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Day 1 of live reports from Cruising for a Cause on the Ruby Princess

A red  Heart Assn. bag given to passengers
A red Heart Assn. bag given to passengers
Patti Pietschmann

This is just the first day of a five-night roundtrip cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It’s only 1:30 and already we have swam in the Calypso pool, had breakfast in the Horizon Court, attended two lectures, worked out in the fitness center, had lunch and are at yet another seminar.

We are “Cruising for a Cause”—the second of a series that devotes an entire sailing to support a charitable cause sponsored by Princess Cruises to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). The ‘heartfelt’ was aptly time to encompass Valentine’s Day (for which Richard and I are booked for a romantic couples massage.

Last night we attended a cocktail party where we met all the speakers among whom was none-other than aboard TV’s version of Pacific Princess as Doctor Adam Bricker (“Doc”) on “The Love Boat”. He was seen on deck today milling around with passengers and signing autographs. We also were introduced to award-winning author and national speaker Diana von Welanetz Wentworth who presented a fascinating “Love Your Heart” lecture today that was embellished by a well-produced, eye-oening dramatization video starting Elizabeth Banks.

While the cruise if packed full of talks and seminars we are squeezing in more sybaritic pursuits such as snorkel excursions in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. But I must say we are learning a lot about heart health on this cardio-cruise.

A portion of each passenger’s cruise fare, totaling approximately $500,000, will be matched by Princess Cruises with an additional $500,000, for a total of $1 million. The proceeds will be used to support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The stunning, 113,561 gross ton floating hotel-like Ruby Princess debuted November 8, 2008. She has 1,542 cabins (1,106 outside/436 inside) total.

Come back to hear more about our cardio cruise.

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