Princess Cruises Celebrates Valentine's Day by Naming Ruby Princess Godparents Trista and Ryan Sutter to Department of Romance



    'Love Boat Line' Also Launches New Facebook Group as Online Community for
All Princess Cruises Romantics
    

    
    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Love is "exciting and new"
at Princess Cruises in celebration of Valentine's Day, as the line announced
that the christeners of Ruby Princess, Trista and Ryan Sutter, will join its
Department of Romance as its newest experts, and that a new online community
for all Princess Cruises romantics has debuted on Facebook.
    

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    Trista and Ryan are known as one of the most romantic duos in recent
broadcast history following their courtship and marriage on the popular TV
series The Bachelorette, and this past November they marked their fifth
wedding anniversary by christening Princess' latest cruise ship, Ruby
Princess.  As part of their new role, the Sutters will offer their advice on
love for Princess' exclusive online home for all things romantic.
    

    
    "We're thrilled to join Princess' Department of Romance and share our
unique perspective on dating, falling in love, getting married and having a
family," said Trista Sutter.  "After having the honor of christening Ruby
Princess, we've seen firsthand the romantic ambiance of a Princess cruise and
we look forward to offering our tips for helping couples reconnect and make
romance a priority."
    

    
    Further celebrating romantic connections with its past passengers, the
cruise line is also launching an "I'm a Princess Cruises Romantic" group on
Facebook.  This special group will let passengers share their memorable love
stories and moments from their Princess cruise vacation.  Group members are
encouraged to post their personal stories, photos, videos and engage in
discussions about romance-related topics.
    

    
    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; and Lisa Light, destination wedding
expert and author.  Throughout 2009 the Department will feature a changing
array of expert topics, advice and points of view on everything from
reinvigorating romance to tips on planning a destination wedding.
    

    
    "It was such an exciting moment when Trista and Ryan christened Ruby
Princess this past fall," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice
president.  "So they seemed a natural choice to become a more permanent part
of our company's romance story, especially on Valentine's Day."
    

    
    Trista and Ryan, the first and only couple from The Bachelor and The
Bachelorette franchises to have actually gotten married, met in 2002 when
Trista was America's first Bachelorette.  The two shows were the first and
still are the most popular reality dating shows in which one man or woman
searches for their soul mate out of 25 potential suitors.  Over the course of
the show, the bachelorette bestows roses on those bachelors she wishes to
continue dating.  Trista presented Ryan with her final rose and he proposed on
the show's finale in November 2002.  The couple wed on December 6, 2003 in an
elaborate television ceremony watched by 26 million viewers, making it one of
the most widely watched episodes in the history of reality TV and one of ABC's
top rated shows of the year.  After their highly visible courtship, Trista and
Ryan moved to Vail, Colo., where they currently reside with their son, Max,
and are awaiting the birth of their second child, a daughter, this spring.  In
addition to frequent TV interviews and promotional appearances, he is a
firefighter and she is a stay-at-home mom and designer for her eco-friendly
diaper bag line, Trista Baby (www.tristababy.com).  Ryan can found on the web
at http://ryansutter.com/blog/.
    

    
    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 www.princess.com.
    




    




For further information:

For further information: Karen Candy of Princess Cruises,
+1-661-753-1540, kcandy@princesscruises.com; or Gabby McNamara,
+1-212-229-0119, mcnamara@redpointpr.com, for Princess Cruises Web Site:
http://www.princess.com

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