Princess Cruises Announces First-Ever Cruise to Support U.S. Veterans

    Princess Cruises Announces First-Ever Cruise to Support U.S. Veterans

Sailing is Expected to Raise $1 Million for Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and
Operation Homefront

PR Newswire

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Princess Cruises is
marking Veterans Day by announcing an unprecedented cruise to support U.S.
veterans, expected to raise $1 million for two highly regarded U.S. veterans
organizations – the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and Operation
Homefront. Princess President and CEO Alan Buckelew, himself a Vietnam
veteran, will be on board to host the sailing.

Sailing from November 5-9, 2013 aboard Caribbean Princess from Galveston to
the Western Caribbean, the four-day cruise will offer passengers the
opportunity to honor both those who have served in the military as well as
active duty military personnel. Onboard programming and activities – including
guest lecturers, special topic panels, a Stars and Stripes Sailaway, service
branch get-togethers, a film festival and more – will be custom-designed to
celebrate those who have, and are, serving our country.

"We all know someone – a family member, a neighbor, a friend, perhaps
ourselves – who has served," said Buckelew. "As a veteran myself, I know that
America's warriors face immeasurable challenges both during active duty and
when they return home. I look forward to meeting many of our passengers on
board to help us raise much-needed funds to assist our veterans." A video
introduction from Buckelew is also available on YouTube.

A portion of each passenger's cruise fare totaling approximately $500,000 will
be matched by Princess Cruises with a further $500,000, for a total of $1
million earmarked for the two veterans causes. Funds raised will be shared
equally by both organizations.

"We are humbled by such a generous gift and grateful to our friends at
Princess Cruises, and we're looking forward to the voyage," said Jan C.
Scruggs, VVMF's founder and president. "We thank the company for honoring
America's military members, past and present, and for supporting our efforts
to ensure their sacrifices and stories will always be remembered."

"Our military families continue to make sacrifices after more than 10 years of
war, and the American public has been generous in its support," said Jim
Knotts, chief executive officer of Operation Homefront. "We simply wouldn't be
able to help these families without donations from companies like Princess
Cruises and its passengers. It is significant to note that the gratitude and
respect shown by the public to our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is very
different than how our Vietnam veterans were treated. This cruise will allow
passengers to express their gratitude to veterans of ALL eras. It is an honor
long overdue."

The Western Caribbean cruise will sail roundtrip from Galveston, with a call
at Progreso, Mexico.

Cruise fares range from $604 to $1,704 per person based on double occupancy. A
portion of each fare ranging from $100 to $300 per person, depending upon
cabin category, will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and
Operation Homefront.

About Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund – In 1982 the American people helped The
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund complete an impossible mission to heal a nation
and bring comfort and solace to a generation of veterans. Today, the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Fund is working to complete this mission by building The
Education Center at The Wall, the place on the National Mall where our heroes'
stories will never be forgotten. Since the dedication of The Wall, VVMF has
pursued a mission of preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and
educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. Learn more at, or call 866-990-WALL.

About Operation Homefront -- Operation Homefront (OH) provides emergency
financial and other assistance to the families of military service members and
Wounded Warriors. A national nonprofit with nationwide presence, Operation
Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers and has met more than 590,000 needs
since its inception in 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity
Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation
Homefront goes directly to assist service members. For more information, go to 

The cruise launches the company's new "Cruising for a Cause" initiative where
Princess will dedicate entire sailings to support select charitable causes.
This new, industry-leading program will provide the line's passengers, many of
whom are looking for opportunities to make positive contributions to their
communities and the world, a way to make a difference even as they vacation.

Additional information about the special "Cruising For A Cause" sailing
supporting U.S. veterans can be found at or by
calling 1-800-PRINCESS.

About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise
and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for their
innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. Two
ships are under construction and will join the fleet in 2013 and 2014. A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.3 million
passengers each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from
three to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc

SOURCE Princess Cruises

Contact: Karen Candy,, +1-661-753-1540, Julie
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