This November, America’s best known crew will reunite for the christening of Princess Cruises’ newest ship, the Regal Princess.
Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher, the chief purser), Ted Lange (Isaac, the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship’s doctor), Lauren Tewes (cruise directorJulie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki, the captain’s daughter) will serve as the new ship’s godparents, christening the new Regal Princess in a ceremony early this November. The christening ceremony, which is to be held on November 5th in Fort Lauderdale, will also serve as the official launch for Princess’ 50th Anniversary celebrations.
“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 ship’s naming ceremony is just the beginning of the celebrations that will mark our company’s golden anniversary.”
“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.”
The Love Boat has been widely credited as the show that launched the modern cruise industry, showcasing the affordability, value, and excitement of taking a cruise vacation. The Love Boat first premiered in 1977 and ran for 10 successful seasons.
The new Regal Princess entered service with Princess in May and spent her inaugural season sailing in the Mediterranean. Upon arriving in Fort Lauderdale this November, the new ship will begin offering a season of seven night Caribbean sailings.