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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Princess Cruises loosens some COVID rules
« Last post by Host Mike on August 16, 2022, 06:40:57 PM »
"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)."
"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."
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

Cruising Chatter / Carnival cruise from Long Beach cancels Ensenada port call
« Last post by Host Mike on August 16, 2022, 06:03:44 PM »
"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."
I wish Princess would go to Bermuda from Florida. Ever since we moved to Florida we never have the opportunity unless we fly back north.
I like the idea of the overnight stops in Hawaii. I did a New England  trip on (ahem) another line, and we overnighted in NYC on Halloween, and also overnighted in Bermuda. Marvelous experience. Good move from Princess.
"Most mainstream cruise lines — including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line — no longer allow it."
Thankfully Princess doesn't allow it. Considering the age of the people we cruise with, their doing me a favor.  ;D
"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."

[Ed] It's now time for your editor to get with it on updating the unofficial schedule.
'The ships are visiting Sitka this week as repairs continue on a damaged dock in Skagway. 

The arrivals are as follows:

    Wednesday, July 27 Royal Princess (passenger capacity 3,600)
    Thursday, July 28 Discovery Princess (passenger capacity 3,660)
    Saturday, July 30 Grand Princess (passenger capacity 2,600)"
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