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  1. CAVEAT: Some of this info may be outdated a few years. HAL has better cabins/bathrooms Princess has better onboard activities. HAL has better burgers Princess has better pizza HAL has better al fresco dining at rear of ship Princess has better pools HAL has better forward viewing Princess has better audience participation shows HAL has better quality live music Princess has better outdoor cinema viewing HAL has a better buffet layout/design Princess has better variety specialty or ethnic theme-night dining options HAL has better TVs/On Demand programming Princess has a better Piazza/Atrium HAL has better itineraries Princess has better nightlife HAL has a better overall traditional feel Princess has a better overall relaxed feel
  2. Considering that the virus is largely transmitted through droplets... A better analogy would be building a chain link fence to keep dog crap out of one's yard. Sure, the dog crap can fit through the links in the fence, but it didn't get there on its own.
  3. Considering that they possess all of the rest of the former R-Class(Renaissance) ships in their respective fleets, It's highly likely that either Azamara or Oceania will purchase the Pacific Princess, once Carnival Corp. is desperate enough to let her go at a rock-bottom price.
  4. I would also have to state that our most memorable meal was at the Sterling Steakhouse, sailing on the Royal Princess(R-class) in French Polynesia. It was a formal night(the rest of the passengers were dining in the MDR that evening), and so we had the rear section of the restaurant to ourselves. The meal/service/ambience was fantastic. So much so, that the experience of that sailing 'sold us' on Princess(and cruising in general). How things have changed since then...
  5. How was this announcement a surprise to anybody?
  6. Princess needs new leadership if they expect to survive this.
  7. Hmmfff.... Butter balls are so tacky.
  8. I believe that I used the term 'exception'. Q: What do Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands all have in common? A: . They're all U.S. territories(SEE: Not U.S. states). One might choose to apply logic as to why they were specifically listed as 'exempted'.
  9. Closed loop cruises(AKA round-trip) leaving from/returning to the same U.S. port require at least one stop at a 'near foreign port' -- IE. Victoria, B.C. for Alaskan cruises or Ensenada, MX for Hawaiian Islands cruises/(3-4 day)West Coast getaways. The 'distant foreign port' requirement is for a cruise departing from a U.S. port that travels to a different U.S. port. For example, a one-way Panama canal cruise would require a stop in South America(The ABC islands are also considered as South America). Ports in Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean are considered 'near foreign ports' The PVSA is why most West Coast re-positioning cruises that involve a U.S. port at one end have a foreign port on the other end. Often those transitioning from a NE U.S. homeport to a SE U.S. homeport for the Caribbean season will include Aruba or Curacao in the itinerary to satisfy the requirement. The one exception to this is when Puerto Rico is involved, as it is not a U.S. state. Therefore, cruises may start/end in a U.S. port and start/end in Puerto Rico.
  10. Excellent post. The bubble of the mainstream cruise industry's recent 'arms race' has burst due to the perfect viral storm exposing its vulnerabilities. Many have still failed to come to grips with this reality.
  11. There are people still considering cruising right now?
  12. Probably not. Not so much due to the current health crisis, rather Princess negligently polluting our oceans, and deliberately trying to cover it up. A company with those kinds of questionable morals has made us question how concerned they are about passenger safety and security in favor of their own bottom line.
  13. We've also experienced a notable decline across the entire fleet as well in recent years. Perhaps it's the combo of ever increasing passenger loads coupled with decreasing/overworked staff. One can't logically expect the declining trend of the staff to passenger ratio to allow for maintaining a higher level of quality service. Princess is a mass-market line. I often question the thinking of those that can afford to pay 1000s of dollars for suites aboard Princess.. when for a similar cost, they could lose a handful of sq ft. of cabin real estate, and sail on a premium line -- where the service and quality of fare is as good as (or better) than what Princess may have ever offered in the past.
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