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    Sterling Heights MI
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    Retirement, golf, travel, all sports - especially U of Mich, Notre Dame and Mich State University
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    Princess in Mediterran, Baltic, British Isles
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    Baltic and British Isles

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  1. The Crystal Espirit is more like a yacht with only 63 passengers. The Minister for Tourism Didier Dogley said the cruise ships ban is effective immediately and will go until the end of 2021. He’s probably referring to larger ships.
  2. 17 destinations that may not welcome ships when cruising resumes An update on what destinations will not welcome cruise ships any time soon. There are a growing number of ports which are balking at a quick return of cruise ships. For more detail please use the link below to access the article. Dated 5/22/20. Article from The Point Guy https://thepointsguy.com/guide/cruise-ship-ports-reopening/
  3. I agree with Paula. I just received an email from Princess which cancelled my Canada New England cruise in October. The whole summer schedule is cancelled. Will rebook for next October.
  4. Norwegian Cruise Line indicated on Tuesday it does not have enough cash to meet obligations in the next year and raised doubts about its ability to keep running its Operations. Other Tuesday announcements by NCL to raise cash: Per Globe Newswire – NCL announces an offering of Ordinary Shares worth $350 million NCL announces an offering of Exchangeable Notes and Senior Secured Notes worth $650 million NCL announces $400 million investment by with private firm L Catterton worth $400 million exchangeable senior notes due 2024 TOTAL -- 1 billion They are burning through cash. Can NCL make it?
  5. Per CNBC 4/13/20 pm - - CDC extends no sail order to mid July. Carnival is burning through $900 mil per month Royal Caribbean $400 mil per month Norwegian $140 mil per month CNBC also stated that cruise lines makes the largest share of their revenue during the 3rd quarter of every year. How long before the cruise lines can get back up and running? How many cruisers will actually cruise when cruise industry is back up and running? Also, per CNBC, CLIA is meeting with the major cruise lines tomorrow on new guide lines to get these ships back up and running. Stay tuned for more developments.
  6. More cancelled cruises in North America Per various news wire services 4/13/20 am Dow Jones & others -- Carnival said it is cancelling sailings on the Carnival Sunrise out of New York through the end of 2020 and has extended the suspension for all North American itineraries through June 26. These are of various lengths – 2-5, 6-9, 10+ days. With CCL being the parent company – what Princess cruises will be in jeopardy if any: Canada New England, Caribbean Islander, Fire & Ice Explorer, British Isles & Northern Europe Passage, Greenland & Canada, British Isles & Norway Passage, ???
  7. Princess cruise ships waiting of the coast of Australia told to go home. Several Princess ships along with other cruise ships were told they cannot let their crews members off their ships. International news services are reporting Australia authorities are telling cruise ships to go home pushing aside moral and legal obligations. Some locals are calling they are death ships. Why? Attitudes of Australians hardened when the government allowed 2,700 passengers to walk off the Ruby Princess in Sydney in March. More than 300 of the passengers later tested positive for COVID-19. These cruise ships (over a dozen) are currently off Australia's coast, carrying around 15,000 crew members on board who are experiencing outbreaks of coronavirus. Some local officials want the ships to leave Australian waters. The cruise lines would arrange for charter flights for their crew and transport them to the airport, but workable arrangements with government are required to make this happen. Some ships are already heeding the warning to leave but other ships have said they will do so after they refuel. Cruise ships off the coast of Brisbane, Australia: Sea Princess, Sun Princess, Carnival Splendor, P&O Princess Explorer, Carnival Spirit, Azamara Journey, Queen Elizabeth, Wind Spirit, Pacific Dawn Cruise ships waiting of the coast of Sidney, Australia: Spectrum of the Seas, Radiance of the Sea, Voyager of the Sea, Ovation of the Sea, Celebrity Solstice, Ruby Princess
  8. Weberman -- sorry to hear about your refund situation. Was that for your transatlantic cruise in September? At least AMEX came through for you. Princess Issued an Updated on Refunds regarding Processing Time -- March 20, 2020 Given the volume of refund requests and the care being dedicated to ensure each guest’s request is processed accurately and in a coordinated manner, please allow for approximately 60 days for refunds to be processed. All refunds will be processed in due course, but delays should be anticipated. Please allow sufficient time for us to manage this process. Well for us retirees this was a big year with three cruises planned as part of our 50 years of marriage. Two were cancelled (about 30/40 days ago in February) with one still on tap for October. It took about 25 days to receive a combo of FCC and a credit to our Visa card. I just we were lucky.
