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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Crown Princess Mystery
« on: January 16, 2020, 05:45:06 AM »
For some reason it's been really windy this winter season in the Caribbean. We were on the Regal in Jan & had constant wind throughout the cruise having to dock on the backside of G Cayman & in Cozumel arrived 2 hours late due to the accident with the Carnival ships + 40 MPH wind making us inch into the dock.
We're leaving again this Sun & I suspect not much has changed as I'm reading that the Crown this week is experiencing the same thing.

Begin rant: The non-enforcement of the suggested dress "guidelines" in the dining rooms.  T-shirts, gym pants, even well worn hunting clothes with dirty boots observed in the dining room.  Motorcycle gang kutte and leathers outfit worn by body art covered guy observed in Sabatinis line on formal night.  And then there are the morbidly obese in bikinis and speedos hanging out (literally) by the pool. End rant.
Here is where we part ways.
I'm in favor of a casual cruise but perhaps not as informal as it was on your cruise. I just dress casually on formal nights without a jacket for the DR. Of course I wear dress pants as well & dress shoes.
The Crown isn't noted as being one of the more formal cruise ships.
We shall see if there have been any more changes since we last sailed it last Oct. but I don't think so. Even shorts were tolerated on casual evenings in the DR back then.

Also I can't forget to mention the now Princess required blasting, seat shaking, deafening sound levels and spot lights burning the back of your eyes in Princess Theater shows.
Yes, nothing has changed recently I see although that on the Regal they did adjust the lights not to shine directly at the audience but the sound was still deafening. 
I've just come to accept it & bring a pair of disposable ear plugs with me to every show, even a comedian. I think they should be required by law to pass them our to everyone as they enter the theater.  :o

    • 3 day wait on Elite laundry. Three of my polo shirts were ruined in the "free" ship laundry
Typical...and you should know better.
  • Princess Theater show stopped for a blood drive announcement
  • Muster drill said to bring your medicine and cruise card but there was no cruise card to bring
They never were to speedy to change things.
  • Captain's Circle rep. dumber than a rock
Do you recall his/her name? I bet I know her.
  • Lots of glitches in the Medallion apps
  • Muster drill is now called the Safety Assembly
I don't care as long as they don't increase the time.
  • Cardboard straws
Aren't they just great !
  • Prices for wine in Sabitinis is sky high.  Prices easily exceed the Premier drink package allowance
We carried our own from our room.
  • Our deck table was in very poor condition
  • Princess Cays now uses water taxis
Much faster I thought.
  • Our shower drain was mostly clogged
  • Canned soda is not included in the Premier drink package
  • Crappy cardboard like pizza crust
  • The Crown Princess is a floating rust bucket
  • All of the ship elevators have serious gold like finish damage
Aren't they pretty.
  • Brewed coffee was not so great.  "Red eye" coffee was better
  • Cookies don't come out until 3:30 pm
No change as I remember it.
  • Anytime dining required you to carry a paper admittance slip which wasn't enforced.
  • EZ Air didn't lose my bags this time but we didn't receive the required bag tags until after dinner
  • Captain's Circle desk wasn't staffed for the 2nd leg of the B2B
What a loser. I still think I know who it was.

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Crown Princess Mystery
« on: January 13, 2020, 04:04:37 PM »
If you had experienced the winds on the Regal this past mid Dec it wouldn't be much of a mystery.

We had to moor at the backside of Grand Cayman it was blowing so hard and had to use a shuttle to get into town. After arriving most of the shops were closed anyway.

In Cozumel the capt managed to get in but was fighting a 40-50 MPH wind as we approached the dock & he had to inch his way every few feet. It was the same day as the tow Carnival ships had there little mishap.
From what I read they people did get compensated for their loss even though the ship doesn't make any promises that they will get you to those ports.

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Sabatini's Change of Menu
« on: January 10, 2020, 09:30:06 AM »
Note that Sabatini's classic menu on certain ships has recently changed to eliminate a few of the choices we once prefered.
The 10 oz. strip steak and roasted veal rack have been eliminated and replaced with eggplant parmigiana and rosemary chicken scaloppine.  :(
The classic Sabatini's menu is found on:  ;D

Crown Princess
Diamond Princess
Golden Princess
Island Princess
Pacific Princess
Royal Princess
Sapphire Princess

The new Sabatini's menu is found on: :(

Caribbean Princess
Grand Princess
Regal Princess
Coral Princess
Star Princess

People who just the other day missed Princess Cays due to a generator failure on the island were given $75 per person which I though was pretty generous.
Usually when we miss any port the most we get in compensation is our port fees back.

Still waiting for a price drop on the Sky.  ;)

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Paper Coffee Cards
« on: January 06, 2020, 03:19:03 PM »
Having recently sailed on the Regal Princess I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the IC was still accepting the old coffee cards - at least until the end of Jan 2020 unlike the other Princess ships that discontinued their use on Aug 31, 2019.
Of course I didn't find that out until after I had turned in my elite setup on the first day for 2 coffee programs.  >:(
We'll be sailing again in a few weeks & I'll be ready this time since we have numerous old cards for ourselves & others that we meet to enjoy.  ;D ;D

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Chatter's new look
« on: January 06, 2020, 08:02:10 AM »
I was beginning to wonder what happened to the web site.  :o
This looks cleaner.  ;)

Is there any chance of an update in the near future to include cruises until the end of 2020?
There are lots of great sales just announced that include gratuities, drinks & unlimited WiFi & the spreadsheet makes it easy to compare cruises.

Even if I could afford it, I'd get so bored after 30 days (and fat) that I would be longing for home ASAP.  :D

Cruising Tips Chatter / Re: 5 Big Cruise Balcony Mistakes
« on: November 27, 2019, 11:22:31 AM »
On the 13th deck of the MSC Divina you will find these small, narrow balconies.
MSC Divina Deck 13 Aft Balcony

And I though the Royal class ships had small balconies.  :o

My favorite buffet of all the Princess ships so far.
A little something for everyone.  ;)

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess lifeguards on duty - or not
« on: November 21, 2019, 01:48:08 PM »
The employee is charged with “monitoring the pool areas” and “keeping pool areas clean”, and “efficiently and calmly reacts to incidents where any individual may be in need of minor first aid or lifesaving actions (prior to the medical team’s attendance)”.

I wonder if their responsibilities extend to removing articles from vacant deck chairs after the alloyed time expires?

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