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Princess Cruises Returns as Sponsor of Galley Wars Cooking Competition at 2019 LA Fleet Week®

Culinary Specialist Teams from U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard

Compete in Fourth-Annual Rivalry Cook-Off, Battleship IOWA Sunday Sept. 1



San Pedro, CA, Aug. 20, 2019 – Armed with spatulas and the hottest grills on the LA Waterfront, culinary specialists from our nation’s Sea Services will compete in a Galley Wars “surf & turf” grilling competition at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1, during LA Fleet Week®.

Princess Cruises will again sponsor the culinary competition, and returning for his third year as judge, Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine—courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal & Comcast Business—will join a panel of to-be-named judges. Back as the competition host is Jill Whelan, Celebrations Ambassador for Princess Cruises and best known for her role as Vicki Stubing, the Captain’s daughter on the hit television series, “The Love Boat.” Princess Cruises creates memorable vacation experiences for its guests — including exceptional dining.


This year’s competition between U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams will return to the fantail of the Battleship IOWA where it took place during the inaugural LA Fleet Week celebration in 2016.


Service members on the competing teams are men and women visiting Los Angeles during the Fleet Week Labor Day weekend celebration Aug. 30 - Sept. 2. They will vie for top-chef bragging rights at the competitive, yet friendly gastronomic event. In preparing their culinary creations, teams will be required to use ingredients that are “standard issue” in military kitchens. Each team will be tasked with making their best version of a “surf & turf” meat and seafood entrée, two sides and a dessert.


Adding local flavor to the fire, this year’s “surf” ingredients will be provided by the San Pedro Fish Market, one of the oldest and most iconic fish markets and seafood restaurants in California. Established in 1956 and made famous by its popular shrimp trays and more recently, the Kings of Fi$h docudrama show, the San Pedro Fish Market will be the one-stop-shop for the four Galley Wars teams, providing the highest quality, freshest seafood ingredients for this year’s “surf & turf” challenge.


This year’s “surf & turf” theme is a nod to the tradition of serving steak and lobster in the military on special occasions or on the eve of special missions.


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About LA Fleet Week®

LA Fleet Week® is a multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services that takes place on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles. Now in its fourth year, the event has become a

Southern California end-of-summer tradition over Labor Day Weekend that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.


LA Fleet Week® is organized by the LA Fleet Week Foundation, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles. Other LA Fleet Week 2019 sponsors include Port of Los Angeles, Battleship IOWA Board and Crew, Bob Hope USO, Annenberg Foundation, Comcast NBC Universal, Delta Airlines, Princess Cruises, San Pedro Historic Downtown Waterfront, The Ahmanson Foundation, Wells Fargo, American Legion 283, The Boeing Company, UPS, Marathon, Qualcomm, VistaPrint, Outfront Media, Clear Channel Outdoor, USAA, Humana, Marathon Petroleum, Verizon, Sailor Jerry, Dante Valve, San Pedro Public Market, Supervisor Janice Hahn, Providence Little Company of Mary, Collier Walsh Nakazawa , Black Knight Patrol, AltaSea, and REBOOT. . For sponsorship information and opportunities, email sponsorship@lafleetweek.org or call 310-971-4461.


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About Princess Cruises One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is the fastest growing international premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year to 380 destinations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England, Antarctica and World Cruises. A team of professional destination experts have curated 170 itineraries, ranging in length from three to 111 days and Princess Cruises is continuously recognized as “Best Cruise Line for Itineraries.” 

In 2017 Princess Cruises, with parent company Carnival Corporation, introduced MedallionClass Vacations enabled by the OceanMedallion, the vacation industry’s most advanced wearable device, provided free to each guest sailing on a MedallionClass ship. The award-winning innovation offers the fastest way to a hassle-free, personalized vacation giving guests more time to do the things they love most. MedallionClass Vacations will be activated on five ships by the end of 2019. An activation plan will continue across the global fleet in 2020 and beyond.


Princess Cruises continues its multi-year, “Come Back New Promise” – a $450 million-dollar product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign that will continue to enhance the line’s onboard guest experience. These enhancements result in more moments of awe, lifetime memories and meaningful stories for guests to share from their cruise vacation. The product innovations include partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone; engaging entertainment inspired shows with Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz; immersive activities for the whole family from Discovery and Animal Planet that include exclusive shore excursions to onboard activities; the ultimate sleep at sea with the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed and more. 


Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship under construction, Sky Princess, scheduled for delivery in October 2019, followed by Enchanted Princess in June 2020. Princess previously announced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests are planned for delivery in 2023 and 2025.  Princess now has five ships arriving over the next six years between 2019 and 2025. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK). 


Newsroom: Additional media information is available at princess.com/news.

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