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31  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: 200 gastro sick on Sea Princess on: January 04, 2018, 04:56:41 PM

Besides all of the ways to keep gastro illness at bay we believe having a balcony is another way to keep gastro germs at bay.  We always enter our cabin, wash our hands, open the balcony door.  Depending on the time of day or night we allowed the sunshine & fresh air in the cabin.  We even had the balcony door open part way during the night.  Hearing the waves slap at the ship was very soothing.  Whenever we were in our cabin, the balcony door was open all the way or part way.  We believed that was a fact for keeping us away from the gastro virus...  Just a helpful suggestion to cabin cruisers.   Grin

You obviously don't require AC.
32  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Grand Princess Horizon Court flooded on: January 04, 2018, 06:35:09 AM
Is the unlimited internet a trial thing on this ship?
Is it for everyone?  Huh
33  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: 200 gastro sick on Sea Princess on: January 04, 2018, 06:32:46 AM
It seems to hit all the ships sooner or later.
Hard to stop it.
Right now I'm more concerned about the flu that appears to be spreading through all parts of the US.  Sad
I'm going to be a little more cautious being cooped up with 3,000 passengers from all parts of the world. Wink
34  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Updated daily Priness schedule on: December 26, 2017, 09:32:36 PM
Thank you. This spreadsheet is more useful than anything else around.
35  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Sun Princess sold to China -2019. Ruby Princess based in Australia- 2020 on: December 16, 2017, 06:54:14 PM
Makes sense. I expected the Sun and the Sea to go with the new builds coming out. Surprised that the Ruby is going rather than another Grand class.

2019 - 1 New Royal
2020 - 1 "Upgraded" Royal
2021 - 1 "Upgraded" Royal
2023+ - 1 "Upgraded' Royal (According the Captain on the last cruise)

So do they still consider the Emerald based in Australia?

Golden to P&O in 2020, Sun to China in 2019, Ruby based in Australia in 2020, Emerald already there, Sea will probably go to P&O or be sold...

Look's like we are facing an invasion of the Royal class...

What did "upgraded" mean? Stairs, rear pool??
36  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Changes or no changes noticed on the Caribbean Princess - Nov. 2017 on: December 13, 2017, 07:30:15 AM
That's why I never, ever schedule an early flight out of FLL.

We were on the Royal that morning & I couldn't believe a cruise ship returning that late in the day to port.
Originally I thought it was because they were having engine problems.
37  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess ends shared loyalty program with P&O on: December 13, 2017, 07:26:26 AM
The Brits who sail with P&O UK are not happy. Roll Eyes  But who cares? Kiss

Now is that any attitude?  Cheesy Cheesy Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
38  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Changes or no changes noticed on the Caribbean Princess - Nov. 2017 on: December 12, 2017, 08:40:14 AM
CP was late because 2 1/2 hours north of Grand Cayman the ship reversed course to return to Grand Cayman with a sick passenger. Then the ship reversed course again to sail to Ft Lauderdale at reduced speed due to a malfunctioning electric propulsion motor. Because of the very late arrival in Ft Lauderdale ALL EZ bag off bookings were cancelled for flights before noon.  It was a total zoo on the ship for those wanting early offs with all their bags.  No one was allowed off of the ship until all tagged bags were off.  
Bad day for everyone. We drive so it wouldn't have been all bad but I would have hated to have an early flight.  Sad
39  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess ends shared loyalty program with P&O on: December 11, 2017, 09:23:34 AM
About time. There are too many Elites as it is.
40  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Port Everglades terminal two adds technology for Princess on: December 11, 2017, 09:22:56 AM
There were a few new furnishings & some new paint on the walls here & there. I suppose if you haven't been there in a while it might look completely different.
I did notice a better WiFi connection one time & then I went back another day & it was lousy. Strange.
They much still be working on it.
41  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Changes or no changes noticed on the Caribbean Princess - Nov. 2017 on: December 11, 2017, 09:19:11 AM
We were on it in Feb & I wouldn't rush back. Nothing major wrong but many things could have been better.
42  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Changes or no changes noticed on the Caribbean Princess - Nov. 2017 on: December 11, 2017, 06:31:01 AM
  • Daily slugs of dirty water from the bathroom faucet.  http://www.princessonly.com/CaribbeanPrincess/dirtywater1.PNG
  • $25 embarkation pictures
  • Seat shaking loudness in Princess Theater
  • Elites "invited" [ordered] to dining room for prioritization before tendering to Princess Cays
  • $29 per person Crown Grill cover charge with expected additional tips
  • Gay like cruise director mispronouncing name of ship
  • DW white panties came back grey from ship laundry
  • When new schedules come out Elites can book one day early
  • Our well documented anniversary date was ignored by Princess so DW made her own door sign
  • Many passengers skipping having a $15 port picture made
  • Poor ship maintenance overall
  • One of the port side ship electric motors not able to produce full speed
  • Meta upgrades mean only that location moves can be made but not categories
  • One disembarkation bag tag issued per person, not two
  • Pizza crust tasted worse than cardboard
  • Hamburger quality was very good
  • There are no plans for a super Elite class
  • Fountain [gun] cokes can still be purchased with some guff from bar tenders
  • No brewed coffee at the bar just outside the buffet formerly known as Horizon Court
  • Excursions are being halted x miles from the dock so late arriving passengers can be shuttled to the bus
  • The Thanksgiving turkey dressing was tasteless
  • Saw a passenger wearing a t-shirt and sweatpants being admitted to the dining room on formal night
  • Very little discounting given on the last day dining room sale
  • Ship was almost always late for various reasons
  • Internet speed was same old, same old

We were on the Royal at term 2 when the CB was coming into Ft Lauderdale at around 9 AM. I couldn't believe a ship arriving that late.  Shocked
There must have been a scramble to get everyone to the airport in time. What was up with that?

Yes the Royal is quite the same with their volume of music. Especially in the Piazza where the band is at full volume almost every night. It becomes almost impossible to order a coffee or gelato without screaming at the top of your lungs to be heard.
Still the passengers seem to love it & can't get enough of it since it was always packed.

43  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Golden Princess to be moved to P&O Australia Fleet on: November 06, 2017, 03:05:38 PM
Wow,  I thought for sure they would put it in the Caribbean for the first season.  Angry
44  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Golden Princess to be moved to P&O Australia Fleet on: October 14, 2017, 05:44:18 AM
Golden Princess hasn't really been "here" for quite some time now.  But I do hate to see her go; I love the new suites on Sun Deck and I can't believe she has gone that far downhill since I was on her a couple of years ago.  That leaves just Star Princess and Grand Princess of the original Grand Class ships and I doubt if Grand will be around much longer

The Grand wasn't in great shape when we last sailed it 4 or 5 years ago. LOTS of rust.
45  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Golden Princess to be moved to P&O Australia Fleet on: October 06, 2017, 04:26:05 AM
One of the new ships perhaps?
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