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3301  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Re: Princess Statement about Calls to Mazatlan on: March 15, 2011, 03:53:41 AM
Other cruise line operators are taking the example that Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney set in dropping the Mazatlan, Mexico port from their cruise itineraries.  Cruise operators Princess and Holland America just announced they will be doing the same.

Both lines, like the other cruise operators, are concerned about their passengers safety in light of an increase in crime in the city’s tourist areas.  There have been incidents ranging from petty crimes like purse snatching to a murder of a cruise musician by a local known to the victim.

The Princess Cruises and Holland America ships will add other Mexican cities to their itinerary or in certain cases extend their stay in cities they are already visiting.  Certain Princess cruises have already announced extended time in Cabo San Lucas as substitution to their Mazatlan stops.

All the cruise operators say they will continue to monitor the situation in Mazatlan and if they feel they can guarantee their passengers safety they will resume travel to that port.
3302  Princess Cruising / Princess News Chatter / Princess Statement about Calls to Mazatlan on: March 12, 2011, 05:36:53 PM

Statement about Calls to Mazatlan

Due to continuing security concerns in Mazatlan that include incidents in the city's tourist areas, Princess Cruises has removed Mazatlan calls from all Mexico itineraries through the remainder of the spring cruise season. Itineraries for the six remaining sailings have been modified to include an extra day in Cabo San Lucas. Affected sailings are Sapphire Princess departures on March 12, March 19, April 9, April 16, April 23 and April 30. Passengers on these sailings have been notified of changes to their itineraries.

We will continue to monitor the situation and our decisions will be guided by information and recommendations from a variety of U.S. government and security agencies. "
3303  Princess Cruising / Princess Cruise Reviews Chatter / Ruby Princess - New Features on Ruby Princess on: February 23, 2011, 12:12:05 PM

3304  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Some cathedrals are quiet, others are full of wim, wigger and witality on: February 08, 2011, 04:47:15 PM
"Some cathedrals are quiet, somber places, but in Santiago, the cathedral resonates with energy and enthusiasm, the culmination of days and, for some, weeks of exertion, anticipation and fulfillment. "
3305  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Sensing palpable history along with decompressing chocolate decadence on: January 11, 2011, 08:37:30 PM
"The sense of history was palpable as we walked, as was an undercurrent of tension given the thousands of years of unrest that is an integral part of the place."

"We ended our stay decompressing in Tel Aviv, shamelessly returning to Max Brenner for another dose of chocolate decadence."
3306  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Ancient Sites and Great Cities of the Mediterranean on: January 05, 2011, 03:33:48 AM
Mr. Rob Roberts, Manager of Princess Shore Excursions - Europe & Exotics, posted his blog about visiting Ancient Sites and Great Cities of the Mediterranean.  I think he did a fine job telling his story.  Here's the link:

3307  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Human pyramids exploded with showers of shimmering explosions on: December 28, 2010, 11:37:49 AM
"People sang songs and formed human pyramids, some 15 to 20 people high."

"The energy of the crowd exploded as well, with collective “oooooh” and “aaaaaah” exclamations punctuating each shower of shimmering explosions."
3308  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: New Princess Blog on: December 11, 2010, 02:33:58 AM
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept by the ship (for it is on Princess that our scene lies), rattling along the top deck, and fiercely agitating the scanty light of the lamps that were strung from bow to stern that struggled against the darkness.
3309  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / “Oh God, please, no earthquakes right now” on: December 07, 2010, 09:10:54 PM
"As we were traveling among the huge rock formations towering over our heads, all I could think was “Oh God, please, no earthquakes right now.”
3310  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Drinking in the details on: December 03, 2010, 11:17:29 AM
"As my husband signed the guest book, I took note of my father-in-law who, from the corner of my eye,  moved slowly around the room, pausing at intervals to stand close to artifact after artifact, drinking in the details."
3311  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Having an unforgettable goose bump moment on: November 16, 2010, 12:59:54 PM
"Just as we started through the last part of the Siq, I pressed ‘play’ for an unforgettable goose bump moment.  Handel’s music rose to a sudden rousing “forte tutti” entrance with trumpets at the precise time Petra’s towering treasury called Al Khazneh came into full view."
3312  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / The exhilaration of outright screaming on: November 09, 2010, 08:10:12 PM
"The exhilaration on the ride down made me laugh out loud – at least during the moments when I wasn’t outright screaming."    Huh
3313  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Remembering those poor wretched, smelly and abused donkeys at Santorini on: November 02, 2010, 11:04:58 AM
"What a perfect addition to my collection of authentic animal bells (I have many…really…including cow bells from Bali and Switzerland)."

"Now, as I sit in our cabin in Alaska, our wonderful cruise may seem a distant memory, but I keep my donkey bell in a spot where I see it often and can reflect on my journey to the cliffs of Santorini."
3314  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Just ambling along on: October 26, 2010, 01:32:35 PM
"On our visit we ambled along the streets downtown, marveling at large-scale examples of Art Deco such as the Old Telegraph Building, and smaller ones such as Kidson’s Building."
3315  Princess Cruising / Cruising Tips Chatter / The Super Elite OBC is "per family" on: October 25, 2010, 07:47:49 PM
I've learned that the 20 or more Princess cruises on board credit (OBC) is "per family." It is not for each individual qualifying person.   Sad
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