Princess launches contest looking for essential travel experiences

Princess Cruises has launched a Facebook contest inviting its fans to share their most essential travel experience for a chance to check another place off  their travel bucket list.  The contest winner, to be determined by popular vote, will receive their choice of eight remarkable cruise destinations — Europe, Asia, Tahiti, Australia/New Zealand, the Holy Land, Panama Canal, Alaska or South America.

The cruise vacation choices range from 10 to 16 days in length in a balcony stateroom, and include roundtrip airfare for two people.

Travelers can submit their compelling tales through the special contest tab on the line’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PrincessCruises) either as a written story or video.  The public will then have the opportunity to vote on the experience that inspires them the most, and the eligible entrant with the highest number of votes will win their dream cruise vacation.

“We’re encouraging our Facebook fans to share an inspiring travel experience they think everyone should do at least once in their lifetime,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.  “And the unprecedented aspect of this contest is that the winner gets to choose from among eight incredible cruise destinations, and cross yet another experience off their travel bucket list.”

There are two ways to enter the Princess Cruises Travel Bucket List Contest – with a written story up to 300 words and up to five photos, or with a video up to two minutes in length.  Entries can be submitted any time until February 7, 2011.  Fans can vote for the story that inspires them most between February 11-25, 2011 and the winner will be announced on or around March 11, 2011.

The contest is inspired by Princess’ popular blog, 50 Essential Experiences, which chronicles bucket list travel experiences from the company’s most-traveled employees.  The blog, which has attracted over half a million page views since it launched in October, has motivated many travelers to think about their own travel bucket lists and plan essential travel experiences.

“We know our passengers are passionate about travel, so we’re looking forward to reading some wonderful stories,” said Swartz.

The eligible top vote-getter will receive his or her choice of one of the following eight cruise itineraries:

  • 13-day New Zealand
    Sydney, Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch (Lyttelton), Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Fiordland National Park Scenic Cruising, Sydney
  • 12-day Holy Land
    Rome (Civitavecchia), Sorrento (for Capri & Pompeii), Patmos, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Galilee/Nazareth (Haifa), Jerusalem (Ashdod), Port Said (for Giza/Cairo), Alexandria, Santorini, Athens (Piraeus)
  • 16-day Southeast Asia & China
    Beijing (Tianjin), Busan, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Singapore
  • 12-day Grand Mediterranean
    Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples (for Capri & Pompeii), Mykonos, Istanbul, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Athens (Piraeus), Venice (Overnight)
  • 14-day Panama Canal
    Ft. Lauderdale, Aruba, Cartagena, Full transit of the Panama Canal, Fuerte Amador, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Los Angeles
  • 12-night Alaska Connoisseur Deluxe Escorted Cruisetour
    Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord, Whittier/Denali, Denali, Denali/Mt. McKinley, Mt. McKinley, Anchorage/Mt. McKinley, Anchorage
  • 10-day Tahiti & Polynesia
    Tahiti (Papeete), Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora (Overnight), Moorea, Tahiti (Papeete)
  • 14-day Cape Horn Route to Rio
    Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Falkland Islands (Stanley), Cape Horn scenic cruising, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Punta Arenas (Strait of Magellan), Chilean Fjords scenic cruising, Santiago (Valparaiso)

The Princess Travel Bucket List contest is open to all residents of the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, aged 21 years or older.  Official rules can be found at http://tinyurl.com/4ap4mdz.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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