Nationwide Search Begins on Valentine's Day; Winner to be Named
Contest Launches New Online Home for Line's Department of Romance
SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Feb. 6 /CNW/ -- The undisputed leader of love on
the high seas, Princess Cruises is launching a nationwide search asking "Are
You the Greatest Romantic?" The contest debuts Valentine's Day on the new
online home for the company's Department of Romance,
http://www.princess.com/romance, and all "romantics at heart" can nominate
themselves or someone they believe deserves this highest honor of amorous
"The Greatest Romantic" will be chosen from a field of entries narrowed
down to five finalists determined by the line's Department of Romance experts.
After a public vote, he or she will become an "ambassador of love" for the
department for one full year, in addition to receiving a romantic cruise for
"Who better than the 'Love Boat' line to search for the greatest
romantic?" asked Gavin MacLeod, the actor who played the series' Captain
Stubing. "'The Love Boat' and Princess celebrated romance during every show
for its 10-year run. And now as the show commemorates its 30-year
anniversary, what a fitting celebration of love on the high seas."
MacLeod is one of the members of Princess' Department of Romance, which
also includes experts Trish McDermott, "Vice President of Love" for Engage.com
and former "Vice President of Romance" for Match.com; feisty and provocative
couples therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer; and Lisa Light, destination wedding
expert and author. Together they will select the five most inspiring
finalists before the vote is put out to the general public.
The contest launches on Valentine's Day, and Princess invites all
romantics to submit a video telling why they deserve this honor. Videos can
be entered until March 20, and then from April 1-14 the five finalists will be
posted and the general public will have the chance to vote for their favorite
"Greatest Romantic." The winner will be announced on April 15 and receive a
romantic, seven-day cruise for two to Mexico or the Caribbean, including
airfare. While onboard they will receive a special romantic couple's package
from Lotus Spa. "The Greatest Romantic" will also enjoy a year-long title of
Princess' "ambassador of love" as a member of its Department of Romance. They
will be featured on the company's website telling their story, offering advice
and discussing romance on a special podcast.
"From a personal love story to an original poem or creative stunt, we're
seeking compelling video entries expressing romance from many perspectives,"
said Jan Swartz, senior vice president for Princess Cruises. "Be it in small
or dramatic ways, we're looking for someone who can channel their inner
romantic and espouse the meaning of romance for others, plus share how they
make romance a part of their daily lives. And we're looking for someone who
has the attributes to be a great addition to our Department of Romance."
Videos should be no longer than three minutes and compellingly convey why
the person is the ultimate romantic. Contestants can nominate themselves, a
spouse, friend or relative but can enter only once and must be at least 21
years of age. All videos become property of Princess Cruises. For a complete
list of rules and video requirements, as well as sample video entries for
romantic inspiration, visit http://www.greatestromantic.princess.com.
Simultaneously Princess is also conducting a sweepstakes giving one of
the contest voters a chance to win their own romantic cruise for two.
Visitors to the contest website during the voting period can sign up for a
chance to win a seven-day cruise for two to the Caribbean or the Mexican
Riviera. Other contest prizes include decadent chocolates from Godivia
Chocolatier, pampering products from Princess' exclusive Lotus Spa, and
flowers from Teleflora.
In addition to the contest information, Princess' new online home for its
Department of Romance features tips and articles from its 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.
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
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: CCL; LSE) (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,
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