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"In the afternoon hours today, the Central Port Authority of Chania was informed that a 29-year-old foreign crew member (specialty shop clerk) of a cruise ship with the Bermuda flag, which was docked at the port of Souda, needed immediate hospital treatment. The 29-year-old was picked up by a private ambulance and taken to a private clinic."

"Day two of the Conference will kick off with a panel discussion lead by Harding+ on designing and developing cruise retail spaces, featuring insights from the cruise retailer’s Peter Newbould, Mark Birnie and partner at Princess Cruises, Sabine Muhlberger, among others."

"We are also pleased to bring guests an exclusive Cruise Ship Tour onboard Sun Princess, courtesy of Harding+ (limited availability)"


Sabine Muhlberger

I still remember seeing a passenger family pulling a two wheeled cart with stacked cases of soft drinks through the Princess embarkation lounge.

"Elevating the art of relaxation and serenity, Princess Cruises is introducing the exclusive, next-level Sanctuary Collection aboard Sun Princess and Star Princess, as these newest ships prepare to debut with this select, all-inclusive oasis in October 2024.

Aboard Sun Princess, the Sanctuary Club is now reserved exclusively for Sanctuary Collection guests who access the private entry via their Princess Medallion.

In the adults-only (16 and up) area, guests enjoy plush lounge furniture, private cabanas, pool and jacuzzi, attentive service, soothing music, refreshing beverages, and light fare. The Club also features exclusive programming, including sunrise yoga classes and sail-away receptions."

Princess Cruises Alcohol Policy

Guests of Princess Cruises are permitted to bring one 750ml bottle of wine or champagne on board per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in your stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles are welcome with a US$20/AU$30 corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed.

Liquor, spirits, or beers are not permitted. The luggage will be scanned and alcohol outside of our policy will be removed and discarded. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty-free from The Shops of Princess, or at ports of call, will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to the guest’s stateroom on the last day of the cruise.

The age for drinking on Princess ships is 21 years old except on cruises between Australia/New Zealand, China, Europe, Singapore, and South American ports where the drinking age will be 18 years old. For cruises between Japanese ports, the drinking age will be 20 years old.

"Princess Cruises spokesperson Briana Latter said the line "strives to accommodate all guests’ individual needs to ensure they are comfortable" during their sailing. "If there is something a guest requires pre-cruise, our Customer Support team is available to assist," she said in an email.

Latter said aisle seats in the Princess Theater do not have armrests "to allow for more space," and passengers can ask for a chair without armrests while dining."

"Yesterday, a small group of residents gathered with signs near the roundabout - to make their cause heard and to 'keep up the pressure'."

"It was timed to coincide with the arrival of The Caribbean Princess cruise ship. Buses arrived all morning dropping passengers from the 3,600-passenger liner off into Weymouth.

A police officer and a port police officer were present at the protest, which saw around a dozen people take part. Several tourists briefly stopped to chat to them.

Resident Marc Moore said: "The road is not big enough for the traffic that is coming here. It rattles our house. It literally rattles the glasses sitting on the shelf."

"I hate the wallet-wrenching surprise of that final invoice, filled with a few more drinks than I remember ordering, the WiFi I couldn't live without, and the specialty dining restaurants I splurged on.

But all that changed the moment I discovered the Premier Cruises' Premier Princess package on Princess Cruises during a family vacation on the Regal Princess in December."

Regal Princess Chatter / Regal Princess Celebrates 10th Anniversary
« on: May 18, 2024, 05:51:56 PM »
"The Regal Princess is completing its 10th year of service this month. Built for Princess Cruises at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the vessel officially debuted on May 20, 2014."

Here's the link to the unofficial daily schedule as of May 18, 2024.  It's not guaranteed to be perfect.  Handy for doing B2B planning. Send corrections to

Sapphire Princess Chatter / Re: Propulsion issues
« on: May 17, 2024, 09:13:08 AM »
LyndaMR on CC says "They will be stopping the ship this evening between 8 & 9 pm to reengage the starboard screw (propeller) and run tests. As long as all goes well we should be able to get our scenic cruising in College Fjord tomorrow. So as long as this solves the issue all should be fixed tonight and cruising will resume as per the itinerary."

"The Regal Princess, which was carrying over 3000 passengers, didn't stop at Portland, Dorset because of a demonstration taking place against the barge.

Princess Cruises, the owners of the vessel, cited passenger and crew safety as the reason the ship stayed at sea rather than docking."

"Guests sailing on Sun Princess to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean will find new, elevated, world-class shopping experiences on Princess Cruises’ first Sphere Class ship.

Within more than 5,800 square feet of retail space spanning two decks, guests sailing the recently delivered vessel can explore a wide selection of more than 200 premium brands from fine jewelry and premium timepieces to fashion and leisure wear, beauty and wellness."

Disney Cruise Lines (Average Score: 99.33)
Norwegian Cruise Lines (Average Score: 98.5)
Holland America Line (Average Score: 98.33)
Celebrity Cruises (Average Score: 97.29)
Royal Caribbean International (Average Score: 95.94)
Princess Cruises (Average Score: 92.2)
Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. (Average Score: 92.08)

Princess Cruises (Average Score: 92.2)

    Caribbean Princess (3/20/2024): 86
    Crown Princess (2/4/2024): 96
    Emerald Princess (2/21/2024): 94
    Enchanted Princess (3/7/2024): 96
    Ruby Princess (1/9/2024): 95
    Sky Princess (1/27/2024): 95

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