Introducing Stacy Tongate, our Travel Bucket List Contest winner

March 11, 2011 at 10:58am


Not all vacations are about where you go. Rather, where they take you. This was definitely the case for Stacy Tongate, our Princess Cruises Travel Bucket List Contest winner. Her travel bucket list destination is Fort Myers, Florida, a city which might not be on a lot of people’s travel bucket list but, according to Stacy, “ was truly one of the most amazing weekends of (her) life.” 


But let’s go back to the very beginning. Stacy has never been on a cruise before. Her family has traveled often on Princess Cruises and their stories inspired her to become a fan on Facebook, where, of course, she found out about the Travel Bucket List Contest.



She knew instantly that she would write about her Fort Myers vacation, a trip that occurred soon after being diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer.


Stacy and her husband discovered a wealth of memorable experiences that weekend in Ft. Myers – walking on the beach, swimming with the dolphins and eagle rays, taking in a Rays baseball game, searching for sand dollars, renting a bright yellow Corvette and taking a guided fishing trip where they actually caught fish and then ate their “catch of the day” right on the dock.



Stacy’s story is a reminder for us all that while there are undoubtedly incredible destinations to experience and appreciate all around the world, don’t overlook the fact that some of the greatest adventures and memorable experiences might be closer than you think.


As a Grand Prize winner, Stacy would love to visit either New Zealand or Tahiti on a Princess Cruiseship. In New Zealand, she dreams of experiencing Goat Island and its eclectic sea life. Or to hike the volcanic Rangitoto Island. In Tahiti, she has her eyes set on seeing a black sand beach, something she has never before seen in her life. Stacy says the she is “looking forward to experiencing what everyone is talking about; the amazing ships, the amazing destinations and the lovely staff.”


Congratulations, Stacy. Get ready to escape completely with Princess Cruises.


Read Stacy's winning story here: