Saw these on the Princess website today and thought others might be interested. Thought since they are press release it's OK to "copy and paste" here. Can't wait until I sail, May 15th!
"MOVIES UNDER THE STARS" TAKES CENTER STAGE AS CARIBBEAN PRINCESS DEBUTS WITH A HOST OF NEW ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS
When Caribbean Princess arrives in Fort Lauderdale on April 1, one of her most noticeable new features will certainly be the 300 square foot "Movies Under the Stars" poolside movie screen. This is just one of the new entertainment options featured on the latest Princess vessel making her debut in the Caribbean on April 3.
The giant Times Square-style LED (Light Emitting Diode) screen will show a variety of entertainment throughout the day, including up to three feature length films. In addition to family cinema, first run hits, and late night movies, passengers will be able to bask in the glow of the tropics during daylight hours and enjoy major sporting events and other can't-miss programming. Complimentary chaise lounge reservations, special movie theme cocktails and casual dining will be offered to round out the ultimate poolside experience.
"The Movies Under the Stars screen is already a huge hit with our staff," said Martin Hall, Princess vice president of entertainment. "The viewing experience is quite spectacular and this feature certainly adds significantly to the fun, tropical atmosphere we're planning onboard."
In addition to the Movies Under the Stars offerings, other entertaining options passengers will find on Caribbean Princess include:
Caribbean Caliente -- A new stage show designed specially for Caribbean Princess will pulse with music from Caribbean-area destinations such as Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Miami, Mexico and other Latin America countries. Passengers can enjoy songs and lively dance numbers featuring hits from contemporary Latin artists such as Ricky Martin, Luis Miguel, Enrique Iglesias and Gloria Estefan; long-time favorites Tito Puente and Celia Cruz; as well as the island-inspired music of singer Bob Marley.
Princess Idol -- In the spirit of television's popular talent shows, Caribbean Princess will offer passengers the opportunity to "be discovered" on board. Passenger vocal performances will be judged by a panel of ship staff and fellow passengers during three fun-filled evenings. Winners from the two preliminary heats will compete in a Grand Finale that is sure to become an audience favorite.
If They Could Sea Me Now -- Taking advantage of Caribbean Princess' new in-house spa, the ship will present a new "makeover" show in which the audience can follow the progress of two passengers who agree to an all-day makeover session with spa treatments and a new wardrobe from the shipboard boutiques. During the evening presentation the audience will view entertaining film clips of each participant's day and then witness the "unveiling" of their new look live on stage. A third passenger from the audience will be made over during the show so the audience can witness a "real time" transformation as well.
Continuing Princess' trademark feature, Caribbean Princess will offer nearly 900 cabins with balconies -- more than on any other cruise ship sailing year-round in the Caribbean. The ship also offers many of the line's distinctive features such as the signature Personal Choice Dining®. Other Caribbean Princess amenities include the line's first in-house Lotus Spa®, extensive children and teen centers, a wedding chapel, internet center, and an array of entertainment options.
LOG ON FOR A FRONT ROW SEAT AT THE LOVE BOAT EVENT OF THE SEASON
Beloved Cast Members Join Festivities Onboard New Caribbean Princess as Actress Jill Whelan Becomes Both Bride and Godmother in Romantic Dual Ceremony
Princess Cruises is set to deliver its first year-round Caribbean ship next week, and who better to set the tone for the most romantic vessel to sail the tropics than the crew of the original Love Boat? At 6 pm on April 2, the line featured in the iconic television show will offer anyone with internet access a front row seat for a very special celebration combining the wedding of Jill Whelan, who for nearly a decade played "Captain Stubing's" daughter, "Vicki," with a traditional christening ceremony on the top deck the new Caribbean Princess.
"Combining a wedding with a more traditional naming ceremony seemed a natural for our new Caribbean ‘Love Boat'," said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales. "And who better to symbolize the romance of cruising than Jill Whelan, who virtually grew up on the TV show? Her dual role as both bride and godmother is as unique as the experience the Caribbean Princess will offer our passengers in this destination."
Live internet wedding broadcasts are not new for Princess. The line pioneered "Wed-Cams" with the launch of its first Grand Class vessel in 1998, allowing couples who opt for seagoing nuptials to share their special day with friends and family at home. Princess is the only cruise line able to offer legally binding weddings performed by the ship's Captain in international waters.
