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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: CC readers are almost totally clueless
« Last post by RichC on May 20, 2022, 03:57:59 PM »
I glanced at CC Island Princess threads before and after this LA to FLL cruise.  CC is owned by for profit Trip Advisor which is owned by for profit Expedia.  The CC readers are almost totally clueless, partially due to CC posting censorship. I love the fact that on this discussion board free speech about Princess cruising is welcomed.

People on CC seem to love just everything about Princess. You can't say bad things about the cruise line without having 20 people call you out for it.
I think there were only two people who said that they didn't love the new production shows on the Enchanted which I though were overly loud, blinding and were aimed at at much younger generation.
I don't know if I posted a really bad report about the ship if it would be censored or not although I have had many posts removed for other reasons. 

My judgment about any of the ships are now based upon reading only certain individuals who's opinions I trust. (which is a very small number)
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Princess News & Princess Chatter / CC readers are almost totally clueless
« Last post by Host Mike on May 20, 2022, 10:40:39 AM »
I glanced at CC Island Princess threads before and after this LA to FLL cruise.  CC is owned by for profit Trip Advisor which is owned by for profit Expedia.  The CC readers are almost totally clueless, partially due to CC posting censorship. I love the fact that on this discussion board free speech about Princess cruising is welcomed.
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Day 8 - May 18 - Wednesday

  Man wearing pajamas observed having breakfast in Horizon Court. Sounds more and more like Carnival.   ;D
   Ship generator blip caused continued flashing ceiling lights in Horizon Court.
   Internet stalling all day. When it worked (without VPN) ping 350, download 5 upload 3.60.  Tonight zero down and up. It sounds like a ships location problem.
   Most traveled passenger lunch - Captain no show.  Officers lined up, had their names read, then left without talking to anyone. Exactly like the Enchantment in March. They also had people sitting with anyone, not according to levels. Also no names on tables or on the menu's. It's actually become less appealing having to listen to all the boasting during lunch without an officer.
We left immediately after dessert. I couldn't take any more of the chatter about where others have been.

   Show last night was stopped for medical announcement.  After announcement was completed the sound guys had difficulty restarting show audio tracks. This is becoming a norm on almost every cruise ship lately.
   Right before show started tonight sound guys were playing blasting rap song. Don't you just love their idea of soothing music to listen to before the show. Maybe they could flash some strobe lights at you at the same time.

Princess is becoming more like Carnival, NCL & RCI everyday. Maybe I'm just getting old & can't adjust to the change. ;D
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Day 8 - May 18 - Wednesday

   Man wearing pajamas observed having breakfast in Horizon Court.
   Ship generator blip caused continued flashing ceiling lights in Horizon Court.
   Internet stalling all day. When it worked (without VPN) ping 350, download 5 upload 3.60.  Tonight zero down and up.
   Most traveled passenger lunch - Captain no show.  Officers lined up, had their names read, then left without talking to anyone.
   Show last night was stopped for medical announcement.  After announcement was completed the sound guys had difficulty restarting show audio tracks.
   Right before show started tonight sound guys were playing blasting rap song.

Day 9 - May 19 Thursday - Costa Rica

   Ship wake up call robot identified us by wrong name.
   Horizon Court has two juice cup sizes.  Very small in serving line, larger by coffee station.
   Giggly cruise director told jokes from her cue cards.  No one laughs.
   $20 wine, according to Internet, in Sabitini’s, for us came to $50 with tip and LA tax, and then they misplaced the bottle in the wine locker.
   Our excursion ticket said to meet at 7:10 am in Princess Theater.  We arrived at 7 am on the left side of Princess Theater and were told to exit and go to Wheelhouse.  In Wheelhouse we were told to go to the other hallway for stickers.  When we got our sticker we were ushered immediately to the excursion line leaving Princess Theater BEFORE the printed Princess Theater arrival time.  Normally Princess excursions are well managed in Princess Theater but not today.
   We arrived about one half hour early for tonight’s show with blasting sound.  I immediately noticed that early arrivers were sitting on the aisle edges of completely empty rows.  This forces later arrivers to climb over early arrivers to claim the middle empty seats.  On this ship the audience is never told to not save seats.
   I found that the Future Cruise rep.only discounts about $100 per person off of the Princess web site.
   At the most traveled passenger Captain’s lunch, with no Captain, we did get name tags, a photograph of only ourselves and a great meal.  Three (rich) couples per table.
   Briefly visited with our heavily sweating former cabin steward at work.  He is forced to wear a mask while cleaning un air-conditioned unoccupied and occupied cabins.
   The going rate for passengers complaining about contractors loudly laying floor late at night in the Spa is a free dinner at Sabitinis.

