It's no secret that Princess Cruises knows romance: After all, their ships were the setting for the "Love Boat"! But Princess is so hopelessly devoted to its niche that it's expanding on it with the "Department of Romance" -- a slew of brand-new programs at sea and online.
The initiative will kick off on (you guessed it) Valentine's Day with the "Romance Report" -- a semi-annual newsletter on the "state of love" packed with trends and facts on meeting and dating onboard, as well as reconnecting with your sweetheart.
The report will be created by Princess' fabulous foursome: couples therapist Dr. Ruth, romance guru Trish McDermott, seasoned wedding planner Alba Carreras and "Love Boat" captain Gavin MacLeod. It will be distributed online as well as via e-mail.
What else is in store onboard and ashore? Read on:
Smooch in Cyberspace: Princess' Web site will have a special section dedicated to the program called "Virtual Romance." Here, visitors can read romance-related articles from the aforementioned experts, ask questions and more (details are still being worked out by the cupids over at the cruise line).
Set Sail for Seduction: After you've brushed up on your skills, take them onboard where you can work your magic! Beginning this April, coinciding with the launch of the brand-new Emerald Princess, the entire fleet will offer activities and amenities onboard for those in the mood for love, including:
- A Scholarship@Sea course entitled "Become a Certified Romantic"; students receive tips for rediscovering romance -- and sustaining it long after the cruise is over.
- Daily romance advice in the form of a tip or quotation in Princess Patter.
- In-stateroom "Romantic TV" programming, because there's no limit to the number of times one can watch "An Affair to Remember" or "Sleepless in Seattle" (sorry, guys)!
- A new "Romance by Room Service" package includes Champagne and chocolate, scattered fresh rose petals, flameless scented candles, and romantic music -- a great add-on to the line's signature "Ultimate Balcony" dinner package.
Or, Just Get Hitched! Videotaped proposals on the ship's Movies Under the Stars screens have become increasingly popular, and Princess is still the only major North American line that allows couples to be married by the ships' captains through its "Tie the Knot" program.
PrincessBride82006 posts, "I was married in August aboard Caribbean Princess. We got married the first full day at sea. We had 21 guests sail with us, and had an amazing time." evilmuffins says: "If you're heading on Princess and want to get your vows renewed, it's really worth it! The ceremony was incredible and the extras we got were fantastic."
--by Erica Sapio, Assistant Editor, and Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor