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31  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / New unofficial daily Princess schedule on: February 26, 2017, 04:52:51 PM
Charles Crain has updated the lastest unofficial Princess daily schedule with the new Diamond Princess itineraries.  Thanks Charles.  Here's the link:

32  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / How to get inspired on the Star Princess on: February 23, 2017, 04:26:52 AM
Star Princess - June 24 - July 1, 2017

33  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Is it time to say farewell to Sapphire Princess and Majestic Princess? on: February 23, 2017, 04:13:38 AM
"Carnival Corp.’s Costa Cruises started basing ships in China in 2006. Since, other lines have added ships there, including Carnival Corp.’s Princess Cruises, which based its Sapphire Princess in Shanghai in 2014 as well as its new Majestic Princess."
34  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Follow the money trail on: February 23, 2017, 04:09:47 AM
"Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: "Looking at the global scenario means trying to widen one's boundaries, laying the foundations to further boost business prospects and access more complex markets. It is not possible to maintain a competitive presence in the medium and long term without such a commitment. We therefore believe that today's agreement is an example of industrial partnership that not only reaffirms our leadership in the cruise industry, but also creates a virtuous system among the two countries."
35  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Carnival Corp. to sell some existing fleet ships to CSSC on: February 23, 2017, 04:07:25 AM
"Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation have signed a deal for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for another four. They will be the first large cruise ships ever built in China for the Chinese market.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the signing ceremony for the $1.5 billion deal which will see the vessels built at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, a facility of CSSC.

The ship design will be tailored to suit Chinese tastes and Carnival Corporation’s cruise joint venture – a partnership announced in 2015 with CSSC in which Carnival Corporation holds a minority interest – plans to launch a cruise brand in China using ships that are purchased from Carnival Corporation’s existing fleet. The joint venture would then add the new China-built cruise ships starting in 2023 with the first delivery."
36  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Princess scraps Turkish ports on: February 22, 2017, 05:27:43 PM
"CRUISE LINES Royal Caribbean, Princess and Uniworld have all scrapped Turkish ports from itineraries amid civil unrest."

37  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Golden Princess passengers may have been exposed to Hepatitus E on: February 22, 2017, 05:24:55 PM
"Passengers who boarded two recent cruises from Melbourne have been warned they may have been exposed to Hepatitis E while on board.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday alerted passengers who were travelling on the Golden Princess between February 8 and 15.

An on-board crew member had been suffering the illness at the time."

"Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Charles Guest said passengers were at 'low risk' of infection."

38  Princess Cruising / Princess Cruise Agent Chatter / Billions of illegal robocalls offering free 2 day cruises to the Bahamas on: February 22, 2017, 03:48:28 AM
The Federal Trade Commission and 10 states have closed the book on the remaining defendants who assisted a Florida-based cruise line company in running an illegal telemarketing campaign that flooded consumers with billions of unwanted robocalls. In settling the charges, Fred Accuardi and his companies are barred from robocalling and illegal telemarketing, as well as helping anyone else make such calls.

In early 2015, the FTC and its state partners alleged that that the companies involved in the scheme illegally sold cruise vacations using political survey robocalls. The FTC and states filed charges against—and reached settlements with—most of the defendants in the case, including Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. (CCL).

The CCL robocall campaign ran from October 2011 through July 2012 and averaged approximately 12 to 15 million illegal sales calls a day. Consumers who answered these calls typically heard a pre-recorded message telling them they had been selected to participate in a 30-second research survey, after which they would receive a “free” two-day cruise to the Bahamas. In reality, the calls were designed to market CCL’s cruises and various up-sell packages. The illegal robocalls generated millions of dollars for CCL."
39  Princess Cruising / Cruising Tips Chatter / 10 Reasons to Love Cruising on: February 22, 2017, 03:38:21 AM

40  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / It's next to impossible to fall off a ship without climbing over a railing on: February 22, 2017, 03:29:00 AM
"Most of the cases happen at night, and often there is alcohol involved," said Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Doss in the USA Today report. Doss is a petty officer based in Miami.

"Open-air decks and cabin balconies on modern cruise vessels are lined with railings as high or higher than those found at hotels on land, with the typical ship balcony railing today measuring 45 inches high, according to the USA Today report. On a five-foot, six-inch person, that places the top of the rail at roughly mid-torso – four to six inches above the navel.

"It's next to impossible to fall off a ship without climbing over a railing," notes Mike Driscoll, editor of Cruiseweek, a weekly publication that follows the industry. "Most over-boards to date have been suicides.""

"Many media organizations are reluctant to report on suicide deaths over fears the coverage might spur copycat behavior. The circumstances of Mossman's presumed death were initially reported as potentially an accident, which generated significant media interest. Such accidents are rare because cruise ships are required by law to have railings and guardrails of a certain height to prevent accidental falls."
41  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Princess sued for injury caused by failure to warn about lounge spilled drinks on: February 21, 2017, 09:38:43 PM
"LOS ANGELES – A Studio City man alleges he was injured in a cruise ship's lounge because of spilled drinks on a dance floor.

Anthony Weathington filed a complaint on Feb. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Princess Cruise Lines LTD alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 17, 2015, he suffered injuries to his ankle from stepping on liquids and debris that were left on a lounge floor on the defendant's ship. The plaintiff holds Princess Cruise Lines LTD responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to warn the plaintiff regarding the hazardous condition of the dance floor."
42  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Emerald Princess docks in Picton, NZ a day early on: February 21, 2017, 02:37:48 AM
"With only hours to prepare for 3000 unexpected guests, businesses of a port town rallied to roll out the welcome mat for a re-routed cruise ship.

The Emerald Princess made an unexpected early arrival in Picton after being diverted from Akaroa on Monday.

The cruise ship was scheduled to arrive on Tuesday but made the rare decision to dock overnight in the Marlborough Sounds town, and businesses are counting the benefits."

43  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Woman rescued from Star Princess by Coast Guard on: February 20, 2017, 03:09:29 PM
"SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard rescued a woman in distress from a cruise ship 86 miles southwest of San Diego Monday morning.
The 73-year-old woman had been experiencing persistent severe abdominal pain since Sunday at about 5:15 p.m.
A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended she be medically evacuated from the Star Princess cruise ship that was en route to Ensenada, Mexico, so she could seek emergency medical care on land."

44  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Woman medically evacuated from Emerald Princess on: February 18, 2017, 09:33:44 PM
"A St John ambulance spokesman said the Emerald Princess passenger had to be airlifted to hospital this mornng after the ship could not make it into port due to foggy and windy conditions.

The woman was picked up by helicopter at 11.20 am and was in stable condition.

The ship was due to dock at Port Chalmers for the first time since the tragic death of a crew member in an explosion on February 9.

However, the bad weather meant it skipped the Dunedin stop and was headed for Akaroa."
45  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Woman medically evacuated from Emerald Princess on: February 18, 2017, 09:32:06 PM
"A woman has been medically evacuated from a cruise ship in Dunedin Harbour.

The woman, in her late 60s, had a medical event aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship around 10am Sunday.

She has been transported ashore to Port Chalmers on one of the ship's tender vessels to receive medical attention, St John's Ambulance advised."
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