"Generally speaking, one of a bride's most difficult tasks is paring down her guest list," said Whelan. "I am so excited to be able to share both of these very special events not only with my family and friends, but also with Love Boat fans who might be interested in attending ‘virtually.' I get to marry the man I love, and be the godmother of Caribbean Princess in one fell swoop -- it certainly sounds like the "Love Boat," doesn't it?"
The dual celebration will be broadcast live online at www.princess.com
from Fort Lauderdale 6-7:30 pm Eastern Time, and will include commentary from Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing) and Bernie Kopell (Doc) from the show's cast. Highlights of the event will be available online following the broadcast.
Among Caribbean Princess' many features, there will be plenty of opportunities for romantic activities, especially with the ship's unique "Movies Under the Stars," a 300 sq. ft. poolside LED screen showing evening movies in pre-reserved lounge chairs; private balcony dining en-suite; a brand new Lotus Spa offering a variety of treatments created specifically for couples; and Princess' signature Hearts & Minds wedding chapel. More than 1,000 weddings have taken place aboard Princess ships since 1998 when the line introduced "Tie the Knot," the only at-sea wedding program.
Caribbean Princess will sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale on a Western Caribbean itinerary with calls at Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios (or Montego Bay), Cozumel and Princess Cays, Princess' private island in the Bahamas. It has an alternating Eastern Caribbean itinerary with stops in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays.
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS ARRIVES IN FT. LAUDERDALE FOR DUAL "LOVE BOAT" CHRISTENING AND WEDDING STARRING ACTRESS JILL WHELAN (AKA VICKI STUBING)
Ship is Princess Cruises' First to be Based Exclusively in the Caribbean
Princess Cruises' newest ship, the 113,000-ton Caribbean Princess, arrived today in her new homeport of Fort Lauderdale, and will be the company's first ship to be dedicated year-round to Caribbean cruising. To celebrate the debut of the company's newest Love Boat, Jill Whelan, who spent nearly a decade growing up before viewers as Captain Stubing's TV daughter, will christen the 3,100-passenger Caribbean Princess on April 2. And, in a unique twist, in addition to becoming "godmother," Jill will also be the first christener to become a bride when she marries fiancé Michael Chaykowsky onboard the new ship the same evening.
Both the wedding and naming ceremonies, at 6 pm and 7 pm Eastern time, respectively, will be broadcast live on Princess Cruises' web site, and fans can virtually attend the festivities by logging onto www.princess.com
. A special on-site interview with Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing) and Bernie Kopell (Doc) will also be shown during the live broadcast.
"As the line that made cruising and romance synonymous through the popular ‘Love Boat' television series, it's fitting to have the show's ‘daughter' not only name Caribbean Princess but also marry and honeymoon aboard our new ship," said Alan Buckelew, president of Princess Cruises. "What better way to mark Princess' expanding presence in the Caribbean -- one of the most romantic cruise destinations -- than to celebrate with a special dual wedding and naming."
Caribbean Princess will provide a real taste of the Caribbean with region-based innovations such as Café Caribe, a casual dining area featuring Jerk Chicken, whole roast suckling pig, and other local specialities; "Movies Under the Stars," a poolside screen with lounge chair reservations, drink specials and movie nibbles; "Island Nights" sailaway and pool parties; a "Caribbean Caliente" stage show, and a variety of other island-inspired entertainment options.
The ship also debuts Princess' new, proprietary Lotus Spa and includes many of the line's trademark touches such as affordable balconies with nearly 900 -- more than any other cruise ship based solely in the Caribbean -- Sabatini's Italian trattoria featuring a multi-course seafood-themed feast, three separate dining rooms and show lounges, an Internet café and four swimming pools. Caribbean Princess also features a wedding chapel and the lines' "Tie the Knot" program, the only at-sea wedding offering where couples can be married by the ship's captain in international waters.
Caribbean Princess will set sail on her inaugural Caribbean cruise on April 3 for a roundtrip voyage to the Western Caribbean. The ship will cruise roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale with an itinerary featuring calls at Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios (or Montego Bay), Cozumel and Princess Cays, Princess' private beach call in the Bahamas. The vessel will then offer alternating Eastern Caribbean itineraries with stops in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays.
One of the best-known names in North American cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company. Part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK), its current fleet of 13 ships sail on approximately 150 different itineraries around the globe, calling at more than 260 ports on all seven continents. By 2006 a further two ships will be introduced, including Sapphire Princess in June of this year.
Additional information is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com