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"Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess ship officially returned to service Sunday, welcoming passengers for the first time since the pandemic shut down the cruise industry.

The vessel left from its new homeport in San Diego on a week-long cruise with stops in Loreto, La Paz, and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, a spokesperson told USA TODAY by email. The ship was previously based in Japan."

"Diamond Princess' return to service was previously delayed. In August, the cruise line canceled 11 sailings scheduled to take place on the ship from Sept. to Nov. due to staffing issues."

"A major cruise line operator has brought mask mandates back for its cruise lines sailing in and around Australia amid a rise in COVID-19 transmission the country.

The change applies to "all Carnival Corporation brand ships operating in Australia and the region as an additional safeguard in light of the current rate of covid-19 in the general community," Carnival Australia said in an emailed statement Friday. That includes lines such as Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.

Passengers and crew members have to wear masks at all times inside unless they are eating or drinking. They must also wear masks outside when they cannot socially distance and "when on company transfers (tenders and buses)," Carnival Australia said.

Guests must also wear masks when embarking and disembarking."

"The Grand Princess, which is part of Princess Cruises, did not dock at the port of Newcastle, north of Sydney, after a discussion with Hunter New England Health.

It is understood the ship - which has an unspecified amount of Covid cases on board - will dock in Melbourne on Thursday.

A Port of Newcastle spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia it did not make the decision to deny access to the cruise ship. Instead, it was a joint decision made by local NSW Department of Health authorities and Princess Cruises."

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Cruising Chatter / Don't have a night of drinking and then fall overboard
« on: November 29, 2022, 01:53:14 PM »
"A missing Carnival Cruise passenger has been found alive in the Gulf of Mexico after falling overboard following a night of drinking and could have been in the water for over 15 hours."

"The cruise line says they expect the passenger capacity to be reduced to approximately 6,000 from the maximum of 9,000 Dream Cruises had announced. Areas such as a large casino will be also redesigned in keeping with Disney’s family-oriented cruises. Crew aboard the ship will be approximately 2,300.

One of the more innovative design changes Disney is discussing is the use of methanol for the ship’s fuel. In a brief statement, the cruise line says the ship “is expected to be among the first in the cruise industry to be fueled by green methanol.” Meyer Turku began construction in July for another new cruise ship for Germany’s TUI Cruises that is designed for methanol operations and in the United States Norwegian Cruise Line is exploring methanol with MAN for future ships and as a retrofit to its current ships."

"Princess Cruises rolls out its newest treat at sea, SMiZE Cream, delicious ice cream with an edible surprise in every cup created by supermodel Tyra Banks."

:Bluestone Group, an international provider of technical services for the maritime industry, is to install Silverstream’s air lubrication system (ALS) onboard Princess Cruises’ Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess."

Cruising Chatter / Ensenada devolving into prolonged water shutoffs
« on: November 13, 2022, 07:29:24 AM »
"Water shortages in Ensenada have left some residents without service for months, sparking protests and demands for change. The city, last in line for Colorado River water, is bearing the brunt of the drought ravaging the Western United States."

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