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 ;D It couldn't make me happier but they've reversed their decision to make masks mandatory indoors on all their ships.

Now the thing is to find out where "certain venues and events" where they will be required.

I suspect places like Princess live where close contact is next to impossible to avoid. At least the bars will be free to decide if people can decide for themselves. :D :D

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Only Spread Sheet
« on: July 21, 2021, 06:20:06 AM »
Is there ever going to be a Princess Cruise spreadsheet like in past years?

I realize that due to cancelled cruises it may not be feasible at this time but it made choosing a trip so much easier than browsing through the Princess web site.

Cruising Chatter / Virus pops up on RCCL
« on: December 09, 2020, 08:04:04 AM »
As much as I would like to get back cruising once again in 2021, things like this make me think long & hard about when we'll even get back to the old days.  :'(

If this is any indication of how quickly the virus spreads on a cruise ship, I think we all have a long way to go before sailing again anytime soon.  :(

And yet "Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings together launched the "Healthy Sail Panel," as it's being called, with the goal of looking at every facet of safety, from whether ultraviolet lights can effectively kill the virus to how to improve meal service."

Cruising Chatter / 40,000 crew still at sea
« on: June 15, 2020, 04:35:20 AM »
It's almost hard to believe that this many crew are still stranded on RCCL ships & cannot return home.

After 80 days at sea, three transfers between ships, four canceled flights and one plane malfunction, Royal Caribbean Cruises music director Bruno Cruells finally touched down in his native Argentina on June 3, accompanied by 251 compatriots. Sitting behind the taxi’s new plexiglass on the way home from the airport with his hometown whizzing by out the window, he felt relief.

“I felt like I was finally safe somehow,” said Cruells, 30, “like continuing from where I left before all of this happened.”

As more countries loosen COVID-19 travel restrictions, crew members are slowly making their way home. About 3,000 Carnival Cruise Line workers got off in Croatia earlier this month to catch rides and flights home across Europe. Smiling behind their masks, they posed for a selfie on the pier.

Princess News & Princess Chatter / New lawsuits for Princess
« on: June 11, 2020, 09:09:08 AM »
Does it ever end?  ???

Two new lawsuits allege that Princess Cruises didn't take adequate steps to protect passengers on two ships that became the focus of international attention when they were struck by outbreaks of the coronavirus.

 After a six-month odyssey around the world, during which it was hit by coronavirus and saw the oceans dramatically empty of other vessels, the last cruise liner still carrying passengers has made its final port of call, delivering its eight guests to a world vastly changed from the one they set sail in.

Cruising Chatter / old laws may shield the cruise industry
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:47:58 AM »

"Experts and fellow attorneys said they face an uphill battle against restrictive terms of service buried in passengers’ paperwork and maritime laws that predate the sinking of the Titanic by half a century"

Cruising Chatter / Let Them Die ??
« on: March 24, 2020, 05:56:26 PM »
As much as I would hate to see any of the cruise lines go under I think they've got a point in this article. It may be time for the cruise lines to change their ways if they want help.

Foreign-flagged cruise lines have no business asking for a U.S. bailout now.

Yesterday, Donald Trump again insisted that we "can't let the cruise lines go out of business." This has become conventional pundit wisdom after two commercial cruise ships became high-profile coronavirus hot zones. The cruise ship industry is in dire trouble, as are all travel-related industries.

That doesn't mean American taxpayers need to bail them out now. The cruise industry has done everything in its power to skirt U.S. laws, regulations, and taxes. None of the major cruise lines fly the flags of the United States—every ship is registered in another country, one with lax environmental protections, labor protections, and other rules that make it easier to squeeze out maximum profits at public expense. Now those foreign-flagged ships want United States bailouts? No. That was a choice these companies made; now they have to live with it.

Cruising Chatter / Shortages at grocery stores?
« on: March 15, 2020, 04:27:46 AM »
Has anyone noticed certain products being in short supply recently?

Here in Florida just certain items have slowly disappeared from the toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, cleaning supplies and even liquid washing machine soap.

NEW YORK - Royal Caribbean Cruises, which has seen its stock take a big drop in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, says that is has increased its revolving credit capacity by $550 million to bolster its liquidity.

Can Princess be far behind?

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