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  1. Well, Discovery and Emerald are in two entirely different classes. Discovery is much larger and you'll find many opinions that conclude the ships in this class don't have as much viewing space and can feel more crowded. So Emerald, being a part of the Grand-class, is usually ranked better suited for such purposes, especially on scenic cruises such as Alaska. However, the biggest thing you have to ask for yourself is what is your traveling group like and what would they want out of the trip? NCL and RCL famously deploy larger ships with all of the fixings to Alaska because they have become big
  2. You're right! They fixed it later; the PDF I linked has the correct sailings now as they just uploaded the new file with the same URL. Still a mess but not as big of a mess.
  3. Actually, it's even more complicated beyond just 2021. Here's the official PDF release, along with the replacement cruises in 2022: https://www.princess.com/downloads/pdf/plan/impacted-and-cancelled-cruises/pause-extension-southampton-sept-2021.pdf Princess has offered to replace cancelled Regal cruises in 2021 with what appears to be near-identical ones in 2022, also from Southampton. But Regal is supposed to be sailing in the Mediterranean during the same timeframe (as of now). So that means more cancellations and "uprootings" across the summer deployment in Europe.
  4. Thanks a bunch for sharing this. Good to see them churn out more deployment news and still commit to these regions despite their fleet reductions. Also, on a slightly unrelated (and very superficial, so not a big deal) note, but is anyone else not really falling in love with this new Times New Roman-adjacent font? Biggest thing is that it's still easy to read, so I'll give them that. Nonetheless, it's rather plain and nothing like the more unique font they employed before. I know Princess' marketing direction has shifted very gradually in a new direction since last year; it has me
  5. Fully agree with this stance. It's understandable that we may resent older traditions suddenly falling by the wayside, which were already in progress long before the pandemic happened. But old tropes are often forgotten rather quickly; people change, companies respond, then people react, and so on and so forth. Just like commercial aviation was once viewed as glamorous, now it's as mass market as can be. Cruising has long been headed this way and people still headed towards it in droves before the pandemic. Parts of the market could be priced out or lose interest altogether in the industry, bu
  6. Just adding something else I'd read (possibly here, so it's not the most trustworthy speculation), but Discovery could also transit the Suez Canal and arrive in LA via the Pacific. I don't think the Panama Canal would ever allow a Royal-class ship through. Carnival's Panorama also made the full Cape Horn trek. We'll see what happens.
  7. Ah, yes, you make a great point in that the wood and brass don't necessarily combine to make for a dark ship. They're merely prominent accents in an otherwise bright, beige-ish environment. And the Regal will be a lot glitzier and shinier relative to the rest of the older fleet, so yes, the brightness definitely envelops the place. And you're so right about the concerns you listed. I want to tell you that by summer 2022 in Europe, you probably won't have to worry about excursion restrictions. But of course, nobody really knows what will happen by then. And I'm sure your friend wil
  8. Great itinerary. 7 days go by way too fast on this cruise. That one sea day was direly needed. 1. Yes, technically you could. I made the trek, but I personally wouldn't recommend it unless one has the motivation to do so. Since I'd never been to Boston before, I found the walk rather insightful to soak in the city simply through the sights and sounds. 2. Yes, you can. It should be about 20 minutes on a mild stroll (~1 mile). The thing about the Cheers bar closing can be fact checked here. The one at Beacon Hill (the original) is the one remaining open and the one I'm a
  9. Hi there, I'm no expert so I appreciate you reaching out to me. But I personally think it's definitely fair game to consider HAL will offer the Panama Canal (or Hawaii) trips if Princess can't (and vice versa); it's a core market for Carnival Corp. and it's a big loss either way if neither can do it. I'm not sure of this "team up" you're thinking of, though? Perhaps you could explain further. Before we consider these aforementioned itineraries, to begin with, when the cruise lines resume ops, I'm sure the longer itineraries will not be the first ones on the table, so the focus will
  10. Hey @Cruise Wonderland, I welcome and trust your expertise in Princess deployment intel. Sapphire, Emerald, and Diamond were all interchangeable to me (and felt like the most susceptible to unpredictable change). So if Sapphire is headed for South America, that means Diamond probably will go back to Japan for the winters after all. And Emerald will either have to take over the LA trips (as mentioned above) or do Panama Canal round-trip voyages. OR Diamond will take over the LA trips and won't go back to Japan! Anyways, there just aren't enough ships for either full-LA or full-Canal on a regula
  11. Princess's 2022-2023 Australia & New Zealand season AND 2023 Coral Princess World Cruise PDF brochure is here! NOTE: I'm pretty sure all prices are in AUD. Tread carefully. According to the brochure, all info is correct as of February 12, 2021. HIGHLIGHTS: Majestic and Royal will be the two main Sydney-based ships Grand will be in Melbourne, marking a first Coral will sail the 2023 WC (emphasis on Europe, with trips to Iceland & Greenland) will also do special Hawaii trips from SYD/BNE and Round Australia The only repositioning cruise
  12. Hi @shipgeeks, May I ask what is the link to the Valletta webcam you've been using? I may have missed this elsewhere, so I apologize if this has been shared before. Thanks in advance.
