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  1. A further update for what's coming soon about crew repatriation: REGAL: Europe CROWN & ISLAND: Asia & Africa CARIBBEAN: Caribbean & South America Taking a look at Port Everglades' ship schedule for the upcoming week, the mentioned ships are scheduled to come into port, get ready, and depart in the next few days. We shall wait and see if these ships will hang out near their respective mentioned "destination" areas by the time they are finished with repatriation (probably not for Caribbean Princess) or if they will sail back to the Caribbean region. Source: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22808-eight-cruise-ships-being-prepped-to-bring-crew-home.html
  2. Another round-up of the ships' whereabouts, but this time with more of them moving around than before: And here's a now-temporarily-forbidden snack to feast on -- the Love Boat horn! If you missed this from Captain Laakkonen from three weeks ago, here's the Sky's rendezvous with the Caribbean:
  3. Tribute to Golden Princess (2001-2020) (credit: Bernard Spragg, 2016) With news of the extended cancellations released by Princess on April 14, 2020, it is all but certain that Golden Princess will effectively no longer be a part of the Princess Cruises fleet. Her round-trip Alaska sailings from Los Angeles this summer were noted in the press release as being cancelled, but her final voyage, a farewell transpacific from Vancouver to Tokyo to Singapore, has also fallen victim. Cruisers in the roll call have confirmed the cancellation. Lastly, her deck plan has also been scrubbed from the website. With the pandemic, it is possible that her conversion into Pacific Adventure for P&O Cruises Australia may be postponed, but I personally believe that she will be shed from the fleet anyways, in order to reduce overall expenditure. But regardless of what happens, let us take a look back at what has felt like a short, 19-year history, of the ship with the company. ====================================== In January 1998, P&O (Princess' former parent company) announced the order of two Grand-class vessels for Princess, scheduled for delivery in 2001, one of which would become Golden Princess. In May 2001, Golden Princess debuted in Southampton. Were you part of her inaugural season? Share with us some of the quirks you were excited about! Some of the ship's notable features upon her public launch were the "AOL Internet Cafe," the Princess "Wedding Cam", the "F/X Digital Photo Center", and "Voyage of Discovery" game and simulator center. Anyone also remember the Desert Rose specialty restaurant? (It was Southwestern-themed.) Her inaugural voyage was on May 16, 2001. Her inaugural season featured 12-day Mediterranean voyages between Barcelona and Istanbul, with Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale, FL beginning on October 13, 2001. (credit: FK GOHLEN, 2001) In April 2002, Golden Princess was christened by Merlisa George, Miss US Virgin Islands 2002, in St. Thomas. (credit: Princess Cruises, 2002) For the summer of 2002, in the wake of 9/11, Princess modified the ship's Mediterranean itineraries, rerouting the ship from all port calls in Turkey. She embarked on a fall transatlantic in September from Venice to New York that was quite the ride. She performed her first season of Canada/New England fall foliage cruises that fall. She spent her summer of 2003 in Europe again, with her sister, Grand Princess, sailing between Barcelona and Venice. For the summer of 2004 until summer 2005, Princess doubled down on its commitment to the Caribbean, sending Golden to San Juan for 7-day cruises. It was also announced in the same year that Princess would bring the poolside movie theater (now colloquially known as MUTS) to all ships, including Golden. [discussion] For the summer of 2005, Princess sent Golden to Southampton for British Isles and new Western Europe itineraries (e.g. "Western Europe Capitals"). For the summer of 2006, besides Southampton sailings, Golden also visited the Southeastern Med, including the Greek Isles and a unique 12-day sailing visiting Egypt. In December 2006, Princess introduced a new port into its history: New Orleans! Golden helped roll out the red carpet with three Western Caribbean sailings. Later that winter season ('06-'07), she began sailing around Cape Horn and South America for the very first time. For the summer of 2007, Golden homeported in Seattle, sailing to Alaska for the first time, a deployment that would continue for the next few years. This succeeded her debut in San Francisco in April and preceded her debut in Los Angeles in the fall for Mexican Riviera sailings. In the fall of 2008, she began Hawaii trips from Los Angeles, a deployment pattern that would continue for the next four years. In the spring of 2009, Princess allowed fans to follow along Golden's 3-week dry dock in Victoria, B.C., in which she received her MUTS screen, the new Piazza-style atrium, the International Cafe, the Sanctuary, and the Crown Grill. In the summer of 2009, Golden displayed a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Juneau, AK. In