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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 3

Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:29 pm

In 20 days I will be getting on my smallest and oldest cruise ship to date.

http://cruiseradio.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/pridehoriz13.jpg

Carnival Pride for 7 days... still not an ancient or tiny ship lol.
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 3

Mon Dec 21, 2015 5:18 am

Just back from the Regal Princess cruise, I will report later about it.

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 100):

I've sailed on her a couple of times, nice ship, the Spirit class are all very nice.

The first thing you want to do when you get on board is sign up for the chefs table, it's $75 and worth a lot more than that, seating is very limited so do not waste time.
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 3

Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:22 pm

The new Cunard brochure landed on my doormat. With the new refit of the QM2 I feel I might be taking out my Visa card  
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 3

Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:47 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 102):
The new Cunard brochure landed on my doormat. With the new refit of the QM2 I feel I might be taking out my Visa card

We will be in the UK the first week of next December, as you know I really want to do a trans Atlantic on the QM2, sadly the dates do not work out this time, so I will just have to be a jealous bitch lol
 
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Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:36 pm

A quick review of the Regal Princess.

Overview

Following heart surgery earlier this year, I got to spend 3 months doing nothing, this lead to some questionable choices, including booking a rash of cruises and way to much shopping on Amazon. One of the cruises I booked was for our bi-annual cruise with friends, we met them on our honeymoon and have stayed friends with them and their kids since.

A fantastic deal showed up on Princess.com , a deluxe balcony room + $200 in on board credit for $799 for a 1 week western Caribbean cruise, this is how it sat for a few months until our friends messaged us asking if we would mind switching to a cruise a week later so their kids could come, now as we regard them as another niece and nephew, having watched them grow from 7 and 5 year olds there was no hesitation, so to allow them to finish their college semester we switched to an Eastern Caribbean itinerary, honestly, not that exciting to us, we've done this cruise probably a dozen times, but....We get to spend time with our friends and also, I get to spend the day sitting at Maho, so a win win.

2 weeks before the cruise we get a call from Princess asking if we would like to upgrade to a mini suite for $149, after confirming that our friends could also upgrade we snapped up the offer, we also moved their kids from an inside to a balcony cabin for $100.

1 week before the cruise I get a call our friends, their son, who had been having issues with leg pain was being rushed in for emergency surgery, after a year of trying to figure out what was going on with his leg an MRI of his spine showed that a nerve had been damaged and had split, forcing itself between 2 vertebrae. This of course sunk the cruise for our friends, but to give Princess a pat on the back, they went above and beyond, with a quick fax of a letter from the doctor our friends received a full credit for the amounts payed for a future cruise, Princess really didn't have to do anything, but they stepped up so way to go.

The cruise itself.

Embarkation.

We boarded at FLL terminal 2, this is our normal terminal for a Princess cruise so we figure we knew what to expect....Well we were wrong, on previous cruises the port would have 4 lanes of traffic open making the bag drop very easy, this time there was 1 lane.....1 whole lane open for 4200 passengers to be dropped off, meaning of course it was a long wait to even get to the terminal, however, once we actually made it, it was a breeze, lots of open desks with staff waiting to help, because of course, nobody could actually get to the terminal to check in.....

On Board

The ship, gone is the shopping cart handle of the grand class and the vast majority of outside rooms now have balconies. The layout is a little different than the grand class, but navigation was easy, for a huge ship 144,000 grt she seems far smaller, the layout is very efficient at moving people around and the ship with 4200 pax on board never seemed crowded, honestly, she reminded me a lot of the R class ships, lots of room to roam around, the decks never seemed crowded.

Room

The mini suite is a nice size, we did enjoy having the ability to draw a heavy curtain across and turn it into two separate areas, we go on cruises to relax and being able to have one of us take a nap while the other watches tv is nice. There are 2 32" tvs in the room, one small issue being, without the curtain drawn is was very easy to take control of the other tv by accident.

If there was one thing that I disliked about Princess in the past it was the beds, for some reason princess saw fit to have a mattress that could have very easily been used by the Spanish Inquisition as a torture device, to the point where we would actually buy a temperpedic topper and put that on top of it so we could sleep, of course this is subjective, if you liked rock hard beds with random 1 inch knobs sticking out of it, you would have loved it ! However, Princess saw fit to put a new mattress on the Regal, one that, now wait for this, was comfortable !!!! Yep, after many years of cruisecritic bitching about the beds Princess listened, or more likely the older style finally stopped being made so comfort it is. Another upgrade Princess saw fit to do is the plug situation, the vast majority of cabins have 1 110v outlet, Princess has fitted another ! Yep, we now get 2 whole 110v outlets, which of course means a power strip is still needed to charge the cameras, tablets and laptop...Oh well it's better than 1.

The TV system is now on demand, gone are the 3 channels from Denver and a couple of movies of a 24 hour rotaion, it's now probably 50 movies on demand (most relatively new) and the same for regular tv, though there are live channels, they were the news channels, BBC, Fox, CNN and MSNBC, though I would have been happy to see some other channels added, just so I could catch the NFL games, they were not really missed and overall it was a huge improvement over past systems.

Now the disappointing part, the balcony, on the Grand class there is a not so well hidden secret, the Carib deck balconies, these sit above the mini suites, so you end up with huge balconies, enough for a couple of loungers and a table with 4 chairs, great for entertaining on or just laying out and enjoying the Caribbean, on the Royal class, yeah not so much, the balconies are tiny, just big enough to hold a couple of chairs, as such, the balcony saw far less use than before.

Food

I have always found the food on Princess to be good, this cruise was no different, the staff were more than happy to sit down with me and go over some dishes I could eat thanks to my new found dietary needs and in general it was all very good.

