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“This warning is regarding space debris that will be falling into the ocean, an area that Island Princess will be crossing on the way to Port Louis, Mauritius,” wrote Captain Cataldi.

“We estimate that we will be at the boundary of the navigational warning on the 26th of February at 21:15. We will exit the area on the 27th of February at 9:30.”

Captain Cataldi was unconcerned with the warning, further stating, “The likelihood that any debris falls on the ship is about the same as any other day or location in the Indian Ocean; it is one of the preferred places to bring decommissioned satellites down.

“I do not see any concern in this navigational warning but feel it my duty as Captain to inform you of the possibility of this happening. If nothing else, it will create an elaborate light show at night,” he continued."

“With its unrivalled blend of creativity, quality, choice, and expertise, Sun Princess will set a new standard for food and beverage excellence,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises. “Food and drink excellence is synonymous with experience excellence aboard Princess ships.”

"Disney’s MagicBand was primed to revolutionize the guest experience, but now Princess Cruises is executing the wearable technology’s original vision."

Sun Princess Chatter / Follow the money trail
« on: February 27, 2024, 07:09:46 PM »
"Princess Cruises’ guests sailing aboard the soon-to-debut Sun Princess can look forward to a stunning array of luxury and upmarket brands for sale in the ship’s nearly 6,000 square feet of retail space. The ship, slated to sail her maiden voyage on February 28, 2024, also will feature interactive and pop-up shopping experiences."

"After leaving its building dock on Friday, the 175,500-ton vessel arrived in Civitavecchia this Monday. The port – which is located near Italy’s capital city Rome – will serve as homeport for the ship’s first sailing."

"This ship is impressive. It’s two metres longer than Auckland’s Sky Tower and has about three times as many rooms as New Zealand’s largest hotel.

I’m aboard the Enchanted Princess, and it’s my first time sailing on a so-called “mega-ship” - which is among the largest at sea."

"Kevin Nansett was planning a sailing on a world cruise out of Sydney. The price for a 113-day itinerary started from $23,781 for an interior cabin. However, the base fare was just the start of the total outlay."

"Princess Cruises' 10-day Mexican Riviera with Total Solar Eclipse cruise is already sold out for the rare event aboard the 3,660-passenger Discovery Princess."

"Due to the popularity of the solar eclipse-themed cruise, the line added another sailing with a different itinerary — a 15-night Panama Canal cruise aboard the 3,080-guest Emerald Princess. "

Emerald Princess Chatter / Emerald Princess Solar Eclispe-Themed Cruise
« on: February 25, 2024, 09:19:31 PM »
"Due to the popularity of the solar eclipse-themed cruise, the line added another sailing with a different itinerary — a 15-night Panama Canal cruise aboard the 3,080-guest Emerald Princess. This ocean-to-ocean extended voyage from April 5-20 will depart from Los Angeles and end in Fort Lauderdale.

Highlights of the cruise include five ports of call, seven days at sea, a transit of the Panama Canal and total solar eclipse viewing between Cabo San Lucas and Huatulco, Mexico, on April 8. An astronomy and space exploration enthusiast, Fred Cink, will be on board to answer questions. Guests will be given special glasses and also enjoy eclipse-themed drinks and bites while watching the rare phenomenon."

The SDG Burger, Princess Cruises

"TPG Take: The SDG Burger (which stands for Salty Dog Grill Burger) is a rib-eye and short rib patty with pork belly, Gruyere cheese, kimchi beer-battered jalapenos and charred onion aioli on a brioche bun. I had high hopes, but what I received was a burger so greasy that the bun was wet and soggy. The pork belly was undercooked, rubbery and excessively fatty. The flavor was decent, which saved it from being a total loss, netting this burger a lower but still passable rating.

Frankly, I was majorly disappointed to find The Ernesto — a delicious burger that used to be served at the Salty Dog Gastropub — is no longer on the menu since Princess parted ways with chef Ernesto Uchimura.

TPG rating: 3/5"

Discovery Princess Chatter / OVERALL 8/10
« on: February 25, 2024, 09:04:09 PM »

Discovery Princess is excellent value for money with loads of options for entertainment, activities and dining. It is a mainstream ship with premium touches but there will be the occasional queue and lifts can get busy.

The writer was a guest of Princess Cruises. A seven-day Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park cruise departing May 11, 2024, is from $1644.

Diamond Princess Chatter / Diamond Princess Celebrates 20th Anniversary
« on: February 25, 2024, 08:52:20 PM »
"The Diamond Princess is completing its 20th year of service this month. Built by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Japan, the cruise ship was delivered to Princess Cruises on Feb. 26, 2004."

Editor: The Diamond Princess today originally was to be the Sapphire Princess. After the Diamond ship construction fire that ship was renamed the Sapphire Princess.

"Now if you’re someone who doesn’t want internet access and plan to stick only non-alcoholic beverages on the ship, then you won’t come out ahead on this deal. For the average cruiser, however, we think Princess Plus is definitely worth it. Those wanting higher-end drinks will enjoy Princess Premier."

"Princess says that if you have a third or fourth passenger in a cabin, then you can opt in/out of the deal for them by calling the cruise line."

"Cruisers wishing to cancel a Princess sailing will have less time to do so if they want to get any of their money back. Starting March 4, Princess is imposing a 100% cancellation fee starting at 30 days prior to sailing. The current policy is 14 days before the cruise.

Most other cancellation fee times have also changed, giving cruisers less time to get more of their money back."

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