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Princess revives the "Bon Voyage" experience

Discussion in 'Princess Cruises' started by red stripe, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. red stripe

    red stripe Well-Known Member

    Princess Revives Nostalgic Cruising Tradition with New Bon Voyage Experience

    Passengers Can Once Again Invite Friends and Family Aboard Ship
    On Embarkation Day

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 11, 2010) – Reviving a signature tradition from the early days of cruising, Princess Cruises is debuting an innovative, 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.

    Called the “Bon Voyage ExperienceSM,†the program is a new twist on the departure celebration of bygone days, when friends and family would routinely come aboard to see off passengers. Because of increasingly tighter security procedures, this practice disappeared more than two decades ago, but it’s now back – complete with lunch in the dining room and tour of the ship.

    Unique in the cruise industry, the Bon Voyage ExperienceSM enables passengers to extend an invitation to their guests to join them onboard during sailing day for a four-course dining room lunch with wine, a ship tour and even a souvenir photo. Passengers and their guests can enjoy priority embarkation and will be able to spend approximately four hours together on the ship before it sets sail. 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.

    “Long-time cruisers will recall the fun of the bon voyage send-off with their family and friends, and we’re excited to re-introduce a new, modern version of this experience,†said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.

    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 ExperienceSM on any given embarkation day will be approximately 50.

    The roll-out schedule for the launch of the Bon Voyage ExperienceSM 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.
  2. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    Neat - except for the cost.
  3. red stripe

    red stripe Well-Known Member

    Well, they are giving them this for the money..

    "four-course dining room lunch with wine, a ship tour and even a souvenir photo."

  4. Beryl

    Beryl Trivia Specialist

    Interesting....visiting guests get lunch in the dining room....regular pax have to eat in the buffet???? What's wrong with this picture?
  5. Jeanie

    Jeanie Well-Known Member

    You said it girl friend --- another way to make money
  6. earl_m

    earl_m Social Host

    I think its a good idea, If people want to pay , why not. Its doesn`t sound too like alot of money to try it out!!
  7. bob

    bob Chief Engineer Staff Member

    there really is "No free lunch"....
  8. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Cunard must have taught them this tactic. When I sailed on Cunard's 150th Anniversary Cruise aboard QE2 in 1990, for which we all paid through the nose, Cunard would host visitors aboard for lunch in each British Isles port. Those of us who were paying passengers were left to fend for ourselves while the visitors were wined and dined in the various dining rooms that were closed to us.:madd:
  9. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    You should have gotten off the ship, then come back on as a visitor. :biggrin:
  10. Mbandy

    Mbandy Well-Known Member

    I don't think $39 is too excessive. They charge half that for a photo.
  11. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Where were you with this suggestion 20 (OMG!) years ago?:hammer:
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2010

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