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~ Grand Princess Caribbean ~
Princess in Istanbul, 1999
We stood on the verandah of
Istanbul's Dolmabahçe Palace, admiring the view of the Bosphorus. As
our guide pointed out the sights along the waterfront, a member of our
tour group asked him if that building off in the distance was a
With a gleam in his eyes, our tour
guide solemnly said, "No, that is the Shopping Cart."
Of course it was Princess Cruises' Grand Princess, then the
world's largest cruise ship. When the group looked puzzled by his
answer, he explained that Shopping Cart was an affectionate
nickname given to the ship when guides in Istanbul first saw her
rakish profile. From a distance, Grand Princess reminded them
of the grocery carts they had spotted in American television programs.
What would it be like to gaze down at
the sea from the height of the Shopping Cart's
"handle"Skywalker's Discoat 150 approximately feet
above the water? Would I feel dizzy? Are the interiors on Grand
Princess as grandiose as those inside Dolmabahçe Palace? I'm
about to find out.
Princess Cruise Diary takes a bit
of a turn this time as Mel Coffman joins Linda in offering
observations and commentary, in addition to his usual photo handiwork.
Join us to follow our "he said" and "she said"
We could have been sailing
into troubled watersthis is hurricane season, after all. With
good luck and fair weather, our Western Caribbean itinerary proved uneventful, except for
a few sprinkles and a serious downpour ashore.
- Fort Lauderdale Embarkation
- Princess Cays
- At Sea
- Grand Cayman
- Majahual, Mexico (Costa Maya)
- At Sea
- Debarkation Fort Lauderdale
For the most part, we
enjoyed everything the Grand Princess and our mini-suite
had to offer.
The Grand Princess
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