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Barry H

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  1. The Princess and Carnival ships at anchor in the Bahamas are taking turns going to Princess Cays one day a week and allowing the crew use the facilities. Found this site informative.
  2. We are booked for the 25 day Mediterranean and Transatlantic grand adventure cruise in October. That gives us a few extra months to see how the current pandemic situation evolves. Our final payment date isn't until the end of June.
  3. The down side of the library book exchange. I saw a woman on the last day with an armload of books she was taking home. Normally people leave them for future passengers to read. Kindle and Kobo are replacing need to pack a month worth of books. I still like the books but cloths take priority over books.
  4. Hello, all! The previous topic for keeping up with who is serving as Cruise Director and Entertainment Director on Princess ships was 8 years old and confusing to new users. With this new year a fresh start is in order. 🙂 The purpose of this topic is to update the list of who is serving on which ship as Cruise Director and Entertainment Director. If you have comments about individual cruise line employees, good or bad, please let Princess know directly, as that is not the purpose of this topic. Posted below is the last list of Cruise Directors and Entertainment Directors from the previous topic. Instructions on how to post updates to it are included in the post: PRINCESS CRUISES CRUISE DIRECTOR & ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTOR LIST: as of 1/18/2020 Dates include specific sailing dates or end dates unless not specifically deduced. CHANGES SUMMARY: - Caribbean (updated CD DuVaul Gamble's contract length) - Coral (updated ED) - Crown (ED Lisa Ann Richard replaced Duke Christopher prior to Christmas) - Diamond (ED Michael Kujawski left for the Ruby prior to Christmas) - Emerald (CD Aaron Hawkins replaces Kaylee Lloyd; ED Lisa Ball replaces Callie Smit) - Golden (CD Victor Stevenson replaces Corey Moir) - Grand (updated ED) - Island (CD Matt O'Brien takes over for the 58-day South America trip) - Majestic (updated CD Andrew Kadillac's contract length and tentative successor; ED slot filled in) - Ruby (CD/ED change) - Sea (Acting CD Andi Sanders will replace Peter-John de Kock; added Gary's note) - Sky (CD Corey Moir replaces Alexander Yepremian during his vacation) - Star (CD Micca Reitano returned home in December; ED Neil Rose replaces Matt Thompson) SHIP CRUISE DIRECTOR ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTOR Caribbean Princess DuVaul Gamble (leaves 2/2/2020; returns in late-3/2020) Bernie Fuentes (as of 1/3/2020 sailing) Coral Princess Fernando Cunha (as of 1/5/2020 sailing) Mark Young (as of 1/5/2020 sailing) Crown Princess John Loney (as of 1/6/2020 sailing) Lisa Ann Richard (as of 12/17/2020 sailing) Diamond Princess Natalie Costa (as of 1/6/2020 sailing) Emerald Princess Aaron Hawkins (as of 1/2/2020 sailing) Lisa Ball (as of 1/17/2020 sailing) Enchanted Princess Golden Princess Victor Stevenson (began 1/10/2020) Matt Barnard (as of 12/20/2019 sailing) Grand Princess Steve Campbell (until 2/2020) Kevin Tugwell (tentatively returns in 2/2020) Matt O'Brien (tentatively 4/2020-7/2020) Lee C h i l d e r s (as of 12/18/2019 sailing) Island Princess Matt O'Brien (from 1/9/2020 to 3/7/2020) Susan Hastings (as of 12/30/19 sailing) Majestic Princess Andrew Kadillac (leaves in 3/2020 before Singapore dry dock) Benny Yau (tentatively scheduled to take over for Asian summer season) Tim Donovan (as of 1/8/2020 sailing) Pacific Princess Peter Tredgett (as of 12/5/2019 sailing) Regal Princess Daniel Falconer (as of 12/1/2019 sailing) Martyn Moss (as of 12/1/2019 sailing) Royal Princess Marcus Prince Juanta (until spring 2020) Ron Goodman (as of 1/11/2020 sailing) Ruby Princess Kevin Tugwell (as of 12/30/2019 sailing) Michael Kujawski (as of 12/13/2019 sailing) Sapphire Princess Matthew Baker (as of 11/26/2019 sailing) Kelvin Joy (as of 11/26/2019 sailing) Sea Princess Peter-John de Kock (until 1/2020) Andi Sanders (begins in 1/2020) Gary Golding (will be on for the 5/8/2020 World Cruise) Sky Princess Alexander Yepremian (leaves 2/1/2020; returns in late-March/early-April [will take Sky to Copenhagen]) Corey Moir (from 2/1/2020 until late-March/early-April 2020) Adam Love (as of 12/28/2019 sailing) Star Princess Neil Rose (as of 12/19/2019 sailing) Sun Princess Jody Miles (until 1/2020) Warren Smith (as of 11/13/2019 sailing) TO UPDATE THIS LIST: DO NOT push the "Quote" button. It creates a copy that the next person cannot properly update. DO select and copy ALL of the text, including the above headings AND these instructions, from the most up-to-date list (the most recent reply with the list).  Go to the bottom of the latest post, to the "Post a Reply" box. Paste your copied text into that box. Make your modifications to the list. Click the "Submit Reply" button just below the list you are modifying. Confirm that everything is correct! You can edit for up to 20 minutes.
  5. Princess disembarkation tours (not transfers) are given priority as they have to get you to the airport by a specific time.
  6. Has anyone experienced delayed disembarkation in San Pedro recently? It seems like delayed disembarkation is a permanent change for Emerald Princess in the LA, San Pedro Terminal. I see Princess Posting and believe it, but, I always want to know the situation. I know that there are limited immigration officer stations. Are there fewer officers available? Have some been transferred to the Mexico border? We have a 1:30 flight booked through EZ Air and Princess shuttle so they will get us rebooked. For those with early flights, hope the disembarkation goes smoothly.
  7. People on the Feb 1 and Feb 29 cruises on the Emerald Princess are receiving notifications of delayed boarding due to additional Immigration formalities (see below). This is both ends of the 28 day Hawaii Samoa and Tahiti cruise. Does anyone have any explanation? Last time into LA it was after a South American cruise and getting through CBP was a nightmare with too few officers for all the passengers. Many missed their flights.   IMPORTANT NOTICES Please be advised that check-in for your upcoming Emerald Princess cruise will now begin at 1:30 PM. Please do not arrive at the terminal prior to 1:30 PM as additional immigration formalities will be taking place upon the ship's arrival. Embarkation cannot begin until these formalities are complete.
  8. Read the FAQ. Canadians can only use the gift cards to pay for a cruise that is sold in US dollars. If you book a cruise in Cdn dollars you can only use the gift cards for onboard spending. The bonus gift card expires Jan 31 so hope you have a cruise booked by then.
  9. For the 28 day Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti cruise on Emerald in Feb the upsell offer was $1699 for on inside or outside obstructed to a balcony. Nobody is biting.
  10. faxzero.com allows you to send a fax of up to 3 pages for free. I just scan each page into a pdf and add them as attachments. You no longer need to wait until final payment date to submit your request. I have sent requests for multiple cruises on the same form.
  11. Charles (CCrain) We have fond memories of our cruise Shanghai to LA and the contact we had with you and Judy. It is so hard to read. We can't imagine your pain. I hope for you that time will help lessen the pain of losing Judy. We are forever grateful for the help booking tours, talking to us and being part of our memories. Barry and Heather Hong barheat at rogers dot com
  12. We don't have a smart phone. The Ocean Ready app is not compatible with my Android tablet. What are my options? Just arrive at the port with old boarding passes?
  13. Currently Princess uses an exchange rate of $1.30 when converting cruise prices and services into Canadian dollars. That rate applies to purchasing beverage packages, gratuities and casino credits until sailing date. Just learned that Princess is changing the exchange rate to $1.35 for all bookings on or after June 13. New rate will also apply if you re-fare your cruise AND get a new booking number.
  14. Thanks to all posters for feedback. The cruise is 28 days Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti with no segments. Will exchange our bar set up and only buy an additional card, if needed. We will grin and bear not having that aha Cappuccino the first morning at sea if the coffee card is not activated. Small inconvenience. Heather
  15. Coffee card issue is the longer cruises. Elite's get one bar set up for 28 day cruise plus. Coffee card is 15 specialty coffees only! I am worried if I buy one from home and call room service to exchange the bar, room service will see a coffee package exists and will not credit my account for the second package. I think the package will be more expensive if bought on the ship. Buying the card from home in Canadian dollars is cheaper than buying it onboard in US dollars due to the exchange rate of 1.30. Heather
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