We did eat at the specialty restaurants, Sabatini's and the Crown grill, now, Sabatini's has gone though a transformation over the last couple of years, it is now a more traditional Italian sit down restaurant, the food is still excellent, the service almost perfect, but there is now something missing, I could try and describe the older version of Sabatini's, but, there is a poster over on cruise critic that did a far better job than I could ever do, so here is Sailorjack's review of Sabatini's. I also would highly recommend reading all his reviews, he has a gift for writing.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1302121

Day 3 – At Sea – Dinner at Sabatini’s

Before describing our confrontation with this dining venue, readers need to be aware that Sabatini’s spelled backwards is “S’in-it-abas” – an ancient Roman phrase which roughly translates as “eat-till-you-drop”. As we were to find out, dining at Sabatini’s comes close to qualifying as a contact sport – pitting you against a team of highly skilled waiters.

Our first indication of looming trouble was when the Maitre d’ introduced us to our TWO waiters – who informed us that the only decision we had to make was the entrée. Upon inquiring as to why we couldn’t select anything else – an appetizer for instance – the response was a wide grin that would have been the envy of the Cheshire Cat. After making our entrée selection, Waiter #1 appeared with a plate the size of a Spartan shield - piled high with antipasti – and downloaded onto our plates sweet, succulent sundried tomatoes, porcini mushrooms marinated in EVO and tarragon, zucchini slices bathed in an aged balsamic oleo, and lightly spiced artichoke hearts. When he finished, Waiter #2 arrived and proceeded to pile onto our plates finely marbled slices of prosciutto, ripe, juicy melon balls, and slices of air cured beef in a Mediterranean tapenade.

As he departed, Waiter #1 reappeared. It turns out he hadn’t been finished at all – he had simply gone back to the kitchen to reload! This time he brought steamed mussels in a rich garlic sauce, deviled crab cakes topped with caviar, potato latkes, cubes of rich, pungent goat cheese and baby shrimp basted in a delicate herb butter sauce.

Successfully, if not somewhat dazedly, we worked our way through this mélange of delicious antipasti and awaited our entrée. It was not to be. Waiter #2 returned bearing plates of seafood mousse, lightly fried and breaded brie, fillets of anchovies, and fresh salmon roe. Demonstrating that we were up to the challenge, we again ate all that was placed before us. Basking in victory, I unnotched my belt a couple of notches.

But our waiters were not yet ready to accept defeat and retaliated with bowls containing spaghetti alla scoglio, cannelloni stuffed with ground sirloin and ricotta, and gnocchi in a creamy Alfredo sauce. It’s OK, I told SailorJill. We just have to make sure that they don’t give us anything else. “Just say, No!”
Apparently anticipating our plan, our waiters countered with a clever diversion. Our Maitre’d stood on one side of our table and charmed us with stories about his native Tuscany. His descriptions of the Tuscan countryside were so enthralling that we failed to notice the stealthy movement on the other side of the table. Too late, I turned to see our plates were now holding slices of hot pizza – loaded with a variety of enticing toppings.

Outflanked, but not defeated, we called upon our reserves and demonstrated that we were made of sterner stuff; only to then be confronted by bowls of savory, aromatic minestrone soup. It’s OK, I again told SailorJill. “We can do this.”

Upon finishing our soup, Waiter #1 appeared - bearing a slightly disappointed look. “Congratulations”, he said, “not many people make it this far.” Frankly, I felt that I had just made the Sabatini Hall of Fame. I was beginning to wonder why he was taking defeat so easily, when, with a big grin he stepped aside and Waiter #2 appeared. My God, I had forgotten about the entrée! With a huge grin, Waiter #2 placed before us platters containing two coldwater lobster tails with clarified butter, grilled jumbo sea scallops, and a half dozen tiger prawns. Their smiles, however, where short lived as I unleashed my secret weapon – Sans-a-belt slacks. Undoing my belt, the elastic waistband expanded by three inches and I cruised through the entrée – but with little room to spare.

That’s when they applied the coup de grace – the dessert cart. Seduced by the aroma of strong Turkish coffee, we each take a piece of Hazelnut and Brazilian Chocolate Crème Brule topped with vanilla infused whipped cream and crowned with raspberries steeped in Grand Marnier. But try as we might, we could not finish it. We surrendered.

As we staggered out of Sabatini’s I am sure I heard our tag team of waiters cry out, “Next challenger, please.”

So gone are the days of the multi course meals, it's now down to a regular 3/4 course meal, as I said, the food was very good, but it is now just a high end Italian restaurant.


The Crown Grill

Princess does a lot of things right, until this cruise the Crown Grill has not been one of them, for whatever reason Princess went with the high end steakhouse look serving Sizzler type food, on plates with the Stars and Stripes across them, very strange, however, on the last night of the cruise the main dining menu didn't look that great, so we called to make reservations, sadly both the Crown grill and Sabatini's were booked solid, so we decided to hit the buffet (which was good all cruise long) instead, however, while sitting down with the art director to finalize the paperwork on some paintings Mrs Jetwet1 decided to buy, and in turn pay for the next Princess ship I asked the director if he had any pull in getting us into the Grill for dinner a quick phone call later and we had a table, ready for us to us whenever, i'm not going to say how much Mrs Jetwet1 spent in the gallery, but I knew i was in trouble when walking past I heard her moan and then pant the word Yanke, there I was thinking maybe she was having a flash back to some civil war previous life, but know, he favorite artist Tim Yanke's work was present front and center, I knew I was in serious trouble when the soon to be new best friend in the whole world told her that they had 4 originals on board and would she like to view them.

I ran off and quickly listed a kidney on Ebay to pay for what was about to happen, but hey, we did get 150 free minutes of internet service, which for once was not 28.8kbs speed !

