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1  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Regal Princess crew rescues two people from a plane crash on: March 07, 2019, 06:39:24 AM
"Luckily, the cruise ship the Regal Princess was in the area on its way to St. Thomas. The U.S. Coast Guard's Seventh District in Miami sent an aircraft to the crash site and contacted the ship's captains for help. Regal Princess crew members were able to rescue two people from the downed plane."

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/princess-cruises-regal-princess-rescues-two-people-from-plane-crash-near-grand-turk-11105539

Well done Princess!
2  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Royal, Crown and Sky Princess to receive Ocean Medallion in 2019 on: February 04, 2019, 07:57:41 AM
I've found that the best thing about the Medallions ships is that you can't deactivate the Medallion or cruise card with a magnetic any more.
Other than opening your cabin door conveniently at times, it doesn't offer much more.  Wink

Maybe the 'real' purpose is to track passengers onboard.  Roll Eyes
3  Princess Cruising / Cruising Tips Chatter / Re: What to know when considering spa treatments on: January 30, 2019, 05:55:05 AM
https://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-cruise-ship-spas-20190127-story.html
"The facilities are so popular that treatments sometimes book up the day of embarkation, which is why experienced spa-goers rush to register for treatments when they board, even before going to see their cabins."

The article makes it seem as if  people flock to book spa treatments because they are a phenomenal experience.
The reality is that spa sessions, are in demand for "sea days" when you are stuck on the ship. Same thing can be said for
speciality restaurants and other shipboard activities.
Far fewer people care about these 'offerings' when in a port of call.
And yes, these spa treatments are excessively overpriced. As an indulgence, great, but not
as a value.
4  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: No guest-facing facilities were impacted on: January 29, 2019, 04:10:33 PM
"There were no guests at Princess Cays at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported. Additionally, no guest-facing facilities were impacted, except one of several public restrooms. The cause remains unknown and is currently under investigation."

https://www.travelagentcentral.com/cruises/fire-hits-princess-cays-private-island

The important thing here is that there are no injuries. Hopefully the affected structures and equipment can be repaired and replaced without too much downtime at this cruise stop.

I personally have always enjoyed the low key and relaxing atmosphere at Princess Cays, and will hope that it can be determined how the fire originated so that repairs can address issues if they exist.

Thanks for posting this Mike.
5  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises and Mombasa, Kenya on: December 29, 2018, 08:34:43 AM
"He said the Ministry of Tourism has already engaged the Princess Cruise of United States to start operating one cruise vessel from Mombasa once the terminal is completed.

“Princess Cruise will be operating a vessel, which will be starting and ending its circuit from Mombasa,” he said."

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2018/12/cruise-ship-with-1000-tourists-arrives-in-mombasa-amidst-fully-booked-hotels/



Oh this is good.... Really good! How will this story be topped on April 1st?
6  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises rolls out new cocktails created by 'Bar Rescue's' Rob Floyd on: September 01, 2018, 02:10:10 PM
I wonder if he can improve on scotch neat.


Beyond a single malt, not possible.
7  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises Adds Tea and Coffee-making to Sapphire Princess Cabins on: September 01, 2018, 02:09:25 PM
But I sure would like a cup of coffee when I wake up and not have to go get one. 

I don't see why they can't provide these. Not like anyone would confuse it with perked or speciality coffee, but as you mentioned, it would be convenient.
8  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: The "Ernesto" Princess burger is now available in L.A. on: August 31, 2018, 04:37:03 PM
That actually looks quite appetizing!
9  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises Announces One of Their Biggest Beverage Updates Ever on: August 09, 2018, 12:46:27 PM
Should I be getting excited?  Huh

In today's news climate, this Princess announcement is a real nothingburger.
(Please adjust your loungers and resume napping.) Huh
10  Princess Cruising / Princess Cruise Reviews Chatter / Re: New Member: Review of Caribbean Princess Panama Canal Feb 6-16th, 2018 on: March 23, 2018, 11:52:54 AM
I quickly read you post & couldn't see why CC might have pulled it. Strange indeed.
Having comments censored by CC is nothing new, especially for myself. They hate for anyone to post truthful comments that actually happen & shed a bad light on Princess.
It happens regularly as soon as something is of negative opinion. I do believe the comments on their bulletin board are controlled by Princess directly and if they do leave it posted you be chastised by dozens of their cheerleaders.

Never the less I'm reading that most of your disappointment came from cancelled or tours that had delay problems.
This could have easily happened on any cruise line although Princess could have been more sympathetic.

Who would go-to a site named 'Cruise Panderer'? The legitimacy of a site that is paid for by advertisements on behalf of the industry the site 'claims' to critique is suspect at best. Active censoring of posts unfavorable to the marketing of cruises, or those that reflect unenthusiastic imagery of the cruise experience seems to be not only permitted, but policy at 'that other board'.
11  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Updated daily Priness schedule on: December 26, 2017, 09:36:13 PM
Thanks Charles for your labor of love.  Some say that this unofficial daily schedule is better than what Princess gives to the crew.

Indeed, thank you so much. This _is_ my goto schedule and essential for planning.
12  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Upcoming no holds barred Princess review on: December 07, 2017, 11:32:47 AM
I will be on the 10 day Panama/Columbia Caribbean Princess voyage in two weeks.  Be prepared for my no holds barred Princess review.

Two questions I will immediately seek to get answers on.  1. Are they now charging for popcorn in the MUTS?  2. What is the cause of the reported Caribbean Princess propulsion problem?

If you have Princess questions for me please post them right here.

OK Mike... what is with the issuing of (1)One disembarkation baggage tag (per your recent review)?
And how do you define 'guff' when describing your experience obtaining 'Cokes' from the bartenders?
Thanks!
13  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Eastern Caribbean cancellations on: September 16, 2017, 08:20:58 AM
From CNBC:
-Carnival downgraded as Hurricane Irma and other events hurt demand

Credit Suisse lowered its rating for Carnival shares to neutral from outperform, saying the cruise company is facing a more difficult demand environment.
The firm's analyst cited the geopolitical tensions in the Korean peninsula, the August terror attack in Barcelona and Hurricane Irma, "which has caused significant damage across the Eastern Caribbean."

Interesting, but not unexpected. This is also more of a market correction after the spectacular performance of the last few years.
IMHO.
14  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Eastern Caribbean cancellations on: September 12, 2017, 02:13:26 PM
I was wondering the same thing. I have cruise booked (and paid for) for January 20th going to St. Thomas; Antigua; St. Maarten and Dominican Republic. I haven't heard from Princess yet but would not be surprised if the cruise was cancelled.
Or just substituted islands.
Does it really make a difference to you?
If the cruise is outside of the no-penalty cancellation window, alterations to the itinerary change the product/price balance. To many, this  won't matter, but to others, it will change everything. Cruises that are within the no-penalty time frame, fall under the cruise lines ability to substitute ports if necessary. If a fire-sale appears for eastern Caribbean cruises, we'll have our answer. There are a significant number of cruise lines selling these destinations, so even a 'blip' of cruise cancellations will be profound, as the demographics change to oversupply.
15  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Eastern Caribbean cancellations on: September 12, 2017, 11:50:34 AM
With St.Maarten/St.Martin and St.Thomas/St.John suffering such extensive damage, what changes to itineraries and voyage cancellations are the cruise lines instituting? Certainly, if it hasn't shown up yet, there are likely to be huge numbers of eastern Caribbean  cruise cancellations for voyages outside the 75 day no penalty window. Even once infrastructure repairs have been established, these islands aren't going to appeal to many cruisers for a very long time.
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