It also seemed to be carrying far less than its capacity of 3,560 passengers. Perhaps they were just not out on their private balconies in the very chilly, but sunny weather.
This was the ship's fifth and last call this season. (It would have been six calls but its first was cancelled see Shipfax September 24.) I won't miss its multi note horn signal when it sails. neither will the pigeons and gulls who take flight in panic when the tune sounds - twice - before the ship leaves the dock. It is apparently the first few notes of the theme music to the TV program Love Boat.
If you have been (un)lucky enough to miss it - try this YouTube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbUqofMcsG4
The cruise season has peaked but there will still be about fourteen calls between now and November 2.
Princess Cruise Lines is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, by recreating its first cruise of December 3, 1965. Interestingly that first cruise was on Canadian Pacific's coastal steamer Princess Patricia from Vancouver to Mexico.
There is an excellent history of the line here: http://cruiselinehistory.com/history-of-princess-cruises-50th-anniversary-of-the-love-boat/
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