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"This weekend, former Quebec porn-star-turned-cruise-ship-cocaine-smuggler Isabelle Lagace is expected to be released from an Aussie prison.

Onetime escort and Lagace’s travelling companion, Melina Roberge, will likely be sprung sometime in May."

https://torontosun.com/news/national/quebec-cruise-ship-cocaine-cutie-getting-sprung-from-aussie-jail

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"The two biggest cruise lines operating in Alaska, Princess Cruises and Holland America, on Wednesday canceled all of their 2021 Alaska sailings that begin or end in Vancouver, British Columbia."

"Princess and Holland America on Wednesday also canceled all 2021 voyages along the Pacific Coast of the United States that begin or end in Vancouver."

https://thepointsguy.com/news/cruise-lines-begin-canceling-alaska-sailings/

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Canada bans all cruise ships until 2022
« on: February 06, 2021, 06:32:08 AM »
"In one tweet, Omar Alghabra, Canadian Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre and Minister of Transport, put a kibosh on cruising in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska this summer. “Today, I announced a 1-year ban on pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters, these prohibitions will protect the most vulnerable among our communities and avoid overwhelming our health care systems.”

https://www.johnnyjet.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-canada-banning-cruise-ships-for-another-year/



 

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Cruising Chatter / Norwegian will vaccinate all crew members
« on: January 27, 2021, 08:06:02 PM »
‘It is our intention that all crew members be vaccinated before boarding our vessels to begin their duties,’ says Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson"

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/norwegian-cruise-line-covid-vaccinations-cruising-b1792773.html

Ed:  So far the word is that vaccinated people can still spread spread Covid.

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Happy new year - quiet on here.
« on: January 27, 2021, 08:02:27 PM »
Will we see any 2021 sailings?   Not so sure right now.

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"Royal Caribbean has pulled the plug on all of its scheduled cruises to Alaska on one of its cruise ships.

Quantum of the Seas had her entire 2021 Alaska cruise season cancelled because of the global health crisis.

The cancellations include the transpacific repositioning cruises."

https://cruise.blog/2021/01/royal-caribbean-cancels-alaska-cruises-quantum-seas-2021

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"Princess Cruises announced on Thursday that it has sold its ship, Pacific Princess, to an undisclosed buyer.

The move is in line with parent company Carnival Corporation’s initiative to say goodbye to "less efficient ships," an online news release said.

"Pacific Princess holds so many memories and cherished experiences to all who sailed upon her," Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz said in the release. "Pacific Princess offered a traditional style of cruising to unique destinations."

https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/princess-cruises-sells-ship-love-boat-cast

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Carnival’s Princess Cruise Lines Must Face Passengers’ COVID-19 Lawsuit
    By Robert Burnson

    InsuranceJournal
    November 24, 2020

    Carnival Corp.’s Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. failed to persuade a judge
    to dismiss negligence claims by 17 passengers who allege they suffered
    COVID-19 symptoms after being exposed to the coronavirus on a February
    voyage.

    Monday’s ruling doesn’t address the merits of the lawsuit but it may
    give plaintiffs momentum after legal experts predicted virus cases
    against cruise companies would be difficult to win. Federal judges
    previously have sided with Carnival in decisions dismissing suits.

    U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles concluded that 17 of
    18 passengers made legally sufficient allegations to proceed — even
    though they were never tested for the virus, as was commonplace in the
    early days of the pandemic. They’re seeking punitive damages that
    could add up to millions of dollars.

    The one passenger dropped from the case only reported experiencing
    “fatigue and extreme anxiety.” The others claimed they developed
    “symptoms consistent with COVID-19” after coming into contact with
    passengers on the ship who had or appeared to have the disease.

    The Grand Princess left San Francisco for Hawaii on Feb. 21. Among the
    passengers were 62 who had been on the ship’s prior cruise to Mexico,
    including two with symptoms of coronavirus. The cruise line knew this
    yet failed to inform the new passengers, who might have chosen to skip
    the voyage, according to the suit.

    In July, the judge dismissed 14 consolidated suits making emotional
    distress claims on behalf of passengers who were in close contact with
    others on the ship infected by the virus.

