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Old June 18th, 2003, 12:38 PM
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Default Island Princess is on its way!

It is official...I found this on the Princess website today...here is the link!

http://www.princess.com/news/article...rticleId=na608
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Old June 19th, 2003, 09:20 AM
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Default Re: Island Princess is on its way!

Just thought I would reply to my own post...lol....I got an email from our nice friend in France who has been following the construction of the Island Princess. He said she sailed for the US last night (this morning)...3am their time. Looks like the July 12 cruise will definitely be on time!
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Old June 19th, 2003, 10:22 AM
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Just as a matter of interest, is her route to Alaska via the Panama Canal?? or is there another way to accomplish the trip
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Old June 19th, 2003, 04:14 PM
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I don't know of another way besides going through the PC. Her cruise-cam is working...you can follow her voyage with the link below:

http://www.kroooz-cams.com/island/island.htm
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Old June 19th, 2003, 11:18 PM
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Default Re: Island Princess is on its way!

Anybody know yet who the Godmother of the Island Princess will be?

Hmmm, the ship was built in France, the naming ceremony will be in Canada...

If she's not too busy with her Las Vegas shows, perhaps the French-Canadian Celine Dion?

(OK, I am sure someone "in the know" can tell us who it will be, yes?)
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Old June 20th, 2003, 10:35 AM
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Celine Dion....YUK!!
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Old June 24th, 2003, 11:12 AM
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Island Princess now approx 600 miles N.E. of St. Eustatius, a small island, about 11 square miles. Located about 20 minutes by air from St. Marrten.
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Old June 24th, 2003, 05:55 PM
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The web cam still shows the position being "approx 600 miles N.E. of St. Eustatius" at 22:58 GMT after many hours. Considering how extremely tiny St. Eustatius is, either the Island Princess's web cam is not being refreshed frequently, or the ship is ...dead in the water. Just kidding. I'm sure she's just fine.

Any idea who the godmother of the Island Princess will be? The announcement will be official tomorrow. I have a French Canadian in mind, and am curious to see who it will be.
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Old June 24th, 2003, 07:02 PM
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I believe the officers on the bridge can change the text of where the ship is. They will probably change it in the morning.

These ships only move at about 20 knots or so, which would be about 23 miles per hour.
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Old June 25th, 2003, 11:15 AM
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6/25/2003 This just announced by Princess:

"CANADIAN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS TO CHRISTEN NEW ISLAND PRINCESS IN HISTORIC VANCOUVER CEREMONY
Figure Skating Pair Jamie Salé and David Pelletier to Name Vessel July 11 in City's First Ever Cruise Ship Christening Ceremony

Princess announced today that Olympic gold medal-winning figure skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier will christen the line's newest ship, Island Princess, during the first such ceremony ever held in Vancouver. The Canadian pair, who earned international recognition during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, will become the vessel's godparents on July 11, 2003. "
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Old June 25th, 2003, 12:45 PM
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She's well on her way, now anchored, for whatever reason at St. Eustatius, a small island not far from St. Maarten.
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Old June 25th, 2003, 07:05 PM
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Well on her way? I hope so, but sure would be interesting to know why she has been at little St. Eustasius island for more than 30 hours now.
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Old June 25th, 2003, 08:47 PM
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Maybe she's ahead of schedule and this is a convienent location to waste some time, or possibly this is a planned stop so the engineers can evaluate the systems on this first leg of the trip. Who knows.
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Old June 26th, 2003, 10:24 AM
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The web-cam says the Island is still anchored, but it looks like she is sailing to me...anyone else agree?
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Old June 26th, 2003, 11:05 AM
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She is sailing once again. I assume towards the Panama Canal.
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Old June 27th, 2003, 01:16 AM
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Hey guys....think a minute! How long does it take to go Transatlantic....5 days? Add probably two or three to get to the Panama canal and then another 8 to goup the coast to Vancouver....only stops are for fuel. The Island Princess will have to stop at times to stay on schedule or she will arrive in Vancouver way too early!

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Old June 27th, 2003, 02:01 AM
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"Maybe she's ahead of schedule and this is a convienent location to waste some time, or possibly this is a planned stop so the engineers can evaluate the systems on this first leg of the trip."

That sounds reasonable to me, uncmarts.
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Old June 27th, 2003, 06:28 AM
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Look at all of us trying to figure out her every move, or stop. I'm sure the entire trip is completely planned out. This is just fun. Anyway, another thought for her first stop, maybe she is scheduled to go through the PC in daylight hours or at a specific time.

I noticed one more thing. In the web cam view, it always seems gray, or black & white. Where's the blue sky and aqua waters??
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Old June 27th, 2003, 05:08 PM
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I noticed some white caps in some of the pictures earlier today. Seas might be getting a bit rough. I'm looking forward to when she starts her transit through the Panama Canal, as there is a webcam at the Miraflores lock which will show the ship in blazing color.
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Old June 27th, 2003, 05:28 PM
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Could we have the link to that webcam, Sharon? That will be awesome! Thanks!
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Old June 27th, 2003, 05:31 PM
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OH...found it myself...here it is for those of you who are following the Island!
http://www.geocities.com/thelanddivi...res_popup.html
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Old June 27th, 2003, 09:01 PM
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I wonder if it's possible the she will not go through the canal and instead head all the way down and around South America to save the PC transit fee. Even with the extra fuel used it still might be more cost effective.
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Old June 27th, 2003, 09:17 PM
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The Island's Cruz Cam indicates she's off the coast of Columbia. Looks like she's headed for the PC.

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Old June 27th, 2003, 11:34 PM
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Here's another URL for the Miraflores web cam. There is a good map of the canal on the same page as the webcam.

http://www.seacruisechat.com/panamacanal.html
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You can also check out the Miraflores cam at http://www.kroooz-cams.com

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Old June 28th, 2003, 01:24 PM
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Here's a story from the Vancouver Sun that will interest Island Princess watchers:

http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vanc...D-C6EF58855B6C
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Old June 28th, 2003, 02:18 PM
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"Still off the Columbian coast."

That's what the Island Princess's web cam says. And all I see is a green screen with no picture at all.

Does anyone have current information on her status and perhaps another webcam site that shows her bridge cam with something other than the green page?
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Old June 29th, 2003, 08:23 AM
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Either the captain turned off the picture altogether or they are they have lost their satelite signal. Too bad, I really enjoyed keep track of her venture to Vancouver.

I suspect the signal will come back at some point.
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Old June 29th, 2003, 09:01 AM
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I'm getting ready to leave for the beach and checked one last time for the day. The "Island Princess" is at the "Panama Canal"
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Old June 29th, 2003, 01:23 PM
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I just saw her via the Panama Canal webcam listed above. She is in the Miraflores lock at this very moment.! It's a great closeup shot, too.!
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