Princess Cruises Blog Reaches Halfway Milestone with Essential Experience #25 from Commodore Giuseppe Romano

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The Gift of the City of Lights Paris, France

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It had been a long time coming. Sabina has talked about going to Paris since the day I met her. … Over the years, Paris kept coming up. ‘Maybe next year,’ was our refrain. We never had the opportunity to go. Paris would be my gift to her

Princess Cruises today reached the halfway point of its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List,” with the post of Essential Experience #25, contributed by Commodore Giuseppe Romano, senior captain of the Princess fleet. In his story, Commodore Romano shares how he surprised his wife with her dream trip to Paris for their 20th anniversary.

He writes: “It had been a long time coming. Sabina has talked about going to Paris since the day I met her. … Over the years, Paris kept coming up. ‘Maybe next year,’ was our refrain. We never had the opportunity to go. Paris would be my gift to her.” read more

Since it debuted in October, the line’s 50 Essential Experiences blog has received more than one million page views, and thousands of readers have commented that it has given them additional ideas for their own travel bucket lists. The blog stories are authored by Princess’ own destination experts – its long-serving and well-traveled shipboard and shoreside employees. Each post tells a personal story, and readers also meet the expert through a “revealing” questionnaire.

Experiences chronicled in the blog’s first 25 posts have spanned the globe:

1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil     --     In the Embrace of Rio’s Most Famous Monument
2. Skagway, Alaska     --     Dog Mushing on a Sunlit Glacier
3. Da Nang, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam     --     A Soldier Returns … as a Tourist
4. Napier, New Zealand     --     Art Deco Treasures from Tragedy
5. Santorini, Greece     --     The Sounds of Santorini
6. Ocho Rios, Jamaica     --     Bobsledding Down the Unlikeliest Mountain
7. Petra, Jordan     --     Majesty and Music in a Lost City
8. Dingwall, Scotland     --     A Castle to Call Home
9. Reykjavik, Iceland     --     Unexpectedly Awestruck on the Golden Circle
10. Machu Picchu, Peru     --     Discovering the Hidden City of the Incas
11. Sydney, Australia     --     New Year’s Eve at the Edge of Time
12. Ancient Sites and Great Cities of the Mediterranean     --         My Grand Tour
13. Israel         --     A Homecoming in a Country of Contrasts
14. Beijing, China     --     The Most Wondrous Wall of All
15. Venice, Italy     --     In Search of Marco Polo
16. Santiago de Compostela, Spain     --     In the Midst of a Holy Pilgrimage
17. Normandy, France     --     A Lesson in Courage and Sacrifice
18. Tahiti, French Polynesia     --     From Tahiti with Love
19. Easter Island, Chile     --     Standing in the Shadows of the Moai
20. Cape Horn, Chile     --     First Time Around the Horn
21. Kruger National Park, South Africa     --     The Rhythm of the Animal Kingdom
22. Tulum, Mexico     --     A Mayan Discovery with an Unlikely Guide
23. Istanbul, Turkey         --     Istanbul Ignites a Spirit of Adventure
24. St. Petersburg, Russia     --     Mystery and Intrigue in the Venice of the North
25. Paris, France     --     The Gift of the City of Lights

In addition, each week a reader story is featured. The blog’s 25th “Reader Essential Experience of the Week” describes cruising the Chilean Fjords.

The Princess blog can be found at http://www.50EssentialExperiences.com, The next 25 posts will be revealed weekly through September 2011.

For further information contact:
Karen Candy, kcandy(at)princesscruises(dot)com, 661-753-1540

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