SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (October 9, 2014) – The 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises will be especially memorable for guests cruising in 2015, as they will be treated to festive onboard celebrations including a themed menu, cocktails and entertainment.
“We love helping our guests celebrate their many milestone occasions aboard their cruises, so to be able to mark our company’s golden anniversary with them in 2015 is very special,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We’ve developed many not-to-be-missed experiences commemorating our 50th and we know our guests will thoroughly enjoy the lively atmosphere found on board during our anniversary year.”
PRINCESS PATRICIA and the new 50th Anniversary Logo. Photograph courtesy Princess Cruises.
The following anniversary offerings will be introduced across the fleet early in 2015:
Love Boat Disco Deck Party – To honor the iconic role The Love Boat played in the line’s history, a new Love Boat Disco Party will celebrate the beloved program by creating an exciting 70’s theme night with a few surprises. Movies Under the Stars will showcase video messages from the original Love Boat cast, special montages from the show, a Love Boat sing-a-long and show trivia, 70’s music videos and even a live kiss cam. The party will also feature a production number, a celebration of weddings and anniversaries of guests onboard, a photo opportunity with a Love Boat life ring and plenty of dancing with a party band.
PACIFC PRINCESS 1974. Collection of Shawn J. Dake
Festive Food – One night on every cruise, the main dining rooms will present a special souvenir menu, featuring commemorative dishes from the past five decades, including Duck Terrine with Apricot Preserves and Filet of Turbot with Truffle Chive Sauce. Known for offering “the best pizza at sea,” Princess chefs will also introduce a variety of new anniversary pizzas such as Spicy Tomato & Shrimp, Potato, Bacon & Brie and Thai.
Chocolate Journeys – As part of the new “Chocolate Journeys” experience, renowned master pastry chef and chocolatier Norman Love has created two special 50th anniversary desserts that will be served to guests during their cruise vacations – Chocolate Raspberry Mousse with Vanilla Crème Brulee and Crunchy Shortbread or Moist Chocolate Dome with Raspberry Crème Brulée and Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse. These two desserts will alternate from one voyage to another.
Filming on the “Love Boat” – 1976. Photograph courtesy Princess Cruises.
Cheers to 50 Years – Guests can sip inventive cocktails from renowned mixologist Spike Marchant along with popular drinks through the decades – from a classic martini to a pina colada. A special half-bottle anniversary-labeled Prosecco will be offered and the new “Seawitch” West Coast IPA craft beer, named after the line’s iconic logo will be available, especially brewed for the 50th anniversary.
Let Us Entertain You – A 50th celebration in the signature Piazza Atrium will feature a golden balloon drop and some balloons will even feature surprise giveaway items hidden inside. A special anniversary song, “Here’s to Princess,” celebrating the line’s history will also be performed. Guests can also compete in exciting game shows and test their knowledge with the Princess Trivia Challenge – 50th Anniversary edition. Plus, on select sailings, guests can dance to music of the era provided by tribute bands – like the Beatlemaniacs – bringing the greatest hits over the decades to life.
GOLDEN PRINCESS April 17, 2002 Merlisa George at St. Thomas. Photograph courtesy Princess Cruises.
50th Anniversary Décor and Guest Giveaways – Anniversary décor and signage will be displayed from the time guests arrive in the terminal (domestic home ports only) and be visible through various onboard touches, including a spectacular anniversary display cake presented in the atrium. A 50th anniversary tote bag and commemorative time line will be placed in each guest stateroom upon embarkation. In addition, guests will notice the 50th anniversary logo on their stateroom key cards and on the daily program “Princess Patter.” Incidentally, the name of the program has remained the same since the very first voyage and is a clever play on the nickname for the first ship, the PRINCESS “PAT.” A series of videos will also play on stateroom televisions that share the company’s history and milestone moments. Each cruise ship in the fleet will also be adorned with a 50th anniversary flag on the bow.
GRAND PRINCESS drydocking 2011. Photograph courtesy Princess Cruises.
Commemorative Keepsakes – The onboard boutiques, will offer limited edition merchandise and exclusive offers during the anniversary celebration. Plus, the photo department will have commemorative backdrops and folios to capture the memories of guests’ cruise vacations.
The new REGAL PRINCESS. Photograph courtesy Princess Cruises.
The 50th anniversary officially kicks off with the naming ceremony of REGAL PRINCESS on November 5, 2014, in Ft. Lauderdale by the original Love Boat cast members before she sets sail for her maiden season in the Caribbean. Some of the 50th anniversary offerings will be available aboard the REGAL PRINCESS beginning in November and roll out to the rest of the fleet in early 2015. Princess Cruises first set sail December 3, 1965 with a single chartered ship cruising to Mexico. Nearly 50 years later, the company has grown to become one of the largest cruise lines in the world with 18 ships and fascinating cruise destinations around the globe. Over the years, 35 different ships have sailed under the banner of Princess Cruises. There is still much more to come.
More information about various 50th anniversary activities, including a comprehensive historical time line and video, can be found here: http://www.princess.com/50th-anniversary/. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available from professional travel agents throughout the United States and worldwide, or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.
Shawn J. Dake, freelance travel writer and regular contributor to MaritimeMatters, worked in tourism and cruise industry for over 35 years. A native of Southern California, his first job was as a tour guide aboard the Queen Mary. A frequent lecturer on ship-related topics he has appeared on TV programs. Owner of Oceans Away Cruises & Travel agency, he served as President of the local Chapter of Steamship Historical Society of America. With a love of the sea, he is a veteran of 115 cruises.
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