Forgive me Triplet for I have sinned.
The show The Love Boat actually kept me from sailing for many years. It looked like a boring experience and one that I really wouldn't care to do.
My mother and sister-in-law loved the show and I did watch a number of episodes. I think I've watched in more since I started cruising than when it was first run. Then again, when it was first run I was working full time and going to college so I didn't have too much time for TV.
My opinion changed in 1999 when I just wanted a week where Betty and I could just get away. That's when I talked Betty into taking our first cruise on Celebrity Mercury. The rest is history.