Unusually, Whelan will also play a central role in today's pre-inaugural festivities. She will be married on the ship tonight; guests expected, according to Princess, include "Love Boat" co-stars Gavin MacLeod and Bernie Kopell.
Both tonight's wedding festivities and tomorrow's debut celebration will be broadcast live on Princess' Web site. The wedding is slated for 6 p.m. tonight. Saturday's naming ceremony will take place at 7 p.m.
Caribbean Princess will sail year-round Caribbean itineraries that alternate between eastern and western from its home port in Ft. Lauderdale.