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Cruising Chatter / The truth about working on a cruise ship
« on: January 26, 2023, 08:50:59 PM »
"From 14-hour shifts to meager pay, working conditions on cruise ships are tough. No wonder it's becoming increasingly difficult to find staff."

https://www.dw.com/en/the-truth-about-working-on-a-cruise-ship/a-64487521

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"Given the negative market sentiment and forecasts of a recession this year, this stock is unlikely to turn around until investors believe the worst of the potential economic downturn has passed."

https://www.fool.com/investing/2023/01/09/down-62-in-this-bear-market-can-carnival-stock-rec/


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Carnival Corporation has announced that it is adding SpaceX’s high-speed satellite internet Starlink across its global fleet of cruise ships, which will provide faster service and more reliable wifi at sea.

The roll-out of Starlink started in December 2022 on Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises ships. Starlink will also be installed on several other cruise brands under the Carnival Corporation umbrella including Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises, and P&O Cruises Australia.

https://cruiseradio.net/carnival-cruise-starlink-internet-global-fleet/

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"What’s more, your experience onboard Sun Princess is guaranteed to be unique if you opt for the new and exclusive Signature Collection or Reserve Collection, both of which grant you access to premium areas onboard. "

https://www.worldofcruising.co.uk/cruise-news/sun-princess-cruises-new-ship

(Ed: If there are no comments below on this I'll be surprised)

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"As part of its commitment to maximizing cruisers' vacation time, Princess Cruises, for instance, has no plans to revert back to traditional muster drills.

"The Princess MedallionClass Experience has always revolved around maximizing guests' precious vacation time and guests love our simplified safety process because it allows them to muster on their own terms, and save them as much as 30 minutes on embarkation day, while enhancing our safety protocols. So there’s no reason to force our guests to revert to a traditional muster process that reintroduces complication and frustration," the line said in a statement."

https://www.travelmarketreport.com/Cruise/articles/Cruise-Lines-Return-to-Traditional-Muster-Drills

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"Little information has been revealed about this ship other than the class of ship and its expected completion year."

https://cruise.blog/new-cruise-ships-order


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"Princess Cruises is undergoing a sales team restructure as the line deals with a surge in demand during the ‘wave’ peak booking season.

This month the line has seen a “double digit” sales uplift versus 2019, according to new UK and Europe sales director Nick Hughes."

https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/travel-agents/princess-cruises-undergoes-sales-team-restructure

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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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"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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"The new rate for passengers staying in most cabins will be $20 per person per day — a $4 increase. Passengers staying in The Haven suite area on Norwegian ships and in other suites will face a $25 per person per day service fee."

"The net result is that Norwegian service charges are up as much as 35% in less than a year for some cabin categories."

https://thepointsguy.com/news/norwegian-cruise-ship-gratuity-fee-hike-2023/

Ed: It is likely that non of these outrageous onboard fees is part of your cruise agent's sales commission

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