospitality desk.

If you wish to pre-purchase any of the above packages, please contact your booking agent to assist you.  You can also purchase these packages onboard, and you will prompted to which package when you log on.

I look forward to welcoming you onboard.

Keep Rockin'
Tammy Selee
Concerts At Sea
866 3OLDIES (365-3437)