Princess Cruises has announced that during its inaugural fundraising cruise to benefit U.S. veterans, country music star Rockie Lynne will headline the entertainment aspect of the cruise. Lynne, who is also a veteran, often headlines efforts for veterans and their support. He and his five-piece band will perform on the cruise, which sails November 5-9, 2013 aboard the Caribbean Princess. The sailing will raise funds for two veterans organizations, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. and Operation Homefront Inc. The sailing is a Western Caribbean cruise beginning and ending in Houston, and is expected to raise $1 million for the two charities.
Lynne joins a number of special guests who will be aboard the cruise, including former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen (Ret.); retired senior officers from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force; an award-winning war correspondent; and other respected speakers, authors and panelists. More information and the latest line-up of special guests can be found at Princess’ special veterans link.
The 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 Lynne and the line-up of impressive military guests and speakers, there will be special performers, celebrities, unique topic panels and a military film festival. Princess will offer onboard activities such as a Stars and Stripes Sailaway, a Red, White and Blue Gala, and more – to celebrate U.S. veterans.
Also throughout the voyage, representatives from the Veterans History Project will be onboard to assist veterans interested in working with families and friends to record personal accounts of their service experience for preservation with the Library of Congress.
Cruise fares range from $499 to $1,849 per person based on double occupancy. A portion of each passenger’s cruise fare expected to reach approximately $500,000 will be matched by Princess Cruises for a total of $1 million earmarked for the two veterans’ organizations. 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 vacation.
Charlotte has a lot of veterans and veterans celebrations. Those wishing to participate in such a great cruise can do so easily. The flight to Houston is just over two hours from Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport. If you need assistance in getting onboard this cruise or any other cruise for that matter, please feel free to contact Your Charlotte Cruise Ships Examiner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Stay tuned for more cruise news and happenings in future articles. Until then, Bon Voyage!