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"Burnie cruise ship volunteers "got a sleep in" on Friday after a vessel arrived around two hours late.
The Sun Princess' departure from Melbourne was delayed "following a technical matter that was resolved prior to departure", a Princess Cruises spokesperson said."

    • 3 day wait on Elite laundry. Three of my polo shirts were ruined in the "free" ship laundry
    • 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
    • Captain's Circle rep. dumber than a rock
    • Lots of glitches in the Medallion apps
    • Muster drill is now called the Safety Assembly
    • Cardboard straws
    • Prices for wine in Sabatinis is sky high.  Prices easily exceed the Premier drink package allowance
    • Our deck table was in very poor condition
    • Princess Cays now uses water taxis
    • 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
    • Brewed coffee was not so great.  "Red eye" coffee was better
    • Cookies don't come out until 3:30 pm
    • 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

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Crown Princess Mystery
« on: January 13, 2020, 03:46:58 PM »
I'm hearing that the January 6, 2020 Crown Princess cruise in the Med. skipped three of its six planned stops.  It's a mystery right now as to why?

"The Navy and Coast Guard in Hawaii rang in the New Year by teaming up to rescue a 69-year-old passenger from a cruise ship 210 miles northwest of Hilo.

A Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter crew from Kaneohe Bay-based Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 conducted a medevac off the Grand Princess while a Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft provided overhead communications support, according to a Coast Guard email sent to Navy Times early Thursday.

The Easyriders transferred the patient to Hilo Medical Center for treatment but his condition is unknown at this time, officials said.

“The Coast Guard and the Navy often work together during search and rescue operations in the Pacific,” said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Craig Howarth, a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstander, in the statement."

"After moving from Chicago with his family, Lancaster will be based at Princess Cruises headquarters in Santa Clarita, California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University, is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Marshall previously served as the founder and executive sponsor of the Hyatt animal advocacy group, and was also active in Hyatt's Veterans and Disabilities groups. Additionally, he was a member of Hyatt's Global Inclusion and Diversity Council."

The roll out of Princess Cruises’ high-tech Ocean Medallion system continues, as the premium brand will activate five more existing ships this year, in addition to the new Enchanted Princess.

The system expands to the Grand Princess (February 21), Diamond Princess (March 15), Majestic Princess (April 18), Star Princess (June 12), Enchanted Princess (June 15) and Sapphire Princess (July 27).

The Sky Princess is the first cruise ship in a fleet of more than 100 to be outfitted with Panasonic’s new PT-RQ50KU 3-Chip DLP Solid Shine Laser Projector. It will be used for 5-Skies, a new production show in the Princess Cruises fleet that blends live actors and projected imagery.

Panasonic has teamed up with Princess Cruises to deliver 4K projectors for the fleet of cruise ships that will make onboard theater entertainment more immersive. It’s a step that shows what interactive group entertainment will be like in the future.

The Panasonic PT-RQ50KU laser projector combines native 4K resolution at 50,000 lumens of brightness with separate red and blue Solid Shine laser-phosphor technology. Typical projectors are around 5,000 lumens.

"The cruise ship Sapphire Princess was hit by lightning today while sailing in Indonesian waters. No one on board was hurt, but the lightning caused damage to the ship's radar. The lightning struck the mast of the ship and damaged the radar, therefore Sapphire Princess cannot continue the voyage until the radar is fully operational."

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Chatter's new look
« on: January 06, 2020, 07:59:23 AM »
Princess Chatter has a new look after an unwanted forced upgrade.  Next on the to-do list is a Princess news update and a Princess daily unofficial schedule update.

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess lifeguards on duty - or not
« on: November 21, 2019, 01:34:48 PM »
"In 2016, Princess Cruises began advertising for lifeguards to man its onboard pools, however the employees would only work on Asian cruises.

One advertisement read: “Be the Consummate Host and delight our passengers by monitoring and operating all water-based recreation facilities including, opening, closing and monitoring the safety and volume of the swimming pool and general activities around the pool areas including environmental issues. Assist with investigating any medical situations or security matters that may arise, and promptly report to Deck and Medical and work with Security team to correct any Security issues in order to maintain a safe and secure shipboard environment …”

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)”.

A Princess Cruises spokesperson told Cruise&Travel Asia: “With Princess Cruises’ expansion into China, a decision was made to have swimming pool monitors in Asia where widespread proficiency in swimming is far less likely than in other regions.”

In Australian waters however, parents must supervise their children at all times when using the pools, as there are no lifeguards on duty."

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