Inspired to pop the question – on a Princess Cruise

Princess Cruises has reinforced its Love Boat connection with the cruise line’s Diamond Princess serving as the backdrop to an Australian marriage proposal.

The proposal by Brisbane-based Mark Ferres features as the inspiration for a new entry on Princess Cruises’ “Inspired to Cruise” blog.

In the story, “A Diamond for My Princess on Diamond Princess”, found at, Mark shares the story of his nerve-wracking proposal to now wife, Barb.

After booking a Diamond Princess cruise from New Zealand to Australia and purchasing a ring, it seemed Mark’s surprise proposal was going to unravel at the airport on the way to Auckland.

Successfully navigating security and customs, Mark’s perfect moment came the following day during Diamond Princess’ formal night, when during a stunning sunset on deck he proposed to the woman of his dreams – and she said yes!

The Princess Cruises blog has caught the imagination of Australians looking for inspiration this year.

Since the blog launched at the start of the year, Australians have recorded one of the highest levels of engagement worldwide.

Each week during 2012 the blog features a new reason to cruise, gradually sharing a total of 52 inspiring passenger stories about what compelled them to take a cruise holiday.

Read the new blog at