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Regal Princess to be Christened by the Love Boat crew

Started by Manuela, August 15, 2014, 10:31:30 PM

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From Porthole Magazine:

Stars of The Love Boat to Christen Regal Princess

Captain Stubing will be there along with Gopher, Isaac, Doc, Julie, and Vicki when the 3,560-passenger Regal Princess debuts in North America in November. The real-life stars of The Love Boat TV series are slated to serve as the ship's godmothers and godfathers (yes, that's allowed by maritime tradition).

The original show, which aired on ABC from 1977 to 1987, helped turn cruising into a popular vacation option. Featured on The Love Boat were real Princess Cruises ships (and even some passengers cast as extras) along with famous guest stars in an array of happy-ending romance vignettes.

The cruise line itself is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015.

"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," said Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz.

The actors include Gavin MacLeod, a Princess pitchman since 1986; former Iowa Congressman Fred Grandy; Ted Lange; Bernie Kopell; Lauren Tewes; and Jill Whelan.

The christening festivities will take place November 5 in Fort Lauderdale.