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1  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan vs. Hurricane Willa on: October 22, 2018, 08:56:48 AM
"Category 4 storm on the brink of turning into a Category 5, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. As of 1 a.m., Willa had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph -- just 2 mph short of a Category 5."

http://m.newson6.com/story.aspx?story=39327887

2  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Summer 2020 Itineraries on: October 22, 2018, 08:52:05 AM
The unofficial Princess spreadsheet is a mess thanks to Princess announcing a schedule then later changing it.  We will try to update the unofficial schedule ASAP.
3  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Bahamas Cuts Off Cruise Line Cash Flow on: October 22, 2018, 08:50:03 AM
"This week, the Bahamas’ Minister of Tourism told reporters that they will no longer pay cruise lines to bring them passengers. Why? Because too many stay on the boat as opposed to coming ashore to spend their money."

https://cruiseradio.net/bahamas-cuts-off-cruise-line-cash-flow/amp/

(ed:  We now learn that cuise passengers pay a port tax then the port government refunds money straight back to the cruise line)
4  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Ocean Medallion is in use on one ship - Caribbean Princess on: October 21, 2018, 05:31:18 PM
I hear that the Ruby Princess has Ocean Medallion installed but not activated.
5  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Cruise Line Makes Unexpected Dining Changes on: October 21, 2018, 05:25:15 PM
"Message boards across the internet lit up earlier this week as word spread that Princess had altered the set dining times for passengers who had chosen to go with “traditional dining.”
On Twitter, @yesthesamesue asked, “Why the change to dinner times? People do not want to eat at 4:30 or 4:45 p.m., and it’s going to make anytime dining a mess… especially since a lot of the time, ships don’t leave port until after 5 p.m.!”

https://cruiseradio.net/princess-cruise-line-makes-unexpected-dining-changes/


(ED:  This is one way to get passengers into the bars earlier)
6  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Hurry up and wait in Port Charlottetown on: October 03, 2018, 09:02:24 AM
"Port Charlottetown says while it was happy to welcome a record four cruise ships into the harbour Tuesday, it's in no rush to make that the norm.
More than 8,000 passengers and 3,000 crew came off the four ships. "

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-four-cruise-ship-day-1.4847197

7  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Royal Caribbean issues full refunds due to "bucks" taking over the cruise ship on: October 03, 2018, 08:56:15 AM
"A dream cruise turned into a nightmare for passengers after their ship was overrun with more than a thousand men from a tobacco company who held wild parties featuring women dressed as Playboy bunnies."

"Passengers described how the men proceeded to run amok, taking over the pool decks, bars and buffets.

They were also said to have brought burlesque dancers onboard, who starred in parties on deck. The men would also harass other passengers and film young girls on their mobile phones, passengers said."

"Royal Caribbean International issued full refunds to passengers, news.com.au reported."

https://www.newsweek.com/cruise-ship-refunds-passengers-after-1300-men-took-over-and-turned-it-giant-1148493?amp=1




8  Princess Cruising / Princess Cruise Agent Chatter / Princess Cruises' Academy Program Attracts 650 New Agents on: September 29, 2018, 07:40:34 PM
"Princess Cruises has attracted 650 new agents to its Academy program during a month long registration drive, which saw an 11% increase in registrations from last year’s registration drive, according to a statement. "

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/19598-princess-cruises-academy-program-attracts-650-new-agents.html
9  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess head welcomes families of all ages and sizes on: September 29, 2018, 07:38:43 PM
"Over the last several years, we've made a dedicated effort to welcome cruisers of all ages to enjoy the diverse range of family fun, educational and entertaining activities through our Discovery at SEA programs," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. "While some cruise lines are now restricting the age of their younger guests, we believe a cruise vacation is the perfect way for families of all ages and sizes to come together to discover the world, relax onboard and reconnect with loved ones."

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/princess-cruises-welcomes-cruisers-of-all-ages-300713660.html
10  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess head says diversity and inclusion is a real focus of our corporation on: September 29, 2018, 07:36:06 PM
"I think we’re seeing, more and more, leadership defined as a set of skills independent of gender, color of your skin, flavor of the day, or whatever. I can speak to Carnival Corporation led by Arnold Donald, who has made diversity and inclusion a real focus of our corporation … We believe, and I think our results have proven this to be true, that diverse teams are not just the right thing to do, but they’re really good for business because everybody brings their own lens to a problem or an opportunity and you get to more effective solutions faster with diverse input. And so we at Carnival Corporation believe diversity is a source of competitive advantage and I absolutely see that happen every day here at Princess Cruises."

https://skift.com/2018/09/21/skift-global-forum-preview-princess-cruises-is-evolving-with-history-in-mind/
11  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Do NOT escape completely on the Caribbean Princess on: September 29, 2018, 07:33:10 PM
"Our guests on Caribbean Princess and our crew on Caribbean Princess are experiencing land-like speed, such that they can FaceTime with their friends, watch Netflix, stream their favorite football game, as if they were in a hotel on land."

https://skift.com/2018/09/21/skift-global-forum-preview-princess-cruises-is-evolving-with-history-in-mind/
12  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Cruises appoints a new commodore on: September 29, 2018, 07:27:37 PM
"Capt. Giorgio Pomata, a 40-year veteran of Princess Cruises, has been named commodore of the line’s 17-ship fleet, the sixth in Princess history. He becomes the senior master of the fleet representing the interests of all ships and its captains."

http://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/news-headlines/princess-cruises-appoints-a-new-commodore.html

13  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Carnival 2019 bookings are up but at lower prices on: September 29, 2018, 07:18:09 PM
"The world’s largest cruise company on Thursday reported revenue of $5.8 billion for the quarter that ended Aug. 31, up from $5.5 billion during the same time last year. Profit increased from $1.3 billion last year to $1.7 billion this year.

Since June, Carnival said in a release, booking volumes for early 2019 were “significantly higher” than the previous year, but at lower prices.

But commentary about bookings for the first half of 2019 sent Carnival shares down more than 4.8 percent to $63.74 near the end of the day."

https://skift.com/2018/09/27/caribbean-drag-persists-but-carnival-still-reports-record-earnings/
14  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Ocean Medallion is in use on one ship - Caribbean Princess on: September 29, 2018, 07:14:46 PM
"The cruise giant also said one of its brands, Princess Cruises, had reached a long-awaited milestone. The Ocean Medallion technology project, first announced in early 2017, is in use for all 3,100 passengers on one ship, Caribbean Princess.

The cruise line had been phasing the technology in by groups of passengers rather than launching it all at once as originally planned.
During the earnings call, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said guest satisfaction scores on the ship were up and are among the highest in the Princess fleet."

https://skift.com/2018/09/27/caribbean-drag-persists-but-carnival-still-reports-record-earnings/
15  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess is adding an attraction - Puerto Seco Beach in Jamaiaca on: September 29, 2018, 06:56:50 PM
You tube shows a different view

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sgamv2dDgw
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