Anyways, the food was great, I would rate the steak somewhere around a Craft Steak/ Double Eagle steakhouse level, served on plates that did not have old glory printed on them, score ! However the real winner of the night was the sea bass, there are very few words to describe this dish, but orgasmic comes close, truly a spectacular dish.

The crew

Great, pure and simply great, always friendly and ready to help, I could say that there was one issue with them, but that would be unfair, the issue is more of a management thing than a crew thing, here it is.

In the Horizon Court (buffet) there are plenty of servers to get you something to drink....Or so it seems, the reality is, if you would like to buy a coffee card, just raise your hand and say coffee card and you will have 10 servers there ready to sign you up, the same applies for the wine tasting, this replaced the old wine packages which were great value, so of course had to go, replaced by as far as I could tell by 4 glasses of handpicked wines to suit your pallet from such renowned vineyards as costco and wine in a box, all your for just $49.......... But a glass of water or a coffee (not from the coffee card but regular coffee) and you suddenly become invisible.

Now, i am all for creating new revenue streams, however, when these new revenue stream impact your core business, or in this case my morning coffee, they need to be looked at again.

Anyways, the crew was great, the room steward, well those of us that have cruised have all heard the jokes about leaving the room for 2 minutes and it being transformed from something out of Animal House into a pristine version of the cabin, well, this guy did it, we would leave the cabin for 5 minutes, come back and the room would be spotless, bed made, new towels, trash emptied, no idea how he did it, but boy those guys and gals work hard.

The Ports

Still with me here ?? Or ignoring me to read SailorJack ??? Don't blame you.


Princess Kays

Princess's private island, over the years it has transformed from a private beach with BBQ pits into a private beach with private cabana/huts or a whole private section just for a one lucky couple all for a few hundred /thousand dollars, though we still enjoy going there, it's a tender port and one quick look at the sky had me staying on the ship for the day while the majority of the passengers went of to play in the sand and sea, then play the game off 150 people cramped into an enclosed boat getting tossed around, not my cup of tea.

St Thomas

As I said earlier, we have been to St Thomas many times, in fact I spent a number of summers living on the island as my father had a restaurant there, over the years i've watched turn from a nice sleepy back water into a shopping mecca, while I am sure it has brought money to the island, it has in the process lost it's charm. We decided to go for a quick walk around then go back on the ship, however, during the walk around Mrs Jetwet1 came up with the idea of going over to St John, a place I had somehow never managed to make it to, so a quick cab ride and ferry trip over and we are in paradise, there are some places you go to that just feel "right" as soon as you get there, St John was one of them for me, though we only had time for a quick walk around Cruz bay and lunch at one of the bay front restaurants it was clear that we both loved the island and will be back.

Now a funny thing did happen on St John, one thing that sort of irritates the wife is when we are out and about back home, for whatever reason any time we walk through a casino there is always someone I know, over the years she has gotten used to hearing my name yelled out, however, upon entering the restaurant on St John I really don't think she was expecting to hear my name called, it actually came as a shock to me, however, it turned out that one of the staff was someone I knew from my childhood on St Thomas, we hadn't seen each other in close to 30 years, but what a great way of reuniting with old friends.

St Maarten

Mrs Jetwet1 made it clear that if I was going to go over to Maho and watch/photograph planes landing at SXM then she was going to stay on board and hit the spa, it took almost 5 seconds for me to think this through, but lets just say, she got to spend a few hours being pampered, I got to spend the day doing something I enjoy, win win I think.

Also, I got to answer a question that came up on here a while back, there was a thread showing a plane coming in very low, questions were asked about the height of the fence, well yes, I did take a tap measure with me, the fence itself is 6 ft hight, with 8 inches of barbed wire on top, the police officer really did seem bemused by the stupid tourist measuring the fence, but after seeing my camera gear set up he may have semi believed me, but no matter what, he left me with a reminder not to fence surf.

Anyways, all in all a great cruise, much to short, but a great way to round out an interesting year, if you have any questions feel free to ask.

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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 3

Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:49 pm

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 100):
Carnival Pride for 7 days... still not an ancient or tiny ship lol.

My first and so far only cruise was on Carnival Pride back in 2004, it was 7 nights from Longbeach to Mexico and back.
 
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Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:05 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 103):
December, as you know I really want to do a trans Atlantic on the QM2, sadly the dates do not work out this time, so I will just have to be a jealous bitch lol

Next time get the Cunard brochure and pick the cruise first then set the rest of the dates  
Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 104):
A quick review of the Regal Princess.

Great read thoroughly enjoyed it.

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 104):
it has in the process lost it's charm.

True having been there a few times over the years it is not what it once was.

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 104):
St Maarten

Seems like a win win for sure. So glad you got to SXM Id love to go back. Nearly worth taking the cruise just for that stop  
 
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Wed Dec 23, 2015 4:40 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 31):

Ooh, interesting. But the Caribbean is THE premium market for cruise lines. Would it make sense to use a 25-year-old ship, however upgraded she may be, for this market?

And we have a winner, the Empress will be running 3 and 5 day cruises out of Miami, at least for now.
 
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Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:22 pm

Oh, one thing I forgot in my little report, we left SXM on Thursday evening, around noon on Friday we were relaxing on deck when the ship started to vibrate and thick dark smoke came out of the funnels, the wife noticed it as well and gave me the "what's going on?" look...

Well the last time that happened with me on board I was a kid on the Song of America and the captain had decided that a hurricane was getting to close and he decided to put some space between the ship and the storm, this time I knew there was no storm, so I had no clue.

About an hour later the Captain came over the PA to tell us that there was a medical emergency and we would be making a high speed run to Grand Turk.

According to the daily news sheet were were going to be going past Grand Turk at around 2am, well, we ended up dockside at 8pm where an ambulance was waiting.

