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16  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Santorini to impose limits on cruise arrivals as infrastructure under strain on: September 03, 2018, 05:38:34 PM
“The island is saturated,” Mayor Nikos Zorzos said. “We can’t handle anymore tourists.”

Starting next year the island will cap daily cruise arrivals at 8,000, hoping to curb a flow of day travelers the mayor said is putting too much strain on infrastructure and supplies. The move has rankled cruise operators and business owners, who say such a move would choke off their economic lifeblood and that the onus is on the island to do more to accommodate the crowds."

Santorini, formed after a volcanic eruption in 1613 B.C., is one of the world’s top tourist destinations and Greece’s most popular. It draws nearly two million people a year and almost half of them are day visitors from cruise ships that stay on the island for an average of seven hours, according to cruise operators and local officials. On the busiest days in the summer, Santorini draws more than 10,000 visitors a day.

The crowds are taking a toll, Mr. Zorzos said.

“A lot of people here depend on cruisers, but something has to give,” the mayor said in an interview. “The electricity grid and water supply are at their limit. Garbage has doubled in five years. If we don’t control the crowds, it will backfire and ruin us.”
17  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / GALVESTON FLOODING STRANDS CARNIVAL CRUISE PASSENGERS on: September 03, 2018, 05:27:30 PM
"Among the people affected by the flooding were passengers on the Carnival Cruise Line, many of whom took to Twitter to express their frustration with the situation. Daniel Betancourt posted a photo of two people walking through the flooded streets with their bags and wondered why, if all the streets are flooded, the company couldn't provide shuttles.

Another passenger explained that they were trying to get to the cruise ship but since all the streets were flooded, the Twitter user wondered if the ship’s departure time would be delayed until roads cleared."

Samantha Berezowsky, who docked in Galveston Monday morning, tweeted that she was kicked off the ship, as well as, kicked out of a parking lot during the torrential rain.

“They had to turn the ship around for another cruise and I guess that’s more important than sending 3,000 people into a flood zone who may or may not make it to the highway,” she added in a second tweet.

18  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Two our of five Australians will not go on a cruise because of fear of Norovirus on: September 03, 2018, 05:17:10 PM
"In a new study, 37 per cent of Australians said their biggest fear about going on a cruise was getting a stomach bug.

That was a bigger fear than storms, falling overboard, the ship leaving without them, the ship sinking or hitting an iceberg, or even lost or stolen luggage.

Norovirus was an even bigger concern than regular old seasickness.

And the dread was so strong, two in five Australians said they wouldn’t go on a cruise holiday at all because they were so afraid of getting sick."
19  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / LA's Next Great Stage Star 2018 Presented by Princess Cruises on: September 03, 2018, 05:04:53 PM
"On Monday, August 27 LA's Next Great Stage Star 2018 Presented by Princess Cruises came to a thrilling conclusion on the Debbie Reynolds Mainstage of the El Portal Theatre in NoHo."

(Celebrity judges, left to right: John Lloyd Young, Sam Harris, Barbara Van Orden, Michael Learned, George Chakiris and from Princess Cruises, Allan Stein.)
20  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / “The winner of the 2018 Entertainer of the Year is…” on: September 03, 2018, 04:58:58 PM
"The passengers cheer as four of the world’s best cruise entertainers walk into the glare of a spotlight: British singer-comedian Jo Little sparkles like a disco ball in a glitzy red dress. Dapper quartet The Modern Gentlemen, who spent the last fourteen years crooning behind Frankie Valli, wink at the crowd, making the golden girls scream. Acrobatic piano man Tom Franek, wearing a near-bioluminescent pink suit, pulls grins so rubbery he seems Pixar-animated. Finally, the steely illusionist Michael Barron glides in serenely, as if he already knows whose name is inside the cruise director’s envelope."

21  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi on: September 03, 2018, 04:51:04 PM
"The 3,560-guest Majestic Princess celebrated her first anniversary in May this year and joins Golden Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess on a total of more than 70 cruises to over 30 destinations in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.

