Rediscovering Romance Tops Reasons Passengers Take Cruises

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009

Michele Hickman


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rediscovering Romance Tops Reasons Passengers Take Cruises

Always a popular vacation choice due to exotic destinations and intimate getaway packages, cruising continues to attract those looking for romance.

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- November 19, 2009 -- With moonlit strolls on the deck, champagne and caviar, and weddings at sea, cruises symbolize romance for all ages. Noting that cruise ship romance isn't just for young newlyweds, cruise lines are creating one-of-a-kind romantic cruises certain to put a spark into any relationship.

According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the number two reason passengers take a cruise is to find or rediscover romance. Twenty percent of travel agents polled by CLIA said that couples renewing vows on cruises comprised the most significant increase in their honeymoon business.

Through its extensive network of vendor partners, Frosch Travel (FROSCH), a premier travel management agency, provides cruises to exotic, romantic destinations with decadent amenities to suit couples of any age.

Princess Cruises, a FROSCH Preferred Partner, recently partnered with Cruise Critic® to search for “Real-Life Love Stories” by asking passengers for romantic tales from cruising on their ships. “Princess Cruises received over one hundred entries. Former “Love Boat” captain Gavin MacLeod and Cruise Critic Editor Carolyn Spencer Brown selected the top five stories, and then the Cruise Critic® online community voted,” according to Lara Leibman, Senior Vice President of FROSCH. Tracey Pettit of California won a seven-day Princess cruise to the Caribbean for her romantic story.

The Department of Romance area of the Princess Cruises website features advice and stories from romance experts such as Trista and Ryan Sutter from “The Bachelorette,” Gavin MacLeod, destination wedding expert Lisa Light, and intimacy maven Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Website visitors will find interesting tidbits such as romantic quotes, a Facebook group, podcasts from the experts, and desktop backgrounds with a romantic theme.

According to Leibman, “Cruising has always been synonymous with romance due to its exotic locales, romantic sunsets, and cozy quarters. Whether they are newlyweds or a couple celebrating their sixtieth anniversary, Princess Cruises offers something for everyone, and they have taken the romantic cruise concept to the next level with their new Department of Romance.”

Cruise lines are currently focusing on creating imaginative trips tailored to passengers' interests. Cruises cater to individual pursuits such as architecture, or focus on specific groups like wine connoisseurs, yoga, singles, and corporate (e.g., investment tips). Themed trips abound, such as a cruise to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic.
Cruisers looking for romance onboard can visit www.froschvacations.com to learn about Princess Cruises. Call 1-866-961-6496 for more information on romance cruise offers.

About FROSCH:
FROSCH is a thirty-seven-year-old travel company co-headquartered in Houston and New York. FROSCH is an industry leader, generating over $600 million in annual sales, through its corporate, leisure, incentive, meeting, and group divisions. FROSCH has been owned and managed by the Leibman family since 1977. Today, FROSCH has 900 staff located in twelve different states. For more information regarding FROSCH, please go to www.frosch.com or contact Lara Leibman at lara.leibman@frosch.com.

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