04152008: Princess Cruises Names Greatest Romantic

You’ll remember the Princess Cruises contest we announced earlier this year; they were searching for the greatest romantic. Well, a decision has been made after a nationwide search. Father of four and minister Phil Roberts of Lexington, Kentucky was crowned with the title after nearly 100 romantic hopefuls across the country submitted heartfelt videos nominating themselves or someone in their lives for the honor. The line’s Department of Romance experts narrowed the field to five finalists, and then thousands of people voted for their favorite entry.

Roberts personally received the news this morning from “Love Boat” star Gavin MacLeod (“Captain Stubing”), who is also part of Princess’ Department of Romance. “I was shocked and amazed when I picked up the phone this morning,” said Roberts. “First, I was so excited to win the contest and I’m truly touched that America felt my video and story was romantic enough to receive this honor. Then, to hear Gavin MacLeod on the other end giving me the good news – I was stunned! The entry deadline was the 10-year anniversary of my proposal to my wife Lisa, and what better way to honor this special memory than to win a contest that helped me pay tribute to my wife and family.”

“I just loved Phil’s video and his story, and I’m so glad the public felt the same way,” said MacLeod. “His entry had it all – it was touching, emotional, creative and truly romantic.” The other department members include Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the always-provocative couples therapist; Alex Michel, the first “Bachelor” on ABC’s hit show; Trish McDermott, vice president of love at; and Lisa Light, destination wedding expert and author.

The Winning Entry: Roberts’ winning entry, which he titled “The Greatest Romantic???,” received a large majority of the votes. In the cleverly produced video, Roberts nominated himself with a creative and touching poem narrated by his 3-year-old daughter, Ashley. The 37-year-old shared the ups-and-downs and joys of his nine-year marriage to his wife, Lisa, and said that romance has always been the core of their relationship. After learning that Lisa had always dreamt of becoming engaged at the ocean, Roberts created a beach scene in his apartment in Ohio, complete with a thousand pounds of sand, stars in the sky and a fluorescent beach scene painted on the walls.

With four children, the Roberts don’t get a lot of opportunities for date nights. But one way that they spend quality and rewarding time together is through monthly meetings with families of premature babies at the Lexington Ronald McDonald House. Their work also supports their charity, Project Seashore, created in memory of their daughter, Emily, who passed away at birth. Winning this Princess cruise will be their first real vacation without their children.

After Roberts is officially inducted into Princess’ Department of Romance, his story, advice and podcast will be featured on Along with his role as a romance ambassador, he will also receive a seven-day cruise for two to the Caribbean or the Mexican Riviera, so he can truly celebrate with the love of his life.

See the Video: The winning video can be seen at

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