Posted November 7th, 2011, 12:47 AM
I'll add a couple of quick notes about this and that. Cochin - VERY hot and humid and this is the 'cool season' - wouldn't want to try it in August! One of our trivia team, Keith, and his wife Judith picked the 'good tour' of the day - the Kerala Cruise - Keith said it was relatively cool (at least until their lunch stop) and his pictures were fascinating. It is also the tour that Petra, the port lecturer, said was the best. It was an all day one, though and we weren't really up for another long day at the time we picked the shorter old city one. Looked like it would have been interesting to cross the river over to the newer part of Cochin, and it also appeared that there was some kind of ferry service, leaving from somewhere close to our berth and calling at both the other sections of the city - the old one where our bus tour went, and the new city across the river. Might be worth looking into if you are calling here.
We were all awakened last night around 12:45 or so with a broadcast announcement calling for an assessment team. Nothing else came over the PA system so settled back in to go to sleep, since we didn't hear any Sierra Papa code - but as you can imagine, rumors of all kinds ran rampant until the Captain made an extensive announcement at 9AM today explaining that there had been a small fire in one of the generators, quickly noted, responded to, contained without serious damage. He gave a lot more detail than that, but the upshot is that all is well, damage is minimal, and repairs are being done and the generator (one of four, we can get by on two) should be back online sometime during the day.
Past Cruises: Sea Princess - Alaska, 2002, Dawn Princess - Honolulu-Tahiti-Honolulu, 2003, Coral Princess - Panama Canal, 2004, Star Princess - Eastern & Western Caribbean, 2004, Grand Princess - Grand Mediterranean, 2005, Golden Princess - British Isles, 2005, Pacific Princess - Islands of the Pacific Theater, 2006, Star Princess-Baltic and Transatlantic, 2006, Golden Princess - Buenos Aires to San Francisco, spring 2007, Sapphire Princess - Bangkok to Beijing to Bangkok, fall 2007, Sea Princess Med and Iberian, May 2008; Royal Princess Canada and Colonial America, Ruby Princess Western Caribbean, Sept 2008, Pacific Princess Fort Lauderdale to Manaus and back, May 2009, Coral Princess Alaska to FLL Sept 2009, Diamond Princess Sydney to Auckland, Jan 2010, Ocean Princess June/July 2010 - Norwegian Fjords and Northern Transatlantic, Westerdam Oct/Nov 2010 - Med and Southern Transatlantic, Feb/Mar/Apr 2011 Sun Princess around New Zealand, Dawn Princess around Australia, Oct/Nov 2011 Ocean Princess Rome to Singapore, Apr/May 2012 Diamond Princess Singapore to Vancouver, Nov 2012 Grand Princess Transatlantic, May 2014 Rotterdam Norway, March 2015 Singpore to Singapore with Myanmar, Volendam, Aug 2015 Amsterdam to Basel, Viking Eir; Transatlantic, Caribbean Princess Sept 2015; Transatlantic Oosterdam March 2016 & Loire River CroisEurope Loire Princesse April 2016; Japan, Diamond Princess, July/August 2016; Viking Danube River cruises Nuremberg to Budapest, Budapest to Passau, Vijlhelm and Gullveig April 2017;
April 2018 Noordam Hawaii to Vancouver
March 2019 Prisendam Florida to Lisbon, April 2019 AMAwaterways Lisbon to Madrid