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Advertised prices on the top hierarchy web pages here in my state do not show inclusive prices as of this afternoon.

"A Royal-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises sailed in to Darwin today on her maiden voyage to our tropical city, bringing more than 3,500 passengers for a one day stopover.

The Royal Princess is the largest ship to grace our shores this cruise season with her visit estimated to contribute between $1.5 to $2 million in direct spend in Darwin’s CBD."

"Three options will be available: Traditional, which will offer traditional dining comprising an early and a late seating every evening; The Reservable, offering reservable dining times; and a third with open seating, called Walk-in Anytime."

A new California consumer protection law that go into effect on July 1, 2024 will require an advertised price to include port taxes, fees, and taxes.

Because of this, five of Carnival’s cruise lines have elected to include ALL the current taxes, fees and port expenses into the advertised price of a cruise.  They are:

    Princess Cruises
    Carnival Cruise Line
    Holland America Line
    Costa Cruises
    Cunard North America

"Princess and Holland America do tours in Alaska that include rail trips and stays in their own lodges."

"Travel advisors should be aware that the purchase of cruise line tours of Princess Cruise Line, Holland America Line, and Seabourn Cruise Line products made prior to April 4, 2024 shall continue to be protected under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program," said Terry Dale, USTOA president and CEO. "Client deposits and payments thereafter will not be covered by the USTOA program."

Like the competitive cruise lines there are far too many repeat cruisers in the loyalty levels.  Repositioning cruises are the worst.  Princess needs to create a super Elite category and maybe grandfather those in their current levels.

Island Princess Chatter / Re: Island Princess Overview
« on: April 17, 2024, 03:55:28 PM »
It's a rust bucket with failing A/C when I sailed on it two years ago.

Sun Princess Chatter / June 11, 2024 Santorini port stop cancelled
« on: April 15, 2024, 04:20:16 PM »
"Princess Cruises ship, Sun Princess, is canceling a visit to Santorini, Greece on a cruise scheduled in June of this year.  The original date for visiting the popular port was June 11, 2024."

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