As some may know cruise ships travel faster late at night than they do during the day, mostly because they ride like pigs when traveling above their cruise speeds and can be a little uncomfortable, this was certainly true for the 7-8 hours we were traveling at speed during the day, though to be fair, the Regal princess was by far the best riding cruise ship i have been on, even during swells earlier in the cruise she rode very smoothly, though to be honest I am one of those people that loves being on a ship during a storm.

With the passenger unloaded we were now a good 5-6 hours ahead of schedule, so a nice slow cruise during the night was in order.

So a tip of the cap to Cap Perrin and his crew for burning some extra dinosaur juice to get to Grand Turk quickly, an announcement was made on the Saturday that the passenger was doing well.
 
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RE: Cruise Ship Thread Part 3

Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:43 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 107):

And we have a winner, the Empress will be running 3 and 5 day cruises out of Miami, at least for now.

Interesting things about the Empress itineraries are that she'll spend a full 12 hours in Key West (8 AM to 8 PM), the ship will feature no formal nights, but will have a Sunday brunch with a complementary Mimosa or Bloody Mary.
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Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:56 pm

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 109):
the ship will feature no formal nights

They are appealing to the market for these mini cruises. People tend to like casual as opposed to normal cruises.
 
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Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:46 am

Does anybody find it peculiar that the AIDAprima has a wedge shaped bow?
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Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:03 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 1):
Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 4):
They've also done away with the bulbous bow. I wonder why.

Slow steaming, at lower speeds it's not necessary. This article is well worth a read. http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item_10458.html

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At lower speeds the bulbous bow can be a hindrance and can reduce efficiency. Nowadays slow steaming is becoming a preferred option. It reduces consumption and emissions. Container ships and bulkers now are so large that they need not go fast because their attractiveness is the amount of cargo they can shift, reducing shipping costs.

So these giants can lumber along their preset lines, timetabled to deliver their goods at a steady, more economical rate. The bulbous bow then becomes superfluous and can actually hamper efficiency as the ratios no longer mean it does its job.

It looks like the bulb is faired into the stem.
Quoting 2707200X (Reply 111):

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 4):
They've also done away with the bulbous bow. I wonder why.

Slow steaming, at lower speeds it's not necessary. This article is well worth a read. http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item_10458.html

Quote:

At lower speeds the bulbous bow can be a hindrance and can reduce efficiency. Nowadays slow steaming is becoming a preferred option. It reduces consumption and emissions. Container ships and bulkers now are so large that they need not go fast because their attractiveness is the amount of cargo they can shift, reducing shipping costs.

So these giants can lumber along their preset lines, timetabled to deliver their goods at a steady, more economical rate. The bulbous bow then becomes superfluous and can actually hamper efficiency as the ratios no longer mean it does its job.

It looks like the bulb is faired into the stem.
 
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Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:09 pm

While pricing cruises for April 16 out of South FL, a 7 night eastern cruise with MSC Cruises on the MSC Divina turned out to be the cheapest at $1,500 for a balcony. It's two seniors 1st cruises so I'm wondering has anyone sailed on the Divina and could provide feedback as I wouldn't have sailed with this particular cruise line myself.

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Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:21 pm

Went on a 7 day Caribbean cruise a couple weeks ago. Miami - Grand Turk - La Romana - Curaçao - Aruba - Miami on the Carnival Breeze. Overall a decent experience although there was a lot to be desired...

Report here: Caribbean Cruise & LAS-FLL/MIA-LAS On B6/AA (by ytraveller Dec 28 2015 in Trip Reports)
 
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Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:44 pm

Quoting irishair98 (Reply 113):
While pricing cruises for April 16 out of South FL, a 7 night eastern cruise with MSC Cruises on the MSC Divina turned out to be the cheapest at $1,500 for a balcony. It's two seniors 1st cruises so I'm wondering has anyone sailed on the Divina and could provide feedback as I wouldn't have sailed with this particular cruise line myself.

I have been on two of their ships. Splendida and Magnifica. For your first cruise nice ships. Food average and staff mixed. Entertainment hit and miss. Take a drinks package as it saves a fortune. Cabins I could not fault. They are better than Costa but no where near as good as NCL RCI etc.. I did like their speciality coffee and cakes at La Piazzetta ( extra fees ) .
 
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Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:27 am

Jetwet - great report! Family is thinking about a Princess cruise in Alaska this summer....we'll see. Sounds like you had a good experience.

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 104):
with a quick fax of a letter from the doctor our friends received a full credit for the amounts payed for a future cruise, Princess really didn't have to do anything, but they stepped up so way to go.

Very nice of them!

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 104):
it's a tender port and one quick look at the sky had me staying on the ship for the day while the majority of the passengers went of to play in the sand and sea, then play the game off 150 people cramped into an enclosed boat getting tossed around, not my cup of tea.

I'm not a fan of the cruise line-owned private islands either. I've been to Disney's Castaway Cay sometime ago but can't remember much. I'd rather visit and explore a new country rather than lounge on the beach all day (which you do on the ship anyways).

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 104):
As I said earlier, we have been to St Thomas many times,

Been there twice as well, great island.

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 104):
St Maarten

I have a story... 2013 Carnival Valor, last stop was SXM. It was cloudy and drizzling. We'd booked a power rafting excursion (don't ask me how I let my family book it) - speeding around the island, a snorkeling stop (couldn't see anything) and a brief visit to the French side. By the time we returned to the ship, there was very little time to catch a taxi to SXM, etc... Needless to say I was quite flustered! An aviation enthusiast goes to St Maarten and doesn't visit SXM!! I'm going to go back on my own money and spend a good week there someday  

And...

