America's 'First Bachelor' Joins Princess Cruises' Department of Romance



    
    Alex Michel Will Help Choose Finalists for Line's 'Greatest Romantic'
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    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., March 27 /CNW/ -- More than 100 million viewers
and 12 seasons later, ABC's "The Bachelor" remains one of the top reality
television shows.  And now the show's very first bachelor, Alex Michel, is set
to share his views on love and dating as he becomes the newest member of
Princess Cruises' Department of Romance.
    Still a bachelor since he made his appearance on the first show in 2002,
the 37-year-old Michel is well-qualified to join Princess' line-up of romance
experts.  The experience gleaned from courting the 25 contestants who hoped to
be his chosen partner have given him plenty of romantic insights to share, and
his first assignment will be to help judge the line's "Are You The Greatest
Romantic?" online video contest at the end of this month.
    Princess' Department of Romance, a tribute to the company's decades-long
legacy as the setting for the iconic TV show "The Love Boat," is made up of
noted experts on a variety of romantic topics and includes actor Gavin
MacLeod, "The Love Boat's" "Captain Stubing;" Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the
always-provocative couples therapist; Trish McDermott, Vice President of Love
at Engage.com; and Lisa Light, destination wedding expert and author.
    Michel will join the other department members to help select the five
finalists for Princess' "Greatest Romantic" contest, who will be announced on
April 1.  The public will then have the chance to vote for their favorite
entry, with the winner joining the Department of Romance for one year and
featured on the company's website offering their sage romantic advice through
articles and a special podcast. The winning romantic will also receive a
seven-day cruise for two to the Mexican Riviera or the Caribbean.
    "I am thrilled to be joining Princess Cruises' Department of Romance,"
said Alex Michel.  "As a single guy, I think I can bring a unique perspective
to the group, especially with my experiences on "The Bachelor."  Not only do I
feel I can offer some great tips and advice about the single person's search
for love, I'm a huge "Love Boat" fan and an avid cruiser!"
    After "The Bachelor," Alex Michel served as a spokesperson for the
well-known online dating service Match.com, providing commentary on romance
and courtship through television and radio shows, newspaper and magazine
articles and live appearances.  Previously, Michel's love of film inspired him
to produce travel documentaries in over 20 countries around the world and
later short Internet films for a major technology firm.
    A graduate of Harvard University, with an MBA from Stanford, Michel is
currently an executive at a media and technology company.
    "It's going to be great fun having Alex join our romance team and offer
his outlook as the only single member of the department," said Jan Swartz,
senior vice president for Princess Cruises.  "I'm sure he'll offer some fun
insight into his search for romance and how he navigates dating in today's
wired world."
    Michel will offer his advice and observations on Princess Cruises'
special online home for romance, http://www.princess.com/romance. The site
also features tips and articles from the other romance experts ranging from
the best ways to reinvigorate your romance, to tips on planning a destination
wedding.  It also features a series of podcasts, inspiring quotations and
romantic desktop downloads.
    For more information about the "Are You the Greatest Romantic?" contest
and to see which videos Michel and the other experts choose as the five
finalists, log onto http://www.princess.com/romance.
    Long known as a leader in romance, Princess has been offering romantic
cruise vacations around the world for more than 40 years.  Additional
information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel
agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at
http://www.princess.com.
    
    About Princess Cruises:
    
    One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global
cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for
their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.  A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the
opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings
to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 107 days.  The
company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:  CUK).
    Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America,
Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion to
please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together we offer exciting
and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.




For further information:

For further information: Karen Candy of Princess Cruises,
+1-661-753-1540,  kcandy@princesscruises.com; or Gabby McNamara,
+1-908-461-5260,  mcnamara@redpointpr.com, for Princess Cruises

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