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"Up in the Bridge, I summoned my inner-maritime nerd to glean some insights into the technical aspects of the ship, from propulsion to handling. The charismatic Captain Paolo Arrigo remarked that Sun Princess is the first ship in the fleet to utilise the ABB Azipod for propulsion — made up of a pod with a propeller, suspended under the ship’s hull, with the ability to rotate 360-degrees. She’s incredibly nimble, pulling off precision manoeuvres in tricky ports requiring tight turns. Captain Paolo has cultivated quite the following on Instagram (therealoveboatcaptain), and like a real-life Captain Stubing, he featured in the recent reality TV show, the Real Love Boat, filmed onboard Princess Cruises. The short-lived show was a flop. He’s the third generation in his family to work for Princess and from the age of four he dreamed of being captain. He’d have to be the most gregarious, highly sociable ship captain I have come across – just another highlight to the superstar experience you can expect aboard a Sun Princess sailing, in the Mediterranean or Caribbean. www.princess.com "

https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/lifestyle/travel/mike-yardley-cruising-s-new-wave-on-sun-princess/


Captain Paolo on the bridge

Editor comment: I believe that it's just a mater of time until one of those Azipod propeller motors break.




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"Viewing parties for the UEFA European Championships will be held on board four Princess Cruises ships sailing around Europe this summer. "

"Princess Cruises has announced that four ships, the Sun Princess, Sky Princess, Regal Princess and Caribbean Princess, will screen the tournament and host viewing parties. "

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/football/watch-parties-for-the-euros-to-be-held-on-cruises-leaving-southampton/ar-BB1oc8q7


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In April a massive cruise ship that can carry thousands of guests announced it is canceling its planned visit to Santorini due to overcrowding.

The Sun Princess, a cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, has notified its guests that it will not be making a stop at the Greek island on upcoming voyages due to congestion.

In an email communication to guests, the company stated, “Please note that there is a change to our scheduled itinerary. Due to cruise ship congestion, we will no longer call to Santorini, Greece.”


https://greekreporter.com/2024/06/14/greece-to-cap-number-of-cruise-ships-to-cope-with-over-tourism/


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"Princess Cruises New Zealand Sales Manager Debbie Monk will expand her regional remit with the addition of Queensland."

https://karryon.com.au/community/movers-and-shakers/princess-cruises-smnz/


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Sun Princess Chatter / 'the Greatest Foodie Destination at Sea'
« on: June 12, 2024, 02:40:45 PM »
"During my seven-day Mediterranean sailing, I tried every specialty restaurant on the ship but one, as well as some of the more casual food venues. Here is my ranking of the six (out of seven) specialty restaurants I tried, my reviews of the other dining venues, and everything you need to know before you sit down for a meal at any of them. "

https://matadornetwork.com/read/sun-princess-cruise-restaurants/


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"Negroni fan Katerina serves aboard Discovery Princess and is a fan of both showcasing her talent in mixology, as well as creating an offer for travellers which reflects the destination and the ideals of travel. While the negroni, with its demand for controlled dilution and skill to create it, is Katerina’s favourite, guests on board are frequently seeking out the ship’s Sandia en Fuego. Journeying round the world also allows Katerina to explore new garnishes from across the globe, branching out from citrus to include serrano peppers, elderflower foam and juniper berries."

https://www.dfnionline.com/dfni-blog-comment/interviews-2/diageos-worlds-best-cruise-bartenders-katerina-vossou-11-06-2024/


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"Princess is positioned to cater more to adults seeking a higher-end experience, rather than families looking for budget-friendly vacations. This strategic positioning allows Princess to attract those who might be looking for a more refined and serene cruising experience, potentially with a touch of nostalgia from the days of “The Love Boat.”

"Princess Cruises’ recent enhancement of its beverage options is more than just an upgrade—it’s a reaffirmation of its commitment to quality, luxury, and an unmatched cruising experience. As they continue to invoke the charm of “The Love Boat” while introducing modern amenities, Princess Cruises remains a beloved choice for those seeking a journey that is both romantic and contemporary."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/princess-cruises-embraces-the-love-boat-legacy-with-nostalgic-charm-and-modern-appeal/ar-BB1nY6jU?item=flightsprg-tipsubsc-v1a?season=2024



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"This year’s event is set to include representatives of Ambassador Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Celestyal Cruises, Costa Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Marella Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Saga Cruises, Star Clippers, Swan Hellenic and Viking."

"Edgar Weggelaar, partner and CEO of Queer Destinations will deliver a presentation on June 13 aimed at reflecting the needs of the LGTBI+ community in terms of experiences and services in ports and destinations."

https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/ports-destinations/cruise-lines-arrive-tarragona-64th-medcruise-general-assembly




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Princess News & General Princess Chatter / Yada Yada Yada
« on: June 09, 2024, 08:41:09 PM »
"The Love Line Collection is a natural extension of the elegance and sophistication found throughout our Princess ships and makes every sip a journey worth savoring,” said Princess Cruises President John Padgett."

https://www.thestreet.com/travel/carnival-owned-cruise-line-makes-big-name-beverage-package-bet

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"If you're embarking on a round-trip Alaska cruise, you will likely be departing from the Port of Seattle. In 2023, seven cruise lines based ships in Seattle, Washington, with 291 departures. Although most ships were headed to Alaska, cruises from Seattle also sailed to destinations like Asia, Hawaii and the Panama Canal.

Seattle is home to two cruise terminals. Both are easy to reach from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) or Seattle Paine Field International Airport (PAE). Once you arrive, dozens of points hotels are available to welcome you for a pre- or post-cruise stay."

https://thepointsguy.com/guide/seattle-cruise-port/

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Princess Cruises ©dbvirago/Adobe

Like Carnival, Princess Cruises did not have a terrible rating on Cruise Critic — 3.8 — but the customers who did have complaints had serious ones. The price versus value was a common concern, with several customers questioning whether the excursions offered on board were worth the extra cash.

On the plus side, Princess runs the gamut with cruising options — with destinations ranging from the California Coast to the Caribbean to Tahiti and the South Pacific.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tips/10-worst-rated-cruise-lines-on-the-seas/ss-BB1nO7V6?item=themed_featuredapps_enabled#image=9


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"As part of this groundbreaking partnership, Princess Cruises will be the presenting sponsor for the recently introduced "ACM Live from the Red Barrel Lounge" series taking place at the Academy's Headquarters in Nashville this summer, featuring exclusive performances introducing viewers to new and emerging country artists. The collaboration will feature special performances by some of the talented artists from the Red Barrel Lounge, welcoming them onboard select future Princess voyages."

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/princess-cruises-named-official-cruise-line-partner-of-the-academy-of-country-music-302164209.html


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"Juneau, Alaska, (KINY) – In a landmark decision aimed at preserving the unique character of the city and protecting its natural environment, Juneau has agreed to impose strict limits on the number of cruise ship passengers disembarking each day. Beginning in 2026, the daily cap will be set at 16,000 people on most days, with a reduced limit of 12,000 on Saturdays."

https://localfirstmediagroup.com/juneau-local-kiny/update-juneau-limits-daily-cruise-ship-passengers-beginning-in-2026/


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