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 103):
We will be in the UK the first week of next December

Airline in mind?

Also how'd you find B6 on LAS-FLL-LAS?

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Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:35 am

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 116):
Airline in mind?

Good question, I have a ton of miles with VS and BA and the wife does like Upper Class, i'm thinking maybe NZ out of LAX, who knows at this point, work is being work and I may have to put this trip off for a year, we shall see.

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 116):
Also how'd you find B6 on LAS-FLL-LAS?

In the air they were fine, our trip from Vegas to FLL pretty much mirrored yours except one of the FA's recognized me from work and somehow I ended up being involved in the saftey announcements, which amused the hell out of the wife.

The trip back from FLL was a nightmare on the ground, as I mentioned in your trip report, B6 really dropped the ball when it came to staffing at FLL for the return, we got to FLL with more than enough time to check in, but B6 decided to have 2 people checking in their customers, a 2 hour wait in which one of the reps managed to make her way through maybe a grand total of 10 passengers had us getting to the bag drop with 35 minutes to go, only to be told that they wouldn't be boarding us and we would be put on to the following nights flight, on stand by. Thanks to my work I do have a contact at B6, the voicemail he got that Sunday night wasn't pleasant but it did cause the station manager to lose her "tough s**t, i'm god and you will just have to deal with it" attitude.

The flight back itself was fine, one of the FA's had her family onboard, her daughter did the welcome aboard speech with the co-pilot prompting her, it was fun.

Would I use B6 again, sure, would I do cartwheels if VX entered the market, oh yes, I certainly missed the first class seats they offer.
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:25 pm

I had a great cruise in Princess Cruise Line's Crown Princess. The cruise took place in stormy conditions so only one unplanned destination had to be called to San Diego. The original itinerary was for a stop in Catalina via tender and to Ensenada. Catalina had to be cancelled because of surf conditions making tender operations very difficult and Ensenada had to be called off of 45 knot winds making docking very dangerous. We had two days at sea and a few hours in San Diego, whilst in San Diego I went to the USS Midway aircraft carrier and saw the inside of the ship and it's planes and then we went to "Oldtown" and had a great lunch and went to a gem shop afterword. Overall great cruise but weather was a factor for the decisions called.
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:37 pm

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 118):
whilst in San Diego I went to the USS Midway aircraft carrier and saw the inside of the ship and it's planes

Isn't it a fascinating ship, i've toured it a couple of times, and would happily do it again.
 
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:17 am

Princess Cruises brings digital transformation to the seas

Cruise lines are not what you'd normally associate with cutting-edge technology, but Princess Cruises has proven it can adapt to today's digital landscape and modernise the travel experience

Cruise ships are continuing to get bigger and better each year, increasing the pressure crews to keep passengers updated on things like the status of their bill, what time they disembark and what time to return to the ship.

Social networking and increased connectivity have raised the stakes of customer engagement. Today’s consumers expect easy access to information wherever they are, whenever they want it.

Bringing that connectivity to the middle of the ocean has its own particular challenges, but that didn’t dissuade Princess Cruises from undertaking a massive overhaul of the passenger experience.

http://www.information-age.com/it-ma...brings-digital-transformation-seas

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Princess Cruises to add new ship to fleet in 2019

Princess Cruises has confirmed it will launch a new ship in late 2019, with its next ship - Majestic Princess - launching in 2017.

Both will be sister ships to Royal Princess, launched by the Duchess of Cambridge in 2013, and Regal Princess, launched in 2014.

The as-yet unnamed 600 million-euro ship will carry 3,560 passengers and will increase Princess’ fleet to 19.

Like its sister ships it will have a vast central atrium with a selection of cafes and restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.

The outdoor Movies Under the Stars cinema experience and top-deck The Sanctuary relaxation area plus Lotus Spa will also be onboard, although new innovations will be announced at a later date - as will the ship's itineraries.

http://www.express.co.uk/travel/crui...183/Princess-Cruises-new-ship-2019
 
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:53 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 119):
Isn't it a fascinating ship, i've toured it a couple of times, and would happily do it again.

It Sure was. My favorite part was the "island," The bridge was quite something and the engine order telegraph was old school but I also really liked then lower decks. Ironically the two times that I have went to the Midway, it was raining, the only day in San Diego when it rains but I had a good time and hope to go again really soon.
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Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:38 pm

Cruise ship turns away from Haiti amid protests

Passengers on Royal Caribbean's 3,782-passenger Freedom of the Seas may have been expecting a day at the beach at the cruise line's multi-million dollar private resort in Labadee, Haiti. But on Tuesday the ship was greeted at the popular port by protestors in boats and the cruise line canceled the visit.

Haitians have been widely protesting as the country prepares for a presidential and legislative runoff election on Sunday.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel...rops-haiti-amid-protests/79056806/
 
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Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:51 pm

Some breaking news from NCL and great to see :

Norwegian Cruise Line will have a UK-dedicated ship sailing from Southampton for the first time in seven years from 2017.
The cruise line will offer a series of 11 Western Europe and three Norwegian Fjords sailings between May 12 and June 20 and August 7 and October 16, 2017. Also available will be two shorter taster cruises.
 
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Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:31 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 122):
Cruise ship turns away from Haiti amid protests

Friend of mine is on Navigator for the Atlantis cruise and they canceled Labadee. Was there a year ago. Definitely cute. Decent snorkeling.
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Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:21 pm

Quoting irishair98 (Reply 113):

While pricing cruises for April 16 out of South FL, a 7 night eastern cruise with MSC Cruises on the MSC Divina turned out to be the cheapest at $1,500 for a balcony. It's two seniors 1st cruises so I'm wondering has anyone sailed on the Divina and could provide feedback as I wouldn't have sailed with this particular cruise line myself.

