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Fire on Star Princess kills one, injures others.

Fire on Star Princess kills one, injures others.

Mar 24th, 2006, 04:25 PM
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CPN, please let us know what you find out, good luck.
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Mar 24th, 2006, 07:45 PM
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We are still in a holding pattern as Princess won't release our 37 tickets until at least Monday. The families met tonight to try to come up with alternate plans. Not knowing what kind of a deal they will come up with makes it a challenge, esp with airline tickets (Indiana to Ft. Lauderdale)being involved.... Any ideas on last minute resorts, condos etc. that can accomodate a large number?
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Mar 25th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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You've probably thought of this already, but can Princess arrange a different cruise for you, leaving from the same port?
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Mar 25th, 2006, 11:17 AM
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The Jewel and Radiance also leave from FLL. (RCCL) Great ships! See if you can book on one of them. Good luck
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Mar 26th, 2006, 07:20 AM
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CPN, what a mess, so sorry. Many people are checking in with your same predicament on cruisecritic.com. From what I read all Princess ships are already backlogged with requests to transfer.

If I were you I'd search for any other cruise line possibility and call your ta and ask them to hold however many number of cabins you need, there is usually a 2 to 4 day hold on reservation requests.

It is not certain now if the fire was caused by a cigarette or not, there are also rumons it was started on purpose by a teen who was fighting with their father. No way of knowing if this is true or not yet. The article is here:

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald...l/14182486.htm
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Mar 27th, 2006, 05:56 AM
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It is ironic that the one cruise line that allowed NO Smoking, went bankrupt. Apparently the smokers are far better for revenue than the non smokers. I think they tend to drink more and gamble more which contribute to the bottom line, but having just gotten back from a Celebrity cruise in South America, I have so had it with smoking that I will never cruise again.
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Mar 27th, 2006, 06:21 AM
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Which cruise line went bankrupt because of not smoking?
Below is the latest update from Princess.
3/27/2006
Star Princess Update -- 6:00 am PST


Following a preliminary assessment over the weekend of the damage to cabins aboard Star Princess resulting from last week's fire, it has been determined that additional out of service time is required.
We are therefore regretfully cancelling the ship's April 2 voyage, a Caribbean sailing scheduled to depart from Fort Lauderdale. We sincerely apologize to passengers booked on this cruise for any disappointment and inconvenience this may cause.

Passengers booked on this sailing will receive a full refund of their cruise and air fare. We will also provide a future cruise credit equal to 25 percent of the cruise fare paid on this cruise.

We are continuing to evaluate the situation and will communicate any new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, we appreciate the patience and understanding from our passengers.


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Mar 27th, 2006, 07:16 AM
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Carnival had a nonsmoking ship and it was not profitable so they just cancelled the nonsmoking route. Likewise, Celebrity used to have a few "adults only" cruises and they were cancelled also. I guess it's hard to keep a sailing profitable if they only appeal to certain sections of the population.
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Mar 27th, 2006, 07:18 AM
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I don't know how the ship can sail in it's condition, to me it looks as though the ship will be out of service for at least a month? Glad to read the April 2 passengers finally received an answer.
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Mar 27th, 2006, 10:35 AM
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This is off topic but answering the question posted....You may be thinking of Renaissance Cruiseline that was NO SMOKING and went bankrupt. If you are looking for a cruise line that has very limited smoking areas, you may want to look at Oceania. They have the fewest areas where smoking is allowed. I seriously doubt if there will be another cruise line that is 100% smoke free....they just can't survive (or attract groups/couples travelling together)and the name of the game is to fill up the ships! They all need those 20-25% smokers.
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Mar 29th, 2006, 04:31 AM
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3/28/2006
Star Princess Update -- 6:00 am PST


We have now fully completed the damage assessment of Star Princess following last week's fire. In order to make permanent repairs to the affected cabins, the ship will be taken out of service until May 15, when it will begin its European cruise season.
Regretfully, it is necessary to cancel the Caribbean cruises which depart on April 9, 16 and 23, along with the April 30 Transatlantic cruise. We sincerely apologize to passengers booked on these sailings for any disappointment and inconvenience this may cause. Passengers booked on these cruises will receive a full refund of their cruise and non-refundable air charges. We will also provide passengers with a future cruise credit equal to 25 percent of the cruise fare paid on these sailings.

Star Princess will sail this week from the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, where she currently is located, to the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany for repair of the damaged cabins. The ship will be back in service for its first Europe cruise, which will depart from Copenhagen on May 15.

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Mar 29th, 2006, 08:24 AM
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Just FYI, Carnival did not stop sailing the "Paradise" as a no-smoking ship because they could not keep it full. Instead, they said that it was the least profitable ship in their fleet. It seems that those who do not smoke are also less likely to spend money on alchol and gambling.

It really sounds as if the ship they are repairing had some serious damage. It's not unusual for lines to totally remodel ships in 2-3 weeks and they are taking longer than that on this repair. She probably had a lot of water damage, smoke damage, and due to heat, perhaps even structural damage as well.

Hope they get to the bottom of the cause.
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May 1st, 2006, 05:30 PM
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The rest of the story - I was supposed to cruise on the Star - Princess cruiselines were no help at all...

We were never even notified that it was a no go...

The group of 37 ended up being a group of 29 that could fit on RC - Explorer of the Seas. The group had a combined 40+ cruises and if Princess doesn't make us a deal - no one in the group will be cruising with them.

We did have a blast and lived happily ever after... Thanks Royal Caribbean
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May 1st, 2006, 05:52 PM
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Thanks for the update, CPN. I'm so sorry for your disappointment, that's quite a shame.
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