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"Princess Cruises today announced what it called its most expansive Americas schedule ever with 47 itineraries across 214 departures from seven convenient North American homeports, highlighted by new voyages to the South Pacific and Hawaii.

New for the 2023-24 season are the Sapphire Princess' two South Pacific Islands & Hawaii cruises roundtrip from Los Angeles featuring "More Ashore" late-night stays in Honolulu and Tahiti, and for the first time ever visiting Fiji, along with a pair of Hawaii cruises with overnight stays in Honolulu on Discovery Princess.

Princess will also sail again from Galveston with a series of voyages on the Regal Princess providing consumers Western Caribbean itineraries."

[Ed] It's now time for your editor to get with it on updating the unofficial schedule.

'The ships are visiting Sitka this week as repairs continue on a damaged dock in Skagway. 

The arrivals are as follows:

    Wednesday, July 27 Royal Princess (passenger capacity 3,600)
    Thursday, July 28 Discovery Princess (passenger capacity 3,660)
    Saturday, July 30 Grand Princess (passenger capacity 2,600)"

Can Your Cruise Line Change Your Flights for You?

"Short answer: Yes. Real answer: It's complicated.

There are two problems at play here.

First, if you booked your air through the cruise line, calling the airline won't help. Airlines consider these tickets to be booked through a third-party; depending on the airline, you might not even be able to manage basic elements of your booking, like seat selection, online.

When you run into problems with tickets booked through the cruise line, the airline will throw up its arms and tell you to call the cruise line. The cruise line, in turn, will sometimes tell you it's out of their hands -- and advise you to contact the airline.

Second, that's if you can get through to your cruise line. Most lines have air departments that are only open from 8 a.m. Eastern to 5 p.m. Eastern and can be closed entirely on holidays and weekends. And like the airlines, cruise lines are facing staffing shortages. Even those companies with 24/7 emergency lines are unable to keep up with demand when air schedules around the world are routinely disrupted.'"

What Happens If Your Cruise Line Flights Change Well Before Departure?

'Flights that change or are canceled by airlines earlier can sometimes have a bit more wiggle room -- but not much. The closer you are to your sail date, the more likely it is that you will find yourself on "the milk run" -- a collection of less-desirable flights routed through places you perhaps hadn't intended to go.'"

Is There Still an Advantage to Booking Your Air Through the Cruise Line?

"'Several Cruise Critic readers cite the reduced cost of booking air through cruise lines as one of the major benefits to doing so. What you lose in control in terms of being able to select your preferred airline, seats, and routing, you gain in savings which can, in some instances, be substantial.'"

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As of July 22, 2022

"The share price of Carnival Corporation & plc dropped by almost 12% on Thursday (July 22) after the cruise giant announced a $1 billion common stock offering.

The company said it expects to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, which could include addressing 2023 debt maturities."

"Nearing the completion of its restart plans, Princess Cruises currently has most of its fleet sailing."

"Princess Cruises, a major industry player, is encouraging vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers alike to come aboard. The cruise line updated its guidance Monday with the CDC's announcement, saying it can now accommodate more unvaccinated guests on sailings "without burdensome exemptions or vaccine status justification."

"It went on to say, “We can now accommodate up to 10% of unvaccinated guests on most sailings without burdensome exemptions or vaccine status justification, available on a first-come, first-served basis.”

"There is an exception to the rule for voyages that call to Canada.

The line says, “Please note that cruises that begin, end or visit Canada will require sailing guests ages 12 and above who are not Canadian citizens be fully vaccinated, unless they are granted a medical exemption.”

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has discontinued a program that tracked cases of COVID-19 aboard cruise ships in the U.S. and reported the findings to the public."

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Coral Princess problems
« on: July 22, 2022, 03:30:00 PM »
"Two thousand cruise ship passengers are stranded on what was meant to be their final day at sea in massive swells as wild weather continues to batter Australia's east coast.

The Coral Princess cruise ship is 40km off Queensland's Sunshine Coast unable to dock in Brisbane due to the extreme conditions.

It's the same cruise ship which had 120 Covid-infected passengers on board when the vessel docked in Sydney almost two weeks ago."

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Kids Sail Free Promotion
« on: July 22, 2022, 03:25:17 PM »
"Princess Cruises begins the "Kids Sail Free" promotion until August 15, 2022, and offers up to 25 percent off 2023 cruises."

Cruising Chatter / Carnival Cruise Line to pay over $10M in damages
« on: July 22, 2022, 03:18:09 PM »
"A jury issued the verdict Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida finding Carnival liable for damages to the plaintiff, referred to as Jane Doe, for false imprisonment and sexual assault by a crew member, Fredy Anggara, in December 2018.

The jury separately found that Carnival was not negligent and that the former crew member did not intentionally inflict emotional distress on Doe."

Carnival currently owes around 43 BILLION dollars.  The stock is currently selling in the $8 range.  Could it go lower?  We'll see. (now where did I put my broker's phone number?)

Cruising Chatter / Why Cruise Line Stocks Plunged Again Today
« on: July 01, 2022, 04:00:56 PM »
"On Wednesday, Morgan Stanley analyst Jamie Rollo said in a report that he was worried that cruise line companies could ultimately face insolvency if their business conditions don't improve soon. And on Thursday, Citi leisure and travel sector analyst James Hardiman said during an interview on Yahoo! Finance Live that cruise companies are facing "some pushback on pricing," especially as ships get closer to operating at full capacity.

At the same time, operators are facing higher expenses due to rising labor costs, high fuel prices, and rising interest rates. So it's understandable that the market is skeptical about their futures."

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