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October 31, 2010
THAILAND Natural and man-made landmarks On Friendly Planet Travel's "A Taste of Thailand," travelers journey along Bangkok's waterways and visit many of the country's highlights, including the Bridge at the River Kwai, ornate palaces, massive Buddhas and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The itinerary provides ample leisure time for independent exploration and to partake in optional add-on experiences that include bathing elephants or sunbathing in Phuket. Itinerary: Bangkok to Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, the River Kwai and back to Bangkok Dates: Multiple nine-day departures offered between Nov. 22 and April 25 Price: Starting at $1,499, double occupancy (single supplement $199)
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December 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Short cruises between Los Angeles and Mexico are one of the most inexpensive cruises around, and January is a month when they get even cheaper. It's good news for those who want to take a few days to recover from the holiday madness or those who want to experience a starter cruise. Here are some sample itineraries and prices for interior cabins on sailings from Los Angeles: Deal 1: Three-day West Coast Getaway cruises aboard the Sapphire Princess spend a day in Ensenada, Mexico , and a day at sea before returning to L.A. Interior staterooms start at $218 per person for a Jan. 13 departure, excluding tax and fees.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1993
In response to "Unpretty Princess," editorial, April 21: I appreciate the opportunity to reply to your editorial and would like to clarify Princess Cruises' commitment to protect the oceans upon which we do business. The fine we received for violating the law, which prohibits the disposal of plastic into the ocean, was a clear message that the authorities are serious about enforcing environmental laws, a commitment we heartily support. We cooperated fully with the authorities in their investigation because we also take the environment seriously and have had longstanding policies in place designed to minimize our impact on the oceans.
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Call it an "e-smoking lounge" or a "vaping zone," but whatever you call it, it opened this week in Terminal 4 at London's Heathrow Airport. Electronic cigarette manufacturer Gamucci hosts the indoor area - off limits to anyone younger than 18 - as well as a store that allows travelers to sample and buy products too. Electronic cigarettes are "non-tobacco containing, non-combustible cigarettes which work by vaporizing nicotine liquid," according...
NEWS
June 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Set your clock for early Thursday to watch Kate Middleton , everyone's favorite royal, christen a cruise ship in Britain . The duchess of Cambridge, due to deliver her first child next month, had been selected as godmother to the new Royal Princess from Princess Cruises . At 3:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Middleton will be in Southampton, England, and ready to smash a bottle of Champagne on the bow of the ship....
TRAVEL
June 13, 2010 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: My husband and I took a 14-day Caribbean cruise on Princess over the Christmas holidays. My suitcase didn't make it to the cabin and was missing for 12 days. Despite repeated attempts to work with the purser's office — just getting loaner clothing for formal night was a tribulation — we were unhappy and requested a full refund. The only thing we got was a $500 onboard credit for our next cruise and a letter telling us "further correspondence will not generate a change in resolution."
TRAVEL
April 13, 1997
Los Angeles-based Princess Cruises last week settled with the Florida state attorney general's office, which had sued it, alleging that it misrepresents "port fees" it charges customers as government taxes. Princess said it plans to amend its advertising effective June 1.
