Saturday, September 10, 2011

Trista and Ryan Sutter to Christen Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess

Trista and Ryan Sutter to Christen Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess

America's Most Romantic Couple Celebrates Fifth Wedding Anniversary Milestone by Naming Newest "Love Boat"

Santa Clarita, CA (Vocus) August 13, 2008

In celebration of National Romance Week,* Princess Cruises announced today that celebrity couple Trista and Ryan Sutter will christen the newest cruise ship in the Princess fleet, Ruby Princess, on November 6 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Sutters, who met on ABC's hit reality series, The Bachelorette, the most romantic franchise on TV since the Love Boat, will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary this fall, and will mark this milestone event during the Ruby Princess inaugural, which will be themed around "romantic moments and milestones."

Trista and Ryan are one of the best-known romantic duos in recent broadcast history, as they are the first and only couple from the The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchises who have actually gotten married. The Sutters also recently celebrated the first birthday of their son, Max.

"Princess Cruises has long stood for romance and reconnection, and so we're delighted to have Trista and Ryan christen Ruby Princess as they celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary," said Jan Swartz, senior vice president for Princess Cruises. "While slightly unconventional, their courtship and marriage was exciting to watch as it unfolded, and we think their fascinating love story epitomizes our inaugural theme of celebrating romantic moments and milestones."

Trista and Ryan Sutter met in 2002, when she was America's first Bachelorette. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette on ABC-TV were the first and are still the most popular reality dating shows in which one man or woman searches for their soul mate out of 25 potential suitors. Over the course of the show, the bachelorette bestows roses on those bachelors she wishes to continue dating. Trista presented Ryan with her final rose and he then proposed on the show's finale in November 2002. The couple wed on December 6, 2003 in an elaborate television ceremony watched by 26 million viewers, making it one of the most widely viewed episodes in the history of reality TV and one of ABC's top rated shows of the year. After their highly visible courtship, Trista and Ryan moved to Vail, CO, where they currently reside with their son, Max.

"We're incredibly honored to be invited to be the godparents of Ruby Princess," said Trista Sutter. "It's hard to believe that it's been five years since we got married. This is a wonderful way to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and also to remind people about the importance of marking not only the key milestones in a relationship, but also making time to incorporate romance into our everyday lives. We are so excited to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!"

The 3,070-passenger Ruby Princess includes a dramatic piazza-style atrium featuring small-bite eateries and an ever-changing array of performing street entertainers. Passengers will also enjoy Princess' other array of dining venues including the signature Sabatini's Italian trattoria and the Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant, plus a relaxing oasis just for adults called The Sanctuary.

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 http://www. princess. com.

For further information contact:
Karen Candy, kcandy@princesscruises. com, 661-753-1540 
Gabby McNamara, mcnamara@redpointpr. com, 212-229-0119

News, background information and photography are always available in our online newsroom.

*National Romance Week takes place during the second week of August each year. In 2008 it is August 10-16.

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Dual of the Dual Sports

Dual of the Dual Sports

Dual sports are the SUVs of motorcycles. We test four of the hottest to see how well they perform on - and off-road.

Silverton, OR (PRWEB) November 21, 2005

The enchanting concept of a dual-sport motorcycle is that you can cruise down the highway till the pavement turns to dirt, then just keep on riding to the ends of the Earth, no matter how far away or how rough the terrain. "Go anywhere! Do anything!" The whole idea is irresistible.

Happily, there's a small group of dual-sport 650s that craftily combines enough power for highway cruising with a long-travel suspension, lots of ground clearance, a narrow engine with a broad powerband, and as little weight as possible. These light, nimble, easy-to-ride machines are extremely economical, which makes one an excellent choice for a beginning motorcyclist. They're also diabolically fast on a curvy paved road, which makes one a cheap thrill even for an expert.

To sample the 2004 dual-sport market, we rode the four most popular models on the freeway from Los Angeles to San Bernardino, then up California's twisting and scenic Route 18 to Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear City. Then we spent two days alternately blitzing paved mountain roads, unpaved fire roads and off-road riding areas.

Honda XR650L

Don't confuse Honda's dual-sport XR650L with the XR650R enduro racer--the L is much more civilized. Civilized or not, the Honda is by far the most accomplished of these dual sports off-road. If offers nearly a foot of travel from its motocross-style Showa suspensions, 13 in. of ground clearance and a dry weight only 50 pounds more than the kick-start 650R. The 650L is a great off-road playbike and you can legally ride it to where the dirt begins.

