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Princess Cruises revives old bon voyage tradition

Posted: February 11, 2010 11:46 a.m.
Updated: February 11, 2010 12:37 p.m.
Santa Clarita, Calif.-based Princess Cruises is debuting a new program giving passengers the opportunity to invite their friends and family aboard their ship on embarkation day to wish them "bon voyage" and get a taste of the onboard experience.

Passengers and their guests will be able to spend approximately four hours together on the ship before it sets sail, enjoy a four-course dining room lunch with wine, a ship tour and a souvenir photo.

The cost for the program is $39 per person, which can be applied toward a future Princess cruise.

The program will debut in March in the ports of Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, and then roll out to New York, San Francisco and Seattle

Cruise passengers will be notified about the program through the pre-cruise emails they receive from Princess as their cruise date approaches.

In-port guests can be booked through a travel agent or by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, beginning 120 days before the cruise and up to six days before the sailing date.

Once registered, guests will be able to input their required security information through the line's cruise personalizer.

The number of guests who will be able to participate in the Bon Voyage Experience on any given embarkation day will be approximately 50.

The roll-out schedule for the launch of the Bon Voyage Experience is:

* Sapphire Princess - March 6 in Los Angeles
* Crown Princess - March 6 in Fort Lauderdale
* Coral Princess - March 7 in Los Angeles
* Emerald Princess - March 7 in Fort Lauderdale
* Island Princess - March 10 in Los Angeles
* Ruby Princess - March 10 in Fort Lauderdale
* Golden Princess - March 14 in Los Angeles
* Royal Princess - March 27 in Fort Lauderdale
* Star Princess - April 10 in Fort Lauderdale
* Caribbean Princess - May 18 in New York
* Sea Princess - June 1 in San Francisco

During the Alaska season, Sapphire Princess, Golden Princess and Royal Princess will offer the program in Seattle, beginning in May.



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