Expedia.com(R), the world's leading online travel agency, and Trump World(R) magazine, a national bimonthly magazine capturing the Trump lifestyle, today announced the launch of The Apprentice Legend Cruise, the first-ever themed cruise based on "The Apprentice" reality show. Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of Expedia and Michael Jacobsen, editor-in-chief and publisher of Trump World magazine announced the news -- along with popular season two Apprentice cast members, Stacie J, Jen C, and Raj -- at a joint press conference today at Trump World Bar in New York City. Interested Apprentice fans can secure passage on The Apprentice Legend Cruise -- an eight-day cruise from New York City to the Caribbean -- by visiting www.expedia.com/apprentice or by calling an Expedia Cruise Specialist at 1-800-504-3398.
"I'm thrilled that Expedia's cruise business is expanding to include themed cruises like The Apprentice Legend Cruise -- it's fresh, it's fun, and it allows us to really tap into the diverse interests of our 18 million customers," said Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer, Expedia. "This is a unique travel experience that will appeal to Expedia customers, Apprentice fans, Trump World readers and, basically, anyone looking for a travel adventure."
As producer and lead booking agent, Expedia has developed a custom program, featuring special events, contests, and "networking" opportunities during the eight-night tour of the Caribbean that is all based on the premise of The Apprentice. Cruisers should expect to see several Apprentice cast members aboard the Carnival Legend cruise ship -- renamed the Trump World Legend for The Apprentice Legend Cruise. The full list of cast members will be announced in the coming months; however, Raj, Stacie J., and Jen C from season two have confirmed that they will be on board to mingle with guests and participate in activities.
"The Apprentice Legend Cruise -- like Trump World magazine -- gives Apprentice fans the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with cast members and get a taste of what the Trump life is all about," said Michael Jacobsen, editor-in-chief and publisher, Trump World magazine.
The Apprentice Legend Cruise is going to take passengers on an unforgettable eight-night voyage through the Caribbean. Departing out of New York City on September 26, 2005, the cruise will sail through the Eastern Caribbean with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands before returning to New York City on October 4, 2005.
Some of the numerous activities that will be included in the price of The Apprentice Legend Cruise include:
-- Apprentice Legend Sail Away Event Gala - Send-off party featuring Donald Trump as The Apprentice Legend sails out of New York's harbor.
-- Cast Member Appearances - Including autograph and photo opportunities, "Behind the Scenes" Q&A, and a career development round-table.
-- The Apprentice Tribute Gala Evening - A formal night including a complimentary cocktail reception with open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Guests will receive a special souvenir menu.
-- Legend Apprentice Competition - Teams will be selected to participate in "Apprentice-like" tasks throughout the cruise for cash prizes. Events will be judged by the cast members themselves. The grand prize is $15K, a luxury trip to Seattle, and a day as CEO of Expedia. Other prizes will also be up for grabs.
-- Apprentice Legend Cruise University - Special guest speakers and presentations during the cruise focusing on a variety of business and career topics.
-- Grand Finale Event - Trump World Magazine's Fan Appreciation Masquerade Ball - Guests wear their most intriguing costume and mask to this special dinner, followed by dancing and entertainment along the Legend's Promenade.
-- Singles-only events - Speed-dating, special minglers, games, and activities available for singles on board.
In addition to irresistible fun on the ship, several special events and shore excursions will also be available to cruisers for an additional fee:
-- Expedia/Trump World Magazine Golf Tournament in St. Thomas - Guests tee off with cast members in a scramble-format golf tournament for prizes.
-- The Apprentice Legend San Juan Night Club Crawl - A chance to experience the night life with fellow cruisers and Apprentice cast members.
-- Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament - For the "high rollers", a big cash purse will be up for grabs in the Trump World magazine poker and slot tournaments.
To reserve a cabin, travelers have two easy options -- either visit the special Apprentice Legend Cruise page at www.expedia.com/apprentice or call an Expedia Cruise Specialist at 1-800-504-3398. Prices vary depending on cabin, but start at $1,199 per person based upon double occupancy*. Look for more information and details on The Apprentice Cruise to be unveiled in the coming months.
About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. is the world's leading online travel service and the fourth largest travel agency in the United States. Expedia's award-winning Expert Searching and Pricing (ESP) technology delivers the most comprehensive flight options available online. ESP also allows customers to dynamically build complete trips that combine flights, Expedia(R) Special Rate hotels and other lodging, ground transportation, and destination services and activities. Expedia's quality and leadership have been recognized in awards such as PC Magazine's "Editors' Choice" and Forbes' "Favorite General Travel Site." Expedia, Inc. is an operating company of IAC/InterActiveCorp
About Trump World magazine
Trump is one of the most recognized, powerful, and prestigious names in the world. It represents success, money, and power. To expand the Trump brand name, Michael Jacobson, publisher and creator, joined forces with Chicago entrepreneur, Lee Fry. Together, they formed Sobe Life, LLC to publish the namesake title, which launched nationally in 2004. Trump World's first-class editorial team will take men and women, ages 25-55, inside Donald J. Trump's world, uncovering luxury finds for him and her, exotic travel, fine dining establishments, cutting-edge entertainment, art, collectibles, and the success stories that make this amazing lifestyle possible. Trump World acquaints readers with the superstars of today and tomorrow, and takes them behind-the-scenes of the runaway hit show, "The Apprentice." Truly, there is something for everybody on the pages of this luxury lifestyle magazine. Trump World has a national circulation of 200,000 copies (150,000 newsstand; 50,000 in-room at Trump properties), and a frequency of five times per year (bimonthly).
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* Prices are cruise only, per person based on double occupancy, and include port charges. Prices do not include taxes, cruise line surcharges, or the $15.00 Expedia booking fee.
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