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1  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: 2018 Cruises announced.. Spreadsheet update ???? on: April 25, 2017, 11:15:11 AM
Just updated the spreadsheet with the latest AUS/Asia cruises for the Sea, Sun, Diamond, Golden and Majestic.

Big gaps might be because of cruises in other venues or leases.

Mike will post when he uploads...
2  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: 2018 Cruises announced.. Spreadsheet update ???? on: April 13, 2017, 11:23:35 AM
The new Majestic Itineraries are out. I will update the spreadsheet once the full itineraries get uploaded to bestprice.

in the meantime, here is the brochure...

https://book.princess.com/pdf/onesource/au/AU_1819_PR_minibrochure_AUD.pdf
3  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: 2018 Cruises announced.. Spreadsheet update ???? on: April 04, 2017, 02:49:11 PM
I believe its up to date with the Diamond itineraries being announced and input. I know there are probably a few errors here and there but if you know of any new announcements on schedules, let me know. I use this thing all the time...
4  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: New routes out of Taiwan for Sapphire Princess on: January 18, 2017, 11:59:45 AM
I wonder if this will change the repositioning plans for the Sapphire in 2018 when she comes back to Europe for the summer.
5  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Boy's seizure at sea on Star Princess prompts frantic trek to shore on: January 18, 2017, 11:58:33 AM
In all out cruises (83 or so) we've never had an evacuation at sea.

We had one in our very first cruise, the old Ocean Princess (Sun class) in the Gulf of Alaska in 2001. Coast Guard helicopter. They moved the front of the ship camera around so everyone could watch on TV.
6  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: As British tourists take to the seas, giant cruise ships spread pollution misery on: January 09, 2017, 11:24:14 AM
I always enjoy reading some of these articles to see the misinformation that is purveyed and/or simply not fact checked. Or are these writers and editors just incapable of clearly stating the issues and facts?

For example:

"This weekend it was claimed that the capital (London) breached annual air pollution limits just five days into 2017."

First of all, London is 80+ miles from Southampton. The entire paragraph is misleading you into thinking that cruise ships are at fault. Secondly, how can a capital breach ANNUAL air pollution limits five days into a new year! That means London will be in breach for the entire year...Somehow, I just don't think that sentence is properly constructed.

"These big ships can be moored for several days as they load up..."

Throwing the bullshit flag on this one. The large cruise ships turn and burn on one day. Container ships are moored for several days, but the article is clearly targeting cruise ships and to a secondary extent, economic growth and prosperity.

But if you dig deeper into the referenced NABU report you come across this little gem:

" In European ports, ships have to burn a fuel with a maximum Sulphur content of 0.1 per cent when at berth for tow (two) hour(s) or more. "

This is the "marine diesel" that the article touts as being a better alternative to the maritime fuel oil.

So all of the uproar over high sulfur content maritime diesel doesn't even apply to the cruise ships docked in Southampton, or anywhere else in Europe - if this sentence is correct in the first place.
7  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Princess to watch your every move with a cruise card medallion on: January 08, 2017, 12:00:00 PM
Can you imagine the data they are going to gather and the value of that information?

When you eat, what you eat, where you go, what you do on a minute by minute basis.

I do have somewhat mixed feelings about it (big brother is watching and all that), from a business point of view - finally, someone wants to gather data from which to make future cost saving changes - otherwise known as 'product enhancement' changes.

But keep in mind, the bottom line is that labor costs continue to be a major element in company costs - and I will bet you that the pitch made to spend the millions of dollars to implement this included the potential labor savings that this information could generate.
8  Princess Cruising / Princess Cruise Agent Chatter / Re: CruiseCompete.com on: December 25, 2016, 12:51:58 PM
I've been with https://www.bestpricecruises.com/ for years but I'm always willing to check it against another agency. You can never tell.  Wink
Thanks.

I actually use this site as well to budget my prices - and fill in the spreadsheet as well - but I have an internet TA that typically beats bestprice prices (not by a lot, but at least a couple of drinks worth!), but gives me very personalized service, checks on upgrades and lower prices/deals and has been able to "stretch" my FCCs when necessary...
9  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: New Princess Milestone Awards Revealed - Must credit PrincessOnly.Com on: October 15, 2016, 12:23:06 PM
Suites are 2 cruise credits. A single cruise is a cruise credit. We have three cruises in a suite and 6 cruise credits for them...so our cruise credits are higher than our actual number of cruises.

If you booked two or more  logicals as a B2B2?, its only one cruise credit, but you can call them and have them split it back into 2 or more.
10  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: New Princess Milestone Awards Revealed - Must credit PrincessOnly.Com on: October 12, 2016, 01:41:13 PM
I wrote it down as it was told to me at the Captain's Circle desk by the C.C. Rep.

Thanks. I mentioned it on CC .... with credit of course.  Cheesy
Lets see how long they leave it up there.

Last time I mentioned PrincessOnly, the entire post was down within an hour...
11  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: More Princess Changes or No Changes on: October 08, 2016, 09:52:31 AM
The secret to the burgers is typically to get there right after 11, or after a big rush. That forces them to cook fresh rather than taking the burger off the 'done' pile and re-heating it.

Or during MUTS, they are not that busy and typically will start a fresh burger for you if you ask.

All of this presupposes that they have not changed policy since June - but who knows!
12  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: More Princess Changes or No Changes on: October 04, 2016, 10:05:12 AM
Hope you have fun. We were supposed to be on this cruise, but work interfered - damn those paychecks!

Trying to re-schedule and possibly pick up the Emerald in March to go back to west coast.

How small is the cruise staff? A reduction due to the introduction of the ED, which was supposed to free up the CD to "participate" in more events?

13  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Carnival to build bigger ships using less powerful but cheaper cleaner fuel on: September 09, 2016, 08:31:49 AM
Does anyone remember the argument over LNG terminals back in the 70's and 80's? And that LNG carriers were simply floating bombs?

Get ready for Deja Vue all over again...
14  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Norwegian stock price drops due to weak bookings on: September 09, 2016, 08:28:39 AM
Hopefully this means cruise prices are about to drop overall!

YEAH!!!!
15  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Too much Ecstacy may have caused passenger to fall or jump overboard on: September 09, 2016, 08:27:59 AM
I bet the lawyers are already contacting the family...
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