February 2011, Gavin MacLeod was feted on Golden for an extravagant 80th birthday bash. 2013 was, unfortunately, not the brightest year in the ship's history: she made the news for wastewater violations in Glacier Bay committed in 2011 and a CDC sanitation violation in February 2013. In the fall of 2013, Golden was deployed for short 3-/4-day cruises from Los Angeles, a first for Princess. That winter season, she returned to sail around Cape Horn. The rotation was repeated the following year. In the summer of 2015, Golden performed round-trip Alaska sailings from San Francisco for the first time. The summer also marked Princess' debut for its "North to Alaska!" program. For the southern hemisphere's summer season ('15-'16), Golden debuted in Melbourne, Australia, marking her debut in the South Pacific and becoming the biggest ship homeported in Melbourne. In the summer of 2016, Golden was deployed to China for her first time, sailing cruises from Tianjin. She returned to Melbourne that fall. For 2017, Golden performed unique itineraries, and did not homeport in North America for the entire year. Most notably, she sailed a 75-day Circle Pacific cruise from May. In the summer of 2018, Golden returned to Alaska, sailing from Vancouver/Whittier and Los Angeles. She returned to Melbourne that fall and returned to Alaska for Vancouver-Whittier runs in 2019. For 2019-2020, she performed her very last active season, homed in Melbourne. She was to sail to Los Angeles in April 2020 and perform 14-day Alaska trips, before making her farewell transpacific to Vancouver, Tokyo, and finally, Singapore, for her dry dock. ====================================== Over the years, many of us have had the pleasure to interact with the thousands of people making Golden the ship and home that it has been thus far, for 19 years. Golden's departure comes just three years after the departure of Dawn Princess, in 2017. Were you lucky enough to cruise one of Golden's long cruises or exotic itineraries? Along with the bevy of awe-inspiring destinations we've been able to cruise to on Golden, let us honor the many crew members who have made our experiences what they were, as none of our cruises would be possible without them. In a tribute, even if it's a brief distraction from the perils of our circumstances, let's reminisce on all the things, big and small, and share some of our memorable experiences that we've been so lucky to encounter through our sailings on the ship. Many of us also had sailings booked for the last few months it was scheduled to operate in the fleet and I'd love to hear what you were hoping to look forward to, either forming new memories or returning to see old faces and places you've cherished over the years. And lastly, if you, a loved one, or even a friend(s) you've made from Golden Princess, are currently suffering from complications from the coronavirus, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Here's to hoping sunnier days for all of us will come soon. I leave you all with a link to one of my favorite recollections of one's experiences on Golden Princess, courtesy of PescadoAmarillo. I conclude with Dionne Warwick's rendition of The Love Boat's theme for the show's final season:
  4. I just updated the original thread of ship locations here if anyone's interested in that aspect, along with some additional article links: In terms of the questions regarding the crew, they're not likely to freely disembark all at once in these current circumstances and most aren't sanctioned to leave at all (or even have the available flights to actually make it back home). Ships in the Asia/South Pacific regions are more well-adapted to repatriate Asian crew via ship, but for the rest of the fleet, it's much more restrictive. As of this past week, there have still been many posts posted on social media made by crew, from the entertainment staff to the galley staff, still onboard Princess ships (but crew have also not been embarking so crew # are net negative on a gradual basis). Positions, such as engine room/deck crew and cooks, will likely always need to be staffed as long as there's a test to be conducted or an officer to feed (my assumptions, of course). We may all think it's best for them to get home now ASAP, but now that the world's in a mess, the ship's bubble (for the presumably "clean" ships, at least) may be more safe for everyone involved for the immediate time being. In a way, I kind of feel they've also come together to help one another and make each other's experiences more familial (such as Sky's CD Corey and his team creating "Sky TV" for all of the crew). This article might also briefly explain why it would be impossible to ever fully disembark the crew of a cruise ship a company is still intending to deploy at any minute. But anyways, I'd probably expect more "non-essential" staff will gradually trickle out in the coming weeks/months if it's allowed, and also assuming that cruise operations don't actually resume until much later in the year. Whatever happens, it will certainly be a long road ahead for the crew and their families, for sure.
