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  1. Queensland Australia has ordered all cruise ships to leave there waters by 23:59 LT 8th April 2020. Sea Princess, Sun Princess & Pacific Explorer [ex Dawn Princess] are in the Coral Sea north bound together heading for Manilla. The last Pacific Dawn [ex Regal Princess] will follow the others north to Manilla after completing bunkering at Brisbane. Ruby Princess will remain at Port Kembla NSW for some time. Golden Princess is in Australian Bight bound for Jakarta.
  2. As you can see, it is an absolutely gorgeous day here in the Bay Area. I hope that seeing our beautiful Golden Gate (and land!) lifted the spirits of the passengers. I have sailed many times under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge (on a much smaller boat!), and it is something one never takes for granted.
  3. I’m not even sure where to begin with this review as I’ve never felt compelled to leave such negative feedback about a cruise, let alone whilst I’m still on the ship! A bit about me first, I’m 31 and considered ‘quite young’ to be passionate about cruising however this most recent cruise (which I am still currently onboard) Majestic Princess is my 9th cruise in all, 4th on Princess. Other lines I’ve enjoyed time with have included Cunard, Holland America & Royal Caribbean. I consider myself a ship enthusiast, I love the history of passenger shipping hence what draws me to modern day cruises. I’ve always been such a strong advocate of cruising and have become known in my circle as ‘the cruise guy’, so I’m often helping friends book their first cruises after telling them of my fantastic experiences. We decided to book Majestic Princess departing Sydney, February 4th for an 8 day trip around Tasmania. We also asked my parents to join us onboard for the trip which they agreed. This is their second cruise, they first cruised 4 years ago on the Golden Princess and absolutely loved it. I chose Majestic because of how new it is and it looks great in Princesses marketing campaigns. Unfortunately that’s about the only positives I have to say. I truly hate to sound like one of those people who just complain about everything but like I said, I’ve never felt this way about any cruise before as I love cruising. I just feel that based on this experience, Princess have completely turned me off any future cruises with them and certainly any ever again on Majestic, maybe even any ship in the Carnival Corp Fleet?. I’m a realist, I know the world isn’t perfect and I’m a very understanding and polite person. To be honest, even on past cruises when there have been negatives, I’ve completely brushed them under the rug due to my passion for ships, I’ve made excuses for cruise lines but I’m not doing that this time. It’s time to point out the flaws so that others can be truly informed about the current state of Princess Cruises. Embarkation: The quickest embarking process I’ve ever experienced which was great and certainly helped fuel the excitement of our trip! We were onboard within 10 minutes of arriving to the terminal. They lost my mums suitcase which she got quite worried about, being so new to cruising this is understandable. I tried to calm the situation by telling her it will turn up soon and to wait however eventually she had to go down to the guest services desk and ask after it. To which she then had to find it herself out of a pile of ‘missing bags’. She was also told by a staff member ‘why are you worrying it’s not a big deal.’ When she was worried about it. My fathers brand new suitcase also arrived to the room with one of the wheels snapped off almost fully. He then stayed up till 3am the first night trying to repair it himself using my mums eyebrow tweezers as a screw driver in their mini suite. Stateroom: Mini suite A226. I’ve only ever travelled in suites or ‘mini/junior suites’ so the room was as expected however, compared to Golden Princess and other ships I’ve sailed, Majestic Princess mini suites are not the greatest. Certainly the smallest balcony I’ve ever had, seriously it’s about 1m deep? The layout is extremely similar to the Grand Class ships but slightly updated. I prefer the older version. The bathrooms are also small for a suite and really should have been addressed when designing this new class of ship. The toilet in the suite was acting a bit strange from when we boarded. It often wouldn’t flush properly or would take a minute after pushing the button to then flush. Eventually it stopped working completely mid cruise and had to be fixed. The bed is not comfortable at all. I read so many reviews saying how good the beds are, really!? My plush mattress at home is way more comfortable. The ship: Yes she’s a pretty ship, the decor and the colour scheme inside is very contemporary and nice. Layout is shocking, I absolutely cannot stand everything being focussed around the Piazza area. For such a grand, lovely space, I was sick of it by day two. Deck areas are nice with lots of couches and lounges and the pools and spas all great however, the Enclave area is not fully functional, one of the saunas doesn’t work and not all the jets in the pool are working. Not something I would normally complain about, however when are these cruise lines going to question whether it is right to charge passengers full price to use these facilities that are not fully operational or as promised? That’s wrong. I’ll also note that the hull is very rusty and dirty and is in need of painting. Obviously this is hard on a ship and I get it takes time etc but have some pride in the ships external appearance. It says a lot about the standards onboard. Staff/service: This is the major let down of this ship, I can honestly say I’ve never experienced such an uninspiring, careless, unhappy mob of workers on a ship, the attitude of the staff have been the biggest let down. This ship has such a strange vibe, it just doesn’t feel right onboard. None of the staff are warm & friendly. Everyone seems pained to be working onboard and every simple request eg; ‘Hello, how are you today? Can I please buy a drink..?’ You are made to feel like you have bothered them. Even if they are completely not doing anything or serving anyone else at all. To be honest, I was confused as to whether the staff were all just on holiday because they all seem to just loiter around talking to each other and ignoring passengers. Restaurant staff, unprofessional and rude with no idea about the food or drinks or basic manners such as apologising when your meal arrives after everyone else at the table has finished eating there’s, this included the waiters in the Chops Grill paid restaurant who basically were too busy to even ensure we had a pleasant experience. We felt bad for even being there. Bar staff all shocking and no customer service skills at all. Not even general politeness such as ‘Hello, how are you?’ or recognition of you after constantly seeing the same bar person day after day. To be honest I’ve spent more time saying hello and asking how staff are than any of them have with me. Spa staff (after paying $150 to attended the Enclave daily) never even look up from the desk when we arrive to go in, it’s actually become quite amusing now as I’m being extra super friendly above what I normally am just to see if it makes them change their tune, no luck. They can barely look at us or say more than a grunt. Don’t expect to be served on deck either if you are in one of the deck spas. We jumped in one to watch the daily movie on the outdoor screen at night, we never got asked once whether we wanted a drink and when I flagged down two girls standing near by, they gave me the most horrible look as if I have bothered them. Do these staff even want to make any money for Princess anymore!? It seems when you want a drink no one cares, when you’re willing spend hundreds on drinks and have a good night/day, no one cares. The Captain & cruise director, who? Never seen them or felt engaged by either, unlike other ships where you often see them out and about ensuring passengers are enjoying themselves. In fact, all ‘management’ are hidden, good luck finding any of them. Room attendant is friendly enough when we pass him in the hall however, he’s cleaning skills are next to none. There are still items in the room left over from the previous guests such as an asthma puffer that was in the bathroom and is yet to be removed. Our used pool towels not removed or empty bottles. He also leaves the room in total darkness every night and just throws the chocolates on the bed and leaves them wherever they land. My parents have a different steward and apparently she is lovely though and does a great job. The culture with the staff on this ship is awful, I work in Customer Service myself so I’m very aware of the lack of standards which I can assure you start at the top and work their way down through the staff. The way the staff even carry themselves and stand shows the lack of care factor. I’m shocked managers don’t also see this but maybe they do and this is apparently acceptable? Entertainment/atmosphere: Another Major let down. Where is the atmosphere!? I’ve never been on such a dull cruise.. When we left Sydney harbour at 6:45 on a beautiful Australian summers evening the band played for 15 minutes before they were removed and the 7 o’clock outdoor movie began which completely cleared the deck. What a weird thing to do on the first evening of the cruise when passengers expect a sail away party. Being the first night of the cruise it really set the tone for what was ahead. The band have not been up on deck since! No matter how lovely the weather is, speaking of weather, so far we have been blessed with beautiful smooth sailing and lovely days so I’m not sure why there is nothing happening on deck during the days/nights other than the movie which probably gets about 10 people per viewing. I think one movie at night would be fine and more attention should be paid to entertaining guests by the pool with music etc. Most entertainment takes place in the Piazza, which is so weird. The Piazza has specialty restaurants and bars off it so if you’re trying to enjoy a nice meal or a classy drink, you’ll have to put up with the noise coming from the Piazza. But don’t worry, everything pretty much stops at 10pm. Don’t expect to be doing anything after that time, it’s all basically shut down. There is no night club on this ship for night owls or people looking to have a good late night dance on their holidays.. Ridiculous. There are so many people wondering around after 10pm unsure of what to do but not wanting to go to bed, but you basically have no other option. Food: I personally feel the standards have dropped for Princess. Menus are uninspiring and dishes made with no love. Desserts especially have been a big let down as they’re so boring and almost child like food. Jelly in the main dining room as one of the four desert options, the others being bread and butter pudding, ice cream or a lime tart. We were also not impressed with Chops Grill having had such a wonderful meal on our last Princess cruise (Golden Princess 2 years ago) we were looking