Princess Cruises and Cruise Critic Announce Winning Real Life Love Story

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (September 29, 2009) — “Someone e-mailed me today and told me that Princess was hosting a contest for the best romantic on-board love story … ?Well, that sounds nice,’ I said to myself, and thought about entering the contest … But I don’t think I’m going to.”

Despite what she wrote, Tracey Pettit did enter the Real Life Love Stories contest sponsored by Princess Cruises and Cruise Critic® (www.cruisecritic.com) and her entry, “The Contest,” was voted the most romantic by Cruise Critic members.

In her story, Pettit, from Rocklin, Calif., tells of meeting her husband while on a Christmas cruise to the Mexican Rivera aboard Regal Princess. “I was standing at the bar in the Bengal Lounge … and I turned to find a tall man with broad shoulders and bedroom eyes… twenty minutes later, as he walked out of the bar, I said to my sister “I’m going to marry that man. … it sounds ridiculous. It sounds like something that only happens in the movies.”

Her entry was one of more than a 100 stories submitted and posted on the Cruise Critic site. The romantic stories chronicled onboard meetings, marriage proposals, weddings at sea and vow renewals. The top five stories were selected by Gavin MacLeod, Princess’ well-known ambassador and member of the line’s “Department of Romance,” and Cruise Critic editor-in-chief Carolyn Spencer Brown. People were then invited to vote for their favorite story from the five finalists.. As the winner, Pettit will receive a seven-day Princess cruise to the Caribbean.

“We are absolutely thrilled to win,” said Pettit. “I’m very glad my mother-in-law told me about the contest — I had so much fun writing the story, and we have a great story to share. We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of when we met, so it was very serendipitous that the contest came at this time. We feel very blessed to have met on a Princess ship, and we always tell people that we met on the Love Boat.”

Pettit’s story can be found at www.princess.com/romance/

The other finalists in the competition will receive DVD copies of “The Love Boat” television series.

Princess has been offering romantic cruise vacations around the world for more than 40 years. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.