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Love, Love, Love — That’s Princess  

Princess has a perk that only this cruise line can legitimately offer: free love stories for passengers to enjoy while cruising. Only Princess has a well-known history that includes “The Love Boat.”

The cruise line has always made the most of the TV show of the same name. Gavin MacLeod, aka Captain Stubing, has been a public relations giant for Princess for years. Frequently, there are or have been events ranging from building “The Love Boat” with The Love BoatLego to re-creating the old ship’s inaugural cruise down the West Coast to celebrating its 50th anniversary by rounding up as many of the TV show’s stars as possible.

It even extended to being fortunate enough to have the world’s two most-beloved princesses — Diana and Kate — as ship godmothers.

This is The Love Boat line.

In about a week, Princess passengers will be able to enjoy three short love stories — Kiss Me Maybe by Heather Burch, To Catch a Bouquet by Carolyn Brown and Once Upon a Night at Sea by Barbara Longley — all of which were inspired by each author's cruise on a Princess ship.

There’s one catch.

Because this is being done in partnership with Amazon’s Kindle Love Stories…obviously you must have a Kindle.

But it’s a nice touch, as love stories always are.

In the news…

• Carnival 36-hour $50 per person per day sale ends at midnight tonight
• Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to host Seabourn cruise through Panama Canal
• Oceania OLife guests getting free Internet, gratuities, shore excursions

Today at portsandbows.com: Owen Wilson, a star with P&O Cruises

Celebrity Constellation
9 nights
November 28, 2015
Fort Lauderdale (return): St. Barts, St. Maarten, St. Croix, San Juan, Labadee
Inside: $599
Cost per day: $66

Cruisers — a Choice of Library

Our most recent cruise was the first time we saw, first-hand, why some travelers like Kindles and some like iPads.

In our uneducated opinion, Kindles ($139) are for carrying tons of books in a lightweight library smaller than most mouse pads. Travelers who want Internet access, some of the 360,000 apps that are out there and a touch keypad, AND books seem to opt for the more-expensive iPad ($499), also light and a little larger.

When you’re on a cruise ship for two weeks, both are great, but seeing iPads in action sold us. There is now an iPad 2 and since we’re usually a generation behind in computers, we’d be happy with an iPad 1. There is a small problem. There are none left.

Miloc Lazic, Celebrity’s Internet manager on the Eclipse, shook his head one day at the rampant growth of iThings: “Laptops replaced computers and iPads are replacing laptops. What is next — iChips in our head?”

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