  9. Thanks ghstudio for the info. I’d like to expand on your comments. Looks like CCL really needs additional funds to operate its business and improve its liquidity. The following information (below) comes from various news services – Dow Jones, Reuters, etc. Tuesday 3/31/20 -- Carnival said it commenced a public offering of $1.25 billion worth of its common stock. This could represent about 97.66 million shares, or about 18.5% of the shares outstanding. Also, CCL said it commenced private offerings of $3 billion shares of senior secured notes due 2023 and $1.75 billion in senior convertible notes due 2023. Earlier, CCL said it was suspended its dividend and share repurchases, cutting expenses lying off crews to improve liquidity. $1.25 + $3.0 + 1.75 = $6.0 billion. That’s a lot of money. This is on top of a $3 billion revolving credit agreement which it’s already started to drawn down on. "We cannot predict when any of our ships will begin to sail again," Carnival said. It should be noted Royal Caribbean disclosed on March 23 that it had added a new $2.2 billion line of credit. Maybe RCL is doing better than CCL?? The last two days crews from cruise ships are boarding chartered busses to Miami International to catch chartered flights (non US carrier companies) to Asia. Crews were given the OK to disembark after blood test showed they were all clear or negative. They did not pass through the terminal and taken direct to the planes and boarded via staircase. In a separate filing Tuesday, the CCL said deliveries of new ships are likely to be delayed by the pandemic. Also, CCL said it has received and expects to continue to receive lawsuits from passengers aboard the Grand Princess voyage in February and may receive additional lawsuits stemming from COVID-19. John
  10. Thanks brisalta -- good point. I believe part of the confusion is Wikipedia is showing something different relative to registration. Currently, Princess has 19 vessels as part of the Carnival group. Princess web-site only shows 17 but does not included the Sky and Enchanted.
  11. OP – Will Princess go bankrupt? 240+ comments on this thread: Florida employees affected Billion dollar impact on the Florida economy Job loses Agree to disagreed discussions Little or no corporate taxes Reference to a recent CLIA studies Reference to Carnival’s 2019 Annual Report Effective tax rate Moral and environmental practices Covid-19 testing Princess is flagged in Panama versus US Re flag the cruise ship industry Diamond Princess Economies of port cities Using a revolving line of credit Chapter 11 Reorganization Class action law suits Comparison of the Airline industry to the Cruise Line industry Status of the cruise industry going forward Future Cruise Deposits kept by cruise lines -- refunds Cruise Lines International Association, acknowledged Thursday that the major cruise lines weren’t included in the package, despite providing a plan to policymakers, meeting with Vice President Mike Pence All the comments are interesting and I find very informative. But -- Will Princess (aka Carnival) go bankrupt? Again -- Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean are not included in the stimulus package. In my humble option – Princess has good chance to survive this pandemic crisis. Carnival Corporation is in better financial health than its competitors.
  12. Never received an upgrade before after 20 cruises. Just checked and we were upgraded from a balcony to a mini suite -- L716. Is this a good location? Near the Vista Lounge port side. If I want to change to a different location – like – R525 will I have to pay the difference in price between the two? Help!
  13. Hi everyone, We (retirees) have a Princess cruise planned for Canada/New England on October 2nd. What airlines would be better from DTW to YQB? 1) Delta (via Toronto) with a 4hr 18m layover. 9:58am – 5:11pm We are Delta Amex members with not baggage fees. 2) United (via EWR) with a 3hr 13m layover. 8:10am – 2:15pm The difference in price is about $30pp plus you must add baggage fees for United. How much are baggage fees on United? We have not used United for over 10 years so we don’t know what to expect. Also, we have never flown out of Newark. Any problems there? Thanks, John
  14. Add more cruise ships to the list of cruise lines having trouble being quarantined or denied permission to disembark. CNN – 3/14/2020 Two (2) ships are quarantined off the coast of Chile. Silver Explorer Azamara Pursuit Also, the Bahamas government is not allowing the MS Braemar cruise ship, which has five coronavirus cases on board, to dock.
  15. Proposal by Cruise Lines International Association (Bloomberg) 3/11/20 pm -- The leading cruise-industry group, responding to the coronavirus pandemic, proposed barring all passengers ages 70 and up from boarding ships unless they get a note from a doctor, according to a person familiar with the document. The plan submitted to the White House by the Cruise Lines International Association would also keep travelers with certain preexisting conditions from boarding, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the Trump administration hadn’t had time to weigh in.
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