The Love Boat cast includes: Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing) — 2nd from top left) Fred Grandy (Gopher, the chief purser — top left), Ted Lange (Isaac, the bartender — far right), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship’s doctor — 2nd from top right), Lauren Tewes (cruise director Julie — bottom right) and Jill Whelan (Vicki, the captain’s daughter — bottom left).
As the Love Boat television series nears its fortieth anniversary, its cast will be reuniting for a gala event this November when Princess Cruises christens its newest, biggest ship, the 3,560-guest REGAL PRINCESS on November 5.
All six Love Boat cast members – who played the roles of Captain Stubing, Gopher, Isaac, Doc, Julie and Vicki – will reunite to christen the new ship, which entered service this spring.
The ceremony will officially launch the golden year anniversary celebrations for Princess Cruises, which will celebrate five decades of operation throughout 2015.
“We can think of no more suitable godparents for our newest ship than the cast of the show that put Princess Cruises on the map,” said Jan Swartz, the line’s president. “The show has been such a visible part of our company’s history, it made sense to kick off our anniversary celebrations with this special tribute.”
The pilot episode of The Love Boat, shot aboard Princess’ 730-passenger original SUN PRINCESS (ex SPIRIT OF LONDON, SEAWARD) in 1977, began the relationship between Princess Cruises and the show, which for ten seasons eventually became one of the highest rated and longest-running shows on television. The original PACIFIC PRINCESS (ex SEA VENTURE) and ISLAND PRINCESS (ex ISLAND VENTURE) were the primary floating stars of the show, while later episodes and specials were filmed aboard many of Princess’ other cruise ships in destinations around the globe.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that my former cast mates and I will be part of Regal Princess’ U.S. debut,” said Gavin MacLeod, who has been Princess Cruises’ ambassador since the show ended in 1986. “The fact that The Love Boat continues to air in international syndication around the globe is a testament to the show’s longevity and the world’s fascination with romance on the high seas.”
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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