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Celebrating a Golden Anniversary is a remarkable achievement and as the launch of the beautiful Regal Princess kicks off a special commemorative year, it’s time to both look ahead to all the festivities and special occasions coming in 2015 and to reflect on the last 50 years of Princess Cruises and their journey from 1965 to today.

A very special christening took place last November when Princess Cruises officially launched the Regal Princess in a star-studded and sentimental naming ceremony with the original cast members of the popular TV show, “The Love Boat”, acting as Godparents for the ship. The evening was full of warm memories, gracious speeches, fireworks and the smashing of 50 bottles of Champagne (in tribute to each year) against the side of the ship. A final, huge 51st bottle was used to christen her officially on the top deck.

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In a nod to the past and to the influence the show had on the emergence of cruising in North America in the late 70’s and during its 10-year run, the cruise line also hosted a number of popular television personalities who had starred on the famed program over the years.  Jack Jones and Charo gave outstanding performances during the ceremony and many other beloved actors and actresses also participated in the nautically themed and charming occasion.

Celebrating the Love – Princess Begins A Golden Anniversary Year to Remember

Many guests over the years have enjoyed wonderful vacations and milestone celebrations sailing on Princess Cruises ships. Now they can return the favor by helping Princess to share the love and commemorate the cruise line’s own remarkable achievement!

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In 2015, Princess is making every cruise truly memorable by treating guests to an array of festive onboard celebrations, including a themed menu, "Cheers to 50 Years" cocktails, a special Seawitch craft beer series with an exclusive anniversary blend, and a showcase of special anniversary entertainment features. The 50th anniversary year will be alive with not-to-be-missed experiences, some of which have already been announced on all ships in the fleet.

There will, of course, be a Love Boat Disco Deck Party to honor the iconic role that The Love Boat played in the Princess’ history. How could there not? This disco party will celebrate the beloved TV show with an exciting 70s theme night punctuated by some creative surprises along the way. Movies Under the Stars will feature video messages from the original Love Boat cast as well as special montages from the show – and there will be plenty of opportunities to party and dance. Because this is the Love Boat, you can expect a year of wedding and anniversary celebrations too!

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One night on every cruise, the main dining rooms will present a special souvenir menu featuring commemorative dishes from the past five decades. Because Princess is known for the best pizza at sea, Princess chefs will also introduce a variety of Anniversary pizzas throughout the year.

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For the chocolate lover in us all, Princess has created a new "Chocolate Journeys" experience with the acclaimed master chocolatier Norman Love, who has an unbridled passion for chocolate and the cacao bean. Delectable experiences at sea will be introduced to every Princess ship's program in 2015. Watch for wine and chocolate pairings, demonstrations and tastings, and the yummiest desserts – as well as a special anniversary display cake presented in the atrium.

Princess Cruises_BalloonsCourtesy of Princess CruisesOther surprises and special events will include "Let us Entertain You" celebrations in the signature Piazza with balloon drops, a special anniversary song and game shows and the Princess trivia challenge. Commemorative keepsakes, special 50th anniversary photographs, décor and giveaways - one cruise a month through December 2015 – as well as other wonderful onboard touches will ensure that all guests can participate in celebrating this wonderful cruise company that has given so much joy and shared so much love over these past 50 years.

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Now sailing to some of the world's greatest destinations on board 18 magnificent ships, all the while introducing travelers to fresh experiences and new friends, ensuring that guests come back new, Princess Cruises is a vibrant, innovative and highly-regarded cruise line holding much promise for many years to come.

For more information about Princess Cruises, contact your local travel professional or visit www.princess.com

Written by Vanessa Lee. Originally published in Dream Voyages Winter 2015 issue.

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