  5. An update after a couple of weeks-- I noticed a post asked about ship status, so I thought of updating the thread here. Recap of what's been happening for the most part Most of the ships will come into their home ports once every few weeks to load provisions/supplies and debark certain crew if sanctioned. Then, they go back out to sea and drift/anchor somewhere, if they're not already docked somewhere (a la Majestic/Sapphire/Diamond). Ships also move around for various reasons, including freshwater generation and graywater discharge. WHERE ARE THE PRINCESS SHIPS? AS OF 08:00 AM GMT -- MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 SHIP LOCATION STATUS / NOTES CARIBBEAN Drifting in the Atlantic Ocean SE of Miami, FL - NOT IN SERVICE CORAL Moored at Terminal D at PortMiami, FL - In quarantine for ill passengers - In process of disembarking CROWN Anchored at Great Isaac Anchorage, Bahamas - NOT IN SERVICE DIAMOND Moored at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan - NOT IN SERVICE EMERALD Drifting in the Atlantic Ocean NE of Palm Beach, FL - NOT IN SERVICE GOLDEN Sailing to Jakarta, Indonesia (presumably for crew repatriation) Currently SW outside of Melbourne, Australia Estimated arrival: April 18, 2020 (MarineTraffic) GRAND Drifting in the Pacific Ocean west of San Francisco, CA - NOT IN SERVICE - MORE INFORMATION ISLAND Anchored at Great Isaac Anchorage, Bahamas - NOT IN SERVICE MAJESTIC Moored in wet dock at Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard in Tuas, Singapore - NOT IN SERVICE PACIFIC Sailing to Honolulu, HI --> Los Angeles, CA (for provisions and supplies, but subject to change) Currently NE of Tuvalu Estimated arrival: April 12, 2020 (MarineTraffic) REGAL Anchored at Great Isaac Anchorage, Bahamas - NOT IN SERVICE ROYAL Drifting west of Tijuana, Mexico - NOT IN SERVICE RUBY Moored at Port Kembla, NSW, Australia - NOT IN SERVICE - MORE INFORMATION SAPPHIRE Moored in wet dock at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Sembawang, Singapore - NOT IN SERVICE - April 2020 dry dock has been CANCELLED SEA Drifting NE of Brisbane/Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia - NOT IN SERVICE SKY Anchored at Great Isaac Anchorage, Bahamas - NOT IN SERVICE STAR Drifting west of Ensenada, Mexico - NOT IN SERVICE SUN Drifting NE of Brisbane/Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia - NOT IN SERVICE LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION: Information on the Pacific Princess https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2537098-2020-world-cruise-pacific-princess-january-202020-la-to-ftl/?do=findComment&comment=59743391 Per CC disclaimers: Do NOT post in the roll call linked above if not directly involved with the cruise. Princess's "Operation Status" as of April 5, 2020 https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/status-of-all-ships.html Princess's Florida fleet information: (Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Island, Regal, Sky) https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22615-princess-plans-for-florida-fleet-anchorages-and-princess-cays-visits.html "Why don't the ships just turn off all their power?" & other lay-up FAQ https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22623-cruise-lay-up-best-practices-be-ready-to-enter-service.html And here's another glimpse at Princess crew (has sound!):
  6. hey @Ombud, I believe I might be able to help if this is what you were inquiring about. apologies if it does not answer the questions you have though. So a Mercury News (cache version to avoid a possible paywall you might encounter) article here briefly explains why the six remaining foreign passengers are onboard. Following quote as stated: "The six passengers, according to Newsom, remained because the U.S. government had difficulty coordinating with their home countries."
