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Chef Pierre-Marie LePrince Creates Culinary Experiences For Princess Cruises 

Chef Pierre-Marie LePrince, Director of Culinary Experience, Princess Cruises chats with Paul about the new dining experiences for the Princess fleet and some of his thoughts about what passengers want. They discuss trends and new ideas for dining at sea. 


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People — Art Sbarsky Talks About Cruising Legend Art Rodney

Art Sbarsky, joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about how Crystal Cruises was created and about the amazing role of it’s first CEO, Art Rodney in creating what became the world’s leading luxury cruise line for many years.

They also discuss the pivotal role Rodney played in generating the modern demand for cruising with the television show the Love Boat at Princess Cruises and later how he was pivotal in creating Disney Cruise Lines. They discuss how few cruise executives have had a greater role in cruising as it exists today.

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Eat Sleep And Play Well On A Princess Cruise

IMG_3536Princess Cruises is investing $450 million in ship enhancements that include Share restaurants, with menus created by star chef Curtis Stone, the Princess Luxury Bed, designed for better sleep, and The Voice of the Ocean, a seagoing version of the popular TV talent show. Paul and Elizabeth share the fun.
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Janice Wald Henderson Talks Cruising And Celebrity Chefs

Janice Wald HendersonCorrespondent Janice Wald Henderson joins Paul to talk about the trend of chefs joining cruise lines to create both signature food and signature restaurants. Curtis Stone creating Share on Princess and Thomas Keller working with Seabourn are two of the leaders. Janice shares her expertise in looking at the trend and what it means for food at sea. They also discuss her recent trip to the Galapagos Islands and how the currrent policies have worked to preserve one of the world great resources from tourist pressures.

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Norman Love Chocolates And Princess Cruises

Norman Love 21 croppedWorld famous chocolatier Norman Love joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about chocolate. He shares with them how he got started making chocolate and how it has made his life more meaningful and of course successful. The also share chocolate stories.  Norman Love Confections is based in Ft. Myers, Estero and Naples, FL.  He is the former executive pastry chef of Ritz Carlton Hotels, he created Norman Love Confections in 2001.  His chocolates are considered “edible works of art” and have been named among the best chocolates in the US by USA Today, Forbes, Oprah and Consumer Reports. In 2014 Chef Norman partnered with Princess Cruises to create a “Chocolate Journeys” program onboard their ships which features wine and chocolate pairings, specialty desserts, chocolate infused cocktails and spa treatments. For more on chocolate and cruising check out Princess Cruises.

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Princess Cruises’ Alan Buckelew About a Very Special Fund Raising Cruise

P1000217Princess Cruises President and CEO Alan Buckelew joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss Princess’ upcoming special Veterans Cruise, honoring retired and active duty military. The four-day cruise will be aboard the Caribbean Princess, which will sail round-trip from Houston on November 5 and call at Progreso, Mexico. Buckelew himself, a Vietnam veteran, will host the cruise, and special guests and lecturers include Admiral Michael Mullen (Ret.), General George Casey (Ret.), and decorated combat correspondent Joe Galloway. Professionals from the Library of Congress will also be aboard, and during the cruise, veterans can record histories of their service for the Veteran’s History Project. Festive sailaways and military-themed entertainment will add to the fun and excitement of this cruise, which is also expected to raise some $1 million for two organizations benefiting U.S. veterans, the Veterans Memorial Fund and Operation Homefront. Learn more surprises about this special cruise by joining Paul and Elizabeth as they chat with Alan Buckelew.

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Royal Princess Sets Sail

Kate Princess shipSlate gray clouds hovered above Southampton, England, on June 13, 2013, and cold winds whipped around the docks. Dour weather, though, didn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 2,000 people gathered for the naming of Princess CruisesRoyal Princess. Kate Middleton, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, arrived wearing a black-and-white dress and black straw hat. When she stepped to the podium, the sun broke through the pewter-colored sky and lit her face for a brief moment.

“I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her,” she said, and cut the rope attached to a Nebuchadnezzar-size bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne. The bottle crashed against the ship’s hull, and a snowfall of blue and white confetti descended on the cheering crowd.

The ceremony marked the debut of the 141,000-ton, 3,560-passenger vessel, the line’s first new ship since 2006 and first in a new class of the largest vessels Princess has built. “We wanted a ship that would represent Princess consistency,” Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations Rai Caluori had said at a press conference before the naming. “Feedback from past passengers indicated they wanted that. But we’ve also added new features we think our passengers will love.”

Elizabeth was on hand for the naming and then departed on a two-night round-trip cruise. While aboard, she interviewed Rai Caluori, who revealed some innovative features, such as a Dancing Fountains sound-and-light spectacular; Princess Live, a TV studio that presents shows before a live audience and broadcasts them into the cabins; an electronic Art& Architecture tour; SeaWalk, a Plexiglas-bottomed walkway that curves 28 feet out from the ship’s starboard side on Deck 16; and the most innovative, user-friendly, on-demand in-cabin television programming system at sea.

Tune in to their chat, to find out what’s special about this newest Love Boat