Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
Santa Clarita, Calif. (Vocus) January 21, 2009
Expected to be one of the most widely watched presidential inaugurations in history, the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama will be televised live on most Princess Cruises ships on January 20. Passengers will be able to follow live coverage of the historic inauguration ceremony through CNN International's all-day broadcast of the event.
Vessels will be broadcasting all key events throughout the day, including the oath of office and the presidential walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. Ships will show the events in public rooms or on Movies Under the Stars aboard those vessels with the poolside screens. Special viewing parties will offer the opportunity to celebrate with themed food and drinks, plus give passengers the opportunity to test their knowledge with a presidential trivia contest, featuring tote bags from CNN International for the winners.
Throughout the voyage, ships will also be showing a special biography on President-elect Barack Obama and other presidential documentaries, as well as movies such as "The American President" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
"We recognize the intense interest in the inauguration events this year," said Jan Swartz, Princess executive vice president. "We regularly broadcast 'don't miss' television events for passengers, and this significant ceremony certainly fits with our dedication to providing these memorable viewing opportunities."
During the January 20th inauguration, Princess passengers will be sailing around the globe, with ships cruising in the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and on world cruises.
The presidential inauguration is not the only upcoming special viewing opportunity on Princess cruise ships. Shortly thereafter passengers will also be able to watch coverage of Super Bowl XLIII on February 1 and the 81st Academy Awards on February 22.
Seven ships currently offer Movies Under the Stars screens, which have been a focal point on Princess ships since first debuting on Caribbean Princess in 2004. They are now featured on Crown Princess, Emerald Princess, Ruby Princess, Grand Princess, Star Princess and Sea Princess. The giant LED screen is more than 300 square feet in size with a 69,000-watt sound system and has sufficient lighting power to be seen clearly at mid-day and heard even while the ship is moving at full speed - offering cruise passengers a movie experience comparable to the best shoreside movie theater. Other special programs presented on the giant screen include sporting events such as the college football Bowl Championship Series, video game contests with Nintendo's Wii, a variety of event concerts with artists such as Christina Aguilera and Josh Groban, and even midnight showings of cult films such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
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.
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).
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