Princess Cruises and Cruise Critic Celebrate National Romance Week With Search for 'Real-Life Love Stories'


    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Aug. 10 /CNW/ -- To celebrate "National Romance
Week," which begins today, Princess Cruises has joined with Cruise Critic 
( to conduct a search for "real-life love stories"
- tales of romance from the decks of Princess ships.

    "Over the years, we've heard many romantic stories from our passengers -
everything from meeting their future spouse onboard a Princess ship to
unexpectedly reconnecting with someone with whom they develop a new
relationship - and so we're launching a search to find as many of these
heartwarming stories as possible," said Jan Swartz, Princess' executive vice

    To help gather these real-life love stories, the company turned to the
popular Internet cruise reviews and news website Cruise Critic to ask its
members to share their Princess love story for a chance to be awarded a
cruise.  Gavin MacLeod, Princess' well-known ambassador and member of the
line's "Department of Romance," and Cruise Critic editor-in-chief Carolyn
Spencer Brown will pick their five favorite stories from among those
submitted.  The Cruise Critic community will then vote on the top five to
determine the most romantic story.  The winner will receive a seven-day
Princess cruise to the Caribbean, including airfare, and the stories will also
be showcased on the Princess website.

    Details of the search, which begins today and runs through August 28, can
be found by visiting and  The
entry voted the most romantic story will be announced on Sept. 28.

    "These love stories are near and dear to my heart, since I met my husband
on a cruise ship," said Spencer Brown.  "We know our members are passionate
about sharing their experiences on our forums, so I'm looking forward to
hearing their romantic stories.  Princess has done a great job of catering to
couples of all ages who want to start or rekindle a romance on a cruise, so
I'm expecting to hear about proposals, honeymoons, anniversaries, and those
wonderful 'just because' romantic moments."

    To read the complete press release click here.

    Additional information about Princess Cruises is available at

    Princess can also be found on:

    About Cruise Critic
    Cruise Critic is an online cruise guide, providing ship reviews and
editorially driven, cruise-related features. The site serves as an active
community, where travelers share opinions and experiences. Launched in October
1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., Cruise Critic was the first consumer
cruise site on the Internet. The Independent Traveler, Inc. is a subsidiary of
TripAdvisor  LLC, which is an operating company of Expedia.

    Cruise Critic and The Independent Traveler are either trademarks or
registered trademarks of The Independent Traveler, Inc. in the U.S. and/or
other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may
be the property of their respective owners.

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