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1  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Changes or no changes noticed on the Caribbean Princess - Nov. 2017 on: December 11, 2017, 02:33:12 PM
CP was late because 2 1/2 hours north of Grand Cayman the ship reversed course to return to Grand Cayman with a sick passenger. Then the ship reversed course again to sail to Ft Lauderdale at reduced speed due to a malfunctioning electric propulsion motor. Because of the very late arrival in Ft Lauderdale ALL EZ bag off bookings were cancelled for flights before noon.  It was a total zoo on the ship for those wanting early offs with all their bags.  No one was allowed off of the ship until all tagged bags were off.  
2  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Caribbean Princess motor problem on: December 07, 2017, 01:30:52 PM
On the Caribbean Princess motor problem there are 4 propulsion electric motors.  Two electric motors in the same housing on the starboard side and two in the same housing on the port side.  On Caribbean Princess one of the two port side electric motors is not functioning up to spec.  This is causing the maximum ship speed to now be about 20 knots.  This is not fixable by the onboard maintenance staff.  Princess, I'm told, is taking their time "studying" the issue.  Meanwhile the Caribbean Princess seems to have taken Jamaica off of the ship's current Columbia/Panama Canal 10 day itinerary.
3  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Upcoming no holds barred Princess review on: December 07, 2017, 01:14:41 PM
You can get more bag tags by asking at the passenger services or the excursion desk.  I prefer to have two bag tags on each bag in case one gets ripped off.  I also scotch tape around each tag.

The coke guff is that they simply make more tip money on the can cokes because the can coke price is higher than the gun coke.  They claim that the gun cokes are only for the coke stickers which is a lie.  They also claim that the can cokes have higher quality which is highly debatable.  If you stand your ground they'll sell you the cheaper gun coke as it is listed on their computer screen.

No charge was being made for MUTS popcorn.
4  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Port Everglades terminal two adds technology for Princess on: December 06, 2017, 12:30:58 PM
"(2:45 p.m. EST) -- When Princess passengers arrive at Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades, they'll be able to instantly connect with their cruise line through the new Ocean Medallion technology, once the project debuts.

The new technology integrated into Terminal 2 during its multimillion-dollar upgrade will serve Princess Cruises' Medallion-class ships, which use Carnival Corporation's proprietary Ocean Medallion wearable tech. The Ocean Medallion is a token that is capable of storing information and preferences, as well as other functions like paying for onboard purchases."

https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8201

[Editor - when I embarked through terminal 2 on November 20, I saw nothing new]
5  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Princess ends shared loyalty program with P&O on: December 06, 2017, 12:25:18 PM
"(9:15 a.m. EST) -- Princess Cruises will end its shared loyalty program(me) with P&O Cruises from December 12.

The program has allowed P&O UK passengers to accrue loyalty points from P&O sailings, which would then go towards increased membership in the Princess Cruises Captain's Circle Club.

Both P&O UK and Cunard ended the reciprocal agreement a number of years ago, but Princess has continued to honour it until now."

https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8256
6  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Sky Princess - clone of Royal, Regal and Majestic on: December 06, 2017, 12:19:40 PM
"Princess Cruises' next new ship will make its debut in the Mediterranean, the line announced on Thursday.

Princess also revealed a name for the vessel, which is due in 2019: Sky Princess.

As previously announced, the 143,700-ton ship will be a sister to Princess's Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2017/12/01/new-princess-cruises-ship-sail-mediterranean/912543001/
7  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Golden Princess to be moved to P&O Australia Fleet on: December 06, 2017, 12:16:19 PM
"Seven-night cruises on Ruby Princess will visit Glacier Bay National Park, while seven-night cruises on Star Princess will call at Tracy Arm Fjord. All cruises from Seattle will feature a late night in Juneau.

For those who wish to sample an Alaska Princess cruise, two four-night sailings on Golden Princess and one five-night sailing on Island Princess also are available.

