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And PADRAIGAIN..if it was me yes I'd be concerned. I know that's not what you want to hear, but its just my opinion only. You'll NEVER get anything out of a cruise line over something like this, although I can't remember ANY cruise line being involved in this kind of a dispute. It'll be solved at paygrades so high we'd need oxygen just to listen. KENN?
Yes, I agree Yankee. Frankly I'm in a quandary here. I have the advantage of reading detailed exchanges between a retired Master (Captain) and a retired Chief Engineer regarding this situation. Both are pretty knowledgeable and articulate very well. I'm a long time Princess faithful so I lean toward giving them the benefit of doubt. However, being in the airplane game all my life and still having my skin intact after thousands of hours of pilot in command, I owe most of that to never taking anything for granted or relying on assumptions, instincts tell me the marine pilots might have a point or two.
Poor Pat, already booked and reading all this diatribe, probably enough to scare her out of her wits. Pat, if I were in your shoes I would stay the course. First off, the vessel is absolutely safe, no concern there whatsoever. A lot safer than driving on our roads in the U.S.A. Worst case scenario would be having to bypass a port or two. More than likely this will be smooth sailing for you and after disembarkation, you are going to ask what all the commotion was about. We have sailed on both the Royal and its sister the Regal for over two months total. No problems, even in a storm on the North Atlantic off Greenland in October where the wind was on our beam and plastering heavy rain on the balcony window.
However, back to Yankee and the technical details. Unless I learn more, it is beginning to appear that Princess went overly cheap on systems that would give the Royal Class more power, differential thrust and steering effectives and efficiency. What I'm unable to understand is why hasn't these deficiencies, if there are any, manifested before now? After all, with over half a dozen years of experience one would expect any significant problems to have surfaced earlier.
It is also apparent to me that part of the problem is the super arrogance in the upper echelon of both parties. Perhaps there is less of a real issue than might appear and that any navigational shortcomings can be made up for at the next dry dock. For instance, the addition of Becker Rudders and controllable pitch propellers. In the meantime, after wiser heads prevail, the vessels can go ahead and operate in Alaska, encountering only minor delays from time to time over and above that which other more proven Princess ships would likely experience.