First-Ever Princess Cruises ‘Captain’s Awards’ Honor Cruise-Themed Films and Actors


Overwhelming Response From 45,000 Passengers ‘Crown’ Winners, From Best Smooch at Sea to Favorite Movie Princess

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ — As the film awards season kicks into high gear, Princess Cruises has taken the voting to the high seas with the launch of the first ever “Princess Captain’s Awards.” In a light-hearted survey, “Princess-themed” categories were voted on by 45,000 members of the Princess Captain’s Circle, the line’s guest loyalty program, and talented actors ranging from Johnny Depp, voted “Captain Most Likely to Steal Your Heart,” to Audrey Hepburn, voted “Favorite Movie Princess,” were saluted with honors for their performances.

Princess will pay tribute to the nominees and winning films all summer long on board the line’s new ship Crown Princess, which will begin roundtrip Caribbean sailings out of the new Brooklyn, New York pier in June 2006.

The “Captain’s Awards Summer Film Festival” will capitalize on the ship’s dramatic film venue, its signature Movies Under the Stars(SM) screen. An industry first when Princess launched it in 2004, Movies Under the Stars offers passengers the opportunity to enjoy a drive-in style outdoor movie experience on the 300-square-foot LED movie screen day while relaxing in comfortable chaise lounges, the swimming pool, or the hot tub. Captain’s Awards favorites will be shown on all Crown Princess sailings throughout the summer.

“The winning films reflect a mix of timeless classics and new favorites among categories that underscore signature elements of the Princess brand, like balconies and great escapes,” said Jan Swartz, Princess’ senior vice president of customer service and sales. “The incredible 45,000 responses we received from our online survey of Princess past passengers proves they really enjoy pop culture and movies continue to be a favorite pastime.”

Nominees and winning films include:

BEST “ESCAPE” MOVIE
Winner: The Shawshank Redemption 38%
The Great Escape 25%
The Fugitive 22%
Escape From Alcatraz 11%
The Truman Show 4%

BEST SMOOCH AT SEA
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet — Titanic 51%
Deborah Kerr & Cary Grant — An Affair to Remember 30%
Audrey Hepburn & Humphrey Bogart — Sabrina 15%
Shelly Winters & Jack Albertson — The Poseidon Adventure 4%

BEST DRIVE-IN MOVIE SCENE
Winner: Grease 46%
American Graffiti 34%
Rebel Without A Cause 16%
The Outsiders 4%

FAVORITE MOVIE “PRINCESS”
Winner: Audrey Hepburn — Roman Holiday 41%
Alicia Silverstone — Clueless 22%
Reese Witherspoon — Legally Blonde 13%
Anne Hathaway — The Princess Diaries 12%
Robin Wright — The Princess Bride 12%

CAPTAIN MOST LIKELY TO STEAL YOUR HEART
Winner: Johnny Depp — Pirates of the Caribbean 35%
Sean Connery — The Hunt for Red October 30%
Mel Gibson — Mutiny on the Bounty 17%
Russell Crowe — Master and Commander 10%
Gregory Peck — Moby Dick 8%

MOST ROMANTIC “BALCONY” SCENE
Winner: Pretty Woman 45%
Romeo & Juliet 20%
Breakfast at Tiffany’s 19%
West Side Story 16%

BEST KARAOKE PERFORMANCE
Winner: Cameron Diaz — My Best Friend’s Wedding 34%
Matthew Broderick — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 27%
Bill Murray — Lost in Translation 14%
Ellen Dow (“Rosie”) — The Wedding Singer 13%
Gwyneth Paltrow & Huey Lewis — Duets 12%

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LOBSTER
Winner: The Little Mermaid 52%
Splash 20%
Crocodile Dundee 2 13%
Love Actually 8%
Annie Hall 7%

Scheduled to launch in June 2006, the 113,000-ton Crown Princess will introduce Princess’ first-ever roundtrip Caribbean sailings from New York. This inaugural sailing season will feature nine-day roundtrip voyages to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, and will mark the return of Princess’ return to Bermuda, as well as its debut at the port of Grand Turk.

Crown Princess will feature a number of new service and design innovations to the Princess fleet, including a dramatic new piazza-style atrium, new casual dining venues and expansion of some favorite shipboard areas. Within the new street cafe environment of the atrium, passengers will find an International Cafe serving up fresh pastries and baked goods in the morning and other assorted offerings throughout the day, as well as the introduction of Vines, a new wine and seafood bar. Several signature Princess venues have been further enhanced, including an expanded Sabatini’s Italian tratorria with a new piano lounge area and new location high on Deck 16 to offer panoramic views. The Crown Grill will also make its debut on this ship, which is a new steak and seafood restaurant that expands on the line’s signature Sterling Steakhouse concept with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs will custom-prepare steamed shellfish and cooked-to-order steaks and chops.

The ship will also feature the many hallmark features that define the Princess experience, including the dramatic Movies Under the Stars poolside movie screen, multiple dining and entertainment options, Personal Choice Dining featuring traditional or Anytime seating, a two-story Lotus Spa with fitness center, an extensive children and teen’s center, a wedding chapel and nearly 900 staterooms with private balconies. Additional information about Crown Princess is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

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 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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