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  1. I am currently on the little forgotten Pacific Princess World Cruise 2020. We are in the middle of the Indian Ocean heading to Fremantle, Australia where we apparently will not be allowed to dock. Princess had planned to send us home from there. But now WHO KNOWS ?????? The captain has not yet spoken about the breaking news. We had not been told anything about a plan to send us home yet anyway. We will be just floating around for a while it would seem. WE ARE A SAFE SHIP and have not set foot on land since March 3rd.
  2. I am currently on the little forgotten Pacific Princess World Cruise 2020. We are in the middle of the Indian Ocean heading to Fremantle, Australia where we apparently will not be allowed to dock. Princess had planned to send us home from there. But now WHO KNOWS ?????? The captain has not yet spoken about the breaking news. We had not been told anything about a plan to send us home yet anyway. We will be just floating around for a while it would seem. WE ARE A SAFE SHIP and have not set foot on land since March 3rd.
  3. I am on board the Little forgotten Pacific Princess in the middle of the Indian Ocean heading back to Fremantle, Australia. We have not received any communication from Princess at all, not even any indication of exactly what our fate will be once they bring us to back to Australia. We are just floating in limbo. But.... We are a SAFE SHIP and better off here than anywhere else. Most of us are not happy Princess is just going to throw us out into the world when we are better off staying on the ship.
  4. Hello from on board the little forgotten Pacific Princess World Cruise 2020 in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The last day were set foot on land was March 3rd. WE ARE FINE AND SAFE AND UNAFFECTED BY CORONA VIRUS. There is a lot of disappointment as this cruise cruise can never be replicated. There are many shattered dreams and expectations lost for good. We were a day out from Colombo, Sri Lanka where we took on fuel and provisions and did a big u-turn last night, we are being taken directly back to Australia, estimated arrival in Fremantle March 21st. There has been nothing said about how they will get us home or about compensation for abruptly ending our cruise that was to end on May 11th, almost 2 months away. Most of what Princess has put out there is out there does not apply to us. We are not mentioned at all. I wish they would have decided to keep us on on the ship, instead we are being sent out there into the public in the midst of this only to be isolated at home. I feel we are better off as we are, but Princess has other ideas. The ship, the staff and crew and my fellow passengers have been great!
  5. UPDATE: Mar 13th Last night about dinner time we learned that Princess has suspended ALL CRUISES for 60 days. They provided the Jan Swartz video on the TV network in our cabins, but it really had no specific information related to us, other than our cruise will end and we will be sent home. We are in the middle of the Indian Ocean and the best, most convenient ports will be in Australia. We DO NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHERE at this time. During the night we made a big u-turn and are heading back to Australia. It appears to be a minimum of 10 days, possibly up to 14 days if they choose Sydney. Passengers are taking it as well can be expected, but there is a lot of disappointment. ...... Captain just announced we will go to Fremantle/Perth as I am posting this. He said there is not yet a compensation policy for us, but he will inform us when there is. This is the World Cruise, very expensive and many dreams and high hopes. My wish would be that they re-schedule this ship and same itinerary in the next couple years and allow us our same cabin and some OBC. I doubt that will happen, but I can wish.
  6. UPDATE Thursday night here in the Indian Ocean We started getting the word something was going on about Suspending all cruises at the end of dinner. People were starting to see things on the internet. During the show the Captain came on PA and told us there was a video we need to watch on Channel 43 and THAT WAS ALL. The video told us nothing about what will happen to us. That's all we have at this point.
  7. Greetings from the Indian Ocean on board the Pacific Princess 2020 World Cruise. I thought I would share a bit about our situation. The 2020 World Cruise began officially from Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades on Jan 5th (I joined in LA on Jan 20th) The Corona virus had just barely come into being when the cruise began. The Pacific Princess had come from Europe and crossed the Atlantic and has not been in any Asian port in a very long time. The cruise started out well, but then we missed the port of Rangiroa in French Polynesia due to “port congestion” We were ported in Moorea instead and then had an overnight in Papeete. All is still pretty well. We then headed to New Zealand, but a severe storm prevented us from seeing the Fjordlands and Stewart Island. We were ported in Christchurch instead. We crossed “the ditch” / Tasman Sea to get to Australia and made all our intended Australia ports. This is now where things start to go askew. We were informed that the ship would be denied entry to Bali, Singapore and Phuket, Thailand. We instead sailed to Western Australia where we spent 4 unscheduled days. We were informed on Mar 1st that the Maldives will not welcome ANY cruise ship and we make a call to a second port in the Seychelles. Then we were to go on to Sri Lanka (A 7 day crossing instead of 3) Yesterday, Mar 5th we were informed that NO PASSENGERS OR CREW would be allowed to disembark in Colombo. This will now be considered a “Service Call” only to take on only necessary provisions, but not all the goods that were supposed to be. This would mean that the people who had booked the Taj Mahal overland trip would NOT be making that trip, which was a major bucket list item for some. Today, Mar 6th we had a full Q & A session with the Captain, ship’s Doctor and Hotel General Manager which was of course packed. Many issues were brought up, everything from specifics about Corona virus, impact to the rest of our itinerary, compensation from Princess to hand washing and ship sanitation. No one knows what our fate will ultimately be at this moment. The good news is … we are a very SAFE SHIP and probably better off here than any other place. We are being very well taken care of by staff and crew and my fellow passengers have been pretty amazing. It is difficult for all of us being in this very unusual predicament. UPDATE: Mar 9th This is our 6th day at sea since we left Australia. The Indian Ocean has been much calmer than what we had been experiencing and some very nice weather as well. We are seeing a very noticeable significant increase in sanitizing of the ship and a person is now stationed at the hand sanitizer pumps. I believe this is in reaction to discussion at the earlier Q & A briefing. The plan is still for the “Service Call” in Sri Lanka on Wednesday Mar 11th, which is expected to be 4 to 5 hours. Then we head back out to sea. The Maldives is going to maintain their closure to cruise ships it seems. The Seychelles may be the next port possibility. Nosy Be, Madagascar is currently looking doubtful. As of yet we do not know definitively when or where we will be allowed to port. We are being told that there are almost hourly changes and discussions going on all the time. Among the passengers there is a lot of disappointment as we realize this specific cruise itinerary on this Pacific Princess can never be replicated. We continue to be very well taken care of. Spirits tend to remain pretty good on board. Passengers are enjoying the pool and the planned activities and getting to know each other. We have aptly named our scavenger hunt group Lost at Sea. I think we passengers are all mindful that we are a very SAFE SHIP and probably better off here than any other place. We just hope we will be welcome back in the US when we arrive at Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades at the end of April without any issues or quarantine. Also, I am injured 😞 On my tour in Picton, NZ I was reaching for my backpack to get money at lunch and took a spill. I went sideways and landed hand down on the floor and it jarred my whole arm. I have a slight fracture with no dislocation at the top of the humerus bone on my right arm (Yes, of course, I am right handed) The ship’s doctor and medical staff are very good. I need to wear a “cuff sling” for another week or so and up to 8 weeks of healing time. It is painful and very annoying. In this situation the ship is absolutely the best place for me. . UPDATE: Mar 9th Great News! I saw the doctor today and he says I am “not doing good, I am doing bloody good” (He is from South Africa) I no longer need to wear the “cuff sling” YAY! and continue to do my PT exercises the same as I have been. I still have healing to do and should be mostly back to normal in 2-3 weeks.
  8. I really liked Makani E. Enjoy your cruise 🙂
  9. I do love EZ Air too. Hey, I was on that cruise. It sure was chaos on board, but I am glad he saved the crew member's life. I did not get to a phone until the 5th day, but I am local to port of LA, so I did not have the urgency other passengers had. I will never forget that.
  10. There are also street tacos at the salty dog grill on Lido deck
  11. Seemed to be the case for me too. Momentary glitch I suppose.
  12. Is anyone experiencing what I am, very frustrating!!! On Firefox and Chrome both. Very wonky 504 Gateway Time-out
  13. @Husky61 You likely have not cruised with a really great CD, and Princess has a few.
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