Thanks - IrishAir98

This might be a bit late, but here goes. I did a Western Mediterranean cruise on MSC Fantasia. The ship itself is just beautiful, cabins were faultless, public areas were glitzy without being cheap, and despite the continual usage, no obvious wear and tear. Staff culture puts an emphasis on making guests happy. F&B was great-it certainly isn't gourmet, but good quality and enough variety to keep everyone happy. Entertainment was good. My particular experience was very Italian-MSC is an Italian company, as were the majority of passengers, but I imagine a cruise out of Florida will downplay the Euro element and be more 'American.' 7 days is certainly the minimum time needed to enjoy an MSC cruise.

A bit more general info:
Did Barcelona-Marseille-Genoa-Napoli-Palermo (Sicily)-Malta-Palma de Mallorca-Barcelona in late September. Gorgeous weather, fewer kids, and ports of call were less busy as there were no holidays. This is was an excursion-intensive tour. The downside was that every day I wished we had more time to explore the port of call, but of course this isn't MSC's fault as I had known the itinerary in advance, at the time of booking. The boat excursions themselves were pricey, and it was sometimes much better to do a hop on/hop off bus tour on our own initiative. My favorite stop was Napoli; outside the boat we haggled with some taxi drivers who not only gave us a tour of Napoli, but took us to Pompeii. Had time to see Pompeii, do shopping, and try an authentic pizza napolitano. Palermo was beautiful-it is a small town, very compact, and easy to explore, no tour needed. Worst stops were Genoa (dull) and Malta (too little time; mis-managed excursion, tourist trap). Wish I'd had 2 full days at sea to properly enjoy the ship as always felt that I was rushing.
 
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Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:24 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 124):
Friend of mine is on Navigator

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Something that the cruise industry will be closely watching !


Cruise lines waive cancellation penalties as Zika spreads


Cruise lines have begun waiving cancellation penalties for some customers booked on voyages to the Caribbean and other regions affected by the fast-spreading Zika virus.

Industry giant Carnival says it will allow pregnant women on sailings that include stops in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other destinations impacted by the virus to switch to an itinerary in an unaffected area. Alternately, they can postpone their trip or cancel outright and receive a future cruise credit, the line says.

Norwegian Cruise Line also is allowing pregnant women sailing to affected areas to postpone trips to a later date or switch itineraries, and Royal Caribbean is giving pregnant women alternative options, too.

The lines say the options also are being offered to people traveling with the pregnant passenger.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel...us-cruise-carnival-royal/79459420/
 
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Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:25 pm

Virgin Group Settles Lawsuit That Claimed Its Cruise Line Plan Was Stolen


Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has settled a $300 million lawsuit filed by former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Colin Veitch, who claimed the billionaire entrepreneur’s foray into the cruise industry was built on stolen ideas.

The parties gave notice of the settlement Monday, about 10 months after Veitch filed the suit in federal court in Miami alleging misappropriation of a business plan that he had presented to Virgin. Veitch was CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line from 2000 until 2008.


http://skift.com/2016/01/28/virgin-g...d-its-cruise-line-plan-was-stolen/
 
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Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:16 am

Apparently some cruise lines have certain ships configured specially for charter cruise operations. In what way are these ships configured for charters, as opposed to normal ships used on normal itineraries?

Case in point: NCL's Pearl (Jewel class ship) is specially configured for full-ship charters. How is Norwegian Pearl different from other NCL ships that it can be used for charters?

In January 2017, I'm going on a special cruise, "Star Trek: The Cruise", a full-ship charter cruise on the aforementioned NCL Pearl. This is one example of a special event charter cruise.

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Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:50 am

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 128):

Interesting, not something I have heard about before, i've been on a ship both as a full charter and as a regular cruise (Carnival Miracle) and didn't notice a difference, I went on the Spirit and Pride (sister ships to the Miracle) and other than decor I don't remember any differences between them and the Miracle.
 
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Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:30 pm

Royal Caribbean guidance falls short of estimates


Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. RCL, -17.81% issued 2016 and first-quarter earnings guidance below expectations and the cruise-ship operator reported that its fourth-quarter revenue rose 4.6%.

Shares fell 5.9% to $79.56 in recent premarket trading as fourth quarter revenue was slightly below expectations.

For 2016, the Miami company forecast per-share earnings of $5.90 to $6.10. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected per-share profit of $6.27.

For the current quarter, the company forecast per-share earnings of roughly 30 cents. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected per-share profit of 46 cents.

During the December quarter, Royal Caribbean's revenue increased to $1.9 billion from $1.82 billion, below analysts' expectations for revenue of $1.96 billion.

Excluding currency effects, net yields--a key measure of performance for the sector--rose 4.9%, near the high end of expectations for growth of between 4.5% and 5%. The growth was driven by stronger demand in the Caribbean and new cruises in China.

Royal Caribbean's profit in recent quarters had been propelled by favorable currency exchange rates and lower fuel costs as commodity prices have remained in a slump.

Royal Caribbean, whose brands also include Celebrity and other lines as well as its namesake cruises, said bookings for 2016 are roughly equal to record levels last year and at higher rates. The company said it continues to see strong demand for its products in North America, including the Caribbean, Alaska and Bermuda, which comprise more than half of its capacity. Royal Caribbean expects that this along with strong demand for Europe and Asia cruises will more than offset pricing challenges in the Mediterranean, Australia and Brazil.

Overall, Royal Caribbean reported a profit of $206.8 million, or 94 cents a share, up from $109.8 million, or 49 cents a share, a year earlier. The company had expected adjusted per-share earnings of 90 cents.


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Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:38 pm

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 128):
Case in point: NCL's Pearl (Jewel class ship) is specially configured for full-ship charters. How is Norwegian Pearl different from other NCL ships that it can be used for charters?

