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Old February 24th, 2006, 11:06 AM
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Default Diamond-Engine Problem?

I recently booked a Mexican cruise on the Diamond and two days later Princess sent me letter that announced port departure out of LA was being moved up by 1 hour.

I remember reading a log time ago that this ship had some type of engine or propeller problem. Has that been fixed or not? Or is the reason for an earlier departure due to other port issues?

Just wondering?
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Old February 24th, 2006, 06:01 PM
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I was on the Diamond last April...we had trouble the last night back...lost engine stabilizers or somthing..it was pretty rough...We are on the Sapphire this year.leaving LA on April first...the Diamond is not running out of LA at this time...
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Old February 24th, 2006, 08:14 PM
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Hi ladypalmtree,

Just an FYI . According to the Princess site the Diamond will be sailing from LA starting September 23 of this year.

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I'm guessing your cruise is after this date? I'm sure if there are any problems they'll be fixed by the time you cruise!

Have a great one, whenever it is!
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I don't know about the Diamond's engine, but want to respond to one of the posters' comments. We live fairly near LA and have done the Mexican Riviera cruise many times over the past 15 years. It's always been smooth as glass till that last night and it's always rough coming from Cabo back to LA.

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I agree..the last night is always rough...but we did indeed have engine trouble..and a lot of people got sick. We got to Port very late in the day on Saturday..We just came back from this years cruise on the Sapphire and had no trouble..just a little bumpy last night...We want to book the Diamond again for next spring..cheers
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Everybody,

Mike & Charlotte: It's always been smooth as glass till that last night and it's always rough coming from Cabo back to LA.

ladypalmtree: I agree..the last night is always rough...

Gosh, you landlubbers need to learn what "rough" is!

I have been up and down the Mexican Riviera several times, and have yet to encounter anything on the transit between Cabo San Lucas and either Los Angeles or San Diego that one could consider to be rough. Yes, it's open water where some swells are fairly common, so you might feel some motion, but it's generally pretty mild.

"Rough" is when you are on a 40,000 ton helicopter carrier in thirty foot seas, and you have to cancel the "steel beach picnic" planned for Sunday afternoon because surf is up on the steel beach, in the form of ten foot waves rolling down 865 feet of flight deck.

"Rough" is when you are on a destroyer in twenty-five foot seas that's riding over one wave and under the next, with spray over the flying bridge, while taking thirty-five degree rolls.

And "Rough" is great fun! It's like your favorite ride at the amusement park, except it does not stop after five minutes. Rather, it goes on for several days or, if you are lucky enough to be crossing the North Atlantic in the winter, a couple weeks.

Cruise ships, however, do not do "rough."

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Well, Norm, I don't think that the purpose of these message boards is to put others down or to show off your military prowress. This is, after all, a place where casual cruisers chat.

That said, I doubt that many cruises have been rougher than our trip "round the horn" when so much water poured into the casino on Deck 6 of the Mercury that the pool boys were kept busy for aobut 12 hours, just pushing carts of wet/dry towels back and forth to the dryers. Or on another cruise coming up the southern coast of South America, when the "rounders" holding clothes tipped over and crashed through all the shop windows, about half the china in the buffet line smashed to the floor, and a lot of liquor bottles broke in many of the bars.

The trip up from Cabo to LA is not rough by those comparisons, but it is rougher than the trip down, and that is something that cruisers who are sensitive to motion should take into consideration before booking.

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