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

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Contest Seeks to Find the Best Tale of Romance on a Princess Ship

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Princess has such a strong legacy of romance, that it's natural we collect and share these experiences.

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 president. "Princess has such a strong legacy of romance, that it's natural we collect and share these experiences."

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 http://www.cruisecritic.com and http://www.princess.com/romance. The entry voted the most romantic story will be announced on September 28, 2009.

"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."

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 http://www.princess.com.

Princess can also be found on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PrincessCruises
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PrincessCruises
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/princesscruises/

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.

© 2009 The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.

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 107 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.

For further information contact:
Karen Candy, 661-753-1540
Julie Benson, 661-753-1530
News, background information and photography are always available in our online newsroom.

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