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  1. Different angle from above. Photo Credit Fincantieri FB
  2. Monfalcone, Enchanted with Seashore basking in the sun. Photo Credit: Fincantieri FB
  3. We just shifted and lifted to the Connie from the Reflection Caribbean itinerary for next November. Been on S Class and enjoyed but sounds like the Connie is the "Grand Princess" of the X fleet:( I hope I am misdirected in my early opinion.
  4. Enchanted, all dressed up and nowhere to go. Monfalcone shipyard. July 21. Photos Courtesy: Fincantieri FB
  5. It seems we were kinda spoiled with cruising, I mean the cruise lines made it so simple to book your cabin, get you the packages you wanted included in your cruise. So many choices in cabins, activities, events and onshore excursions. Then they even offered airline packages to get you to your destination, all you had to do was show up at the pier and queue in line and voila you're onboard. I mean cruising is almost mindless (in a good way) in the sense that so much is done for you ahead of the cruise and during the cruise. So stress free and relaxing as we know. So once we are cruising again I'll be sure to appreciate it a bit more.
  6. Haven't we suffered enough here by the Bay? I thought she was never gonna leave....
  7. "Enchanted Princess takes the sea, the last jewel made by Fincantieri. This morning the ship left the plant in Panzano to Palermo, where it will arrive on Tuesday 16. There it will remain for 10 days, until 26, returning to Monfalcone on 29. It is the most explicit sign of the full recovery of Fincantieri's activities after the long stop forced by the pandemic that stopped the plant. A world emergency that blocked all metal companies like Fincantieri but also all production realities by imposing a global stop on travel and cruises. The blockage had a huge impact on cruise giants such as Carnival and Msc who have all the ships still on the quay. All the programming has been blown, as well as the terms of construction and deliveries are slipped. Fincantieri is completely reprogramming the production process and there are intense and continuous discussion with shipowners about ongoing construction and how to prepare for emergency exit. Enchanted Princess was due to be delivered this month of June, but for now it is unknown when it will happen. A stop that will affect the other ships under construction in Panzano and workloads may also occur for the induced. Now the sea tests are starting, a signal that the ship's setup is coming to an end. During navigation all planned tests (engines, stability, speed, particular maneuvers) will be carried out during navigation. In Palermo then the ship will do the usual hull cleaning operations. Then the return to Monfalcone at the end of the month to finish the setup that will continue during rehearsals. Gravated by all additional security measures planned for containment of Covid-19. Made based on the Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess project, built and delivered to Monfalcone since 2013, inaugurating a new generation of ships that have found great success among the cruisers, the new Unit has a gross tonnage of 145.000 tons. The ship, like the twins, represents a new technological reference point at European and global level for innovative lay-out, high performance and high quality of avant-garde technical solutions. The relationship between Monfalcone and Princess Cruises shipyard will continue with the 2 next generation cruise ships of 175.000 tons of gross tonnage, the largest so far made in Italy. All to review deliveries. The units will accommodate around 4.300 passengers and will be the first of the fleet to be primarily powered by liquefied natural gas (Lng)." Photos: Fincantieri FB,
  8. Got our refund for the 3/29/20 Grand Princess cruise. Currently booked for X 11/20 12 night Caribbean and Viking Ocean 21 days Quiet Med 3/21. See you onboard.
  9. They don't mention the ships names but I assuming since these 3 do Alaska? https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Three-Cruise-Ships-Without-Passengers-Will-Dock-15258260.php
  10. 11 years at the helm and Larry never saw a new ship build to put a stamp on his legacy....what a shame.
  11. Not good news for Carnival Corp: https://nypost.com/2020/04/16/carnival-execs-let-ships-set-sail-despite-coronavirus-threat-report/
  12. Grand Princess ends quarantine will depart SF Bay and will sail out of the bay for marine operations. Crew can freely move about the ship. https://www.ktvu.com/news/grand-princess-quarantine-ends-ship-to-set-sail
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