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"A woman says she was raped by a crew member and contracted HIV while aboard a Princess Cruises ship in January 2022, according to a new lawsuit against the company.

The woman, identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe of California, had been aboard the Sky Princess, a vessel that belongs to the Princess Cruises line, when an art-gallery employee approached and invited her to a forthcoming auction, according to the lawsuit filed in California federal court on January 3."

https://www.businessinsider.com/princess-cruises-crew-member-rape-hiv-lawsuit-2023-1

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess to sharply hike onboard fees
« Last post by RichC on January 10, 2023, 09:20:22 AM »
I don't see the value in the Princess Plus package unless you are a heavy drinker.
You've got that right. We tried to hit 15 drinks every day and it got to the point of being nauseating.
Once our Plus packages are finished we'll return to the days of just paying out gratuities normally and forget the drinks.
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I didn't see this message until I arrived home yesterday.

Here are just a few brief highlights from the Enchanted from the Dec 9 and 19th sailings.
  • As expected, the ship was crowded on the Christmas cruise. Lots of kids but taken care of by the Princess youth team. I believe they hired extra help during this cruise.
  • Using the Medallion worked somewhat well for boarding although there were a few hiccups on occasion during both our trips. I only used it for ordering extra desserts during lunch at the buffet and for some reason after placing an order it would automatically cancel itself after a few minutes. Not a big deal but I never knew if I should immediately reorder or not. There working our the bugs.
During our B2B cruises I returned to my car at Park N Go and was a little surprised to find my car with a dead battery. They were accommodating by getting a jump starter but when starting the car I noticed that someone had left the shifter in drive, not park when they shut off the car, which I believe caused drain on the battery. I let it run for 20 minutes or so to charge up & the next week it started fine even though they moved the car again during the week. Makes me wonder about their crew.
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The first trip we ate in the DR on deck 6, Capri and it was painfully slow. We arrived at 5 PM sharp and for 10 days it took almost 2 full hours for dinner. Most of the time we were just sitting there waiting.
The second trip I had had enough & switched DR's to deck 5, Santorini (different galley) and found it to be much faster. Eating in a little over an hour each night. I suspect the galley is a little overwhelmed buy a shortage of crew.
In general I did notice some reduction in food quality in both the DR and buffet (now self service) but still enjoyable.

The production shows were the 5 Skies and Rock Opera, both which are LOUD. Bring ear plugs or tissue for you ears. Things never change on Princess no matter what the show.
They had 4 or 5 comedians performing over the 2 cruises which were new to Princess and were quite good considering that Princess limits their material. At least they've changed the older comedians which have gotten stale over the years.

The internet service is poor at best unless you just want to check email. The typical speed most of the day was around 50 to 100 Kbps and improved during the middle of the night to around 2 Mbps.
It took around 3 hours to download a 1 Gb program from home on average if I began at 4 AM.
During the day, forget about it.
On one cruise I managed to attend a Zoom meeting at 1:30 - 3 PM without it disconnecting.
On the second trip it dropped out so many times I gave up. There were to many people on board & the speed dropped way off.

In general the ship seems back to normal with just a few minor reduction from the pre Covid days.
Oh- one thing else- Check you account multiple times a day on the medallion app. I must have had 10 or 12 charges for drinks that should not have been charged and unless you go to the Pass service desk & have them removed ASAP it will be total confusion on the last day trying to straighten them out. We were getting charged for drinks (liquor and water at different bars even though we had the Plus package with a max of 15 drinks each.
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Rich how about giving us a daily report about any surprises that you find on your Enchanted voyage?
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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess to sharply hike onboard fees
« Last post by Host Mike on December 18, 2022, 08:25:21 PM »
I don't see the value in the Princess Plus package unless you are a heavy drinker.
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If that doesn't work try this http://princessonly.com/schedule/PSkedVer312172022c.xlsx


That link worked OK.
Thank you and Merry Christmas to you also. We leave tomorrow for the Enchanted holiday cruise for the first time.
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Just updated the unofficial Princess daily schedule to include the latest for the Sky Princess and the new Sun Princess. At the left top corner of the spread sheet you will see that it is version 12/17/2022CIf you don't see that version clear your browser cache.  This is very important.

If that doesn't work try this http://princessonly.com/schedule/PSkedVer312172022c.xlsx

Merry Christmas.  Happy New Year Cruising.
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Why don't they pay their employees a better wage?
Seems like they just want to pass the issue off on their customers. I'm sure many people will adjust them down to what they feel is an adequate amount.
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"James Michael Grimes was found by a bulk carrier vessel, a harrowing 20 hours after he fell off the Carnival Valor on the night of November 23. Lt. Seth Gross oversees search and rescue missions in the greater Louisiana Gulf Coast area, and said his rescue crew arrived just in time to save Grimes' life."

https://www.insider.com/man-survived-fall-off-cruise-ship-because-things-went-perfectly-2022-12

"During the five-day cruise from Cozumel to Mexico, Mr Grimes left the bar to use the toilet. In an interview with ABC News on Friday, December 2, he said he woke up in the ocean, and could no longer see the ship."

https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/cruise-passenger-who-fell-off-ship-shares-what-it-was-like-to-spend-20-hours-at-sea-42201214.html
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