Princess to Present Oscars(R) ‘Under the Stars’

Caribbean Princess and Grand Princess to Broadcast 77th Academy Awards(R) on Exclusive ‘Movies Under the Stars’ Poolside Screens

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ — The stars of the silver screen will mingle with the stars in the sky as Princess presents a new way to enjoy Hollywood’s biggest party. For the first time, Princess will broadcast the Academy Awards(R) on its new “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor movie screens. Oscar(R) fans aboard Caribbean Princess and Grand Princess on February 27 will be able to watch all the excitement of the ABC telecast of the 77th awards ceremony on the giant 300-square-foot LED screens.

Passengers can cheer for their favorite film at poolside Oscar parties as they find out whether “The Aviator” will fly away with the top prize or “Million Dollar Baby” will knock out the competition. Astute passenger film critics who pick the winners can win one of many shipboard prizes awarded throughout the evening.

“If you can’t be in the Kodak Theater itself, what better way to enjoy this Hollywood tradition than under the balmy Caribbean sky,” said Jan Swartz, Princess’ senior vice president of customer service and sales. “Our giant screens and dramatic poolside settings make for a glamorous backdrop to the excitement of the awards.”

Princess was the first cruise line to broadcast the Academy Awards four years ago and has made the event an annual tradition with festive seagoing Oscar parties for viewers in the main lounges on most ships. Passengers get a taste of a star’s life as they stroll down Princess’ own ‘red carpet’ in their formal best, posing for “paparazzi” photographers who will capture the evening’s fashion statements. Party-goers can indulge with special cocktails and appetizers, and may take home one of the many prizes that will be awarded throughout the evening as the winners are announced. Celebrity look-alikes may have a moment of fame, and even shipboard fashion critics will have their say as they determine the best- and worst-dressed passengers.

The Academy Awards is one of many special events and features shown daily on Princess’ two giant Times Square-style LED screens. The unique, 300-square-foot screens are currently featured aboard Caribbean Princess and Grand Princess and show up to seven movies or events daily, including family films and first run hits, as well as concert footage and other special programming, such as the popular “Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz.” In the evenings, lounge chairs are covered with special cushions and blankets and Princess’ hallmark poolside service is available to enhance the viewing experience with free popcorn plus a variety of drink specials and movie nibbles.

“Movies Under the Stars” screen will debut aboard Sea Princess when that ship returns to the Princess fleet on April 28 and aboard Crown Princess which debuts next year.

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

About Princess Cruises:

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 14 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 30 days. The company, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2005, is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK).

Princess Cruises is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

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