REGARDED as a catalyst for the cruising boom, The Love Boat TV series cruised across our TV screens from 1977 to 1986 and is still syndicated in 92 countries worldwide.
The show focused on the ship’s crew, led by the charming Captain Merrill Stubing (actor Gavin MacLeod), with celebrities – including Joan Collins, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Michael J Fox, Joan Rivers and The Village People – all playing guest roles while Princess Cruises’ passengers were cast as extras.
With this year’s countdown to Valentine’s Day (February 14) underway, australiancruisingnews.com notes that the Love Boat’s Captain has dusted off his uniform to reveal a unique slant on love.
In a cheeky YouTube video, the Captain clenches a rose between his teeth for a romantic “selfie” and then shares personal tips to help couples chart their way through the sea of love.
The video coincides with the 82-year-old Love Boat Captain’s visit to Australia this week (February 7-8) to oversee a romantic vow renewal ceremony on Princess Cruises’ designated Love Boat, Sun Princess, before it sails to New Zealand for another ceremony in Auckland on February 12.
In the video the Captain says romance is fuelled by:
• the power of a man in uniform (preferably a Captain’s uniform)
• the lure of good dance moves to shimmy a way into someone’s heart
• a man being manly enough to embrace “chick lit” (romantic novels)
• and confident enough to whip up cookies sprinkled with love.
The original floating star of the Love Boat TV series, Pacific Princess, was finally retired to a Turkish scrapyard. Princess Cruises now has a ship named Pacific Princess in the company’s 17-ship fleet that also includes the Australian based Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess, http://www.princess.com