(February 7, 2024) -- The Love Boat soon will be making another run.
Princess Cruises announced today that a Love Boat themed cruise will take place this summer, featuring the members of the original show’s cast. This will be the second time that the cruise line offers a Love Boat-inspired voyage, following the inaugural theme cruise held in 2022.
The voyage will take place aboard Enchanted Princess from Aug. 31 to Sep. 7, 2024. The seven-night roundtrip trek from New York City will travel to Canada and New England, visiting ports like Newport, Rhode Island; Boston; Rockland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Princess Cruises Celebrations Ambassador Jill Whelan, who played the role of Vicki Stubing in the show, will be joined by fellow castmembers Bernie Kopell (Doc), Fred Grandy (Gopher) and Ted Lange (Isaac). Ezra Freeman, who plays the bartender on the recently-aired The Real Love Boat on CBS reality dating series, will also join the themed cruise. Other surprise guests will be announced at a later date.
“We had such a blast connecting with fans on our theme cruise in 2022, so bringing it back in 2024 feels like it was meant to be, especially with the addition of some surprise guests,” said Jill Whelan, Celebrations Ambassador for Princess Cruises. “Sailing with our fans brings us so much joy and this cruise will undoubtedly be a special reunion, taking us back to where it all began – on a Princess Cruise.”
Activities onboard the 2024 Love Boat themed cruise featuring the stars of the tv show will include a sailaway party introducing the cast, meet-and-greet photo and signing opportunities and Love Boat cast Q&As, as well as a cocktail demonstration hosted by Ezra Freeman and Ted Lange, and symbolic renewal of vows ceremony officiated by the cast.
Other events and special features include The Love Boat-inspired activities with prizes; episodes of the show airing on Movies Under the Stars and in staterooms; The Love Boat trivia with the cruise director; menus and specialty cocktails inspired by the show; and themed décor, photo backdrops and merchandise.
The original Love Boat tv show aired on ABC from Sep. 24, 1977 to May 24, 1986. The series was set aboard Pacific Princess, a 626-passenger ship operated by Princess Cruises from 1975 to 2002. In 2023, a reimagined version of the series was launched as The Real Love Boat on CBS, a reality dating show hosted by Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell and set onboard Regal Princess.
--Jorge Oliver, Editor
A new homeport for Princess, Emerald Princess will sail roundtrip from Boston on weeklong cruises to the Canadian Maritime ports of Halifax, Sydney and Charlottetown, along with calls on Bar Harbor or Portland, Maine.
Princess will also offer longer 10-day voyages on Emerald Princess that sail between Boston and Quebec City or reverse, with additional calls on Saint John, New Brunswick and an overnight stay in Quebec City.
Princess is even offering a 17-day voyage to Greenland roundtrip from Boston this year that also includes calls on several East Coast ports of call.
It's a new move for Princess, which has historically always based its ships from Brooklyn's Red Hook Cruise Terminal for its Canada and New England cruises. Princess will continue to offer additional departures to the U.S. and Canadian Maritimes from Brooklyn aboard Enchanted Princess throughout much of the summer and fall of 2024.
Emerald Princess will be based in Boston from July 14 to October 7, 2024.
-- Aaron Saunders, Senior News and Features Editor