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Princess News & Princess Chatter / The new Sun Princess
« on: September 23, 2022, 08:40:08 AM »

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After emails and a certified letter to the Princess president things are now good.  Princessonly.com & Princess Chatter are not signing off at the end of Sept.

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"Below are the key points for Princess' updated CruiseHealth guidelines for embarkation:

    No pre-cruise testing for vaccinated guests on voyages of up to 15 nights (guests 5 and older) with the exception of full Panama Canal transits, trans-ocean and other special itineraries; unvaccinated guests must provide a negative self-test result taken within three days of embarkation (unvaccinated children under 5 years do not require pre-cruise testing)

    Guests sailing on voyages 16 nights or longer, or sailing on full Panama Canal transits, trans-ocean and other specific itineraries, need to take a supervised test within three days of embarkation (guests 5 and older). Guests on these types of voyages will be contacted directly by an Ocean Navigator to assist."


https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/princess-cruises-removes-vaccine-requirement-for-most-voyages-elminates-pre-cruise-testing-for-vaccinated-guests-301605197.html

Ed: The problem I have is a booked B2B.  7 days immediately followed by 25 day repo. No Ocean Navigator (Customer Service Rep.) has contacted me



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"The Princess Upgrade process is simple—once the sailing is within the Final Payment period and full payment has been received, guests will receive an invitation to take part in the program and submit a bid – they can bid on any stateroom category that is above the one they are currently booked in. Guests can change or cancel their bid any time before it is accepted."

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/28081-princess-cruises-launches-new-upgrade-program.html

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"Princess Cruises today announced that Sami Kohen has been named vice president of food & beverage overseeing the line’s culinary operations. Kohen will join Princess Aug. 29 and will report directly to President John Padgett, according to a press release."

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/28080-sami-kohen-named-vice-president-of-food-beverage-at-princess-cruises.html

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"The cruise line canceled ports of call after a weekend of vandalism, looting and threats of mass violence in Northern Baja California.

Last Friday, a cartel sent a warning promising mayhem on the streets throughout the weekend unless some of its members were released from prison.

According to the Ensenada mayor’s office, Carnival and other cruise lines threatened to cease operations in Ensenada unless security measures for passengers were enhanced.

“I’m very happy they confirmed the rest of their scheduled arrivals and they trust in the actions we’ve implemented,” Ayala Robles said."

https://www.borderreport.com/regions/mexico/cruise-ships-returning-to-ensenada-after-fears-of-violence-ease/

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"Built in 2001, as the 109,000 gross ton Star Princess, the vessel has been renovated for the Australian market as the Pacific Encounter. She starts her first cruise from Brisbane on August 20. At the end of October, she will be joined by a sister ship, the former Golden Princess which is relaunching in Australia as the Pacific Adventure. "

https://maritime-executive.com/article/first-cruise-ship-arrives-in-auckland-as-regional-cruising-rebounds

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However, because the forward dock that has been closed for the season is the primary location where Princess Royal Class ships dock, and because there are no other viable alternatives, Princess is making adjustments to 10 itineraries, including:   

    the August 23 and September 6 sail dates for Majestic Princess and August 25 and September 1 sailings for Discovery Princess will now feature Icy Strait Point
    the August 16 and August 30 sail dates for Royal Princess will feature Haines
    the August 11, September 8, and September 22 sail dates for Discovery Princess and September 13 sail date for Royal Princess will feature Sitka

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/28029-princess-cruises-makes-more-changes-to-skagway-calls.html

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"The Santa Clarita-based company also announced that starting Sept. 6, vaccinated guests sailing on voyages of less than 16 days will no longer have to test before boarding. Unvaccinated guests, or those who do not provide proof of vaccination, will self-test within three days of sailing and upload proof of a negative test before boarding.

The new guidelines, announced Friday, apply to itineraries from all departure ports except where government regulations and protocols may vary, such as Canada, Greece and Australia.

Guests sailing on voyages 16 nights or longer, or sailing on full Panama Canal transits, trans-ocean and other specific itineraries, need to take a supervised test within three days of embarkation (for guests 5 and older)."

https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/coronavirus/2022/08/14/princess-cruises-loosens-some-covid-rules

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"Princess Cruises canceled eleven sailings Monday afternoon on its Diamond Princess ship due to staffing challenges, the cruise line said, marking a delay in the ship's return to service in the wake of the pandemic."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2022/08/09/princess-cruise-diamond-sailings-canceled/10276562002/

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Ship: Sapphire Princess
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 2,600
Built: 2004
Homeport: Los Angeles (United States)
Itineraries: Mexico and Hawaii
First Cruise: September 24, 2022

Ship: Diamond Princess
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 2,600
Built: 2004
Homeport: San Diego (California)
Itineraries: California Coast, Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez
First Cruise: November 20, 2022


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"Passengers aboard the Carnival Radiance departed Long Beach last week for an excursion to Ensenada for some fun in the sun on board and in the popular Mexican tourist destination. Unrest throughout Baja California, however, kept travelers relegated to the ship."

https://lbbusinessjournal.com/news/carnival-radiance-ensenada-turmoil

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"Princess Cruises today announced what it called its most expansive Americas schedule ever with 47 itineraries across 214 departures from seven convenient North American homeports, highlighted by new voyages to the South Pacific and Hawaii.

New for the 2023-24 season are the Sapphire Princess' two South Pacific Islands & Hawaii cruises roundtrip from Los Angeles featuring "More Ashore" late-night stays in Honolulu and Tahiti, and for the first time ever visiting Fiji, along with a pair of Hawaii cruises with overnight stays in Honolulu on Discovery Princess.

Princess will also sail again from Galveston with a series of voyages on the Regal Princess providing consumers Western Caribbean itineraries."

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/27943-princess-cruises-announces-2023-2024-americas-cruise-season.html



[Ed] It's now time for your editor to get with it on updating the unofficial schedule.

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