Wedding Bells to Ring During Naming Festivities for Ruby Princess

    Princess Cruises Celebrates Ultimate Romantic Milestone as Part of Ship

    'Love Boat' Captain Gavin MacLeod and 'Bachelorette' Couple Trista and
    Sutter Serve as Attendants for California Pair

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Oct. 28 /CNW/ -- What better way for "the most
romantic cruise line" to celebrate the launch of its new Ruby Princess than by
incorporating an actual wedding in the naming ceremony?  In a first, a
California couple will be married during the ship's christening festivities on
November 6.  Ruby Princess godparents, romantic television celebrities Trista
and Ryan Sutter, will serve as attendants and former Love Boat captain, Gavin
MacLeod, will give away the bride.
    The couple, Danielle Vurpillat and Kip Hickman from Dunsmuir, Calif.,
were invited to share their nuptials with guests onboard after entering the
Princess Cruises and USA TODAY "Romance on the Ruby" contest.  In their
submission they shared that it would be their dream to create their own
romantic milestone by getting married onboard the new Ruby Princess -- and in
true Love Boat fashion, Princess is making their dream come true.  In addition
to the celebrity attendants, a member of the line's Department of Romance,
Phil Roberts, a minister, will perform the ceremony.
    Princess Cruises has long been associated with romance on the high seas,
dating back to its days as the setting for the now-iconic TV show.  Cementing
that connection, Princess was just named the "Best Cruise Line for Romance"
and "Best Cruise Line for Weddings" in the 2008 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks
Awards.  The Ruby Princess naming ceremony continues the line's tradition of
romance as Trista and Ryan, who met and married on the television hit, The
Bachelorette, will christen the ship.
    "A ship's naming is an exciting event in itself, so including an actual
wedding in the ceremony will certainly make this a one-of-a-kind celebration,"
said Jan Swartz, Princess senior vice president.  "We aim to make this a
fantastic romantic milestone for Danielle and Kip as they begin their life
together as husband and wife."
    The wedding will take place during the ship's naming ceremony on
Thursday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m. while Ruby Princess is berthed in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.  The couple will then enjoy the festivities during the
subsequent two-night inaugural preview cruise for VIPs.
    "Since we met and married on national television five years ago, we feel
very well suited to be Danielle and Kip's attendants as they wed in front of
more than 2,500 people onboard Ruby Princess," said Trista Sutter.  "We can
coach them on making sure this milestone is special and intimate for them,
even though it will be viewed by many thousands of people."
    The wedding and entire Ruby Princess naming ceremony will be available
for viewing on line at beginning November 7.
    The 3,080-passenger Ruby Princess includes a dramatic piazza-style atrium
featuring small-bite eateries and an ever-changing line-up of street
performers.  Passengers will also enjoy Princess' other array of dining venues
including the signature Sabatini's Italian restaurant and the Crown Grill
steak house, plus a relaxing oasis just for adults called The Sanctuary.
    The new ship will also offer the many other innovations that define the
Princess experience, including the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside
movie screen, Personal Choice Dining featuring traditional or Anytime seating,
multiple entertainment venues, a relaxing Asian-style Lotus Spa with fitness
center, an extensive children and teen's center, and a wedding chapel.
    During Ruby Princess' inaugural season she will make seven-day weekly
sailings from Fort Lauderdale to the Western Caribbean.  Calls include Ocho
Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico and Princess Cays
in the Bahamas.  Next spring the ship will move to Europe for 12-day sailings
in the Mediterranean and Greek Islands.
    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 17 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 102 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.
    News, background information and photography are always available in our
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For further information: Karen Candy, +1-661-753-1540,, or Gabby McNamara, +1-212-229-0119,, or Julie Benson, +1-661-753-1530,, all for Princess Cruises Web Site:

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