    Princess Cruises didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment
    after regular business hours.


    https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/11/24/591817.htm





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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Sun and Sea Princess have been sold
« on: September 22, 2020, 12:06:06 PM »
2 ships to leave Princess Cruises fleet
    By Richard Tribou

    Orlando Sentinel
    Sep 22, 2020 at 7:47 AM

    The coronavirus pandemic has forced another cruise line to sell its
    ships as Princess Cruises announced both the Sun Princess and Sea
    Princess were leaving its fleet.

    The announcement is the latest from cruise lines that offload older
    hardware that cannot sail as efficiently as newer, larger ships and
    would not be as profitable when cruise lines effort their return to
    sailing with reduced capacity to battle the spread of COVID-19.

    Princess Cruises' parent company Carnival Corp. announced earlier in
    September that it intended to sell or scrap 18 ships from among its
    multiple brands. Already announced were the scrapping of four older
    Carnival Cruise Line ships and the sale of four older Holland America
    ships.

    The two Princess ships were sold to undisclosed buyers, according to a
    company press release. While they both had once served the North
    American market and sailed from Florida’s Port Everglades, that had
    since migrated to Australia.

    “Both ships defined the premium cruise experience with Australians and
    New Zealanders spending close to 14 million nights aboard these
    ships," said Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz. "While it is never
    easy to say goodbye to any ship in our fleet, this will allow us to
    deploy newer ships enhancing our offerings for Australia cruisers and
    focus on bringing into service exciting newbuilds like the upcoming
    delivery of Enchanted Princess.”

    Customers booked on either ship’s itineraries, which ran into late
    2021, will be offered a refund or opportunity to rebook on another
    Princess ship.

    Sun Princess debuted in 1995, the first of the line’s Sun Class with
    about a 2,000-passenger capacity and weighing 77,441 gross tons. It
    migrated to Australia in 2007 and also was used by the line in its
    foray into the Japanese market in 2013.

    Sister ship Sea Princess debuted in 1998, but actually left the
    company for Carnival Corp.'s British line P&O Cruises by 2003, but
    Princess reacquired the ship in 2005.

    There were four ships in the Sun Class, and with these two now sold,
    Princess Cruises has no ship in that class, having previously sold off
    Dawn Princess and Ocean Princess.

    In comparison, the line’s newest ship, Sky Princess, comes in at
    145,281 gross tons and has a 3,660-passenger capacity based on double
    occupancy.

    The cruise line still has 16 ships in its fleet and four more on order.

    The cruise line, which was at the center of two coronavirus outbreaks
    in early 2020, has suspended sailing through mid-December. The deadly
    outbreak on Diamond Princess that was quarantined in Japan back in
    February was among the incidents that led to the global shut down of
    cruise lines in March.

    https://www.sun-sentinel.com/travel/florida-cruise-guide/os-tr-cru-princess-cruises-sells-two-ships-20200922-esien7ek5jhltheho7sepexbi4-story.html?outputType=amp&fbclid=IwAR2tsW2OeVyV7t4PH5rVV59PwkmhsgQcebBTKfOB_9iQPzAyPsWm9FmnWds





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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: CCL Mergers
« on: June 04, 2020, 05:34:11 PM »
Chill everybody.  Princess will be baaaack.

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"June 4 (Reuters) - Carnival Corp’s Princess Cruises on Thursday extended the suspension of some of its voyages in Australia, Canada and Taiwan as cruise ports around the world remain shut due to the coronavirus crisis.

The company said it has extended the delay of operations on all cruises sailing in and out of Australia through mid-September on the Sea Princess, Majestic Princess, Sun Princess and Sapphire Princess. (Reporting by Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)"

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-carnival/carnivals-princess-cruises-extends-suspension-of-some-voyages-idUSL4N2DH1NA

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Cruising Chatter / Current status of cruise brand operations
« on: April 18, 2020, 03:25:11 PM »
"Here’s a look at the current status of operations at more than three dozen river, ocean and expedition cruise brands that market to North Americans:

Adventure Canada has canceled all 2020 departures.

AmaWaterways has canceled all sailings through May 31.