Day 10 - At Sea - Friday May 20

   Very quiet day.  Rain off and on all day.
   Some flashing ceiling lights continuing in Horizon Court.
   No more steward cabin door hangers.  Replaced by electronic door panel color codes.
   Our missing laundry in the ship’s laundry system is no longer missing.
   Ice cream bar only has soft serve with optional toppings.
   Food quality in Horizon Court is same old, same old.  Syrup coffee is very strong.
   Internet stalls out at times.
   Finally the have nots in non air conditioned cabins got a small break today due to cooler outside temperatures but still with tropical humidity.
   It’s obvious that Princess is on a tight budget for funding Princess Theater entertainment.
   Water shuttle ticket service tomorrow.  Original passport, Medallion, Proof of Vaccination and Face Mask is required to go ashore in Puerto Amador (Panama City).
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Day 6 May 16 Monday.  The adventure continues

    Last night was a cabin dinner sans napkins or silverware that Room Service forgot.
   Never received the TA promised “Cruise Night Coupon Books.”  I toss them anyway. They've discontinued the paper copies, replaced by an email copy. Not much different from the paper ones from what I hear. Also, there's no more BOGO meal at Specialty restaurants on the first night  :( which is the only coupon we ever used.
   I took a shower and demon telephone started ringing Fire Alarm
   Dear wife took a shower and demon telephone started ringing Fire Alarm followed by ship officer knocking on the door.
   Learned that some on the occupied cabins have refrigerators that didn’t work.
   Learned from direct experience that VPN doesn’t work with the Medallion app but VPN does work with the Medallion off the ship Internet. I don't use a VPN but that sounds like just another hiccup.

   Now two Island Princess breaking news reports.  The A/C outage affects several deck zones.  Hearsay says that the repair part will arrive in Cartagena, Columbia on Monday May 23rd.  Two days at sea and then disembarkation on Thursday, May 26th.   The other news is that even though the Customer Service Desk said that all air conditioned balcony and minis were taken this was not true.  I know that because without disclosing my strategy to get a cabin transfer I actually pulled it off.  DW and I moved tonight to an air conditioned unclaimed balcony on the Aloha deck with some surprise perks which I am holding very close to the vest.  New cabin has no safe or a working refrigerator but no matter.  I have requested that our old safe and refrig. come with us.  The pool deck noise above us is welcome as long as air conditioner doesn’t die on this 19 year old “gal”. That sounds like an easy fix provided the maint. crew was the time.
 
I could put up with a little noise of the upper deck as long as we had AC for sleeping.
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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Two Crown Princess generators need repair.
« Last post by RichC on May 16, 2022, 12:44:17 PM »
I guess they didn't have to use any generators during the layup.  ???
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Day 5 - May 15

   Air Conditioning outage continues in our zone consisting of E704 - E736 (17 cabins)..  Unknown is the A/C status of the closed off Covid zone cabins E502 to E702 (29 cabins).  Average temperature in my cabin is 78 to 82 deg. 24/7. Wow. It makes for a very unpleasant canal trip with all that humidity.
There are undisclosed A/C outages in other ship areas including at least one suite. Speculation is that the A/C outage is ongoing, perhaps for the rest of this cruise.  I was informed by a crewman that the Covid restricted area has nothing to do with the A/C outage and “we are still working on it.” If I was from Missouri I would say “Show me.” Since it has been reported in a Princess Chatter reply by RichC that there were A/C outages on the Island Princess first cruise this should be of no real surprise to the crew.  It was reported on Youtube (Don's Family Vacations) that he had AC problems also & got a cabin change immediately.
With this in mind the loss of electricity across the entire ship on embarkation day probably wasn’t the cause.  It appears to me based on my speculation that many passengers on this cruise including us are going to have to get used to having no A/C in the tropics for the rest of this long cruise. Definitely not a viable option in the tropics.

