Princess Cruises and Cruise Critic Celebrate National Romance Week With Search for “Real-Life Love Stories”

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (August 10, 2009) — To celebrate “National Romance Week,” which begins today, Princess Cruises has joined with Cruise Critic® ( to conduct a search for “real-life love stories” — tales of romance from the decks of Princess ships.

“Over the years, we’ve heard many romantic stories from our passengers — everything from meeting their future spouse onboard a Princess ship to unexpectedly reconnecting with someone with whom they develop a new relationship — and so we’re launching a search to find as many of these heartwarming stories as possible,” said Jan Swartz, Princess’ executive vice president. “Princess has such a strong legacy of romance, that it’s natural we collect and share these experiences.”

To help gather these real-life love stories, the company turned to the popular Internet cruise reviews and news website Cruise Critic to ask its members to share their Princess love story for a chance to be awarded a cruise. Gavin MacLeod, Princess’ well-known ambassador and member of the line’s “Department of Romance,” and Cruise Critic editor-in-chief Carolyn Spencer Brown will pick their five favorite stories from among those submitted. The Cruise Critic community will then vote on the top five to determine the most romantic story. The winner will receive a seven-day Princess cruise to the Caribbean, including airfare, and the stories will also be showcased on the Princess website.

Details of the search, which begins today and runs through August 28, can be found by visiting and The entry voted the most romantic story will be announced on September 28, 2009.

“These love stories are near and dear to my heart, since I met my husband on a cruise ship,” said Spencer Brown. “We know our members are passionate about sharing their experiences on our forums, so I’m looking forward to hearing their romantic stories. Princess has done a great job of catering to couples of all ages who want to start or rekindle a romance on a cruise, so I’m expecting to hear about proposals, honeymoons, anniversaries, and those wonderful ?just because’ romantic moments.”

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