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  Princessonly.com & Princess Chatter are not signing off at the end of Sept.

Great news for the die hard fans. This site and your professionalism are unequaled. Glad to read that Princess chose wisely.

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I like the idea of the overnight stops in Hawaii. I did a New England  trip on (ahem) another line, and we overnighted in NYC on Halloween, and also overnighted in Bermuda. Marvelous experience. Good move from Princess.

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess FUBAR
« on: March 18, 2022, 04:14:36 PM »
Lucky for anyone sailing out of Galveston if this is true. Ruby's a lovely vessel.
I still remember meeting on the ARIC (almost Ruby inaugural cruise), way back when.

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess FUBAR
« on: March 17, 2022, 09:02:46 PM »
That's an entire product shift.  Not just an itinerary tweek. So, what happened to the Ruby?

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Cruising Chatter / CDC Recommendation
« on: January 02, 2022, 05:02:44 PM »
CDC increased the Cruise Travel Health Notice to a Level 4, recommending people avoid cruise travel regardless of vaccination status, in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases occurring on cruise ships in the US and around the world.

Learn more: https://t.co/twgHr3xXexth

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https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2021/12/20/Royal-Caribbean-COVID-19-cases-cruise-ship/5381640029169/

Not liking the duration... and they just don't have definitive answers due to its short history.

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Mike, thank you for the effort you put in on this spreadsheet. It's appreciated moreso during these trying times.

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As pictured, it looks stunning. Maybe, someday... <sigh>

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Happy new year - quiet on here.
« on: January 31, 2021, 09:49:11 PM »
Will we see any 2021 sailings?   Not so sure right now.
If and when, it will be surreal, and cherished. Nothing like losing something to make it desirable. Fall... Maybe. We will see.

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Carnival CEO defends company's safety record
« on: April 23, 2020, 10:47:43 PM »
If and when the next cruise ship leaves any port & there's another our break of the virus, I truly believe it might be the end of the cruise industry for a long time. Most people I talk to about cruising lately are horrified at the though of being confined on a ship right now.
I can't imagine what it could do to the industry if there's another incident down the road.

I'll apologize for this gallows humor in advance: I heard this a month ago.
"Princess Cruises is running a promotion: Buy  1 week, Get 2 for free"

Now, given what has happened over the last number of weeks, this is just worthy of a twisted grimace at best.
The stories told and lives lost have forever changed so much.
Nobody wants to be a test subject.
A recurrent outbreak will be an even greater disaster, and our best hope will be an amendment to the annual flu shot.
Coronavirus' do not play nice.

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Current status of cruise brand operations
« on: April 23, 2020, 10:32:51 PM »
It should be interesting to see what happens shortly.

My prediction is that many of the ships will sail partially filled- just to get the public accustomed to the idea of cruising beginning once again.
Yep, that and it'll be like a shakedown cruise for the crew. Upgrades will be utopian.
As for a trip THIS fall, um..... nope. Not from an April perspective anyway.

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I wonder if they can have filled any of the first ships to sail with enough people to make a profit?
No matter what the date. Everyone will be so skeptical about sailing it would be impossible to relax & have a good time.

It will be interesting to see the changes. There may be some incredible offers to lure back the guinea-PAX.

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