forward to a high end feed. The food was average to poor along with the service. To be honest, a waste of $35 per person. I was asked how I wanted my steak, medium/rare and I received well done. Really, at a steak restaurant?. Room service menu is also the exact same menu they’ve had for 10+ years.. Apparently they can’t think of anything else. Breakfast in room is only continental, so don’t expect any eggs/bacon in bed. I also wanted to note that if you’re watching the late night movie under the stars that starts usually around 9:30 the grill and noodle bars on deck shut at 10pm sharp (NO EXCEPTIONS) so if you feel like a snack half way through the movie, too bad. Why wouldn’t you keep them open to match the movie running time? Ps: don’t expect drink service during the movie and don’t do what we did and sit in a spa to watch the movie. They won’t come over to you, you will have to get out to order drinks. Tender service: This is actually what compelled me to review this cruise. This was the straw that broke the camels back so to speak. We had one tendered port on this cruise and that was at Port Arthur. What an absolute joke that whole experience was. It started off fine, tenders leaving the ship from around 7:30am, we decided to leave for shore around 11am which we thought was good as we didn’t have to wait to get on a tender, we got on one almost straight away, then from that moment the issues became clear. After leaving the ships side, we were still on the tender 1hr later waiting to dock at the shore! The trip to the shore itself took around 5-10 minutes however they were only docking one tender at a time at a dock that was also shared by other boats doing tours of the harbour from Port Arthur. We sat there in the water for an hour waiting to dock, there were 4 tenders at once doing as we were. When it was our turn to dock, we noticed the horrifically long line of guests waiting to get back on tenders to come back to the ship! I actually took photos which I have included below, the line must have been 300m long, we couldn’t see the end of it. It looked like an evacuation but no, it was just Princesses complete mismanagement of the situation docking one tender at a time for 3500 guests. We decided to not even get off the tender and take it straight back to the ship due to how hectic the situation looked. My parents were on the tender in front of us and waited as long as we did to dock, it also took their driver 6 attempts to dock their tender correctly. In perfectly calm and flat waters. They then got off the tender (not knowing they could stay on) and jumped straight back in the line to get a tender back to the ship as they were worried they would have to wait so long. It took them 1hr of waiting in line to get back on a tender. So all in all they spent nearly 3hrs to tender to shore and come straight back. We literally missed Port Arthur, because of how horrible the experience was. There was no apologies or acknowledgement of what was happening. No mention from any of the staff that the wait times had blown out, no mention from the captain when we departed Port Arthur at the end of the day, nothing. Not even a free apology from anyone... What on earth has happened to Princess Cruises? I guess I will leave my review there. As I said, I know the world isn’t perfect and I know that some people will just find anything to complain about but I am not that person. I consider myself an advocate of the cruise industry however, after this experience I am even questioning now whether I will ever cruise again. I know my parents will not, after such a positive first cruise with Princess, their second cruise has been a nightmare and I doubt they will return. We confronted the duty manager today at the Guest Services desk about our concerns and experience in a very polite and collected way and would you believe, he agreed with all criticisms and was not only shocked by some but was well aware of most as he himself has seen it with his own eyes but he had also had a number of complaints on this cruise. I wanted to leave this review because although I love cruising, I understand how big business works and as customers, we are not doing ourselves any favours by not exposing the negative truths! I feel too many cruise passengers just stay silent and put up with poor cruises and I think that is wrong. These cruises are not cheap, you are promised the world and yet they can blatantly fail to deliver, take your money, kick you off at the end and take on the next lot.. It’s just not right. I feel Princess, perhaps all of Carnival Cruise Corp to be honest have a new attitude of ‘Oh well, near enough is good enough..’ well we as paying guests should not accept that. We are spending big money on these cruises and we also have a choice as to whether we even cruise or not and I feel like we are being taken advantage of. Perhaps the cruise industry has gotten too big for its boots and has lost touch with reality? Well if this is the acceptable standard, I can assure them that there won’t be a cruise industry in the not too distant future as the younger set, the cruises of tomorrow will take their money elsewhere when they wish to holiday. I’m sorry for such a long and negative review but I felt compelled to share as this particular cruise on Majestic Princess has completely ruined my faith in cruising. Only 3 more sleeps and we can get off and go home! What a horrible mindset to be in whilst you’re on holiday. I’m so disappointed by this cruise that I actually feel upset that we even came and I feel stupid for wasting our money.
