Cruise lines often televise major events (after all, would any North American male board a ship over Super Bowl weekend if they didn't?), so the fact that travelers will be able to watch the inauguration on their TV sets isn't a huge surprise. However, Princess Cruises has planned a host of special onboard activities tied to the inauguration, such as:
Princess will televise the major events -- Obama taking the oath of office and the presidential walk down Pennsylvania Avenue -- in the fleet's public areas and on the Movies Under the Stars (M.U.T.S.) poolside screens on equipped vessels.
Special viewing parties will be held onboard, for which Princess has planned trivia games (where guests can test their knowledge to win CNN International tote bags) and patriotic-themed snacks and drinks.
In addition, voyages during the inauguration will also run presidential-themed movies and documentaries such as Obama's biography and "The American President" movie.
Several other lines are offering inauguration day festivities as well, albeit on a smaller scale. Carnival Cruise Lines tells us that the inauguration will be shown on television as well as the big-screen Seaside Theatres on ships that have them. Holland America will televise the ceremonies in public areas of its ships as well, but no other special activities have been planned. Passengers may also watch Obama take office in their cabins as long as a channel covering the inauguration is offered.
--by Kim Kazell, Assistant Editor