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Crown Cruise Vacations | May 24, 2024

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Princess Announces Love Boat Themed Cruise with Iconic Original TV Series Cast

Princess Announces Love Boat Themed Cruise with Iconic Original TV Series Cast
Jackie Sheckler Finch

The Love Boat will sail again with a special cruise along with iconic cast members Doc, Gopher, Isaac and Vicki Stubing. The cruise will journey roundtrip from New York to Canada and New England aboard the Enchanted Princess from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, 2024.

“We had such a blast connecting with fans on our theme cruise in 2022, so bringing it back in 2024 feels like it was meant to be, especially with the addition of some surprise guests,” Jill Whelan, Celebrations Ambassador for Princess Cruises and the actress who portrayed Vicki Stubing in the “Love Boat” series, said in a news release.

Jill will join fellow “Love Boat” cast members including Bernie Kopell (Doc), Fred Grandy (Gopher) and Ted Lange (Isaac). Ezra Freeman, the bartender from the recently aired “The Real Love Boat” on the CBS reality dating series, will join the cast along with other surprise guests to be announced.

“Sailing with our fans brings us so much joy and this cruise will undoubtedly be a special reunion, taking us back to where it all began – on a Princess cruise,” Jill said.

TV Show Popularized Cruising

The popular television show is credited with showing viewers how much fun a cruise can be and what a great vacation choice it is to book a journey on a modern cruise ship. “Love Boat” is said to be a major reason for the dramatic expansion of today’s cruise industry. And it all started more than 50 years ago on a Princess ship.

The story goes that in the mid-70s, TV producer Douglas S. Cramer decided to film a series, not in a studio setting but aboard the beautiful environs of a modern cruise ship. Cramer found the ideal setting on a Princess cruise ship.

Cramer teamed up with Aaron Spelling and the movie pilot was shot aboard the Princess ship in Mexico. For 10 seasons, “The Love Boat” was one of the highest rated prime time television shows in the country, taking some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to cruise destinations as story lines always ended on a happy note.

Later episodes and specials were filmed aboard many other Princess cruise ships in destinations around the globe. The original “Love Boat” series is currently in worldwide syndication, having been translated into more than 29 different languages, and is viewed by millions of fans in more than 93 countries.

Before long, viewers began looking forward to seeing the big star of the show – a Princess cruise ship – and booking their own voyages. Today, Princess continues to be known as the “Love Boat” line.

Special Love Boat-Themed Activities

On the seven-day Love Boat theme cruise aboard the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess special Love Boat-themed activities include:

 – A sailaway party introducing the cast

– Meet-and-greet photo and signing opportunities

– Love Boat-inspired guest activities with prizes

– Cocktail demonstration by Ezra Freeman and Ted Lange, plus practicing the finger point.

– Symbolic renewal of vows ceremony, officiated by the cast with commemorative certificate

– Cast Q&As sharing favorite memories of the show and stories of their careers

– “Love Boat” episodes airing on Movies Under the Stars and in staterooms

– “Love Boat” trivia with the cruise director

– “Love Boat” inspired menus and specialty cocktails

– Themed décor, photo backdrops and merchandise

Photos courtesy of Princess Cruises

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