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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?

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Regal Princess Cancelled Trip
« on: March 08, 2020, 08:05:39 AM »
They've just cancelled the next Regal cruise for 3/8/20.
I still don't know details.

Cruising Chatter / Grandfather to plead guilty in death of toddler
« on: February 26, 2020, 09:42:51 AM »
Grandfather charged in death of toddler on cruise ship will change his plea to guilty.

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Medallion Class App Update
« on: February 17, 2020, 09:09:12 AM »
The Medallion Class app is due for an update by the end of this week.
Hopefully it'll resolve some of the many problems that a few of us have experienced.  ;)
Then again it'll probably introduce a few new ones as well.

Cruising Chatter / Updated Spread Sheet?
« on: February 13, 2020, 03:52:10 PM »
Is there any date as to when the new spreadsheet will be available with the fall/winter trips included?

Cruising Chatter / Old Coffee Cards Still Good
« on: February 13, 2020, 03:50:43 PM »
Recently on our Jan/Feb trip on the Regal we were pleasantly surprised to find that the the old coffee cards were still being honored. I found this out from our Dec trip but we had turned in our setup prior to realizing it.  >:(
It's not really published but all the baristas will accept them (IC, bars, buffet) without any question although a few of the guys did turn over the card to see what ship it came from but said nothing.

Our assistant waiter in the Symphony DR did thinks a little differently. He insisted that they were supposed to transfer all the remaining punches into the Medallion on-line system.
I couldn't quite understand why he was the only person on the ship who wanted to to so so I gave him a card that only had a few remaining punches left & he put them on my account. Strange. He transferred a few of the cards punches & gaven me back the card with 2 remaining punches which again puzzled me.

I have heard that the Crown Princess was also honoring the coffee cards but haven't had confirmation about it.
Either way, I'm prepared in March.  ;)
Good thing I haven't thrown out all the old cards yet.  ;D

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

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

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