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Princess Cruise Lines Slapped with Record Fine for Deliberate Pollution

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2016, 9:15 PM

The Department of Justice has fined Princess Cruise Lines a whopping $40 million for deliberately polluting oceans and then trying to cover it up. The fine is the largest criminal penalty ever given for such actions.  In a statement, the Justice Department says that Princess—a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.—illegally dumped contaminated waste and oil from its Caribbean Princess ship for a pe...

In an Unusual Move, Princess Cruises Develops New Musicals with the Writer of "Wicked" and "Godspell"

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/12/2015, 7:45 PM

There's a Broadway arms race raging in cruise ship entertainment. It started nearly a decade ago when Norwegian mounted a chopped-down version of the lesser-known musical Smokey Joe's Café (1994) on one of its ships. That show, a simple revue of Leiber and Stoller early rock songs, fit the mold for the jukebox style of live entertainment passengers expected: familiar, plotless, tuneful, and ov...

It's Deal Season! These Cruises Are Less than $100 a night—Plus Some Summer Booking Promotions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/10/2014, 6:00 PM

The Grand Princess. Credit: Princess Cruises   Every month, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to tell us about the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  We're heading into one of cruising's big bargain seasons in the Caribbean. Even though hurricanes only...

Two Transatlantic Cruises for Less than $100 a Night, Plus 5 More Hot Deals

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/21/2014, 9:15 PM

The SeaWalk on the new Royal Princess, sailing to Europe in April Periodically, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to fill us in on the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  Unless specified, all prices are the lowest possible for an inside cabin, and they are...

Pay $56 a Night to Cruise from L.A. to Japan via Hawaii! Plus 5 More Cruise Deals That Won't Last Long

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/07/2014, 7:00 PM

Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess Once again, we asked the folks at AllThingsCruise.com to fill us in on the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  Unless specified, all prices are the lowest possible for an inside cabin, and are based on double occupancy. These spec...

Another Cruise Line Extinguishes Smoking on Stateroom Balconies, and Good Riddance

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2013, 5:45 PM

USA Today reports that Disney is the latest cruise line to ban smoking on its stateroom balconies, joining Celebrity, Princess, Oceania, and Crystal. I'm all for the ban. Not because it's not very "Disney" (Walt himself was rarely seen without an unfiltered Lucky Strike in his hand) but because it's dangerous and rude. Every cruise ship's lifeboat drill contains a captain's warning not to ...

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