Hi. Norwegian Pearl isn't specifically configured for charters. It's just that it's the right size for the customer (often, but not always Sixthman Group) to reliably fill, is one of the last few Jewel class built (so she has bowling alley and other features not on Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Jewel), has The Haven unlike the Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star and a large number of venues to allow for flexibility when it comes to building the programme..again though that's not unique to her.

She's certainly well suited for full ship charters but all of the fleet can me made available for exclusive use subject to the requirements of the customer and, of course, an incremental profit for the company beyond what would be received in regular operation.

Norwegian Jade was in Sochi for the Winter Olympics and Norwegian Getaway will be down in Rio for the summer games.

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Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:05 pm

It will be interesting to see what they do with her, if they decide to go move forward.

The interior is bare metal, so they can do a lot, she will have to be reengined, no big deal there, but, the modern cruise passenger expects a balcony, that going to be a major rework.
 
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Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:06 am

This is incredible news. If you'd told me yesterday that this would happen, I'd have laughed in your face.

I've heard some rumors from internet sources that I'd consider to be as reliable as "a guy I know" but they seem reasonable. Here's what I've heard:

*Passenger capacity will be around 800. Her original passenger capacity was 2,000 but that's including tourist class passengers stacked 3-4 to a cabin with no private bathroom. Crystal's passengers will expect much more generous accommodations.

*She will become the M/V United States. Like all modern passenger liners, I'm sure she will be fully diesel-electric with multiple diesel generators supplying a single electric bus that will then distribute power to both propulsion and hotel loads. More about what I think will happen to her machinery in a bit.

*Crystal plans to keep her as the fastest passenger liner in the world. She probably won't be capable of her original 38.4kn (she actually probably could have pulled 39 but they never quite opened her up all the way).

Now, the machinery: I'd like to discuss the machinery of the new MV UNITED STATES. The original SS UNITED STATES was (is?) powered by 8x Babcock & Wilcox boilers supplying 4x Westinghouse turbines that could evolve a maximum total of 240,000shp. That works out to ~180MW of shaft power. Her maximum speed that she ever produced (and she was not opened up to full power even on her proving run) was 38.4 kn. (1) My guess is that she probably could have eked out maybe another 0.2-0.3 knots had she been opened up to full power.
I think that she will need to be fully diesel-electric, which is pretty much the standard for any modern passenger liner. According to the SSUSC website: "...new engines and sophisticated marine technology will be installed to maintain her title as the fastest cruise vessel in the world."(2)
A modern cruise ship like Celebrity's SOLSTICE class(3) or RCI's QUANTUM class(4) has 67.2 MW of total diesel generating power. On both of these classes use "Azipod XO" thrusters rated at 20.5 MW each (3&4). By contrast, Cunard's QUEEN MARY 2 has a total of 117.3 MW of total generating power and is powered by 4x 21.5 MW Rolls-Royce "Mermaid" thrusters (two fixed and two rotating). The latter ship can do a bit over 30kn. (5)
UNITED STATES cannot have azimuthing thrusters installed without removing and replacing the entire lower stern. Azimuthing thrusters require the bottom of the hull to be flat so that they can rotate under thrust without imparting a roll moment to the ship. Any picture of the Big U's stern in drydock that you can look up on your favorite search engine will show you that there is no practical way to make her hull assume anything like this shape.
If she is to be the fastest cruise vessel in the world, she will need to be able to make 32-33 kn. A podded propeller is more efficient than a fixed propeller on a shaft, but the ship is significantly smaller than QM2. If Crystal's plan is to keep her as the fastest ship in the world, she will need to be powered by all four propellers, and I'd estimate that each will need 23-25 MW of power to overcome the disadvantages of being mounted on fixed shafts while maintaining that sort of top speed. They would have to more than double the installed power to be able to approach 38kn.
Because modern cruise liners are frequently in and out of port every 1-2 days (they can cross oceans, but that's not their primary mission anymore), maneuverability will be essential. Without azimuthing thrusters, UNITED STATES will have to have both bow and stern thrusters installed to allow her to move sideways and rotate on her axis. Because of her speed, the bow thrusters will probably need to have doors installed to cover the tunnels so as to reduce drag.
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(1)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_United_States
(2)http://www.ssusc.org/category/news/
(3)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solstice-class_cruise_ship
(4)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum-class_cruise_ship
(5)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Queen_Mary_2
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Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:50 am

Evidently Anthem of the Seas is having a rough go of it off the East Coast.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2312423
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2312327

No serious problems reported. Ship is barely making headway, but she is under her own power and there are no major technical failures. Passengers confined to their cabins and told to stay seated or in bed. Lots of passengers using the internet to sing the crew's praises for taking excellent care of them during this frightening event.
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Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:30 pm

It has sustained quite a bit of damage :







One of the world's newest and biggest cruise ships on Sunday was caught in a storm so powerful that the captain ordered passengers confined to their cabins for safety.

Royal Caribbean's 168,666-on Anthem of the Seas experienced "extreme wind and sea conditions" that were not expected as it was sailing south from the New York area to Port Canaveral, Fla., according to a Royal Caribbean statement sent to USA TODAY.

Passengers tweeting from Anthem describe hurricane-force winds and giant waves that rocked the vessel, overturning furniture, smashing glassware and collapsing part of a ceiling in a public corridor. Photos posted by passengers show damage to several areas.


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Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:08 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 136):
It has sustained quite a bit of damage :

Impressive, but minor and mostly cosmetic. The lights are on, the water is running, and the ship is still under power.

Not trying to minimize what must have been a harrowing night for all aboard. I'm sure it seemed as if she might capsize a few times to passengers.

