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1  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.
2  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.
3  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!
4  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
5  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'.
6  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.
7  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?
8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess 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."

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.
12  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”.

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'.
13  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?
14  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.
15  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess 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.
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