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Golden Year For Princess Cruises

This isn’t excluding TMZ reporting, but is anybody out there concerned about the health of Tori Spelling because she has a job to do for Princess Cruises the first week of November?

The daughter of famous producer Aaron Spelling is scheduled to emcee a reunion of The Love Boat cast on the Regal Princess when it docks in North America on November 5. In Tori Spellingthe meantime, there have been (TMZ) reports that she was quarantined in a hospital “like an ebola patient” with what is now believed to be a sinus infection.

Such things generally take time to disappear and the countdown until the Princess event in Florida is currently 12 days. If she’s unable to make it (her dad produced The Love Boat), there will be plenty of talent on hand. The six major cast members from the legendary TV show are all going to be in Fort Lauderdale to christen the Regal Princess…and to be the ship’s “godparents.”

That would be Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki). And if any Love Boat crewof them is too busy smashing the champagne against the Regal’s bow, many other talented talkers are scheduled to be on deck, among them Florence HendersonDiane LaddDick Van PattenFrank Sinatra Jr.MacKenzie Phillips and Jack Jones.

Talk about bench strength!

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On the subject of love on a boat…

Princess is marketing newlyweds to spend their honeymoons on a cruise ship by introducing a Honeymoon Wishes Registry, where couples can sign up and choose from a list of options that range from shore excursions to drinks by the pool. The cost of their choices is applied as an on-board credit to the honeymooners’ account.

This is the cruise line that made maritime and marriage history 16 years ago by having the captain join a bride and groom in marriage. According to Princess, it was the first time a ship’s captain had performed a wedding ceremony, and it has led to many weddings at sea, a “Tie The Knot” program on the ship and in ports and annual Valentine’s Day cruises of renewal vows.

And now…the Honeymoon Wishes Registry.

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On the subject of anniversaries…

This is a big one for Princess. The cruise line’s 50th year begins the day after the Regal Princess is christened, November 6. The first Princess ship sailed down the coast of Mexico — like The Love Boat did so many times — on November 5, 1965.

The Golden Anniversary will be marked throughout 2015 with a lot of 50th anniversary themes. There will be Love Boat Disco Parties all year long. A golden balloon will drop in Regalthe atriums on every cruise. A special craft beer has been especially brewed for all Princess ships in the coming year and, along with inventive cocktails, will raise a toast called “Cheers To 50 Years.” Two 50th anniversary chocolate desserts have been created by the noted chocolatier Norman Love (hmm, did his surname help land this job?).

The campaign will be launched on the Regal Princess in 12 days.

Will Tori Spelling be able to enjoy it?

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Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas
10 nights
April 28, 2015
Baltimore (return): Labadee, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten
Inside: $783
Cost per day: $78

Ships and Yachts for Honeymooners

Our wedding was so long ago it was before The Love Boat, so any thought there was of honeymooning on a cruise ship wasn’t one even the rich and famous entertained. All these years later, it’s just another marketing tool for cruise lines to offer the budding bride and groom. And if they’re really clever, like the people at SeaDream Yacht Club and CruiseOne, they’ll even come up with the opportunity to have somebody else pay for your honeymoon.

At SeaDream, where “it’s yachting, not sailing,” there’s a contest for couples getting married this summer. Ones with creative friends and family need apply. They’re the ones who will promote the bride and groom, as in why they should be the contest winners and go on a week-long, five-star cruise (oops, yacht trip) in the Greek Islands. Friends and family can promote their favorite wedding couple via email, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and personal blogs. They’re calling it a $20,000 honeymoon but, at today’s price for a euro, they’re selling passage on the SeaDream I for that week at less than $4,000, so there must be some upgrades, like the honeymoon suite for starters.

There’s not much about it on SeaDream’s website, but all the details are at an affiliated honeymoon website.

It’s open to honeymooners from everywhere, as long as the “promotions” are in by the end of July. Winners will be announced in early August. The ship sails — or yachts — on September 11 from Dubrovnik, Croatia.

At CruiseOne, there’s a “honeymoon cruise registry.” That means all those people who bring nice gifts for the new husband and wife can, instead, contribute to your cruise fund.

You set up the registry, pick the cruise, and your guests make contributions in increments of $25, after they’ve visited the website to see where you’re going, as “their guests.”

It all seems pretty straightforward…and one of us thinks it sure beats shopping!

Incidentally, is there still a Love Boat?

That’s it, we’re done.

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