   In other news a single lady near our cabin is now in her third inside cabin due to cabin problems.
   A number of passengers on this cruise either have no safe or a non working safe. Also reported from YouTube for Don's group (80 to 100 people) but they got them changed out very quickly.
   Demon phone woke us up at the break of day with yet another fire alarm.  No call from the bridge this time. Possibly related to the heat in the cabin.  The solution once again is to unplug the demon phone.
   Multiple reinstalls of the Medallion app didn’t help.  Only the Internet techs know how to fix.
   More passengers are talking about seeing and hearing podium arguments at dinner. Sounds like it's provided for entertainment. ;D
   The answer to the bait and switch question is I bought two T-shirts of my size.  The fast talking vendor put one shirt of my size in the bag and slipped another shirt of a smaller size in the bag. It happened to me some time ago where they put a stained shirt in the bag in place of my chosen one.  >:(
   We have the best cabin steward ever.  Every request gets done quickly despite his struggles with English.
   Talked with the Captain’s Circle rep.  She quickly answered all of my questions like “Are the drinks watered down?” No. “Do the ship officers not want to mingle at the Captains Circle party?” Yes, due to potential Covid exposure.
   The best pizza on the sea has returned with the old dough recipe according to me.
   Non Coke card holders can actually buy a gun (fountain) coke now without any waiter telling you that it’s not allowed without a Coke card.  The Cokes are full of flavor.  I wonder if they have non U.S. cane sugar.
   Cabin pillows are just perfect.  Soft and very comfortable on roasting hot nights while sailing on this rust bucket, I mean “this old gal.”
   
 
See above.
After reading your review so far, it really makes me wonder about the validity of Don's Family Vacations YouTube channel where he states that there were some hiccups on the last trip but everything was handled in a quick & efficient manner. He couldn't rave enough about how Princess handled all the problems for his large group or 80 to 100 people.  ;) ;) ;D ;D
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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Two Crown Princess generators need repair.
« Last post by Host Mike on May 15, 2022, 05:08:15 PM »
Cruisehive.com is reporting that the Crown Princess on its first voyage back now requires a second diesel generator repair. This has caused several itinerary changes including some itinerary changes in the future.
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Day 5 - May 15

   Air Conditioning outage continues in our zone consisting of E704 - E736 (17 cabins)..  Unknown is the A/C status of the closed off Covid zone cabins E502 to E702 (29 cabins).  Average temperature in my cabin is 78 to 82 deg. 24/7.  There are undisclosed A/C outages in other ship areas including at least one suite. Speculation is that the A/C outage is ongoing, perhaps for the rest of this cruise.  I was informed by a crewman that the Covid restricted area has nothing to do with the A/C outage and “we are still working on it.” If I was from Missouri I would say “Show me.” Since it has been reported in a Princess Chatter reply by RichC that there were A/C outages on the Island Princess first cruise this should be of no real surprise to the crew.  With this in mind the loss of electricity across the entire ship on embarkation day probably wasn’t the cause.  It appears to me based on my speculation that many passengers on this cruise including us are going to have to get used to having no A/C in the tropics for the rest of this long cruise.

   In other news a single lady near our cabin is now in her third inside cabin due to cabin problems.
   A number of passengers on this cruise either have no safe or a non working safe.
   Demon phone woke us up at the break of day with yet another fire alarm.  No call from the bridge this time. Possibly related to the heat in the cabin.  The solution once again is to unplug the demon phone.
   Multiple reinstalls of the Medallion app didn’t help.  Only the Internet techs know how to fix.
   More passengers are talking about seeing and hearing podium arguments at dinner.
   The answer to the bait and switch question is I bought two T-shirts of my size.  The fast talking vendor put one shirt of my size in the bag and slipped another shirt of a smaller size in the bag.
   We have the best cabin steward ever.  Every request gets done quickly despite his struggles with English.
   Talked with the Captain’s Circle rep.  She quickly answered all of my questions like “Are the drinks watered down?” No. “Do the ship officers not want to mingle at the Captains Circle party?” Yes, due to potential Covid exposure.
   The best pizza on the sea has returned with the old dough recipe according to me.
   Non Coke card holders can actually buy a gun (fountain) coke now without any waiter telling you that it’s not allowed without a Coke card.  The Cokes are full of flavor.  I wonder if they have non U.S. cane sugar.
   Cabin pillows are just perfect.  Soft and very comfortable on roasting hot nights while sailing on this rust bucket, I mean “this old gal.”
   
   Day 6 May 16 Monday.  The adventure continues

   Last night was a cabin dinner sans napkins or silverware that Room Service forgot.
   Never received the TA promised “Cruise Night Coupon Books.”  I toss them anyway.
   I took a shower and demon telephone started ringing Fire Alarm
   Dear wife took a shower and demon telephone started ringing Fire Alarm followed by ship officer knocking on the door.
   Learned that some on the occupied cabins have refrigerators that didn’t work.
   Learned from direct experience that VPN doesn’t work with the Medallion app but VPN does work with the Medallion off the ship Internet.

