Princess Cruises will host a Love Boat cruise in February. It will feature the original cast and celebrate the memory of Gavin MacLeod.
McLeod, who played the role of Captain Merrill Stubing in the TV series, passed away in May at the young age of 90.
From February 26 through March 5, the seven-day cruise aboard the Majestic Princess will take you roundtrip on the Majestic Princess from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera.
Jill Whelan (who played Vicki Stubing, captain's daughter) will be joined by Cynthia Lauren Tewes (cruise director Julie McCoy), Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy (ship’s purser Gopher), Ted Lange (bartender Isaac).
The cast will share some of their favourite memories, take part in guest activities, and celebrate MacLeod who has been Princess Cruises' brand ambassador for over 35 years.
Whelan stated that while we love to connect with fans, the cruise will be special because it will also celebrate Gavin's life and career. He was a fearless leader who not only played my father on TV, but also was a true father figure for me beyond the show," Whelan said in a statement.
MacLeod's birthday will be February 28th. The voyage sails on the Mexican Riviera itinerary, which was prominently displayed during the 10-year run of the TV series from 1977-1986. The series featured Princess ships.
Passengers will be able to visit Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan as well as Cabo San Lucas.
Love Boat-themed activities include:
1970s-inspired Love Boat Disco Deck Party
Whelan hosts the renewal-of-vows ceremony. The cast is on the top deck.
Q&A with the cast. They share their favorite memories and MacLeod.
MacLeod's birthday celebration
Love Boat episodes will air on Movies Under the Stars, in cabins, and on Movies Under the Stars.
Cruise director: Love Boat trivia
Cast photo opportunities
Special cocktails and menus that are Love Boat-themed
Decor, backdrops, and merchandise for themed events.