Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Princess Cruises announces a ‘The Love Boat’ themed Mexican Riviera cruise that will take place aboard the Majestic Princess cruise ship in 2022. The seven-day cruise, a tribute to Actor Gavin MacLeod, will depart from Los Angeles on February 26 and call on Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas before returning home on March 5.
Hosted by Princess Cruises Celebrations Ambassador Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing), who will be joined by fellow Love Boat cast members Cynthia Lauren Tewes (Julie McCoy), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Fred Grandy (Gopher) and Ted Lange (Isaac). Together, they will share their favorite memories from the show, participate in various guest activities and celebrate the late Gavin MacLeod, who served as brand ambassador for Princess Cruises for more than 35 years until his passing in May 2021, at the age of 90.
The voyage will be underway on MacLeod’s birthday – February 28 – and sails on the cruise line’s signature Mexican Riviera itinerary that was prominently featured during the TV show’s 10-year-run from 1977-1986, where Princess cruise ships served as the ocean-going co-star of the series.
Just some of the onboard activities are a sail away party, a renewal of vows ceremony hosted by Whelan, a cast Q&A, a birthday celebration commemorating MacLeod, “Love Boat” episodes airing on ‘Movies Under the Stars’ and in staterooms, “Love Boat” trivia session with the cruise director and cast photo opportunities.
“Reuniting with the cast for this very special themed ‘Love Boat’ cruise and celebrating the show’s lasting impact with guests is sure to be nostalgic, fun and incredibly memorable,” said Jill Whelan, Celebrations Ambassador for Princess Cruises.
“While we always love to connect with fans this cruise will be extra special because we will also celebrate the life and career of Gavin, our fearless leader, who not only played my dad on TV but was also a true father figure to me beyond the show.”
Princess has been connected to “The Love Boat” beyond the setting of the show, reuniting the original cast members for two ship christenings – Dawn Princess (1997) and Regal Princess (2014), appearing on the cruise line’s Rose Parade float and sailing on a throwback cruise in 2015 all celebrating the lines 50th anniversary.
In May 2018, the six original cast members of “The Love Boat” and Princess Cruises received an honorary star plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of their contributions to the history of television and support of the preservation of the Walk of Fame. For more on the connection between Princess and “The Love Boat” click HERE.
Princess exclusively offers MedallionClass vacations, delivering the ultimate in effortless, personalized cruising. It begins with Medallion™, a quarter-sized, wearable device that enables everything from touch-free boarding to locating loved ones anywhere on the ship, as well as enhanced service like having whatever guests need, delivered directly to them, wherever they are on the ship. In addition, guests can share their favorite cruise moments using MedallionNet, the best WiFi at sea, and also stay connected with friends and family back home, work remotely anywhere on the ship, quickly post content and stream favorite movies and shows.
Cruise fares start at $499/person and can be booked by through a professional travel agent, or by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237). For the latest Princess COVID-19 health protocols, please visit the company’s website.