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1  Princess Cruising / Princess News 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.
2  Princess Cruising / Princess News 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.
3  Princess Cruising / Princess News 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.
4  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Fire in the engine room on the Island Princess on: May 18, 2017, 03:04:28 PM
"This morning about 7:30 there was an emergency announcement for a fire in the deck 4 engine room. We were having breakfast in the Horizons buffet area. About 5 minutes later, the general emergency alarm was sounded and all crew were called to their emergency stations. They remained for about 30 minutes before being released. We were advised that the fire was struck pretty quickly and that we were in no danger."

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2017/05/articles/fires-1/fire-on-island-princess/



Once again we are reminded why attending and paying attention at muster drills, is not only required, but wise.
Reading about a 'non' event is testament to this. Fires on a cruise ship have a unique set of additional dangers.
5  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Norwegian Star Drifting Near Melbourne on: February 10, 2017, 07:09:32 PM
"The Norwegian Star is expected to be towed to Melbourne tomorrow after the ship lost engine power at Cape Liptrap, near Wilsons Promontory.

The ship — which can carry 2348 people — was travelling from Melbourne to Dunedin when the ship’s propulsion system stopped working.
Passengers are reporting cruise ship crew and staff being “abused” by angry travellers.
BNCraceteam tweeted: “feel for the Crew onboard #NorwegianStar who continue to get abused by guests, fix the damn ship! horrendous return to Aus”.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/norwegian-star-cruise-ship-loses-power-near-melbourne/news-story/681818cf1be2d1bcaaf815272e6f1263

Sad that the crew/staff are reportedly suffering some abuse. Short sightedness and tempers shouldn't blend. NCL is surely doing all that they can, and I believe that a few sour people are garnering the attention of the 'Herald Sun'' reporter.
My hat is off to the crew of  the Norwegian Star'.
6  Princess Cruising / Cruising Tips Chatter / Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's) on: February 04, 2017, 12:38:55 PM
It doesn't make that much difference on the Regal & Royal anyway since all the regular coffee is the same no matter where you get it.

Would that be the syrup - derived coffee, or fresh ground?
7  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Claim of air pollution levels on cruise ships is in dispute on: February 04, 2017, 12:54:17 AM
Maybe it's those aft cabins that get most of the pollution. I never smell anything mid ship.
Oh,  please don't tell me that. We have booked an aft cabin for a summer cruise in 2018.

I almost always book aft cabins and only once had a problem with smells or pollution and that was the soot problem on Royal Princess.  I would not book an aft cabin on any Royal class ship.  Actually I would not book any cabin on any Royal class ship. 

That's encouraging... The ship is the CB. The DW and I have yet to sail on any of Princess' 'royal' class ships.
8  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: OMG. Princess has ordered yet another Royal class ship. When will it stop? on: February 03, 2017, 10:59:32 PM
They could come up with something along the lines of the newer RCI ships eliminating some of the nonsense items.
Princess people don't need water slides, race tracks & rock climbing walls but they do have some nice features

The virtual wall on some of the RCA ships inner cabins would be interesting. The lack of natural light makes me hesitant to book an inner cabin, although doing so would mean more cruises.

They wouldn't need to restrict this feature 
to mega ships.
9  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Iranian comming off of an annual gay cruise briefly detained at Port Everglades on: February 03, 2017, 10:53:24 PM
He better hope they don't sen him back to Iran.  Wink

Absolutely. They are not fond of chemical engineers.  Roll Eyes
10  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Claim of air pollution levels on cruise ships is in dispute on: February 03, 2017, 10:51:28 PM
Maybe it's those aft cabins that get most of the pollution. I never smell anything mid ship.
Oh,  please don't tell me that. We have booked an aft cabin for a summer cruise in 2018.
11  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: What happens when you flush the loo on a cruise ship? on: February 02, 2017, 08:08:55 PM
"Such incidents are rare, however, and in the case of Princess Cruises it was a rogue engineer who was found to be at fault rather than a systematic failure of procedures."

What I don't quite understand is why did that engineer take it upon himself to set up an illegal discharge pipe?
What would he have to gain by doing so?
Do they get paid by the gallon of waste material or was it just to make himself look better than the engineers on other ships?

Rich,
It would likely be fear of retribution or duress from a senior engineer, or other authority.
The OWS is a cost factor, and the cruise industry is exquisitely fine tuned in cost control.
One scenario would have the engineer being questioned as to why so much oil was showing up in Bilge water (ie, you mustn't be caring for the equipment to allow leaks, and we'll have to implement some new checks and balances, aka scrutiny of the engineers performance)
Another scenario would be questioning the engineer as to why the OWS  is being used so much (ie costing th e company more money), and that 'we' (the company) have never had these difficulties with any other of our engineers.
The magic pipe is not unique to Princess vessels, nor is knowledge of its use, or why it would be used.
At any rate, sufficient layers of protection for executives exist in the tiers of employees on the ladder.
12  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: What happens when you flush the loo on a cruise ship? on: February 02, 2017, 07:49:49 AM

From the article, re: Bilge water:
"Such incidents are rare, however, and in the case of Princess Cruises it was a rogue engineer who was found to be at fault rather than a systematic failure of procedures."

Nobody at the top was the least bit aware of the cost discrepancies between the OWS  (oil water separators) on various vessels. The 'rogue' engineer story is the laugh of this investigation. This practice occurred on several ships, over several years, and not just the CB while in British waters.

From the article, re: treated effluent grey/black water discharges:
"There, all the nasty stuff is filtered out and digested by bacteria. The remaining liquid is disinfected by UV radiation rather than chlorine or other chemicals that would themselves be harmful to marine life.
At this stage, and having been monitored for any remaining bugs such as faecal coliform, it is discharged into the sea “cleaner than the seawater that it might have started out as before being desalinated,” according to Rose."

That's a crock! Threshold values for discharge of total coliform units (TCU's) would only need to be met for compliance. But the laugh is to suggest that multi billion dollar cruise lines would invest in cleaning the effluent to be "cleaner" than influent seawater, and then to 'discharge' the cost added 'product' back into the sea is ludicrous.

This opinion article is 'spin' at it's finest.
13  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Princess vs. Celebrity Air on: December 31, 2016, 09:32:05 PM
Lately, always less.  When I picked my seats on Princess EZ Air on Virgin Atlantic (Delta) Atlanta to Heathrow I found that I could pick Comfort Plus seats for no extra cost.   Smiley  Low price, Great seats. Heck of a deal.  Check EZ Air for different origin airports.  You may be amazed on what you find.

Great information. I will definitely look into this. Thanks to all !
14  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Princess vs. Celebrity Air on: December 31, 2016, 12:20:28 PM
Princess EZ Air has been working great for me.

Has the airfare been comparable to other booking options?

15  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Man on Carnival ship being held a prisioner on: December 31, 2016, 12:17:37 PM
I think the two of them have conspired to lay the groundwork for a lawsuit. She says it was reasonable to keep him in the brig overnight but then expects them to release him on her say so as a mental health professional--but it's not up to her. 

It is impossible to allow the potentially unsettled passenger another opportunity to threaten or achieve harm to himself or others. There is a case to be made that due to the so called 'mental professionals' recommendation, the ships authorities have a right to 'act on the recommendation', and exercise measures 'deemed' appropriate for the safety and we'll being of all. No profitable outcome for a lawsuit.
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