The Love Boat!
That’s what comes to my mind whenever anyone mentions Princess Cruise Lines. Let’s face it, that 1970s television series introduced a lot of us to cruising, with the Pacific Princess representing the ultimate vacation on the high seas.
Now, with a fleet of 17 ships, Princess Cruises is the third largest cruise line in the world. It offers more than 100 different itineraries that include destinations like Alaska, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, South America, Hawaii, the South Pacific, Tahiti, Asia, India, New England, Antarctica and other world cruises.
To promote their cruise line and the experiences it offers, Princess has posted a unique blog entitled “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List.” Every week a new Princess Cruise Line staff member is called upon to discuss what they believe is an adventure that cannot be missed. According to Princess, these travel experts have logged “thousands of sea and air miles visiting hundreds of countries, cities and sites.” And many have been on staff for more than 15 years.
I’ve got to say that this was a great idea. Each staff member relates a personal connection to the destination site or the cruise itself, and you find yourself reading through blogs that discuss more than just travel.
#4 — Art Deco Treasures From Tragedy (Napier, New Zealand) — Nigel Stewart, the Hotel General Manager of the Diamond Princess, discusses the opportunity he and his wife had to visit the port of Napier, where in 1931, a tragic earthquake caused extensive damage to the town. It turns out that Stewart’s father-in-law was the radio officer for a British Royal Naval ship (the HMS Veronica), posted off the coast at the time. An eye witness to the tragedy as it was happening, he was able to alert the world and radio for immediate assistance. There’s more to the story, and the interesting connection to art deco design, and you can find it at http://50EssentialExperiences.com/2010/10/25/art-deco-treasures-from-tragedy/.
#25 — The Gift of the City of Light (Paris, France) — Giuseppe Romano, Commodore, describes how he surprised his wife of 20 years with a trip to Paris on their anniversary. Talk about romance! Romano’s honest descriptions of his experience are fun to read and you find yourself cheering for the fact that they were able to have such a great time. To read more, go to http://50EssentialExperiences.com/2011/04/04/the-gift-of-the-city-of-lights/.
Every Tuesday a new blog is posted and you can sign up to receive them via e-mail.
Obviously, Princess Cruise Lines hopes that you find theses experiences just too fun and interesting to pass up. And I’ve got to give them kudos for including their staff in a promotional, yet interesting and personal, way to bring attention to their travel itineraries.
A Princess Cruise for the Holidays
Thanksgiving is all about expressing thanks, and Princess promises you’ll be thanking everyone for the food. Always looking for ways to feature traditional items like turkey and pumpkin in a unique way, don’t be surprised if the award-winning culinary team doesn’t knock your sock off with a treat you never expected.
And if you plan to take a Princess Cruise for Christmas, rest assured you’ll sail with the spirit of Santa. Ships are decorated “from stem to stern” with wreaths, holly and Christmas trees. Staff have been seen with Santa hats and carolers have been known to stroll the decks singing holiday songs. Traditional holiday meals with seasonal treats are served and there are special activities for the kids. Passengers can also attend a midnight mass and inter-denominational church service.
On Board With Hanukkah
Guests who celebrate Hanukkah can participate in special prayer and song services, planned by a rabbi, who sails on the holiday cruise. A special area of the ship is reserved for these services and is decorated to represent the holiday. Kosher meals are available throughout the sailing, if requested in advance, and dining rooms will feature items like potato latkes, matzo ball soup and more during the holiday.
Sail Into the New Year
What better place to party than on a cruise, and the world’s greatest parties take place on New Year’s Eve. Princess provides the party, the music, confetti, noise-makers and champagne. Just be sure to check with the ship’s itinerary to find out if it is a formal or casual party.
And for New Year’s Day? The days’ traditional football games will be telecast (if available) in shipboard lounges, with popcorn, chips, mini hot dogs and burgers provided.
More information can be found at www.princess.com or by calling 1-800-PRINCESS.
Photos courtesy of Princess Cruises