Majestic will be returning to Singapore in April 2019 on another Grand Asia voyage from Sydney to Hong Kong."
22  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / You have questions, we have more questions. on: September 03, 2018, 04:47:12 PM
"The College of the Canyons Foundation is partnering with Princess Cruises to host an informational meeting  and breakfast for local businesses, said James Kneblik, director of development or the College of the Canyons Foundation.

The event, which is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, offers a chance for attendees to hear from Loren Wright, director of trade reservations for Princess Cruises, and Lorna Warren, vice president of guest services for the company."
23  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Cheaper by the half dozen on: September 03, 2018, 04:43:48 PM
"Coming in 2020, the ship follows the lineup of the fleet’s newest class of ship that saw Royal Princess in 2013 followed by Regal Princess in 2014 and Majestic Princess in 2017. A fourth ship, Sky Princess, will debut in 2019.  

A sixth Royal Class ship has yet to be named, but is due in 2022. The six ships are 143,700 gross tons and can accommodate 3,660 passengers based on double occupancy. Once again, the new ship will be constructed at Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard. "
24  Princess Cruising / Princess Cruise Agent Chatter / Princess Cruises held a cooking challenge for travel agents in Malaysia on: September 03, 2018, 04:40:48 PM
"Princess Cruises held a cooking challenge for travel agents in Malaysia as part of its ongoing relationship-building programme with the local travel industry community."

25  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Deploy and build new cruise ships for China and they will NOT come on: September 03, 2018, 04:31:13 PM
"The problems in China are a combination of politics and distribution, not a lack of opportunity. China is a huge market and has tremendous potential, which will only grow over time. From a political standpoint, China hurt industry growth by prohibiting cruises to South Korea where Chinese travelers love to shop. From a distribution standpoint, China is less sophisticated and has more government/regulatory impediments in place, which have impeded progress, but those will be overcome with time."
26  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Cruise on Princess so you can do beach clean-ups and tree planting on: August 30, 2018, 11:35:59 AM
"Cruise ship passengers are lining up for "authentic, sustainable onshore experiences", such as beach clean-ups and tree planting, but New Zealand cruise destinations have yet to cash in on the demand.

Passengers have become more environmentally minded, and so have their favourite onshore activities, industry magnates said at the Cruise Association's annual conference in Blenheim on Friday.

Princess Cruises marketing manager Chloe Jones said passengers wanted to experience nature, and cared about the environmental impact of their holiday."
27  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Sky Princess deep-tank top deck pools on: August 30, 2018, 11:33:09 AM
"Launching in the Mediterranean in October 2019, new for Sky Princess will be the addition of a Wake view pool on its aft decks.

In addition to the pool, the ship will feature a couple of new deep-tank top deck pools, a Retreat Pool, and even more Jacuzzis than the previous Royal-Class ships, including two cantilevered over the deep-tank pools.

Sky Princess will introduce more ways for guests to unwind, with its relaxing Sanctuary area offering a new contemporary design and twice as many private cabanas as its sister ships."
28  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Diamond Princess Silverstream System air lubrication technology on: August 30, 2018, 11:30:40 AM
"Silverstream Technologies today announced that Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise vacation company, has successfully retrofitted the Silverstream System air lubrication technology, onto the Diamond Princess from its Princess Cruises brand.

The system has been in operation since June 2017, reducing fuel consumption and related CO2 emissions. It recently completed its final contract trials, which demonstrated that the original performance expectations were exceeded with net efficiency improvements of over 5% at the design service speed, verified by Lloyd’s Register."
29  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises Adds Tea and Coffee-making to Sapphire Princess Cabins on: August 30, 2018, 11:22:54 AM
30  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / The "Ernesto" Princess burger is now available in L.A. on: August 30, 2018, 11:19:34 AM
"SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Aug. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Ernesto," the signature burger of The Salty Dog Gastropub aboard select Princess Cruises ships will now be available on land for the first time, added as a featured item on the dinner menu of chef partner, Ernesto Uchimura's Los Angeles based neighborhood restaurant and bar, Electric Owl."

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