  13. I technically start no cruise search with any preference but find myself gravitating back to Princess anyways. For one, the familiarity is the biggest factor. The itineraries also work out better. I also have no problem with any of the ships and particularly like the Royal-class. Also, when traveling with family, Medallion Class is very useful when none of us want to do the same activity at a certain time. So overall, it's just like an old habit at this point.
  14. It's the entire experience, as so fittingly summarized by everyone else. But I also love interacting with the crew and talking with them, learning about their time sailing and working onboard, their families, etc. The crew on Princess are some of the best in the business and I empathize with all of them under these times.
  15. Hi Liz, I can only add a bit about this one. It was reported on here that she would be entering dry dock later this year (she's already in Singapore) but given the lack of cashflow, I think Celebrity is only going to perform simple routine maintenance and add the new blue paintjob (similar to what's happening with the Solstice right now). By 2023, the Revolution will have probably occurred but as for now, I'm unsure when. No worries. Sorry that your trip didn't work out and best wishes to finding a great itinerary.
  16. Forgive me if I'm mistaken but I looked through the new itineraries again and I found that there is an occasional voyage with this routing.
  17. Hey mjmiller, First, congrats on booking the 21-day extravaganza. Such a great itinerary and to book the full 3-week loop without experiencing the dread of needing to get off after one 7-day must be thrilling. Anyways, the main theater entertainment will definitely repeat. There might be a different one-time performer (such as a comedian, magician, cultural performance, etc.) throughout your cruise, but your patter and cruise director should make that obvious if you make it a point to attend. Parties themselves are totally the same since all cruise staff are running on a looped schedule o
  18. As anticipated, since Celebrity moved Solstice to Asia, the South Pacific deployment continues to be slightly pared down. Press release here: "...the return of the award-winning Celebrity Eclipse in Australia and New Zealand for the 2022-23 season with a series of curated 5- to 18-night itineraries immersing guests in the natural wonders and sublime coastline of the land Down Under, along with the South Pacific’s enchanting tropical destinations." The stated selling points for this season (with attached screenshots of some examples): A new, unique overnight o
  19. Ordinarily, it would come out whenever the West Coast sailings are announced and those are some of the last to be released. I'd anticipate sometime in the next few months as I can only give a vague answer during these unpredictable times. But in my opinion, I'm speculating this route won't be coming back in the near future. I could very well be wrong so I'm not putting this out there as truth. But Princess has shed so many ships already and the ships they have left have been redeployed to more core markets to fill those gaps. So this 28-day much-loved itinerary is more niche, in my
  20. Hi Charlie, I totally agree that looking at staffing info, if we find any, can actually be a very good gauge of what we can expect when it comes to service resumption. So here I am to discuss it! First, the good news: This was posted by a real cruise director at Princess who works on the Asian voyages. I think the Taiwan cruises this summer had the highest likelihood of happening anyways, since Dream Cruises has been cruising around Taiwan for some time now, without much news. So, I think we can have confidence Taiwan sailings will probably be happening.
  21. Honestly? No, not really. For vibe/ambience, space, lack of feeling singled out, etc. -- the Piazza is likely your best bet. I mean, of course, if you're with your significant other and you wanna slow dance in a more closed-off setting, then the Wheelhouse Bar on Royal-class ships have a small dance floor. And you could also do a little thing by the crooner at Crooners. But really, the Piazza seems like the best place to do it, based on the activities they arrange.
  22. Hey you know, speaking of Ashford, it turns out he is now Exec Chairman of Azamara. The news came out earlier today. To me, this means Sycamore and Ashford were both trying to scratch their cruise itch (especially after he departed HAL). Again, we'll see how Azamara evolves post-COVID and I agree with you that an exec with former cruise experience is better than none, so it should be in good hands for now.
  23. I'm in agreement here with your skepticism. I'm no expert, and these are just my thoughts. I want to first walk back my words earlier about Pacific not going to Sycamore, as I had expressed reservations about the equity firm's desire for massive investments from the get-go, but I stand corrected. I also read in the news that they also gave the retailer Express a huge loan so clearly this firm is not in the singular interest of pursuing cost-cutting over anything just yet. Additionally, former HAL president Orlando Ashford actually joined Sycamore as an advisor in September 2020, which I'm sure
  24. He's exited the industry, unfortunately. He's one of the notable individuals I alluded to in my post. Most other CDs and EDs have kept to themselves on socials, but I wouldn't be surprised if many of them have also left.
  25. You're very thoughtful and I often think of the crew I've met and built a rapport with during my cruises as well. I think it's safe to say quite a bit of the entertainment crew (including dancers and cruise staff) have left the industry entirely for something land-based and more secure. There are two notable individuals amongst cruise staff that I can quickly name off the top of my head that have already left Princess entirely since the pandemic began. I also don't think any of the dancers/singers are on contract right now because I'm sure Princess doesn't want to be responsible for a group of
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