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1  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Princess' Bermuda authority for same-sex weddings has been overturned on: February 09, 2018, 07:34:08 AM
"In May 2017, Bermuda's Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Within months, the island's legislature passed a bill overturning that court decision, which was signed into law on Wednesday."

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/08/584297218/bermuda-revokes-same-sex-marriage-rights-in-a-world-first

(You won't likely see this reported on CC)
2  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Treehouse on: February 08, 2018, 08:53:25 PM
"SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Jan. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Princess Cruises today announced the 2018 programming to be featured at the line's custom designed wilderness treehouse located at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. The treehouse is a new addition to the guest experience which allows guests an opportunity to view Denali, North America's highest peak, while enjoying themed activities and socializing with fellow travelers, all amongst the trees. The treehouse was built during an episode of Animal Planet's hit show "Treehouse Masters," in association with the line's partnership with Discovery Communications, which premiered during the season finale in fall 2017."

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/princess-cruises-invites-guests-to-play-in-the-trees-this-summer-300582583.html
3  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Shine Lawyers investigation pattern of noro on the Sun Princess on: February 08, 2018, 08:50:50 PM
"The law firm believes the 16,000 passengers sickened during the voyages could receive compensation from the company. Thomas Janson of Shine Lawyers said it is investigating how the cruise ship failed to properly sanitize the vessel before each trip. The firm was also told crew members only had two hours to clean the ship before the next voyage, according to the Miami Herald.

“That’s manifestly inadequate to sanitize a ship that’s the size of a skyscraper,” Janson said."

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/02/07/sun-princess-cruise-ship-passengers-to-sue-after-8-consecutive-voyages-left-them-violently-ill.html
4  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / The Secret Silk on: February 08, 2018, 08:46:30 PM
"Princess Cruises has revealed the new artwork today for “The Secret Silk,” the third production created with award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz. Created by Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion, “The Secret Silk” artwork was commissioned to reflect the whimsical nature of the show."

https://cruiseradio.net/princess-cruises-reveals-new-artwork-for-production-show/
5  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Royal Caribbean's party-centric charters and the dangerous drug culture on: February 08, 2018, 08:38:58 PM
"That’s been enough for some people to speculate that Royal Caribbean and Atlantis Events—which bills itself as the “world’s largest producer of gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations” and regularly charters Royal Caribbean’s mega ships for its party-centric cruises—have not adequately addressed the issue of drug use on their cruises."

"Atlantis CEO Rich Campbell insisted in an email exchange with Quartz that the company goes to every length to ensure the safety of its guests, both in terms of security and pre-screening before boarding. He also says Atlantis provides full medical facilities, including an intensive care unit, on every ship. He reiterated the company’s zero-tolerance policy, and noted that guests caught using or in possession of drugs are removed from the ship and turned over to authorities. But if they seek medical attention, he said, medical staff do not share the information with authorities."

https://quartzy.qz.com/1199600/a-reality-stars-death-has-exposed-a-dangerous-drug-culture-on-party-cruises/
6  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: 2020 Schedule on: February 08, 2018, 08:27:37 PM
The next schedule may appear in April.
7  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Using AA points for travel. B2B EZ Air Comment. on: January 28, 2018, 08:27:11 PM
I looked into using my plentiful AA points to fly first class to LAX and back to catch B2B Princess cruises.  Big shocker.  Very few first class flights were offered 10 months in advance and those were terrible routes and times.

I then looked into using EZAir for a round trip on B2B.  No go.  On B2B Princess only offers one way - not round trip air bookings.
8  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Winter 2019 Hawaii on: January 28, 2018, 08:18:35 PM
I'm seeing Oct, Nov, Dec 2018 and Jan, Feb, Mar 2019 Hawaii on the Princess.com online schedule.  Late 2019 Hawaii is not up yet.

9  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / What do you want to do Schettino? Go home? on: January 13, 2018, 10:59:39 AM
"Livorno port official Gregorio De Falco shot to fame for his orders to Francesco Schettino after the captain abandoned the Costa Concordia, which sank off Italy in 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people."

"Schettino, dubbed "Captain Coward" by the media for abandoning ship, spent most of the evacuation on a rock as terrified passengers threw themselves off the tilting liner at night after it hit an outcrop off the island of Giglio.

A telephone call transcript later emerged of De Falco demanding the captain return to ship.

When Schettino resists, De Falco warns: "You may have managed to save yourself but there, it will really go badly... I will create a lot of trouble for you. Get on board, for fuck's sake!"

"But do you realise that it is dark and we can't see anything?" Schettino asks, leaving an incredulous De Falco to wonder: "What do you want to do, Schettino? Go home? It is dark so you want to go home?"

The conversation was seen in Italy as an allegory of the country's "two souls"; on one side the "hair-creamed godfather used to breaking the rules", on the other the military hero with rigorous ethics."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/04/costa-concordia-hero-turns-politics-italy-elections-loom/
10  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Grand Princess Horizon Court flooded on: January 03, 2018, 09:32:37 PM
"Half of the Buffett dining area was closed upon boarding for 10 day cruise because of flooding. Conditions were chaotic .  No advisory was given at registration. Good news though is that unlimited internet is now available on the ship for the first time although not properly
publicized. Hopefully the Buffett will be completely operational 1-8 after replacing all of the damaged carpet."

source: CruiseJunkie.com
11  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / 200 gastro sick on Sea Princess on: January 03, 2018, 09:30:12 PM
"About 200 people have been struck down with gastro onboard a cruise ship that docked in Brisbane on Thursday morning.

The Sea Princess, part of the Princess Cruises fleet, is completing the final leg of a two-week round trip between Brisbane and New Zealand."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-03/two-hundred-sick-as-gastro-hits-sea-princess/9302372
12  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Changes or no changes noticed on the Caribbean Princess - Nov. 2017 on: December 26, 2017, 07:38:56 PM
Known engine problem was part of the story.
13  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Updated daily Priness schedule on: December 26, 2017, 07:33:39 PM
Charles Crain has posted the latest unofficial daily Princess schedule.  Here's the link to open or save in Excel or the equivalent.
 
http://schedule.princessonly.com/PSkedVer3.xlsx

Thanks Charles for your labor of love.  Some say that this unofficial daily schedule is better than what Princess gives to the crew.
14  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.  
15  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.
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