Cruise Questions Make Splash on "Jeopardy!"

October 19, 2005
Alex Trebek: "Princess Cruises now offers scuba and volleyball as well as this beloved game that uses cues to push disks."

Cruise Critic: "What is shuffleboard, Alex?"

OK, we admit ... that's not exactly how things went on "Jeopardy!" last night. Contestant Melissa Prepster, a teacher from Kyle, Texas, actually provided the correct question for that $200 answer in a first-round category called "Let's Go Cruising."

The special category was added to the top-rated quiz show's lineup in honor of National Cruise Vacation Month, a month-long annual campaign sponsored by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). They say the purpose was to entice viewers to cruising as a vacation choice. We say it was just plain fun.

Prepster also supplied a winning question for the $400 answer, "The person who handles passengers' accounts: Gopher on 'The Love Boat' was an assistant one," after contestant Kim Strassburger buzzed in with "What is a steward?" (The correct response: "What is a purser?")

What else did the contestants get wrong? Two answers stumped all three players: "This Virgin Island with its city of Charlotte Amalie is among the most popular Caribbean ports of call" for $600 (Question: "What is St. Thomas?") and "Term for a woman who christens a cruise ship, like Kim Cattrall for Norwegian Dawn and Judi Dench for Carnival Legend" for $1,000 (Question: "What is the godmother?").

Strassburger redeemed herself by knowing the question for this $800 answer: "You can sail from Southampton on this Cunard liner that has covered 5.3 million nautical miles, a record for any ship" -- which of course refers to Queen Elizabeth 2.

Note: Didn't catch the episode? We recommend checking out for a rundown of answers and questions from last night's episode. (One of the "founding archivists" for that site is Kenneth Jennings, Jr. -- perhaps the father of big-time "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings III?)