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May 21, 1989 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Slater and Basch are Los Angeles free-lance writers
The Star Princess--newest and largest ship in the Princess fleet--will call at Los Angeles Saturday after a 14-day transcanal cruise from its winter base here. The 1,470-passenger, 63,254-ton ship, part of the cruise line featured in the "Love Boat" television series, will continue to San Francisco. From there, it will journey to Alaska and Canada on 12-day, round-trip cruises beginning May 29. The Star Princess already was under construction under another name as Sitmar's FairMajesty when that line was acquired by Princess/P&O last summer.
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September 16, 2012 | By Claire Zulkey
Sketches about funny voices and the 2012 election dominated the opening of "Saturday Night Live's" 38 th season. Host Seth MacFarlane, creator and voice actor of “Family Guy” and “Ted,” tended to rely upon his vocal characters for most of his starring scenes (a dark sketch about a damaged puppet class attendee was arguably the most successful in terms of both humor and originality), although the host did take a stab at celebrity impression during a fond Weekend Update tweak at the genial dimness of Olympics star Ryan Lochte.
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TRAVEL
June 16, 2002
We have taken 10 cruises on Princess ships, and my wife and I took a seven-day trip to Mexico last month on the Star Princess. We had only two complaints. The air-conditioning in the cabins cannot be turned off; the temperature can be regulated, but the volume of air remains constant. The stage shows are good, but the sound level is so loud that we had to leave. The noise levels are also high in other parts of the ship. Food and personnel were the best. DARYL and NAOMI FLICKINGER San Juan Capistrano
NEWS
April 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Princess Cruises says it will continue to investigate why the Star Princess cruise ship in March passed up a fishing boat in distress, leaving two Panamanian men in the boat to die. The cruise line also said it “deeply regrets” the incident off the South American coast that it blames on a communication glitch. Passengers aboard the cruise ship spotted the small boat and alerted crew members, but the message never got to the ship's captain and no action was taken, the cruise line said.
NEWS
April 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Princess Cruises says it will continue to investigate why the Star Princess cruise ship in March passed up a fishing boat in distress, leaving two Panamanian men in the boat to die. The cruise line also said it “deeply regrets” the incident off the South American coast that it blames on a communication glitch. Passengers aboard the cruise ship spotted the small boat and alerted crew members, but the message never got to the ship's captain and no action was taken, the cruise line said.
TRAVEL
May 12, 2002
The first column I look for in the Los Angeles Times every other week is the Slater and Basch cruise reviews. They are well written and informative. I also realize they are guests of the cruise lines. However, their review of the Star Princess was way off base ("Princess' Star Ship Enterprise Makes Massive Just Seem--Big," May 5). I also was on the March 16 sailing. I have taken 29 cruises, and I can honestly say I never heard so many complaints from fellow passengers. The Times has an obligation to have their reporters and writers present a fair, unbiased picture.
TRAVEL
December 4, 1988 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Slater and Basch are Los Angeles free-lance writers.
A cruise industry scenario unfolded recently in the conference room of a French shipyard as a group of American, British and Italian cruise line executives watched a videotape detailing the construction of a vessel scheduled for North America in late March. Early in the building the ship's name was FairMajesty, and a red and white Sitmar swan logo decorated its blue stack.
TRAVEL
August 27, 1995
It is commendable that The Times published an article illustrating some of the risks of travel and the hardships incurred when a vacation is disrupted by ship casualty, as happened due to grounding of the "Star Princess" on June 23 in Alaska ("Shoring Up After Mishaps at Sea," July 2). The account primarily addresses compensation for such an accident and glosses over the [issue of] safety, which passengers have a right to expect from any maritime venture. The comment that "these are extremely rare and unfortunate incidents" by Michael P. Smith of Majesty Cruise Line ignores recent history.
TRAVEL
May 5, 2002 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH
At 109,000 tons and carrying 2,600 passengers, Princess Cruises' new Star Princess is the largest passenger ship ever to cruise the Pacific. The L.A.-based giant, built in Italy, had to cruise through the Suez Canal and across the Pacific to arrive at its California home port because, at 159 feet across, it is too wide for the Panama Canal.