  4. And the Golden Princess has a noro outbreak during this time.
  5. We've sailed about 10x on RCI and about 20x on Princess. Actually we started off with RCI and sailed them 4x before trying our first Princess cruise. Princess larger, year round, presence on the US West Coast swung us over. OP says he's sailed 35x with RCI, I assume this means a long history with them and my comments are based on that assumption. With so many sailings on RCI I assume most will have been on their "ships of glass" - the so called Vision class ships. These compare in terms of guest experience with Princess Coral and Grand Class ships (Coral, Island in the former group, Grand, Golden, Star, Diamond, Sapphire, Crown, Ruby and Emerald for the latter). These generally compare with Vision of the Seas and her sisters. Both RCI (when we last sailed) and Princess have traditional fixed dining and come whenever anytime alternatives, implemented slightly differently. Neither have a great raft of alternate restaurants, two or so per ship. RCI ships will have more active activities on deck, climbing walls, wave riders and the like, Princess has no or few such features. Entertainment IMHO is quite similar on these classes of ships. Your daily routine will be highly similar with some trivia and demonstration events day to day. Occasional lectures. Some dance instruction and the like. Honestly, I think if you teleported between RCI and Princess ships of this vintage with no knowledge of where you were it would be quite difficult to distinguish one from the other. Princess has no equivalent to the largest RCI ships with they dozens of food options and different neighborhoods so if the comparison is at this level, frankly Princess simply doesn't compete but then no such ships transit the Panama Canal so I feel safe assuming the comparison is to Vision class ships. We've done the Canal 4x with Princess and have enjoyed every transit, we were to make a 5th partial transit in a couple of weeks, cancelled. OP doesn't mention which ship he booked. I'd recommend Coral Princess if possible. Why? It's a true PANAMAX ship, we specifically constructed to fit, very snuggly, through the original locks which she continues to use. It's truly jaw dropping to see the lock transition with barely a couple feet on each side - highly recommended. Grand class ships with their larger beam MUST use the new locks, still interesting, but nothing compares to seeing Coral shoehorned in. The drink package questions seem to have been well answered by others so I don't swing at that particular pitch. Hope this helps a bit
  6. 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!):
  7. Photo Is not as clear as those taken by alphawave7, but here’s the Grand leaving under the Golden Gate this afternoon:
  8. Hi from rural Australia. We have been in self imposed lockdown for three weeks. Our Golden Princess cruise was cancelled ten days before it was scheduled to sail and already another reservation has been made for the same cruise embarking on November 29. While many restrictions have been put on our lives we are managing to live quite comfortably with minimal contact with the world outside our home. Groceries and prescriptions can be home delivered, exercise can be done by walking laps of the driveway of our property and social media has allowed us to keep in contact with family and friends. Self distancing is not a problem for us. I think over Easter we will miss the close social contact but that is an easy price to pay to protect ourselves against this nasty virus. Projects that have been completed are: a 1500 piece jigsaw of the cross section of a cruise ship, back garden renovation and as I write my significant other has just appeared with another large jigsaw depicting the History of the Holden. Board games, books, online solitaire, old movies and listening to music cd's complete our entertainment. We are extremely grateful for the essential services personnel, shop assistants and truck drivers who keep the community functioning. To Princess Cruises we say thank you for the way you are handling cancellations and dealing with the Ruby Princess situation. Our thoughts are with the crew and past passengers. Go safely and keep well.