Royal Princess will replace 3,080-passenger Emerald Princess, which is slated to reposition from Alaska to the Mediterranean 2019, for the line's biggest Europe season."

https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8263


8  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Upcoming no holds barred Princess review on: December 06, 2017, 12:07:40 PM
Elites can "book"  one day early.  Notices go to all at the same time.
9  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Changes or no changes noticed on the Caribbean Princess - Nov. 2017 on: December 06, 2017, 11:38:32 AM
  • Daily slugs of dirty water from the bathroom faucet.  http://www.princessonly.com/CaribbeanPrincess/dirtywater1.PNG
  • $25 embarkation pictures
  • Seat shaking loudness in Princess Theater
  • Elites "invited" [ordered] to dining room for prioritization before tendering to Princess Cays
  • $29 per person Crown Grill cover charge with expected additional tips
  • Gay like cruise director mispronouncing name of ship
  • DW white panties came back grey from ship laundry
  • When new schedules come out Elites can book one day early
  • Our well documented anniversary date was ignored by Princess so DW made her own door sign
  • Many passengers skipping having a $15 port picture made
  • Poor ship maintenance overall
  • One of the port side ship electric motors not able to produce full speed
  • Meta upgrades mean only that location moves can be made but not categories
  • One disembarkation bag tag issued per person, not two
  • Pizza crust tasted worse than cardboard
  • Hamburger quality was very good
  • There are no plans for a super Elite class
  • Fountain [gun] cokes can still be purchased with some guff from bar tenders
  • No brewed coffee at the bar just outside the buffet formerly known as Horizon Court
  • Excursions are being halted x miles from the dock so late arriving passengers can be shuttled to the bus
  • The Thanksgiving turkey dressing was tasteless
  • Saw a passenger wearing a t-shirt and sweatpants being admitted to the dining room on formal night
  • Very little discounting given on the last day dining room sale
  • Ship was almost always late for various reasons
  • Internet speed was same old, same old
10  Princess Cruising / Cruising Tips Chatter / Princess travel insurance on: November 06, 2017, 12:36:14 PM
I'm happy with Princess (AON) travel insurance.  I had to cancel an Alaska air/land/sea cruise in July due to unexpected open heart surgery.  Princess (AON) properly deducted the amount I had paid for Princess travel insurance.  Then Princess and AON cut me checks for the balance that I had paid all within four weeks.  The only downside was even though I was refunded the cost of two FCCs I couldn't get Princess to then let me buy them back.
11  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Upcoming no holds barred Princess review on: November 06, 2017, 12:27:47 PM
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.
12  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Golden Princess to be moved to P&O Australia Fleet on: November 06, 2017, 12:15:13 PM
Newest Princess ships go to China.  Oldest Princess ships go to (fill in the blank).
13  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Diarrhea on the Crown Princess on: November 06, 2017, 12:12:37 PM
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises

Cruise Ship: Crown Princess

Voyage Dates: October 25 – November 8, 2017

Number of passengers who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of passengers onboard: 128 of 2,980 (4.3%)

Number of crew who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of crew onboard: 7 of 1,153 (0.61%)

Predominant symptoms: diarrhea

Causative agent: unknown

Actions: In response to the outbreak, Princess Cruises and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:
Increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan,
Collecting stool specimens from passenger and crew gastrointestinal illness cases for testing, and
Making twice daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to VSP.

A CDC VSP epidemiologist and environmental health officer will board the ship in Norfolk, Virginia, on November 5 to conduct an epidemiological and environmental health investigation.

Note: The gastrointestinal illness cases reported are totals for the entire voyage and do not represent the number of active (symptomatic) gastrointestinal cases at any given port of call or at disembarkation.

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/surv/outbreak/2017/Crown_Princess_10-25.html
14  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Question for Host Mike on: November 06, 2017, 12:08:40 PM
Sounds like I need to recreate my original homemade web cam page.  Stay tuned.
15  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Question for Host Mike on: September 08, 2017, 01:10:39 PM
The bridge cam link comes directly from Princess
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