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31  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess' "Across the Ditch" excursion program in New Zealand on: August 30, 2018, 11:16:25 AM
"Princess Cruises has announced the line has significantly expanded its Across the Ditch Program ahead of the 2018-2019 summer cruise season.

The cruise line will take guests to places less traveled with the launch of two industry-first overland excursions in New Zealand’s North Island and over twenty exclusive shore tours this summer, according to a statement.

Under the cruise line’s global Local Connections Program, guests will be able to experience the destination through with local expert partner visiting their favorite local food, beverage and art establishments in every New Zealand port, Princess said."
32  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Cruises Adds Tea and Coffee-making to Sapphire Princess Cabins on: August 30, 2018, 11:13:39 AM
"Passengers sailing on UK-based Sapphire Princess will now have access to in-cabin tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Kettles were added by Princess to allow the ship -- which is currently sailing roundtrip itineraries from Southampton through October and will return from April to October 2019 -- to better cater for the English market."
33  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Luxury Bed on: August 30, 2018, 11:03:39 AM
"By 2019, more than 45,000 Princess Luxury Beds will be fully rolled out to over 22,000 staterooms onboard all 17 ships.  Currently the Luxury Bed is available onboard 14 ships with Diamond Princess getting her Luxury Beds fitted by the end of August.  Royal Princess and Regal Princess will have theirs fitted in 2019.

“Princess Cruises is always innovating to offer a wide variety of new discoveries and relaxing options for our guests who seek unique experiences. The Princess Luxury Bed is an excellent example of one such innovation. Our guests in this region will be able to experience the Luxury Bed first-hand onboard Sapphire Princess and Diamond Princess during the upcoming homeporting season in Singapore from November 2018 to March 2019,” said Farriek Tawfik, Director Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises."

34  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Cruises rolls out new cocktails created by 'Bar Rescues' Rob Floyd on: August 30, 2018, 10:52:09 AM
"The new craft cocktails include:

Mayan Heat: Patrón Silver tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, agave syrup, muddled jalapeño;
Italian Sunset: Aperol, Bombay Sapphire gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters;
Ver-Jus: St. George Terroir gin, St-Germain, muddled green grapes, lemon juice, simple syrup;
Princess Punch: Absolut Elyx vodka, St. George raspberry liqueur, fresh lime, simple syrup, Gosling’s ginger beer; and
A Trip to the Tropics: Absolut Elyx vodka, apricot liqueur, orange juice, pineapple juice, pomegranate juice
Rounding out the new drinks are zero-proof cocktails, made without alcohol.

"People want to cut back on sugar and have a lighter drink," said Floyd, "but they still want the experience and the flavor."

These modified drinks include:

Zero Mojito: Fresh mint, lime, simple syrup, Sprite
Strawberries on Fire: Fresh strawberries, lime juice, agave syrup, jalapeño, soda."
35  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Cruises Introduces New Romance Tools on: August 30, 2018, 10:49:40 AM
"The line’s Wedding Planner tool streamlines the entire wedding at sea process. Guests can choose, plan and purchase wedding package and reception options from their computer or smartphone. The tool also offers online help from a personal wedding coordinator."

"Princess guests can also create their own honeymoon website with the Honeymoon Gift Registry App. Available on their IOS device, the App lets couples add items, send out RSVPs and upload photos. The customized wedding website, blog, online photo album, RSVP and Save the Date features can also be posted on social media with the App. And, wedding invitees can use the gift registry to gift money to the couple to spend on their cruise."
36  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Sea Princess scored a perfect 100 on August 19, 2018 during an inspection on: August 30, 2018, 10:46:53 AM
"Sea Princess scored a perfect 100 on August 19, 2018 during an inspection that took place while the ship made a day visit to PortMiami.  The cruise ship is currently sailing a 106 day world cruise that starts and ends in Auckland, New Zealand."

37  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / New Princess Cruises ship to be named Enchanted Princess on: August 30, 2018, 10:39:12 AM
"Enchanted Princess, meanwhile, is scheduled to debut June 15, 2020, with a series of European voyages with bookings open beginning Nov. 8, 2018. Fall/winter plans for the ship have not been announced."


38  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / FWIW: upcoming Gay Cruises on Princess ships on: August 26, 2018, 06:18:22 PM
Daddy Cruise Emerald Princess Sept 2-9, 2018

Daddy Cruise Regal Princess Oct 12-19

Chumley's Bear Cruise Ruby Princess Oct 27-Nov 3
39  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / 1990's Crown Princess aka (fill in the blanks) being sold by P&O on: August 26, 2018, 05:58:01 PM
"P&O Australia announced today it had sold the Pacific Jewel; a buyer was not named and the 70,285-ton ship will leave the fleet in early 2019."

"The Pacific Jewel entered service in 1990 as the Crown Princess after being built by Fincantieri. It also served as the A'Rosa Blu, AIDAblu and Ocean Village Two before moving to P&O Australia as the Pacific Jewel in 2009."

40  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / From sugary fudge to cruise menus: in conversation with Curtis Stone on: August 26, 2018, 05:52:38 PM
"Recently, he also partnered with Princess Cruise to design a six-course menu inspired by sea and land, for those on board. "

41  Princess Cruising / Princess Cruise Reviews Chatter / Travelers embrace adventure by taking an 18-day cruise on Diamond Princess on: August 26, 2018, 05:47:57 PM

42  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Beach clean-ups the new 'onshore activity' craved by cruise ship passengers on: August 26, 2018, 05:46:03 PM
"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.

43  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Pacific Princess rescues three adrift men on: August 26, 2018, 04:37:28 PM
Passengers on a cruise ship applauded when three fishermen were rescued from a life raft drifting off England's east coast, while the coastguard searches for two more.
The Pacific Princess turned around to rescue the men, whose boat sank about 25 miles north east of Great Yarmouth four hours prior, after spotting a distress flare in the North Sea.

44  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Golden Princess and Star Princess slated to move to P&O Australia on: August 26, 2018, 04:24:40 PM
Fans of Princess Cruises two earliest megaships, Golden Princess and Star Princess, might want to book another cruise onboard them soon: both ships will leave the Princess fleet in the next few years.

The line recently revealed that the 2,600-passenger Star Princess will be transferred over from Princess to Carnival Corporation brand P&O Australia at the end of 2021. This follows the earlier announcement that sister-ship Golden Princess, launched in 2001, will also be decamping for P&O Australia, entering service with the line under a new name from October 2020.
45  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Royal Princess runners participate in Greenock five K park run on: August 14, 2018, 04:16:21 PM
"GREENOCK parkrun welcomed 130 runners to the Esplanade on Saturday for the weekly five-kilometre time trial.
Nineteen of them were new to Greenock parkrun including seven who had never taken part in any parkrun event before.
Among the first-timers were Welsh visitors from the Royal Princess cruise ship which was docked at the nearby Greenock Ocean Terminal."
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