I'm used to small boat sailing and a small boat gives this peculiar "pause" right before she capsizes. A large ship gives that pause on every single roll, so when I'm on a rolling large ship, my toes are often curled. With all the damage, I wonder if they'll cut their cruise short so that they can affect repairs or if they can do this while continuing the cruise.
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Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:23 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 137):
wonder if they'll cut their cruise short so that they can affect repairs or if they can do this while continuing the cruise.

Seems to be a case of looks worse than it is and they can easily fix some broken chairs/displays and ceilings that fell down. Maybe they will need to axe a sailing or maybe they will delay it.


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Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:48 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 138):

Seems to be a case of looks worse than it is and they can easily fix some broken chairs/displays and ceilings that fell down. Maybe they will need to axe a sailing or maybe they will delay it.

If most of the damage is interior and cosmetic, no need to delay. Just have any necessary materials they don't already have aboard waiting at a convenient port of call.
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Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:59 am

Nope, evidently they are sailing back to Florida. Their reasoning is that on top of what passengers have already been through, the weather is such that they would have to cancel many of their planned ports of call.

Some impressive photos in this poorly-narrated (computer voice) video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_50R_3mt7k

More videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pjKp5fmlpU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52NaPQGOjz8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FOddY16e4o

Wow, looks rather frightening. We'll be aboard her in May. Good to know she can handle some serious punishment.
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Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:06 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 140):

The last video showing the deck chairs flying around is just mind boggling. How did they get themselves into this mess?

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Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:37 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 137):
, I wonder if they'll cut their cruise short so that they can affect repairs or if they can do this while continuing the cruise.

They have turned back to their home port. Pax will get full refunds and credit towards a new cruise.

There are some outside areas that need to be repaired before sailing again. Top on the list would be the glass panels on the upper deck that circle the ship. A major safety concern and the lawyers will want a fix before the ship takes out to sea again.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 140):

Nope, evidently they are sailing back to Florida.

The Anthem is home ported in new Jersey. Her sister ship (the Oasis) is out of Florida.

As a side point of interest, the Captain of the Anthem was previously the Captain of the Navigator for both of the cruises my better half and I have taken on it - once out of Rome and then out of Galveston.
 
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Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:49 am

Quoting Jetsgo (Reply 141):

The last video showing the deck chairs flying around is just mind boggling. How did they get themselves into this mess?

Right? If only there were magical devices that could be put on ships that could tell you what the weather was like far away. If only there were devices stationed around in the ocean that could somehow transmit back local sea conditions from where they were.

If only...

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 142):

The Anthem is home ported in new Jersey. Her sister ship (the Oasis) is out of Florida.

You are half-correct. They are returning to New Jersey, where she is currently based, but her sister is Quantum. Oaisis is the first of the Oaisis-class and she is one of the largest ships in the world. Her current sister is Allure.
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Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:31 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 140):
Some impressive photos in this poorly-narrated (computer voice) video:

I recognise a lot of the areas on the ship from when I was on it for 4 nights last April for the inaugural events. The giant plant pots are outside Jamies Italian IIRC. The third video at 0:20 seconds is actually inside Jamies Italian at the back those shelves are normally packed with lots of books so Im sure they flew off.
 
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Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:45 am

Quoting Jetsgo (Reply 141):
The last video showing the deck chairs flying around is just mind boggling. How did they get themselves into this mess?

I'm guessing you have not spent much time on the open ocean ? The weather can change in an instant.

I've gone from flat calm sunny day to a nice storm and back to sunny again in under an hour, mother nature rules the oceans.

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Oh my........Wow, that is just.......Horrible.


Edit: just went to the Princess Facebook page, yeah, the response is pretty much as expected, not good.

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Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:23 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 142):
Her sister ship (the Oasis) is out of Florida.

Yup, as Doc pointed out you're half right in that Oasis is based out of Port Everglades (soon moving to Port Canaveral), but she's a sister only in that they're both part of Royal Caribbean's fleet. Anthem is a Quantum; class ship and as such her sisters are Quantum of the Seas, which is based out of China, and Ovation of the Seas which is still fitting out and will be based out of Australia and China when she's delivered in April.

FWIW on Cruise Critic there's a sizable minority that seems to think that Royal will be firing Anthem's master, Captain Claus Andersen within the week. I don't see it that way - sometimes these things just happen. From what I understand they didn't expect the storm to be as bad as it was and thought at worst it would be a slightly uncomfortable ride for the passengers, but not the hurricane-force winds.

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New Princess livery :

Ugh. It's like what would happen if NCL and AIDA joined forces to design a livery. That's just ugly.
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Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:54 pm

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 147):

FWIW on Cruise Critic there's a sizable minority that seems to think that Royal will be firing Anthem's master, Captain Claus Andersen within the week.

I think there will be a review of his decision-making but remember, he only had the information that he had available to him. If RCI told him "go ahead, it will be fine" and the information that he had supported that recommendation, then I think they'd have trouble firing him.

If he grossly misinterpreted weather data and went against company recommendations and the recommendations of his senior officers, then that's quite a different situation.

From my POV, I'll be aboard this ship in May and now I know that she can weather a hurricane with only minor damage. That reassures me.
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Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:34 pm

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 147):
Yup, as Doc pointed out you're half right in that Oasis is based out of Port Everglades (soon moving to Port Canaveral), but she's a sister only in that they're both part of Royal Caribbean's fleet. Anthem is a Quantum; class ship and as such her sisters are Quantum of the Seas, which is based out of China, and Ovation of the Seas which is still fitting out and will be based out of Australia and China when she's delivered in April.

I wasn't aware that Oasis will be moved. I was on a cruise in the Eastern Caribbean about a year ago with Oasis. Highly enjoyable cruise. I hope to go with Allure on the Western Caribbean itinerary soon.

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