On the street, the beautifully finished XR650L feels like a dirt bike. Freeway cruising at 70 mph is a buzzy chore. The air-cooled Single is noisier than its water-cooled brethren, and everything from the bar ends to the skidplate vibrates in cadence. An hour in the saddle is enough for most riders. Speaking of which, the Honda's motocross seat, 37 in. off the ground, is a real handicap for the vertically challenged

BMW F650GS

Small and inexpensive by BMW standards, the F650 weighs almost 70 pounds more and costs $3200 over the segment-leading Kawasaki KLR650. The F650 feels absolutely unbreakable, delivers over 50 mpg and requires a minimum of maintenance. That makes it perfect for across-the-continent trips. In fact, F650 riders routinely rack up 100,000 miles commuting from Nome to Tierra del Fuego or some such spot. BMW caters to the adventure-touring market, offering such options as antilock brakes ($500), indestructible hard luggage ($1000) and heated handgrips ($200). The Dakar model costs an extra $500 and adds a longer-travel suspension and a 21-in. front wheel. The Dakar also adds 7 pounds and raises the seat height to a moderate 34.3 in. from the accommodating 30.7 in. of the GS. An optioned-up F650GS Dakar can easily top $10,500, which gets you into some pretty heady company. On the other hand, as a comfortable all-rounder, with the emphasis on street rather than trail, the BMW offers a unique combination of quality, style and high residual value. The only problem we encountered was with the antilock brakes. In our experience, antilock brakes are definitely not what you want when you're skidding on dirt toward the edge of a cliff.

It's All In The Tires

Our personal dual sport is a Kawasaki KLR650, which has been extensively modified into a racy "super motard" and rides on Dunlop D604s. These Dunlops are H-rated for 130 mph, and while they'll take you safely down a fire trail, they're better at embarrassing overpowered sportbikes on a twisty paved road. Our Dunlop-shod KLR corners at unbelievable lean angles without dragging anything but your knee (optional). The point is that these 650 dual sports are so versatile and free of vices, you can easily tailor one to your personal style. It's all in the tires.--R. T.

Suzuki DR650SE

Like Honda, Suzuki builds an air-cooled 650 that weighs only 324 pounds, offers lots of off-road suspension travel, works well in the dirt and looks supersharp. Many enthusiasts think the DR650SE is the best dual-sport machine. It's an inexpensive, fun-to-ride thumper that features disc brakes that are larger than most of its competitors', a stainless steel exhaust system and a 34.8-in. seat height that can be lowered to 33.0 in. with an optional link for the rear monoshock.

The Suzuki also makes a terrific back-road apex-strafer as well as a surprisingly good dirt bike. Die-hards ride these big Singles coast to coast on 1000-mile days, but the DR650SE, like Honda's XR650L, is best suited as a Saturday-night street racer or a Sunday-morning trail bike.

Kawasaki KLR650

The enthusiastic members of the Four-Stroke Single National Owners Club swear by their KLR650s. The big Kawasaki thumper weighs 13 pounds more than the Suzuki or Honda, but it is liquid cooled and has dual counterbalancers inside the engine, a 6.1-gal. fuel tank that gives it a range well over 300 miles, and such standard equipment as a small head fairing and sturdy luggage rack. That 13 pounds is well spent. Compared to its competitors, the Kawasaki is less expensive, more fully equipped, smoother and is more comfortable. It's pretty good off-road, but its forte is flogging long distances in difficult conditions. For 2004, the KLR is available in Aztec Red, replacing the quasi-military Olive Drab of previous years. The red paint in and of itself should double sales. A Kawasaki KLR650 dual sport will out-accelerate any traffic, cruise all day at 80 mph and top 100. It has a terrific reputation for being as tough as nails and as reliable as a claw hammer. The really cool thing, however, is that even on knobby tires, the odd-looking KLR is one of the best-handling street motorcycles on the planet. Who would have guessed?

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In Accordance With Recent U. S. Department of State Passport Regulations, SuperClubs Now Includes Passport Services With Jamaican Vacations

In Accordance With Recent U. S. Department of State Passport Regulations, SuperClubs Now Includes Passport Services With Jamaican Vacations

Because of recent Department of State regulations requiring travelers to have a passport to enter the United States from popular places such as Jamaica, Canada and Mexico, SuperClubs now offers convenient passport services to customers planning vacations to international destinations. The State Department's website states it can take over ten weeks to obtain a password due to the recent jump in demand, which can hold up vacation plans for months. The passport expediting service offered by SuperClubs offers customers the convenience of scheduling vacation plans while obtaining a passport in less than eight weeks.

Hollywood, FL (PRWEB) July 5, 2007

Because of recent Department of State regulations requiring travelers to have a passport to enter the United States from popular places such as Jamaica, Canada and Mexico, SuperClubs now offers convenient passport services to customers planning vacations to international destinations. The State Department's website states it can take over ten weeks to obtain a password due to the recent jump in demand, which can hold up vacation plans for months. The passport expediting service offered by SuperClubs offers customers the convenience of scheduling vacation plans while obtaining a passport in less than eight weeks.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) was mandated by Congress in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Protection Act of 2004 to strengthen border security. As of January 23, 2007, travelers are required to have a passport to enter the United States by air from Jamaica, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South American, Canada and Bermuda. Additionally, as of January 1, 2008, land and sea travelers to to these destinations will be required to obtain a passport or a new form of identification referred to as a passport card. These rules do not apply to travel to U. S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Because of the increased demand for passports, the United States government expects it will process up to 17 million applications this year. Ann Barrett, deputy assistant secretary for passport services at the State Department, says that, "We have more people applying for passports than we ever have in our history." Using the passport expediting service offered by SuperClubs gives travelers the ability to book vacations to international destinations that may have otherwise been impossible.

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For an easy to plan, all-inclusive vacation that even provides a passport, consider the convenience of scheduling your next trip by visiting www. superclubs. com (http://www. superclubs. com) today for more information.

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