   Now two Island Princess breaking news reports.  The A/C outage affects several deck zones.  Hearsay says that the repair part will arrive in Cartagena, Columbia on Monday May 23rd.  Two days at sea and then disembarkation on Thursday, May 26th.   The other news is that even though the Customer Service Desk said that all air conditioned balcony and minis were taken this was not true.  I know that because without disclosing my strategy to get a cabin transfer I actually pulled it off.  DW and I moved tonight to an air conditioned unclaimed balcony on the Aloha deck with some surprise perks which I am holding very close to the vest.  New cabin has no safe or a working refrigerator but no matter.  I have requested that our old safe and refrig. come with us.  The pool deck noise above us is welcome as long as air conditioner doesn’t die on this 19 year old “gal”.

Day 7 - Tuesday May 17

Mid-day Editorial - the cruise of the have and have not passengers.

This is being typed on an iPad with using a small keyboard. Easy formatting for readability isn’t in the cards.  As I reflect on what has happened on this cruise certain things stand out.  The air conditioning outage happened or got a whole lot worse on Friday the 13th.  Neither Captain Paul Slight or anybody else made a ship wide announcement about this major issue nor said what they could do about it.  Many non working safes and non working refrigerators at the beginning of this cruise suggested that Princess had two years to fix these problems and apparently did nothing of importance to fix the issues.  The most glaring example of neglect I’ve seen is the very back of the Emerald deck where passengers can stand to view the wake.  That deck floor shows a lot of rust and neglect.  This points to the real Princess problem.  The problem is the two year lack of Princess cash-in-fist (CIF). Not having enough CIF is what Princess was up against.  Now everybody seemingly wants to cruise again and Princess wasn’t fully prepared and cut corners. 

The entire staff on this cruise have really stepped up to make things right even though they don’t always have the ability to do so.  Every staff member I’ve met is busting their ass off to make the customers happy.  The kitchen crew and waiters overall have been working so hard and are doing an excellent job. Same for the cabin stewards, especially those working in all of the non air conditioned areas.   

Having been a have-not up until last night and now being a privileged have today really sends home the message. Be very grateful if favor comes your way.

Notes from this afternoon:

   Talked with an audience volunteer.  He said they didn’t practice.
   No more pillow chocolate.
   Grill cooks on very hot deck forced to wear masks.
   Outdoor door greeter on hot deck for Horizon Court forced apparently to wear a coat and tie.
   Those that don’t wash their hands at wash basin entering Horizon Court get called out.
   Wartsila engine/generator contractor wearing industrial work clothes seen in hallway.
   Incinerator contractor wearing shorts, t-shirt and carrying a beer met in hallway this evening.
   Internet this morning (with VPN on) ping 2,228, point 38 down, 1 point 31 up.
   Cream of Wheat is no longer offered in Horizon Court.
   The only location for brewed (pour over) coffee is on deck 5.
   Almost everyone dressed up for Captains Circle party.  Winners were geezers with just over 1,000 days at sea.
     
   
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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Island Princess Adventure
« Last post by RichC on May 15, 2022, 10:52:50 AM »
I’ll start a new daily thread tonight.  It’s going to be informative.  I’m a BIG Princess fan but not one bit shy about saying what I see and experience.  I do sincerely appreciate what you tell me about your experiences.  My conjecture is that the old Island Princess sat idle for two years of disuse and rust.  This appears to have affected valves, electrical connections and other things.  As you read on you will see that this ship was very far from being in ship shape when it returned to service two weeks ago.  Seeing passengers get into arguments with the dining room podium staff is entirely new to me.  We are not the only passengers seeing the arguments.

We're Princess fans also. We haven't taken another cruise line in many years.(2006 on NCL)
Our last Island P cruise was in 2012 before they messed it up by adding the extra cabins.
I can't imaging what the arguments are with the DR staff. They're always willing to do anything necessary to satisfy their customers.

On our last Enchanted cruise in March midway through my wife got swollen ankles so we asked the head waiter if she could switch to a low salt diet. No problem. He would check each night to see what she wanted for the next nights meal. As my wife reviewed the menu one night she didn't see one thing that looked interesting. His response was, "what would you like?" It turned out that what ever she wanted (and they had in the galley) she could have.
One night she even ordered a filet mignon (at his suggestion) even when it wasn't on the menu.
This guy became so friendly I hated to take so much of his time each night.
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