Princess Cruises will reach the ripe old age of 50 next year and they are planning a number of unique celebrations to mark the occasion. Since 1965, Princess Cruises has taken millions of passengers on holiday, provided the setting for one of the world’s most popular sitcoms and travelled to some of the world’s most beautiful destination. From 1 January 2015, Princess Cruises will celebrate the past 50 years and look forward to the next half a century.
For the first time in the company’s history, Princess Cruises will enter a float in California’s New Year Rose Parade next January. The theme of this year’s parade is inspiring stories which the Princess team believes is a true reflection of their rise from a single vessel chartered for Mexican Riviera cruises in 1965 to an 18-ship fleet, one of the biggest and best-loved at sea.
Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, explained: “Since the theme of this year’s Rose Parade is ‘Inspiring Stories,’ we can think of no more perfect opportunity to launch our 50th anniversary year celebrations. For the last five decades of our guests sailing with us to amazing places, they’ve returned with inspiring memories that have lasted a lifetime, and we want to celebrate this on the very first day of 2015.”
For more than 100 years the Rose Parade has welcomed in the New Year in California with up to 700,000 people attending the five and a half mile parade and an estimated 700 million watching at home. The sunny climes of California make it the perfect place for the parade to be held, when much of the country is buried under snow.
The Princess Cruises float’s construction is well under way, designed and built by Phoenix Decorating Company with more than 24,000 flowers and natural materials covering the 60ft long, 24ft high hull.
Princess Cruises came to the attention of many when the Pacific Princess was used to film much of the nine seasons of sitcom The Love Boat from 1977 until 1987. The company’s Island Princess and Sun Princess were also used for filming throughout the series’ run.
To celebrate the connection between the company and the show; Princess Cruises have welcomed the show’s six main characters to ride aboard the float during the Rose Parade and have named them godparents for the new cruise ship: Regal Princess, which took to the seas in May this year.
Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing) Fred Grandy (Gopher, the chief purser), Ted Lange (Isaac, the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship’s doctor), Lauren Tewes (cruise director Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki, the captain’s daughter) will reunite to christen the Regal Princess on 5 November this year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Over nine series, Love Boat became one of the world’s highest-rated and most popular sitcoms on television, following the exploits and loves of cruise ship employees and passengers in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Jan Swartz continued: “We can think of no more suitable godparents for our newest ship than the cast of the show that put Princess Cruises on the map. The show has been such a visible part of our company’s history, it made sense to kick off our anniversary celebrations with this special tribute.”
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