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Reality Cruise For Fans Of The New Kids

The show is called Blue Bloods, in case you haven't heard, and it tops the Friday night TV ratings. Nowhere is that more true than in our house. Thankfully, there are PVRs to make sure we don't miss an episode; otherwise we'd be house-bound on Friday nights.

Part of the reason is Donnie Wahlberg. It should be mentioned that before Blue Bloods, we didn't know who he was or where he came from and now he's, well, in our TV blood. That also means we didn't connect Donnie Wahlberg and New Kids On The Block.

But the cruise community does.

Fans have been going on NKOTB cruises for five years and the 2014 edition comes with a twist. They're going to "Rock This Boat" (the Carnival Splendor) because that's the name of the eight-week reality TV series being filmed on the cruise. It will be shown New Kids On The Blockon the TV Guide Network during the 2014-15 season.

Wahlberg is the executive producer. 

For this year's cruise on the Splendor all the New Kids, who are really Old Kids by now, will be on board and doing all the things these celebrities do on theme cruises, starting with performing.

The cruise is June 5-9. This year, there's a new embarkation port (New York) and a new destination (Bermuda). The sales pitch is that you'll spend "two full days trapped at sea with NKOTB," and that there's "nowhere to hide" which — because of Bermuda — makes for a clever video (click here).

Because of NKOTB, there will be plenty of parties, surprise cabin visits and the concert in the Splendor's theater. All the "kids" will be there — Jonathan, Jordan, Joey, Danny and Donnie — and they're also promising this NKOTB Cruise will be "bigger, better, faster" than the last one. And some passengers, at least, will be part of the reality show.

What's more, you don't have to worry about missing Blue Bloods on the Friday night (June 6), even if you don't have a PVR.

It's on re-runs then.

Today at Phil Reimer's portsandbows.com: After 46 years, a return to Prague

Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
7 nights
June 21, 2014
San Juan (return): St. ThomasSt. KittsCuracaoAruba
Inside: $749
Cost per day: $107

Princess Return To TV Advertising Quite A Fit

You may not have noticed but Princess Cruises went 10 years without advertising on network television.

That has changed, effective 2014.

There we were, sitting in front of the TV on Friday night watching our "must-not-miss" show (Blue Bloods), when on came a Princess commercial about how its CBS-Blue Bloodscruise vacations can "transform and enrich" lives…how passengers can go on a cruise and "come back new." That's the motto of the campaign that you will see online and on four major networks: CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX.

By picking Blue Bloods (CBS) for placement, Princess has struck a chord. With more than 14 million viewers, the show is enjoying its best of four seasons in the sometimes fickle world of prime-time police dramas. With its clever writing (our opinion) and ideal cast (our opinion), it has made a TV star, again, of Tom Selleck.

In fact, last year the subject came up with Gavin MacLeod, the former captain of The Love Boat and ever since a public relations guru for Princess Cruises. Here's what Gavin had to say about Tom Selleck:

"He could be President."

Hmm, did The Love Boat captain have any say in the decision to put Princess ads on Blue Bloods?

Norwegian Jade
10 nights
March 12, 2014
Rome (return): OlympiaAthensEphesusIstanbulNaples
Inside: $549
Cost per day: $54

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