American Cruise Lines has canceled all sailings through May 17.

American Queen Steamboat Company has canceled all sailings through May 16.

Avalon Waterways has canceled all sailings through June 30.

Azamara has canceled all sailings through June 11.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through May 6.

Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through June 26. Sailings on some ships have been canceled into the fall.

Celebrity Cruises has canceled all sailings through June 11. Sailings in Alaska have been canceled through the end of June.

Celestyal Cruises has canceled all sailings through June 28.

Costa Cruises has canceled all sailings through May 30.

Cunard Line has canceled all sailings through May 15.

Crystal Cruises has canceled all sailings through the end of May. The line also has delayed to debut of its new expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, until Nov. 14.

Disney Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through May 17. The line also has canceled all Alaska sailings through the end of June.

Emerald Waterways has canceled all sailings through June 30.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has canceled sailings into May with ships scheduled to resume service at varying dates. The current plan is for Europa and Europa 2 to resume sailing on May 9 and May 13, respectively. Hanseatic Inspiration, Bremen and Hanseatic Nature are scheduled to return to service of May 18, May 23 and May 30, respectively.

Holland America has canceled all sailings worldwide through June 30. The line also has canceled all Alaska sailings for 2020 on Maasdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Volendam and Westerdam.

Hurtigruten has canceled its international expedition sailings through May 12. The line has canceled its coastal sailings in Norway through May 20. In addition, cruises in Alaska have been canceled through July 1.

MSC Cruises has canceled all sailings through May 29.

Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through May 14. Voyages on Norwegian Sun have been canceled through Oct. 18.

Oceania Cruises has canceled all sailings through May 10.

Paul Gauguin Cruises has canceled all sailings through May 7.

Ponant has suspended operations until further notice.

Princess Cruises has canceled all sailings worldwide through June 30. The line also has canceled all Alaska sailings for 2020 on Coral Princess, Grand Princess, Pacific Princess, Royal Princess, Star Princess and Golden Princess. Sailings on Enchanted Princess have been canceled through July 31. Sailings on Diamond Princess and Sun Princess have been canceled through Aug. 4 and Sept. 4, respectively.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has canceled all sailings through May 14.

Royal Caribbean has canceled all sailings through June 11.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has canceled all sailings through June 30.

Seabourn has canceled all sailings through June 30.

SeaDream Yacht Club has canceled all sailings through May 7.

Silversea has canceled all sailings through mid-May. The line’s ships now are scheduled to resume service on various dates between May 13 and July 2.

Tauck has canceled all sailings through May 15.

UnCruise Adventures has canceled departures in April and a handful of early May sailings.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has canceled all European sailings through April 23. The river cruise specialist has canceled Egypt sailings through May 1.

Victory Cruise Lines has canceled all sailings through May 16.

Viking has canceled all sailings through the end of June.

Virgin Voyages has postponed its inaugural voyage until Aug. 7.

Windstar Cruises has canceled all sailings through May 21."

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"After the nation's top disease response agency posted orders keeping cruise ships docked last Wednesday night, extending the ban through August, the White House Coronavirus Task Force stepped in to cut it by 20 days.

When the no-sail order reappeared on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website hours later, its language had been softened: Ships can sail again in July, and an explicit warning that they could be docked even longer had been deleted, according to emails and internal documents obtained by USA TODAY. "

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/04/13/coronavirus-cruise-ships-saw-red-flags-amid-chaotic-federal-response/2937001001/

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Cruising Chatter / CDC No Sail Order extended
« on: April 18, 2020, 03:20:48 PM »
"Shares of Carnival Corp. CCL, +5.99% took an 10.1% dive in morning trading Monday, after the cruise operator said it has cancelled all North American cruise itineraries through June 26. The company said it also cancelled all Carnival Sunrise itineraries out of New York to the end of this year. "This is disappointing, but we are committed to being a strong partner with the government and taking steps to maintain public confidence in our business," Carnival said in a statement released in a tweet. Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the No Sail Order for cruise ships for roughly three months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/carnivals-stock-dives-after-cruises-cancelled-through-june-26-in-wake-of-cdcs-extended-no-sail-order-2020-04-13

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