The Love Boat was one of the most popular television series in the period running from the late seventies into the mid-eighties. It told the story of a floating resort, and all the drama associated with living there.© The Love Boat / American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
The producers decided to give the show ample authenticity, so they shot aboard Pacific Princess and Island Princess, a real-life ship.© The Love Boat / American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
The series was inspired by a book, The Love Boats, written by former cruise director and hostess, Jeraldine Saunders, in 1974. It starred Gavin MacLeod (Capt., Stubing), Jill Whelan (Vicki), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie) and Fred Grandy (Gopher).
The finally got their star
After 41 years, The Love Boat was finally awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They shared the award with Princess Cruises. The ceremony held on Thursday last week and had members of the original cast in attendance.gettyimages
The award was in recognition of their contribution to television. At the ceremony, MacLeod recalled how critics believed the show would sink on departure. "We were called mindless television," he said.
Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said the line was credited with "introducing people to the concept of a vacation at sea" because viewers became familiar with cruising while watching the Pacific Princess in its role as the Love Boat. – Los Angeles Times
Saunders, now 96, was also at the event and could hardly contain her excitement at the award. She plans to write another book title "Confessions of a Cruise Director". Who knows, it might just turn out to be the basis of a new series.gettyimages
The Love Boat celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.
Thousands of really popular people appeared on the show during its run, and the cast said that many would even beg to make an appearance. Appearance fees started from $1,000 and went as high as $25,000. Congratulations to The Love Boat.