March 22, 2002
First it was major sports events -- now cruise lines are competing to cure passenger cravings for other television extravangzas. Both Royal Caribbean and Princess announced this week that they'll telecast the 74th annual Academy Awards on board their fleet. While cruise lines pay a fee they won't discuss to offer events like this one and, for instance, Super Bowl, it's one of the few times the a'la carte charge isn't passed along to the passengers.
Both cruise lines plan to offer games and contests centering around the telecast.