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16  Princess Cruising / Cruising Tips Chatter / How to avoid bad air conditioning on: December 24, 2018, 07:51:10 PM
The cruise maintenance guys have a small device that plugs into the A/C wall control.  That device feeds data to a hand held device that tells the tech exactly what they need to know.  The tech can tweak the air damper setting which controls the cooling and heating in the cabin.  A good tech should be able to switch your cabin A/C damper from burning hot to freezing cold or vice versa.
17  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Cruises and Mombasa, Kenya on: December 24, 2018, 07:38:05 PM
"He said the Ministry of Tourism has already engaged the Princess Cruise of United States to start operating one cruise vessel from Mombasa once the terminal is completed.

“Princess Cruise will be operating a vessel, which will be starting and ending its circuit from Mombasa,” he said."

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2018/12/cruise-ship-with-1000-tourists-arrives-in-mombasa-amidst-fully-booked-hotels/

18  Princess Cruising / Cruising Tips Chatter / How to avoid bad cabins on: December 22, 2018, 06:29:20 PM

https://cruisefever.net/10-worst-cabins-on-cruises-how-to-avoid-bad-staterooms/

Editor:  First do a google search on the cabin you are considering.  Study deck plans above and below that cabin and read what past passengers have to say.  Try to avoid noise makers above, below and across the hall from your prospective cabin.  That said, I prefer wake views (without the Princess balcony beam) as well as the farthest back Princess Emerald mini-suite on the side of the ship that is opposite from the bandstand in the lounge below.  That cabin should have a larger balcony and is completely quiet.

19  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Holland America cruise designed for Alzheimer's patients and caregivers on: December 20, 2018, 08:53:49 PM
"Find compassion and camaraderie on a cruise designed for caregivers, family members and those who have early-stage Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

The seven-day Holland America voyage is scheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale, Fla., sailing to Key West, Fla.; the Turks and Caicos Islands; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, a private Holland American island."

Programming includes lectures and workshops with dementia care experts.

Dates: April 6-13"

https://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-tr-cruises-caribbean-sailing-for-alzheimers-dementia-patients-20181220-story.html

editor: you heard about it here first   Roll Eyes
20  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Cruise company Carnival forecasts profit below estimates, shares fall on: December 20, 2018, 08:44:12 PM
"Dec 20 (Reuters) - Carnival Corp forecast current-quarter profit below analysts' estimates on Thursday, as the company faces higher fuel costs, and a stronger dollar that has crimped demand for cruises, sending its shares down 10 percent to a two-year low."

"Carnival has a large fleet of legacy ships. They don't perform as well as newer ships. It is hurting (the company) compared to Royal and Norwegian," said Tigress Financial Partners analyst Ivan Feinseth.
Miami-based Carnival is refreshing its fleet of over than 100 ships and will add 18 new ships between 2018 and 2022, to replace some of its older, less efficient ships."

https://www.nasdaq.com/article/cruise-company-carnival-forecasts-profit-below-estimates-shares-fall-20181220-00690
21  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / The hardest job on a cruise ship on: December 20, 2018, 08:41:02 PM
"There are many difficult jobs on a cruise ship, but the hardest, most physically demanding position requires working up to 14 hours a day for less than $700 a month, according to a lawyer who represents cruise-ship employees.

That job belongs to a utility galley worker, the maritime lawyer Michael Guilford told Business Insider. Utility galley workers are responsible for numerous tasks related to food service, sometimes handling heavy trash bags, washing cooking equipment with scalding-hot water, and using dangerous cleaning chemicals without proper protective clothing. Some clients have come to Guilford after being blinded by cleaning chemicals that have splashed in their eyes or having skin burned off their hands, he said.

"This is not your average Mr. Clean that you're using around the house," he said. "This is serious stuff."

https://www.businessinsider.com/the-hardest-job-on-a-cruise-ship-2018-12
22  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Sea Princess smugglers didn't escape completely when they arrived in Sydney on: December 20, 2018, 08:36:44 PM
"A third accomplice in the infamous "Cocaine Babes" cruise ship drug-smuggling ring has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for his role in trafficking 207 pounds of cocaine aboard a Princess Cruise voyage in 2016.

On Dec. 19, an Australian judge convicted 63-year-old Andre Tamine to a minimum of five years and seven months behind bars for smuggling what’s estimated to be at least $21 million worth of cocaine in a case that made headlines around the world, News.com.au reports."

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/third-person-jailed-cocaine-babe-cruise-ship-controversy
23  Princess Cruising / Princess Cruise Agent Chatter / Princess Cruises poaches MSC’s Irish head of sales on: December 20, 2018, 07:58:40 PM
"MSC Cruises’ Irish head of sales Rebecca Kelly has been poached by Princess Cruises in the newly-created position of senior sales manager for Ireland."

http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/319788/princess-cruises-poaches-mscs-irish-head-of-sales
24  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / We now accept Visa, Mastercard, Alipay and WeChat on: December 20, 2018, 07:55:48 PM
"SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Dec. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Princess Cruises today announced that Chinese guests onboard Ruby Princess have the option to utilize both Alipay and WeChat Pay payment options while shopping in the boutiques. This makes Princess Cruises the first and the only cruise line to offer both Alipay and WeChat Pay payment options onboard a passenger cruise ship in North America."

"Guests first used the convenient digital payment platforms of Alipay and WeChat Pay in The Shops of Princess onboard Majestic Princess, the first luxury cruise ship tailor-made for the Chinese market in 2017 during the cruise ship's summer deployment in Shanghai."

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/princess-cruises-offers-alipay-and-wechat-pay-onboard-ruby-princess-300769193.html
25  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Jury says Royal Caribbean was not responsible for death of passenger on: December 19, 2018, 12:24:18 PM
"Royal Caribbean Cruises is not responsible for the overboard death of a Nebraska man who was reportedly served the equivalent of 30 drinks, a federal jury in Miami has found.

Todd and Lisa Skokan, parents of Nathaniel Skokan, along with brothers Samuel and Zachary had sought more than $75,000 in damages from the Miami-based cruise line. Nathaniel Skokan died on Dec. 22, 2016, on the last day of a five-day cruise out of Port Everglades aboard Independence of the Seas."

"His parents charged that the cruise line served the 22-year-old an excessive amount of alcohol as part of its all-inclusive drink package and “knew or should have known” he was a danger to himself or others.
They also charged that ship officials illegally detained them in their cabin during a search for their son and did not follow proper search and rescue procedures by waiting two hours to lower rescue boats after learning about the disappearance."

"Witnesses testified that Nathaniel Skokan was on the ship’s 12th floor deck with several passengers when one jokingly pointed to the handrail and suggested they should jump overboard. At 1:37 a.m., the young man pretended to throw himself up on the handrail but when he went to sit on it, lost his balance and slipped overboard, a witness said."

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-royal-caribbean-overboard-verdict-20181218-story.html
26  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Nothing much good happens after midnight on: December 17, 2018, 12:06:15 PM
"On May 12, 2016, Samantha Broberg—a mother of two and stepmother to two more—boarded the Carnival Liberty in Galveston, Texas with two girlfriends.  Here’s what her family has been able to glean about the 33-year-old’s roughly 12 hours onboard that ship, which has a capacity of over 4,000 passengers and crew, and boasts a rum bar, a tequila bar, and a sports bar, as well as a casino and a Mexican cantina. Broberg—who at 5’5,” weighed 120 lbs—was served 19 drinks, her husband alleges in an ongoing civil suit he brought against Carnival. Just before 2am, after leaving a bar, she climbed onto a deck chair that was pushed up against a railing on the pool deck."

"She sat for a few brief moments on the more than 3.5-foot-high railing, with her back to the sea, according to Carnival’s trial brief. Then she fell backward into the Gulf of Mexico, a moment that was caught by the vessel’s thermal camera system."

"Broberg was later declared missing and presumed dead."


"Carnival argues in its trial brief that Broberg’s status as a “functional alcoholic” who had a “drinking problem, but could maintain the appearance of sobriety” meant her highly intoxicated state was concealed from crew members, so they couldn’t follow the protocol they are trained to carry out per Carnival’s Responsible Alcohol Service Manual."

https://qz.com/1443797/why-do-people-keep-falling-off-cruise-ships-because-people-keep-stepping-onto-them/


27  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Royal Princess renovation on: December 16, 2018, 07:10:51 PM
"Princess Cruises has announced that one of their largest cruise ships, Royal Princess, has completed a multi-million dollar renovation that saw several new features added to the vessel.  In 100 days, the cruise ship will arrive in Los Angeles and offer West Coasters convenient, roundtrip Los Angeles cruises starting March 23, 2019.

Royal Princess just completed a multi-million dollar renovation and received several new features, including:

Princess Luxury Bed – available in every stateroom aboard Royal Princess, the Princess Luxury Bed was developed by Princess Cruises in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus. The plush bed offers the ultimate night of sleep at sea combining the science of sleep with the pinnacle of design.

Lotus Spa & Fitness Center – a space where guests can relax and invigorate, new equipment is now available in salon and treatment rooms and the latest in fitness machines is now available.  

In addition, guests will be thoroughly entertained while sailing aboard Royal Princess with the following top-rated production shows performed live in the Princess Theater:
The Secret Silk – the newest production show developed in partnership with award-winning composer of “Wicked,” “Godspell” and “Pippin” – Stephen Schwartz. Along with Schwartz’s cadre of Broadway talent, “The Secret Silk” was created and directed by John Tartaglia, a star of Broadway hits such as “Avenue Q” and includes life-size puppetry from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, featuring dance and special effects that transports guests to a mythical realm.

Encore – inspired by the cruise line’s top-rated show, “Bravo!” and accompanied by an impressive onstage orchestra, “Encore” celebrates the traditions of pop, opera and musical theater. The show was directed and choreographed by Disney Channel Creative Director Danny Teeson, with musical direction by Academy Awards Arranger Nelson Kole and set design by Emmy award-winner John Iacovelli.
On the top deck, Watercolor Fantasy captivates guests as brightly colored lights illuminate the water offering a show of waltzes, pirouettes and fountains shooting water up to 33 feet high all choreographed to music."

https://cruisefever.net/princess-cruises-ship-receives-multi-million-dollar-renovation-headed-to-los-angeles-in-100-days/

Editor: The new fiber filled Princess Pillow equivalent is being sold at our local Tuesday Morning stores.  It's a wonderful pillow.
28  Princess Cruising / Cruising Tips Chatter / How to Never Miss Your Cruise Ship and Get Left Behind on: December 16, 2018, 06:54:26 PM

https://cruisefever.net/how-to-never-miss-your-cruise-ship-and-get-left-behind/

29  Princess Cruising / Cruising Tips Chatter / Re: How to maximize your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's) on: December 01, 2018, 07:07:57 AM
On the Ruby Princess, a few weeks ago, they were not offering combined B2B Elite minutes at the start of leg one.  They did however carry over unused leg 1 Elite minutes into leg 2.
30  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / the latest unofficlal schedule as of 11/27/2018 on: November 27, 2018, 09:40:30 AM
The unofficial daily schedule has just been updated by Charles Crain with Enchanted Princess schedule added by Mike Reynolds.  Enjoy.

http://schedule.princessonly.com/PSkedVer3.xlsx



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