Cruising for a Cause: US Veterans

Cruise the Caribbean and Honor U.S. Armed Forces

Book this special 4-day sailing from Houston, Texas and a tax-deductible portion of your cruise fare, up to $300*, will be matched by Princess® and evenly donated on your behalf to Operation Homefront and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Also, as part of our ongoing Military Benefit Program, active and retired military personnel who book this cruise will receive a $50 onboard credit.

This will be a memorable experience to share with family, friends and fellow veterans. This unique cruise will feature military-themed programs and entertainment along with distinguished guests. Princess President and CEO Alan Buckelew, a Vietnam Veteran himself, will be onboard to host the cruise.

Cruise Highlights

Current onboard programs and activities include:

  • Special guests:
    • Admiral Michael Mullen (Ret.), former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Mrs. Deborah Mullen
    • General George Casey (Ret.), former Army Chief of Staff and Mrs. Sheila Casey
    • General James T. Conway (Ret.), former Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps and Mrs. Annette Conway
    • Admiral James Loy (Ret.), former Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard and Mrs. Kay Loy
    • Admiral Gary Roughead (Ret.), former Chief of Naval Operations and Mrs. Ellen Roughead
    • General Norton Schwartz (Ret.), former Air Force Chief of Staff and Mrs. Suzie Schwartz
  • Guest lecturers:
    • Joe Galloway – Decorated War Correspondent and Co-Author of "We Were Soldiers Once…and Young" with medal of honor recipient Col. Bruce Crandall
    • Justin Constantine – Lt. Colonel, USMC Reserve, speaker and veteran's advocate
    • Gregory Melikian – Former Army sergeant selected to announce the unconditional surrender of Germany and the end of WWII in Europe
    • Major General Suzanne Zan Vautrinot – Former Commander, 24th Air Force/Network Operations/Air Forces Cyber who has managed the Air Force's component that provides combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces
  • Country singer Rockie Lynne, a US Army veteran who frequently supports military causes, will perform with his five-piece band as the headliner in Princess Theater as well as put on an intimate performance in Club Fusion
  • Veterans History Project will assist veterans interested in working with families and friends to record personal accounts of their service experience for preservation in the Library of Congress
  • Panel Discussion with Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Casey, Lt. Col. Bill Keller - U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Mrs. Roughead & Mrs. Schwartz on the joys and challenges of military family life
  • Service branch get-togethers hosted throughout the voyage by our distinguished retired military senior officers
  • Evening performance with Jari Villanueva, retired Air Force bugler from Arlington National Cemetery and foremost authority on Taps and other U.S. military bugle calls
  • Stars and Stripes Sailaway
  • Red, White, and Blue formal evening
  • Military Film Festival
  • Veterans fundraising walk on deck
  • Military themed shows and entertainment



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