TRAVEL
July 7, 2002 | Jane Engle
Princess Cruises is dipping its toes into waters both warm and cold with two new destinations in its 2003-04 season. The line will begin its first regular round-trip Hawaiian cruises, sailing out of Los Angeles on a 15-day itinerary that will call on Honolulu; Hilo and Kona on the Big Island; Lahaina on Maui; and Nawiliwili on Kauai. There will be seven departures of the Regal Princess between Nov. 22, 2003, and March 21, 2004, including a Dec. 22 holiday voyage.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Months after drug violence in Mexico prompted Princess Cruises to cancel all stops at Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, the company has added the two Mexican ports to the itinerary starting in November of next year for one of its ships. So far, no other cruise line has followed Princess' lead. Princess, based in Santa Clarita and owned by Carnival Corp., announced in August that it would no longer drop anchor in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta because of growing worries about drug violence in Mexico.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Carnival Corp. agreed to buy P&O Princess Cruises Ltd. for $7.3 billion in stock and assumed debt, extending its lead as the largest cruise line operator and capping an almost yearlong, three-way battle for the British company. In buying P&O Princess, Miami-based Carnival tops hometown rival Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the No. 2 cruise line company, gaining more ships offering mid-priced vacations to complement its lower-end Carnival Cruise ships and upscale Holland America line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A big-rig fire on the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights has shut down the freeway in both directions, California Highway Patrol officials said. The blaze began just before 3 p.m. and took nearly an hour to extinguish, authorities said. The big rig was carrying compressed hydrogen, but based on live video footage, it did not appear that any of the containers exploded during the fire. The CHP was initially diverting eastbound traffic off at Hacienda Boulevard, then moved the closure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A Villa Park High School wrestling coach was arrested after he allegedly choked a student wrestler to the point of rendering him unconscious and then punched the teen several times in the head, authorities said. Emmanuel Hugo Hernandez, 26, of Orange was arrested on suspicion of felony battery on a student and was being held on $100,000 bail, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Described as a "walk-on" wrestling coach, Hernandez allegedly grabbed the unidentified student during afternoon practice, placed him in an "unauthorized" choke hold until the student fell unconscious and then punched him several times in the head, causing "visible injury near the right ear," the Sheriff's Department said.
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
The 1,350-passenger cruise ship Veendam will return to Mazatlan, Mexico, in November, the first major cruise ship in the last two years to stop at the Pacific Coast port. And others will follow. Mariachis will play, the governor will speak and a grand fiesta will take place as passengers disembark from the Veendam, a Holland-America Line vessel. In 2010-11 industry giants Carnival Cruise Lines , Princess Cruises , Norweigian Cruise Line , Disney Cruise Line and Holland-America stopped calling at the port.
SCIENCE
September 5, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
The world's largest cruise ship company has agreed to use air pollution control equipment to clean exhaust from the giant diesel engines that power its vessels. Carnival Corp. will install scrubbers to cut sulfur oxide emissions and filters to capture soot from 32 cruise ships over the next three years under a tentative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard, the EPA and Carnival announced Thursday. Instead of using cleaner, but more expensive, low-sulfur fuel to cut emissions, some of Carnival's ships will be outfitted with pollution-trapping technology used for years in power plants, factories and vehicles.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Carnival Corp. said its decades-long chief executive who was at the helm as the firm became the world's largest cruise company -- and faced recent crises as its ships faced highly publicized safety problems -- will step down. The Miami firm said Tuesday that Micky Arison, 63, will leave his CEO post July 3 but stay on as chairman of the board in a move that splits the two positions. Arnold W. Donald, 58, a 12-year member of its board, will replace Arison as chief executive. Arison became chief executive in 1979, before the company went public, and guided it through its arrival on Wall Street and several major acquisitions, including Princess Cruises, Holland America and Costa Cruises.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child is expected to bring $380 million to the British economy in the coming weeks. Talk about a baby bump. The money will come from the sale of souvenirs and trinkets and other festivities related to the royal birth, according to a report released Monday by the Centre for Retail Research in Nottingham , England. British retailers and even the royals themselves are getting into merchandising for the baby due in July.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The duchess of Cambridge, only weeks away from her due date, looked fetching in an animal print coat, saucy black hat and high heels Thursday as she christened a new cruise ship, called, fittingly, the Royal Princess. At a ceremony in Southampton, England, the former Kate Middleton cut a ribbon securing a bottle of champagne (worth 1,250 pounds, or $1,961, according to the BBC ).  Once released from its tether, the bottle smashed into the boat, officially naming it -- and, amid torrents of ticker tape, making the duchess its "godmother.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Melissa McCarthy has finally responded to a scathing review of her acting and body image from New York Observer film critic Rex Reed. The film critic trashed the "Identity Thief" star in April in his review of the zany comedy that costars Jason Bateman as a victim of McCarthy's felonious identity-stealing con artist. Reed described the Emmy Award-winning "Mike & Molly" star as "cacophonous," "tractor-sized," a "humongous creep" and a "hippo" in the review.  REVIEW: Laughs stolen in 'Identity Thief' "Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success," Reed wrote . "Poor Jason Bateman.
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