  7. Most pressing updates, now and in the next few days, are for Coral and Pacific. Will be interesting to follow in the future if certain ships will be docking anywhere for any special cleaning, such as Ruby, which has now had confirmed cases on the sailing that disembarked on March 19. LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION: RE: Coral Princess https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2742018-currently-on-coral-princess/?do=findComment&comment=59695305 https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/coral-princess-updates.html SUMMARY: Guests with future flights currently remain onboard the ship. The ship was forced to leave Buenos Aires due to a decree issued by the President of Argentina. Permission is currently being sought to complete disembarking in Montevideo. RE: World Cruise (Pacific Princess) https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2537098-2020-world-cruise-pacific-princess-january-202020-la-to-ftl/page/59/ NOTE: Do NOT post in the roll call linked above if not directly involved with the cruise. SUMMARY: Princess will book commercial flights from Perth, Australia. Guests not fit to fly (confirmed via onboard medical evaluation) will sail on the ~24-day passage back to Los Angeles. Princess's "Operation Chart" as of Mar. 19, 2020 https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/status-of-all-ships.html (includes the LAST service date of the ship) RE: Florida fleet (Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Island, Regal, Sky) https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22615-princess-plans-for-florida-fleet-anchorages-and-princess-cays-visits.html "Why don't the ships just turn off all their power?" & other lay-up FAQ https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22623-cruise-lay-up-best-practices-be-ready-to-enter-service.html https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22633-cruise-operators-quickly-learn-lay-up-scenarios.html Picture of the day: -- Island Princess - courtesy of Jonathan Salviano, production cast member
  8. Another update -- and another disclaimer that my distances are roughly estimated and all info is sourced from the web. (e.g. MarineTraffic) LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION: Princess' Florida fleet: (Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Island, Regal, Sky) https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22615-princess-plans-for-florida-fleet-anchorages-and-princess-cays-visits.html Information on the World Cruise (Pacific Princess) https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2537098-2020-world-cruise-pacific-princess-january-202020-la-to-ftl/page/59/ NOTE: Do NOT post in the roll call linked above if you're not directly involved with the cruise. SUMMARY: Princess will book the commercial flights from Perth, Australia. Guests not fit to fly (with medical evaluation) will sail on the ship back to Los Angeles. "Why don't the ships just turn off all their power?" & other lay-up FAQ https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22623-cruise-lay-up-best-practices-be-ready-to-enter-service.html And a picture of the day to keep the crew in our thoughts: from the Royal Princess, courtesy of CD Marcus
  9. Just letting anyone casually scrolling by here know that a lot of the beginning/end/"as of" dates no longer apply as the operations halt has shifted many of their dates and contracts. A friendly reminder to make sure no one takes the information from this thread on Cruise Critic as complete fact for your CD/ED curiosity needs.
  10. Hey @JP82! I also sought out the transatlantic when this post was made but realized it just has not been posted yet on the website. The itinerary could be floating out there on the internet on another site but I haven't stumbled upon it. One thing to note is the gap on the website is between Oct. 31 and Nov. 20. So assuming that the Med voyages end on Oct. 31, since MSC has a penchant for long, more port-intensive re-positioning voyages, I would expect a re-positioning of around that length, with maybe a day or two for festivities (or just a short taster cruise). It's all conjecture, but I feel MSC could do that. Hope that might help a bit!
  11. Is this too much? Apologies if so. I decided to consolidate the stuff that was gathered here and also from the web (with my very rough estimates of distances), having been inspired by other forums' threads. Bridge cam captions aren't completely accurate and various websites all have different indications, so some cross-checking was needed. Not sure if I will make a daily update, but corrections are welcome! LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION: Princess's Florida fleet: (Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Island, Regal, Sky) https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22615-princess-plans-for-florida-fleet-anchorages-and-princess-cays-visits.html Status of MS Amsterdam's World Cruise (similar fate for Pacific Princess) https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22626-holland-america-provides-update-on-ms-amsterdam.html It may suggest similar corporate reasoning for disembarking the World Cruise guests in Fremantle. Hope everyone can continue keeping busy in your homes, enjoying your loved ones (and pets!) near and far, and staying excited for future adventures once the pandemic settles!
  12. a very nice shrine you got there, haha. #RIPcruise I've been using them just as magnets on the fridge (but that might be too boring for some). A bit out of the ordinary, but I've also seen people make them into ornaments (either just with the plastic case or drilling a hole and wedging a wire through them) and hang them around the house off-season. Here's to the next cruise you (and all of us) have planned going off without a hitch! 🙂
  13. The disinfecting process is as follows here: https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/search-best-class-provider-disinfect-diamond-princess It was scheduled to resume operations on April 29, 2020. Of course, now that date is pushed back, and we'll see what will happen come that time, but given all of this, the ship should be ready to go by then. I read (but don't completely recall) that a relief crew is manning the vessel in Yokohama, but it doesn't include any more than the minimally required roles. All of the original crew that were on the ship was either repatriated or quarantined in Japan and now presumably back home.
  14. Update for 3/11 sailing is confirmed here.
  15. Considering that there is no 4/11 sailing for CB (either 4/4 or 4/18), I don't know much about this.
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