April 24, 2002
Cruise lines’ theme voyages generally fall into predictable categories -- auto racing, cinema, and big band to name a few -- that most often have nothing at all to do with the itinerary sailed. That’s why a new themed cruise on Princess’ Regal Princess caught our eye. The first-ever “Pacific Battlefields” cruises not only features celebrity and academic lecturers of the era (including Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller and Professor Anderson Giles, a historian and award-winning documentary filmmaker with expertise on Iwo Jima and the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian, as well as with the atomic air strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) but actually has coordinated its ports-of-call to relate to the overall theme. Among them? The special sailing (meaning not a regularly scheduled itinerary) on this April 27 (2003) 32-day Tokyo to San Francisco voyage stops in Hiroshima, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Guam, Rabul (Papua New Guinea), Guadalcanal, Marshall Islands, Kauai, Honolulu, Maui and Hilo. Can’t make it? Princess has already lined up June Allyson and Nick Clooney to anchor a similarly-themed cruise on Regal Princess, a 22-day Honolulu to Osaka voyage with similar calls, that departs October 6.