Princess Cruises Reunites Television's Favorite Mothers and Daughters to Christen Two New Ships and Celebrate Mother's Day

    Florence Henderson ('Mrs. Brady') and Marion Ross ('Mrs. Cunningham')
    Launch Contest for Deserving Mother and Daughter to Join Them at Historic
    Dual Naming Ceremony in Santorini, Greece

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., March 8 /CNW/ -- In celebration of the historic
dual naming of its two newest ships, Emerald Princess and Royal Princess --
which takes place over Mother's Day weekend in Santorini, Greece -- Princess
Cruises will reunite a pair of television's favorite mothers and daughters to
christen its pair of vessels. Television icons Florence Henderson, best known
as "Carol Brady" on The Brady Bunch, and Marion Ross, aka "Marion Cunningham"
of Happy Days fame will christen the larger Emerald Princess, while their TV
daughters, Susan Olsen ("Cindy Brady") and Erin Moran ("Joanie Cunningham")
will christen the more intimate Royal Princess.
    In addition, these stars united today to announce a contest for a real
mother and daughter duo to join them in Greece for the christening
festivities. Contestants may enter by logging onto for a chance to win "The Ultimate Mother and
Daughter Mediterranean Escape." The winners will sail on the May 5-17 Greek
Isles/Mediterranean Emerald Princess sailing, the inaugural celebration cruise
during which the ships will be simultaneously named on May 12. The winning
mother and daughter will be announced on April 12.
    "Millions of Americans have grown up knowing Florence Henderson and
Marion Ross as America's quintessential mothers and Susan Olsen and Erin Moran
as their daughters. What better way to celebrate Mother's Day and the launch
of our pair of new ships than to have this pair of iconic television mothers
and daughters as christeners," said Alan Buckelew, president of Princess
Cruises. "We're extremely honored to have them perform the role of
    Florence Henderson is known worldwide as "America's favorite mom, Carol
Brady," from the hit television series The Brady Bunch. The show ran for five
seasons, from 1969-1974, has never been off the air in the U.S., and is
currently broadcast in 122 countries around the world. Ms. Henderson recreated
her popular role in several Brady-related shows including the recent VH1
reality show, My Fair Brady, which starred her TV son, Peter Knight. She is
one of the most respected and beloved performers of our time and the Wall
Street Journal rated her number five out of ten top television endorsers,
based on consumer appeal and a career built on trust and talent.
    Marion Ross, the "best known matriarch on television" has played a
variety of motherly roles over the years. She is best known as the mom, "Mrs.
Cunningham," on the classic television show Happy Days, which ran for 11
seasons, from 1974-1984. According to TV Land, if there was a "Sitcom Hall of
Fame," Happy Days would have a cherished spot. The show was a regular in the
Nielsen "Top 10" while airing and has been called one of America's favorite
family shows. In addition to her role on Happy Days, she played a mother on
The Drew Carey Show, That '70s Show, The Gilmore Girls, Brooklyn Bridge, and
most recently, as Sally Fields' mother on ABC's hit, Brothers & Sisters.
    Susan Olsen, best known as the youngest Brady, "Cindy," started her
acting career while still in kindergarten. She reprised her famous role in
several Brady Bunch reunion movies and the series, The Bradys. Expanding her
role as one of the best-known daughters and little sisters ever on television,
she also created and was the executive producer for Brady Bunch Home Movies, a
CBS prime time special, and is currently working on a book, which offers a
humorous look at the Brady Bunch Variety Show. She is also serving as one of
the editors on an upcoming Travel Channel special, The Bradys Back in Hawaii.
    Erin Moran also started her acting career at the young age of five,
appearing in several television commercials and then feature films before
landing her most famous role, as Joanie "Shortcakes" Cunningham on Happy Days,
at the age of 12. In the show's tenth season, America's then-favorite daughter
left the show to star in a series spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi.
    Florence Henderson, Marion Ross and Erin Moran also share the distinction
of guest-starring in episodes of The Love Boat, which was set on Princess
Cruises' Pacific Princess.
    Princess' two new ships will both offer passengers the best of Europe
with a variety of cruise experiences and itineraries. Emerald Princess will
sail to the most sought-after ports in the Greek Isles and Mediterranean,
while Royal Princess' boutique onboard experience is the perfect complement to
its series of "Elite" itineraries which takes advantage of the ship's small
size to introduce four exotic new ports.

    Emerald Princess -- The 113,000-ton Emerald Princess, a sister ship to
the line's Crown Princess, will be the company's first vessel to make its
debut from Rome's seaport, the town of Civitavecchia. Emerald Princess' first
cruise, a 12-day Greek Isles itinerary, is scheduled to set sail on April 11
on a voyage to Venice that will take passengers to some of the most scenic
spots in the Mediterranean and Aegean. Thereafter the ship will offer a series
of Greek Isles and Grand Mediterranean cruises before repositioning to Fort
Lauderdale for Caribbean sailings in the fall.
    Emerald Princess will include the many design innovations introduced
aboard Crown Princess including a dramatic new piazza-style atrium, new casual
dining venues, and a brand new adults-only retreat called The Sanctuary.

    Royal Princess -- Princess will expand its fleet with an intimately-sized
sister vessel to the line's popular Tahitian Princess and Pacific Princess.
The 710-passenger Royal Princess takes the name of a much-beloved former
Princess ship, and joins the fleet on April 19 with a series of unique
Mediterranean itineraries including four brand new ports that are all UNESCO
World Heritage Sites.
    The 30,000-ton ship originally entered service in 2001 as a Renaissance
vessel and is currently cruising as Swan Hellenic's Minerva II. After a
drydock to transform the ship into a "princess," Royal Princess will join its
sisters to give passengers a cruising environment with all the hallmarks of
choice for which Princess is known -- including a variety of dining and
entertainment options and a large number of cabins with private balconies -
all offered in intimate surroundings.

    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 Additional contest rules and
regulations and prize details can be found 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 15 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 30 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, Windstar 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

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