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Princess to stage second Cruising for a Cause as Valentine’s Day special

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Princess Cruises is putting its heart into Valentine’s Day with the second “Cruising for a Cause” scheduled to sail in February featuring a special line-up of expert guests and celebrities who will help educate passengers about coronary health.

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On board to discuss the topic is a renowned cardiac surgeon, a celebrity chef, an award-winning author, a four-time Super Bowl champion, and a cast member from the hit television series “The Love Boat”. The benefit cruise will raise funds for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) programs and educational outreach.

The special five-day Caribbean cruise takes place on the Ruby Princess and departs Fort Lauderdale on February 10.

Passengers on the cruise can attend the American Heart Association’s Hands-OnlyTM CPR; seminars on how to better manage stress, diet, and exercise; and a heart disease and stroke survivor reception. Other offerings include complimentary blood pressure screenings, participation in a fundraising walk on deck, patterned after AHA’s successful HeartWalks and Valentine's Day themed programming that will include a special onboard renewal of vows and other romantic touches. The cruise will be capped off with a Ruby Red Gala party.

Special guests appearing exclusively on this sailing include:

  • Bernie Kopell, portrayer of the beloved doctor Adam Bricker during 10 seasons of “The Love Boat” TV series, Bernie Kopell will be onboard to meet with and sign autographs for passengers
  • Dr. Kathy Magliato, MD, MBA, FACS is one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world with specialization in heart failure, heart transplantation, and artificial/mechanical heart technology. A nationally recognized expert on heart disease in women, she is currently the Director of Women’s Cardiac Services at Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, where she is developing a Multidisciplinary Women’s Health Center to address the cardiac needs of female patients.
  • Jesse Sapolu is a four-time Super Bowl champion who played center and offensive guard for the San Francisco 49ers during his15 year football career. He now serves as the 49ers’ alumni coordinator, and is a motivational speaker and author of the biography “I Gave My Heart to San Francisco.” He is also the co-founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.
  • Chef Marc Anthony Bynum of Cook Healthy; Cook Delicious! A finalist on Food Network's “Chopped,” will be offering fun, innovative healthy cooking demonstrations for passengers.
  • Diana von Welanetz Wentworth is an award-winning author and national speaker on many facets of heart health with a passion for nurturing women’s hearts arose from her own surprising heart attack. Drawing from the recommendations of the American Heart Association, she developed a unique, fun, holistic program of heart-health care that is the topic of her newest book: “Love Your Heart: Follow the Red Thread to a Heart-Centered Life.”
  • David and Karen Gamow are authors of “Freedom from Stress,” who have provided workplace stress management training to clients including NASA, CBS, GE, Marriott, Intuit, Nokia, Stanford School of Medicine, and the U.S. Army. The founders of Clarity Seminars, they have personally trained more than 20,000 people throughout North America to reduce stress and change their lives for the better.

“These terrific guests and the line-up of special heart health-themed activities will make this cruise a special opportunity for our passengers to learn how to build healthier lives,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We look forward to a heart-felt cruise that will raise important funds for the American Heart Association.”

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.

Cruise fares range from $379 to $1,649 per person based on double occupancy. A tax-deductible portion of each fare ranging from $100 to $300 per person, depending upon cabin category, will be donated to the American Heart Association.

For more information about Princess Cruises call1-800-PRINCESS, or click on princess.com.

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