“Movies Under the Stars” Poolside Screens Make a Splash on Princess Ships
A cruise ship innovation when it debuted aboard Caribbean Princess in 2004, Princess’ “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor theaters have become one of the line’s now-signature features, adding an innovative way for guests to enjoy the latest films, family fare, sporting events, and other special programming while relaxing at the pool.
The million-dollar screens are a focal point of the ship’s pool area. Each state-of-the-art Times Square-style LED (Light Emitting Diode) screen is more than 300 square feet in size with a 69,000-watt sound system and has sufficient lighting power to be seen clearly at mid-day and heard clearly even while the ship is moving at full speed – offering guests a movie experience comparable to the best shoreside movie theater.
The giant screen shows a variety of entertainment throughout the day, including up to seven feature length films. In addition to family cinema and first run hits, guests can enjoy major sporting events, concerts and other can’t-miss programming – up to 50 different offerings per week.
Movies Under the Stars offers a unique way to relax and enjoy current hit films outside on a comfortable lounge chair. Poolside loungers are dressed up for the evening with special padded cushions and warm blankets. Princess’ hallmark service enhances the viewing experience with complimentary popcorn and a variety of movie-themed cocktail specials and movie nibbles. Nearby eateries also offer a range of casual dining options to round out the ultimate poolside experience.
During the day, the Movies Under the Stars screen serves as a backdrop to the poolside action. Family-friendly classic films keep the young (and the not-so-young) entertained, or concert footage offers a front-row seat to performances by many favorite artists.
Special televised events take on added dimension on the Movies Under the Stars screen, and guests have enjoyed poolside showings of the Academy Awards® telecast. Sports fans can keep up with major competitions (subject to availability) on the big screen as well – guests on past cruises have enjoyed watching the Super Bowl, NCAA basketball finals, golf’s Masters tournament, auto racing, Wimbledon, NBA Finals and the college football BCS Championship series, among other options.
Youth Program Events
Junior cruisers can also enjoy special Movies Under the Stars events just for them. Special screenings of youth-oriented movies are often scheduled as part of Princess’ kids or teen programs. In addition, some ships stage exciting video game tournaments up on the big screen in which kids can compete playing their favorite video games.
Engagement Under the Stars
Suitors looking for help in creating a “stellar” marriage proposal have an opportunity to use the Movies Under the Stars screen to pop the question in a big way. With a special Engagement Under the Stars package, Princess offers the opportunity to create a personal video proposal that will surprise the unsuspecting fiancé-to-be just prior to one of the evening’s outdoor feature films. After she says “yes,” the couple will enjoy other special amenities, including a romantic dinner, champagne, photos, a couples massage, the creation of keepsake items and many other features to start off a most memorable engagement.