Charity Cruise To Benefit Veterans

                      Charity Cruise To Benefit Veterans

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013

Princess Cruises' Landmark Cruise Supporting U.S. Veterans to Feature Special
Military Guests and Speakers

Cruise Line Designated as a Commemorative Partner with the United States of
America Vietnam War Commemoration

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In benefit to the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Fund and Operation Homefront, Princess Cruises' first-ever
charity cruise to support U.S. veterans will feature a number of special
guests including former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael
Mullen (Ret.); retired senior officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force; an
award-winning war correspondent; and other respected speakers, authors and


The voyage is expected to generate $1 million, split equally between the two

Princess President and CEO Alan Buckelew, a Vietnam veteran himself, will be
on board to host the cruise. He will be joined by special guests Admiral
Mullen, former Army Chief of Staff General George Casey (Ret.), former Air
Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz (Ret.), and former Chief of Naval
Operations Admiral Gary Roughead (Ret.), who will each host military branch
gatherings throughout the voyage. The senior officers' wives, Deborah Mullen,
Sheila Casey, Suzie Schwartz and Ellen Roughead will take part in a panel
discussion centered on the lives of military families and the changing roles
and challenges of spouses before, during and after deployment.

In addition, guest lecturers on the cruise will include:

  oAward-winning journalist and decorated combat correspondent Joe Galloway.
    He is one of America's premier war and foreign news reporters. A former
    military affairs consultant for Knight-Ridder newspapers and co-author of
    We Were Soldiers Once and Young, Galloway reported for UPI during the
    Vietnam War. He was awarded the Bronze Star for carrying wounded soldiers
    to safety during the 1965 Battle of la Drang. General Norman Schwarzkopf
    called Galloway "... the finest combat correspondent of our generation."
  oSpeaker and veterans' advocate Justin Constantine. Constantine joined the
    U.S. Marine Corps in 1998 after graduating from law school. He left active
    duty in 2004, but two years later, as a Marine Reservist, volunteered for
    deployment to Iraq. While on a routine patrol, he was seriously wounded –
    shot in the head by a sniper. Thanks to the heroic efforts of a young Navy
    Corpsman and his own warrior spirit, Constantine is alive today and as a
    highly sought-after speaker and veteran's advocate, spreading a message of
    awareness, courage and resiliency.
  oThe soldier who sent the message ending World War II in Europe, Gregory
    Melikian. As a young sergeant with the Supreme Headquarters Allied
    Expeditionary Forces staff headquartered in France in 1945, Melikian was a
    telegraph operator under command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. At 3:30
    p.m. on May 7, 1945, it was Melikian who was chosen to announce the
    unconditional surrender of Germany and the end of WWII in Europe.

Princess Cruises has been designated a commemorative partner with the United
States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, a national program conducted
under the leadership of the Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the Vietnam War. The national program will include activities
to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including those held as
prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and
sacrifice on behalf of the U.S. and to thank and honor the families of these
veterans. Princess Cruises will conduct activities to recognize Vietnam
Veterans and their families for their service, valor and sacrifice throughout
the sailing. To learn more about the national commemorative program, visit

"This cruise will be a great vacation for veterans and patriots who support
our veterans," said Jim Knotts, CEO of Operation Homefront. "We'll be able to
honor the service of the members of our military and their families, who
sacrifice daily to secure the freedoms we all enjoy. And the specially-themed
entertainment onboard will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

"This will be a wonderful time for military veterans and their families to
enjoy some education, rest and relaxation," said Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Fund Founder and President Jan C. Scruggs.

The Western Caribbean cruise will sail November 5-9, 2013 roundtrip from
Houston aboard Caribbean Princess, with a call at Progreso, Mexico. The
four-day cruise will offer passengers the opportunity to honor those who have
served in the military as well as active duty military personnel. In addition
to the line-up of incredible military guests and speakers, there will be
special performers, celebrities, unique topic panels and a military film
festival. Princess will custom-design onboard activities such as a Stars and
Stripes Sailaway, a military themed show, a Red, White and Blue Gala, game
shows, trivia quizzes and more – to celebrate US veterans.

Cruise fares range from $549 to $1,649 per person based on double occupancy. A
portion of each passenger's cruise fare totaling approximately $500,000 will
be matched by Princess Cruises for a total of $1 million earmarked for the two
veterans' organizations to share equally. As part of Princess' ongoing
Military Cruise Benefit Program, active and retired military personnel
choosing to book this cruise will receive a $50 onboard credit.

The cruise launches Princess Cruises' new "Cruising for a Cause" initiative
where the company 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

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 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

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 Operation Homefront

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