TRAVEL
June 6, 1999 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Shirley Slater and Harry Basch travel as guests of the cruise lines. Cruise Views appears the first and third week of every month
P&O's 1,465-passenger Arcadia is so "veddy, veddy" British, with its whist and quoits tournaments, its Knightsbridge and Mayfair Courts shops and The Oval, a cricket-themed pub, that it's difficult to remember it as Princess Cruises' Star Princess. The vessel was christened in 1989 by the late Audrey Hepburn, who was one of only a few godmothers who actually sailed aboard the ship she had just named.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2006 | Tom Stieghorst, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
For the last 21 years, the cruise industry found comfort in the fact that accidents aboard ships at sea had not resulted in the death of a passenger. That record ended Thursday with a fatal fire on a Princess Cruises ship that killed one man and left 11 passengers suffering smoke inhalation. The fire started about 3:10 a.m. in a passenger area as the 109,000-ton Star Princess was en route from Grand Cayman Island to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
TRAVEL
June 16, 2002
We have taken 10 cruises on Princess ships, and my wife and I took a seven-day trip to Mexico last month on the Star Princess. We had only two complaints. The air-conditioning in the cabins cannot be turned off; the temperature can be regulated, but the volume of air remains constant. The stage shows are good, but the sound level is so loud that we had to leave. The noise levels are also high in other parts of the ship. Food and personnel were the best. DARYL and NAOMI FLICKINGER San Juan Capistrano
TRAVEL
May 12, 2002
The first column I look for in the Los Angeles Times every other week is the Slater and Basch cruise reviews. They are well written and informative. I also realize they are guests of the cruise lines. However, their review of the Star Princess was way off base ("Princess' Star Ship Enterprise Makes Massive Just Seem--Big," May 5). I also was on the March 16 sailing. I have taken 29 cruises, and I can honestly say I never heard so many complaints from fellow passengers. The Times has an obligation to have their reporters and writers present a fair, unbiased picture.
TRAVEL
May 5, 2002 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH
At 109,000 tons and carrying 2,600 passengers, Princess Cruises' new Star Princess is the largest passenger ship ever to cruise the Pacific. The L.A.-based giant, built in Italy, had to cruise through the Suez Canal and across the Pacific to arrive at its California home port because, at 159 feet across, it is too wide for the Panama Canal.
TRAVEL
June 6, 1999 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Shirley Slater and Harry Basch travel as guests of the cruise lines. Cruise Views appears the first and third week of every month
P&O's 1,465-passenger Arcadia is so "veddy, veddy" British, with its whist and quoits tournaments, its Knightsbridge and Mayfair Courts shops and The Oval, a cricket-themed pub, that it's difficult to remember it as Princess Cruises' Star Princess. The vessel was christened in 1989 by the late Audrey Hepburn, who was one of only a few godmothers who actually sailed aboard the ship she had just named.
TRAVEL
August 27, 1995
It is commendable that The Times published an article illustrating some of the risks of travel and the hardships incurred when a vacation is disrupted by ship casualty, as happened due to grounding of the "Star Princess" on June 23 in Alaska ("Shoring Up After Mishaps at Sea," July 2). The account primarily addresses compensation for such an accident and glosses over the [issue of] safety, which passengers have a right to expect from any maritime venture. The comment that "these are extremely rare and unfortunate incidents" by Michael P. Smith of Majesty Cruise Line ignores recent history.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2012 | By Claire Zulkey
Sketches about funny voices and the 2012 election dominated the opening of "Saturday Night Live's" 38 th season. Host Seth MacFarlane, creator and voice actor of “Family Guy” and “Ted,” tended to rely upon his vocal characters for most of his starring scenes (a dark sketch about a damaged puppet class attendee was arguably the most successful in terms of both humor and originality), although the host did take a stab at celebrity impression during a fond Weekend Update tweak at the genial dimness of Olympics star Ryan Lochte.
NEWS
June 5, 1989 | JEANNINE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
It was the wedding to end all weddings, and the media event to end all media events: the marriage in 1956 of American movie star-glamour queen Grace Kelly to the dashing Prince Rainier of Monaco. Caught up in this fast-lane fairy tale were six young women chosen to be Grace Kelly's bridesmaids. And now one of them has written a book about it, titled "The Bridesmaids." Author Judith Balaban Quine was one of the six who wore a daffodil yellow dress the day Kelly married her prince, along with Maree Frisby, Rita Gam, Carolyn Scott, Sally Parrish and Bettina Thompson.
TRAVEL
May 21, 1989 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Slater and Basch are Los Angeles free-lance writers
The Star Princess--newest and largest ship in the Princess fleet--will call at Los Angeles Saturday after a 14-day transcanal cruise from its winter base here. The 1,470-passenger, 63,254-ton ship, part of the cruise line featured in the "Love Boat" television series, will continue to San Francisco. From there, it will journey to Alaska and Canada on 12-day, round-trip cruises beginning May 29. The Star Princess already was under construction under another name as Sitmar's FairMajesty when that line was acquired by Princess/P&O last summer.
TRAVEL
December 4, 1988 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Slater and Basch are Los Angeles free-lance writers.
A cruise industry scenario unfolded recently in the conference room of a French shipyard as a group of American, British and Italian cruise line executives watched a videotape detailing the construction of a vessel scheduled for North America in late March. Early in the building the ship's name was FairMajesty, and a red and white Sitmar swan logo decorated its blue stack.
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