Princess Cruises is raising $1 million for the American Heart Association on a 5 night Western Caribbean Cruise on February 10-15, 2014. The cruise departs from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on the Ruby Princess with stops in Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.
Princess will not only donate a portion of each cruise fare ($100-300) to the AHA, but the cruise line will also make a penny for penny matching contribution up to $500,000. Fares for this cruise are as low as $299* a person for an inside cabin.
The portion of each cruise fare that is donated will be tax-deductible and Princess will provide each passenger with a written acknowledgement of their charitable contribution. Inside cabins will receive $100 per passenger, oceanview $150, balcony $200, mini-suites $250, and suite guests $300. Third and fourth passengers in each cabin will receive $50 each.
This special “Cruising for a Cause” sailing will have entertainment that will be unique to this cruise. There will be a wide range of activities with special guests and speakers. On the final night of the cruise (Valentines Day), the Ruby Red Gala party will take place.
Special guests that will appear on this cruise are Jesse Sapolu, Chef Marc Anthony Bynum, Dr. Kathy Magliato, Ary Nunez, Diana von Welanetz Wentworth, David and Karen Gamow, and Bernie Kopell.
Bernie Kopell played Doctor Adam Bricker on the popular TV show, The Love Boat. He will be available for a meet and greet and to sign autographs.
Jesse Sapolu is a four time Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers and played for 15 years in the NFL. He is a spokesman for the American Heart Association and author of the biography, “I Gave My Heart to San Francisco”.
Chef Marc Anthony Bynum will be offering healthy, fun, and innovative cooking demonstrations on board. He was a finalist on Food Network’s Chopped.
Dr. Kathy Magilato, MD, MBA, FACS is one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons specializing in heart transplantation, heart failure, and mechanical/artificial heart technology. She is the director of the Women’s Cardiac Services at Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.
Ary Nunez is Nike sponsored fitness expert and celebrity personal trainer. She has appeared on most major television networks and holds black belts in kung fu, tae kwon do, and karate.
Diana von Welanetz Wentworth is an award winning author and speaker on heart health. She is the author of “Love Your Heart: Follow the Red Thread to a Heart-Centered Life”.
David and Karen Gamow are personal trainers and authors of “Freedom from Stress”.
This is the second cruise in “Cruising for a Cause” that Princess has dedicated to select charitable causes. The first cruise was in support of U.S. veterans and took place in November, 2013. This new industry leading program will help passengers make a difference, even as they vacation on the high seas.
*Fares start at $299 a person for inside cabins, plus taxes/port fees. Prices were verified at the time of press and are subject to change at any time. Visit Princess.com for complete details.