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  1. A rare meet up of 3 sisters happens in Victoria today. Grand, Star and Ruby will all be at the Ogden Pt docks. Two are sailing early to make room for Norwegian Bliss and Eurodam.
  2. satxdiver: just be slightly correct your insight into the problem, the issue is not with the diesel generator sets on board the ship. There are 6 such sets, and the power from them can be distributed as required to propulsion motors or the hotel requirements of the vessel. The current problem is with the actual electric motor than turns the shaft. Some of the electrical windings within that motor are not working, and thus the motor can not turn as fast as when all the winding are in good order. During the refit they will either: A) cut a large hole in engine room plating, remove the defective motor and then place a new one aboard, or B) strip down the defective motor and rebuild it while it is in place within the engine room. So far, it would appear that option A is favoured.
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    Propulsion issue on the Ruby

    The Grand class vessels have fixed pitch propellers like the rest of the Princess fleet.
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    India - e-visas

    On the e visa application, what do you enter for contact in Cochin, their address, and their phone number? Many thanks!
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    Gifts for Cubans

    Not just in Cuba, but all over the world, service workers are paid very poorly. The best "gift" for them, is money. With that they can actually purchase the necessities for their life. Often that is food or medicine. Trinkets just don"t cut it in my mind.
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    Star princess drydock

    A big job for those 4 tugs! She is almost at the dock now. Check the bridge cam.
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    Star princess drydock

    Watch for a different view from the bridge cam 09:00 PDT on Tuesday morning. Star is being towed from the dry dock over to the regular cruise ship dock in Victoria. It is there that the final refit work will take place, prior to her heading over to Vancouver to embark passengers for the southbound trip to LA.
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    Koningsdam.....are you considering?

    In the fall I did just under a month on Koningsdam, debarking in Amsterdam. It is a wonderful ship, perhaps best in the fleet for my travels. Others have reported on the great new things, so I will skip over those. On any holiday I leave home with great expectations and as a result the good or great things matter little to me. It is the negatives that stick in my mind! The much lower ceiling or deck heads take a little getting used to; there is significantly lower overheads on this ship in order to allow the added height of the vessel. Corridors too are narrow. The "scotch tasting" bar was seldom used. The Culinary Arts area and Blend were always empty, and I feel the space could be put to a better use. The "duelling piano" entertainment varies depending on who the talent is. Ours changed mid voyage the the new comers were much more engaging with the passengers, and thus a larger more fun filled time occurred. As I am not a huge fan of BB King type music I did find that entertainment very loud and almost the same each evening. Would I sail on her again. Yes! The great out door deck spaces, pools and hot tubs, and by far the best laid out Lido buffet in the fleet made up for the few short comings. Enjoy your cruise!
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    Legends of the Pacific

    Rather than searching for Asia cruises, try selecting Maasdam and follow her itineraries month to month. That cruise is shown, following her San Francisco toJapan north Pacific crossing. A great itinerary for sure!
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    2019 Summer and Fall Cruises

    Royal will not fit under bridge in Vancouver, nor under the power wires on the inside passage. Thus she will sail from California to Vancouver. A separate 1 night cruise to Seattle. Another separate cruise from Seattle to Alaska will operate weekly from Seattle.
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    Princess 2017 transfers to Rome Airport

    Another question that hopefully someone can answer. If you book Romecabs for a transfer from the ship to the airport, do they pick you up on the dock out side the customs hall, or do you have to go to the transportation square on a shuttle bus to meet them? t Thanks
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    PEARL late out of Ketchikan???

    She is arriving very late into Victoria; Pilot boarding at 19:15 and alongside at 20:15. Tours cancelled.
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    PEARL late out of Ketchikan???

    Fri: Jewel in Victoria, Pearl in Ketchikan. Sat: Jewel in Seattle, Pearl in Victoria.
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    PEARL late out of Ketchikan???

    There has been a death on board, and US Authorities delayed the sailing and are investigating. Now expected to embark the pilot off Victoria at 18:45 at the earliest. She may not dock at all, but rather anchor and send ship's officers ashore via fast tender to have paper work signed by Canadian Authorities in order to comply with US regulations. If she does dock, it would not be until 19:45.