The Love Boat Cast Reunites To Welcome Regal Princess

Princess Cruises reached back in time to christen its 3,560-passenger Regal Princess at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale with a star-studded ceremony reuniting 1970s and 1980s actors from “The Love Boat” television series. The 6 members of the original cast — Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki, the Captain’s daughter) — joined Master of Ceremony Florence Henderson (Mrs. Brady on The Brady Bunch) in an outdoor ceremony held at the ship’s main pool, where they served as her godparents and pulled a lever sending a record-breaking 50 bottles of champagne smashing across the starboard side and a separate large bottle across the deck of the Regal Princess.


Remembering the series and concurrently kicking off celebrations for the line’s 50th anniversary, the event saw clips of the show aired on the poolside Movies Under the Stars screen and gold carpet interviews with guest stars, including Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company), Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H) Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Christopher Knight (Peter on The Brady Bunch), Lorenzo Lamos (Falcon Crest), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Marion Ross (Happy Days). Singer Jack Jones took to the stage to sing the famous theme song for the show (shot onboard Princess Cruises’ Pacific Princess and Island Princess) as guests were invited to a new outdoor Love Boat Disco Deck Party following a gala dinner.


A sister ship to the Royal Princess, the Regal Princess features the same state-of-the-art innovations including an expanded atrium serving as the social hub of the ship, the over-water, glass-bottomed SeaWalk, the Princess Live! Television studio, the largest pastry shop at sea, a special Chef’s Table Lumiere private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light, Princess Watercolor Fantasy fountain and music show, as well as the new Night Sky Lounge and balconies on all outside staterooms.


Having completed her first season in Europe, the ship now embarks on her maiden Caribbean season from Fort Lauderdale. Offering a variety of Eastern Caribbean itineraries, she will visit ports including Grand Turk, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Princess Cays, the line’s private resort in the Bahamas.


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