  9. We love the Golden - it's the Princess ship we have spent more days on than any other and are excited about the prospect of cruising round trip from LA to Alaska on it next year. I thought I saw somewhere that the Medallion is scheduled to roll out on the Golden this December which would be amazing. We were just on the Royal and really enjoyed having the Medallion Net and other aspects of the Medallion program. But on the other hand, I'm not finding any cruises scheduled on the Golden after August next year and I had heard that Princess was selling her off to another line. Just wondering if anyone knows if that is still the case? I would just be surprised if they added the Medallion technology to a ship that is about to be out of use. Seems like a pretty expensive upgrade for just a few months of service. It's not a deal breaker in any way - we are 100 percent going on the Alaska cruise on the Golden next summer, even if it's her last hurrah. It just would be nice to have the Medallion if they are really planning to go through with adding it. Any insights would be appreciated!
  10. interested in the patter of Golden southbound we'll be on board next month
  11. I will be on the Golden this summer, sailing from Anchorage to Vancouver. Just purchased a dual port USB plug in. The dimensions are approx 2.4"H x 2.3"D x 1.1"W . I am concerned that there will not be enough clearance between the bottom of the charger and the desk top. I am welcome to suggestions about what would be best to use to charge, phones, kindles and battery packs. Thanks a lot. Sandi
  12. Despite what the Australia Federal Government may want, there are still many cruise ships in Australian waters. Ruby Princess is steaming up and down the coast off Sydney as she deals with the Covid-19 outbreak among her crew. Sun Princess, Pacific Explorer, Carnival Spirit seem to heading for Gladstone, where QE2 is already at anchor. Sea Princess, Pacific Dawn, Carnival Splendor are anchored off Brisbane. Pacific Aria is heading to Melbourne, where Golden Princess is tied up. The Artania is in Fremantle and refuses to move. The RCI ships seem to be heading to Singapore. The Australian government has the right to force these ships to sea if it wants. However, after persuasion and threats have failed, the only option left is force via the RAN. However, they are not bringing in navy gunboats to escort cruise ships outside of Australian waters. They are not that stupid (probably). If the captains hold their ground I think their ships will probably be staying.
  13. We are looking at two sailings that are one day apart so both are at a good time and both itineraries look good. One is on Ruby and the other is on Golden. We’ve only done two Princess cruises both on the Island Princess so both ships are unknown to us and we don’t know how to pick between them. We would appreciate hearing observations on how these ships differ and the pros and cons of each. In particular, info on where there’s ballroom dancing and how much dancing is available on each ship will be great to get. Many thx in advance for sharing your thoughts!
  14. We will be cruising New Zealand this November. Can anyone tell me the price of drinks on the Golden princess. what is the price of the house wine ? Will the prices be in USD, AUD or NZD ? thank you.
  15. If Discovery Princess has reached the point of keel laying/initial blocks being assembled then I’d say she most likely will go forward as planned, albeit perhaps a delayed entry into service. Any new builds beyond that may be delayed by several years. I still anticipate that Princess may yet accelerate the retirement of Golden and Star, and possibly retire Grand, Sun and Sea as a result of the economic downturn from Covid-19. Once ships start sailing I think we will also see a MASSIVE reshuffle of ships for 2021-22, not just with Princess but industry wide.
  16. I've only been on two cruises so far but had great times. I'm not counting on the aircraft carrier with U.S. Navy, at least I'm already a Shellback and Golden Dragon! I was supposed to be on the Carnival Legend in 2 weeks but will just have to enjoy pictures for now. We loved watching sunsets from the balcony as we pulled out of port. This is from the Celebrity Summit out of Puerto Rico in December of 2018.
