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BAD news first…...about 0530 the captain came on and advised the was a small fire on deck 4 near the engine room…we were losing propulsion and had limited lighting…well that certainly wakes you up!

20 minutes later he advised fire was out but we have limited propulsion and limping onwards to Hilo Hawaii, our first port since leaving SF…

 

GOOD news… we are about 6 miles fro Hilo…

there isn't enough power for brewing coffee and limited lighting in horizon court ….which was a zoo with limited lighting and people acting as if they were rushing to avoid a food shortage…some folks really amaze me….

 

the cruise has been typical princess quality and we are satisfied ….as others have said , the Grand is showing her age but is well maintained with an OUTSTANDING crew…

 

did i mention i could use a cup of coffee? its now 0640

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People were probably remembering that Carnival cruise where the ship lost power and food became scarce. Or they were just panicking for no good reason. :) Enjoy Hilo!

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On the bright side.. If you have to break down I can't think of many better places to be stranded than Hawaii..

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On the bright side.. If you have to break down I can't think of many better places to be stranded than Hawaii..

 

Glass half full !! :)

 

 

 

Seriously though OP, please keep us apprised.. Hoping your cruise isn't affected to much

Srpilo

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Hi All

 

Small fires are becoming common, think we had three on the Emerald TA,

 

OP,

 

Thanks for info, up date when you can

 

yours shogun

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i always look at the glass as half full…

 

 

my wife and i are safe…..we are in hawaii…almost…fire didn't happen 1000 miles out a sea…the sun is coming up…my verizon wi fi is working perfectly and not eating up internet minutes…

 

we are still slowly limping towards shore, i assume there will be extra tugs for propulsion to the dock when we get there…the captain has been on 2 more times…still accessing the damage …i hope (i am sure) they have some spare circuits as it sounds like one whole electrical box was fried like last nights southern fried chicken in horizon court ….

 

it's probably just me ….but i find the voice of a captain... from England..with a strong english accent…. the most soothing sound of reassurance that i could hope for…

 

so far the chatter from passing passengers has been relaxed... to …." i aint doing anther frigging cruise on princess" to "this is all George Bush's fault…

thanks to all form the words of encouragement.

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Armchair engineering here, but it sounds like at a minimum they would need to shut the grid down to replace components. Being that close to port, getting to dock is a sound plan and at least being in Hawaii gives them lots of options.

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On board too. We are very close to Hilo now. The captain does have a soothing voice. Never felt like we were in any danger. He made regular updates. gkas this happened this morning and not two days ago. But I feel like we are safe and in good hands.

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Hilo Pilot is onboard, but we have aborted our first attempt into Hilo. The Capt and the pilot are assessing iur options. Kind of nice out here, floating, looking at the island.

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Happy you made it to Hawaii!

 

Please keep us updated.

Edited by OCruisers

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Sorry to hear you are having engine issues, but knowing you are so close to land is comforting.

 

I hope they can get everything back into ship-shape order quickly.

 

Please, if you can, keep us updated!

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Good morning from Honolulu.

 

You made the news:

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2015/11/articles/fires-1/fire-on-grand-princess-near-hilo/

 

Here's your weather report for Hilo.

http://www.weather.com/weather/today/l/USHI0022:1:US

 

Looking forward to having you arrive in Honolulu on Tuesday.

 

Safe journey.

 

Sure didn't take long for the lawyers to zero in on this.. :mad:

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Nothing new to report but those who know about the IC were able to get coffee and at least McMuffin this morning. Unfortunately Sabatini is not serving either.

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Not sure where the passenger was that reported about Horizon Court. I was there. It was pretty much normal. People were polite and there was no food hoarding that I saw. But then saying people are calm will not make the news.

 

We are still doing circles off the cost of the Big Island. The cabin next to ours just got power. Our still does not have any. There are so many worse things then sitting on our balcony enjoying the view. Looks like we have tugs headed this way.

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Ask steward for an extension cord and run across the balcony.

 

Not sure where the passenger was that reported about Horizon Court. I was there. It was pretty much normal. People were polite and there was no food hoarding that I saw. But then saying people are calm will not make the news.

 

We are still doing circles off the cost of the Big Island. The cabin next to ours just got power. Our still does not have any. There are so many worse things then sitting on our balcony enjoying the view. Looks like we have tugs headed this way.

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Cabin next door is my parents. No extension cord is need. Just walked next door and plugged into the wall. :) our steward told me this morning that the power outlets in the corridor are working and he would watch my phone if needed.

 

Capt is on right now. He is saying that at the moment we are in a holding pattern until they get the port side propulsion online.

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