We headed to London’s Altitude 360 last night, to help Princess Cruises celebrate the 50th anniversary to the day of their very first voyage.
It was Mexican food and margaritas all round in recognition of Princess Patricia’s Mexican maiden voyage back in 1965, and the evening began with the introduction of Princess Cruises’ ‘real couple’ Richard and Joanne McGauley.
The couple had boarded Emerald Princess for two weeks in the Mediterranean this summer and were in attendance for a screening of their time on board. The highlights of their voyage provided a fantastic insight from a real-life point of view. Having both started their own businesses in recent months, the couple admitted that their attentions had been focused entirely on that rather than each other, meaning that they were ready for a much-needed break. With words that will strike a chord with the majority of us, the couple said “You just don’t take the time, something always gets in the way and you just lose perspective of how important it is to take a little time out from it all”.
A video debuted at the event showed the couple seeing the sights of the Mediterranean, with driving a convertible Fiat 500 along the coastline of Portofino noted as a particular highlight and the little things making all the difference “It was things like watching a movie on deck that we really appreciated. We don’t even make time to go to the cinema at home, never mind watch movies beneath the stars! Dressing for dinner was a real change for us too as it’s ages since we did anything like that. I don’t think we have ever laughed so much as we did those two weeks, it was like having the old Jo and Richard back. We relaxed so quickly, right from the first sail away, it was as if the stresses just melted away with the sun. It was just the most incredible feeling”.
The most exciting news of the night came later on, when Vice President of UK and Europe, Tony Roberts, announced that Princess Cruises would be starring in a six-part ITV documentary set aboard Regal Princess. Set to debut in March 2016, ‘The Cruise’ will focus on eight main characters and was filmed across 45 days on board. The fly-on-the-wall style documentary focuses on day-to-day life on board one of the most popular ships in the Princess Cruises fleet, showcasing the reality of cruising from the perspective of both passenger and crew.
With promises made that the show will be unlike any other of its kind, we can’t wait to tune in next year and to see what else 2016 brings for Princess Cruises. Will you be tuning in too?