  17. Actually, Majestic, Diamond, Sapphire, and Golden are registered in the UK. All the other Princess ships are registered in Bermuda. And, IIRC, the P&O Ausralia fleet is registered in the UK as well.
  18. Hello all - This is my first cruise, and I have a bunch of questions. I will be traveling with multiple family members (3 generations) with the youngest being 18 months old. We are staying in normal rooms not suites or anything like that. 1. What is the earliest we can board the cruise ship? The cruise departs from Whittier, Alaska at 8:30pm. However, it would be preferable to board early so the toddler can eat at 6pm and get to bed by 7:30pm. 2. Do the rooms have metal ceilings? I read a blog post where they recommended using magnet hooks that stick to the ceiling and hang a curtain to create separation in the room for the toddler. 3. Any recommendations for excursions on this Alaska cruise suitable for our group that would not require a lot of physical activity? We will have both old and very young travelers. 4. Does this cruise ship have self-service laundry? If yes, how much per load? Any other tips for washing small baby clothing maybe in the sink?? 5. What is different about the formal dining nights other than everyone dressing up? I prefer not to pack formal wear and shoes. What would I miss by eating else where on those nights? Thanks everyone for your help. I'm excited for my first cruise.
  19. Does anyone know for sure that there is or is not a craps table on the Golden. I can only talk my DH into these cruises if he has a Craps table available. We are doing the LA round trip to Alaska on May 30, 2020, and looking forward to spending time in the casino.
  20. I will be on one of these next April and need t know how the internet is? I still have to work and internet is extremely important. Thanks I'm trying to decide on which ship since itinerary is similar.
  21. Will be arriving in Whittier around 5:30 from Danelli via train. The question is how does eating work on the first night? Thanks
  22. I just wanted to post something light-hearted for the folks who has been around for a while... Back in about 2000 on either Grand (maybe Golden who can remember after 20 years), there was a production show called "Lights, Camera Action". This show was written, and sold to princess by "Uber Rossi", who was in the Macaggi family of acrobats. The show was really entertaining. Before the show, there was a guy walking around the the showlounge, warming up the crowd. You didn't know it at the time, but it was the star ... Uber Rossi. I thought of this recently, because one of his gags (sort of like Gallagher) was a leaf blower canon. He had an electric leaf blower that was fitted with a roll of toilet paper. He would walk up to someone seated in the audience, and cover them with TP. Can you imagine now? People would be screaming to be picked. This is the first year ever, that I hope my house gets TP's at halloween:
  23. We are 46 days out from our R/T LA to LA Alaska cruise on the Golden (16/5/20). We were hoping for some OBC or FCC to offset the loss of over $1200 in OBC that we had on this cruise. Just wishing that PCL would make an announcement.
  24. Roman and I passed each other a few times, but he wasn't on the Golden when I was. I never got to see much of the Shirley's....always setting up backstage, but we'd get to hear it. Only got a visual when we came out as the camel for bows (dancers during the show, crew members during the bows)....although that depended on if you were the head or the tail. 😉
  25. Golden is going to be transferred to P&O Australia (a Carnival Corp company) later this year where she will be retrofitted to add 500 more pax and named Pacific Adventure. Next year the Star will also be transferred to P&O Australia and renamed the Pacific Encounter. It is interesting to note that P&O Australia has never received a new ship built for them. P&O Australia has 3 ships all ported in Australia and all retrofitted. The royal class ships have a very short promenade and do not have a skywalkers. Ruby moved skywalkers up next to the funnel while Star has it suspended over the stern and is configured differently. After the Golden and Star leave the fleet, Grand will be the only ship with an indoor swimming pool. Grand had its skywalkers removed several years ago due to metal fatigue making it dangerous. On the Star and Golden the superstructure supporting skywalkers is made from composite material. Grand is first going to Singapore on October 21 after spending the summer cruising to AK this year. The ship is going to Southampton on March 23 next year to sail out of Southampton. Where it is going after that has not been revealed.
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