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Old February 28th, 2010, 06:47 PM
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Default This is why I started cruising......

I can vividly remember back in the 70's, the pilot episode of The Love Boat...I grabbed a blanket, sat on the couch, turned off the lights,and watched this new,[ new to me anyway] thing, called cruising...I was in love!

Time passes, its now the ealy 90's, and I am watching Love Boat reruns every night....I was older, had more money, and Carnival was all over the tv, with catchy commercials and I decided, I needed to try this!

I did, and I was hooked....Literally, though the series got me wanting to cruise...For a while in the olden days of my computer, I even had the theme song, as my computer turned on......love, exciting and new, come aborad, we're expecting you...the looooove boat......la lalal la:-)

So, what, or who, got you hooked, and your first ship? Make mine the Carnival Celebration.......

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Old February 28th, 2010, 07:00 PM
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We have the DVD sets of Season 1 and 2 of Love Boat and it is so much fun to watch those old episodes!
When they were first frun on TV I never in a million years imagined that I would ever go on a cruise, and here I am now, a "veteran".
Can't wait for the next one!

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Old February 28th, 2010, 07:22 PM
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Here's some trivia for you RD..I believe the original Capt. Stubing was played by Diak Van Patten...Gabe Kaplan [Welcome Back Kottter]was in the pilot as well...and there was a blond actress with a squeaky mousy voice...here's some more

Series Description:

The Love Boat TV show was a 60 minute comedy series on ABC about various couples' romantic encounters aboard a luxury cruise ship and the crew's interactions with themselves and the passengers. Each week, well-known stars from other TV shows or movies would appear as guest stars.

Love Boat Broadcast History:

September 1977 through January 1978: Saturday Nights from 10:00 to 11:00 PM on ABC
January 1978 through May 1985: Saturday Nights from 9:00 to 10:00 on ABC
September 1985 to May 1986: Saturday Nights from 10:00 to 11:00 PM on ABC

Love Boat Cast:

Gavin MacLeod .......... Captain Merrill StubingLauren Tewes ........... Julie McCoy (Cruise Director)Bernie Kopell .......... Adam Bricker (Ship's Doctor)Fred Grandy ............ Burl "Gopher" Smith (Purser)Ted Lange .............. Isaac Washington (Bartender)Jill Whelan ............ Vicki Stubing (Captain's Daughter)Ted McGinley ........... Ashley "Ace" Covington Evans (Photographer)Marion Ross ............ Emily Heywood (Captain's Love Interest / Wife)Love Boat Trivia:

This series was based upon Jeraldine Saunders' novel titled, "The Love Boats". She wrote the book from her personal observations while serving as a hostess on a cruise ship.

The Love Boat was actually filmed on two ships. In addition to the "Pacific Princess", filming was also done on the "Island Princess" although that name was never used on the series.

Filming took place while on actual voyages ranging from the Virgin Islands to Alaska. Those cruises were always booked solid very far in advance! Passengers not only found it exciting to watch a TV show in production, they were also eligible to appear on the series as "extras"!

In order to maintain interest in the show, in 1981 the Love Boat traveled to Australia, in 1982 to the Mediterranean and to China in 1983!

A musical segment was also added in 1982 called the "Love Boat Follies" where the regular and guest cast would sing and sometimes dance.

More changes were made in the fall of 1985 in an attempt to stop the slowly worsening ratings. The theme song sung by Jack Jones was changed to a "hipper" version sung by Dionne Warwick. A group called the "Love Boat Mermaids" were added to perform a musical number each week. (One of them was Teri Hatcher ... Who would later star on "Lois and Clark" and "Desperate Housewives"). A casino was added to the ship. Airtime was also moved from 9:00 to 10:00 PM. Those changes didn't help. By the spring of 1986, a final attempt to save the show was made by giving Captain Stubing a love interest and eventually having him marry.

It was sad for hardcore viewers when the series ended in 1986 but that wasn't the last time we saw the crew of the Pacific Princess. In addition to a number of TV specials the following season and a TV reunion movie in 1990, they also got together on October 30, 1998 for Vicki's Wedding on episode #10 of "Love Boat: The Next Wave"! Julie and Doc were also pretty "Lovey-Dovey" on that episode. Only Fred Grandy did not appear. He had become a politician by that time and was trying diligently to lose his "Gopher" image!

Theme Song Lyrics

Title: "The Love Boat"

By: "Paul Williams and Charles Fox"


Love, exciting and new
Come Aboard. We're expecting you.
Love, life's sweetest reward.
Let it flow, it floats back to you.

Love Boat soon will be making another run
The Love Boat promises something for everyone
Set a course for adventure,
Your mind on a new romance.

Love won't hurt anymore
It's an open smile on a friendly shore.
Yes Looooooove! It's Looooooo


Pilot Episode

Acapulco Bound (5/5/77) - The 2 hour pilot for this TV show had an entirely different cast and the ship's name was the "Sun Princess" rather than the "Pacific Princess".


Other ships used (especially for the 2-hr-episodes) were Stella Solaris (scrapped in 2003), Pearl of Scandinavia (now used for Casino cruises out of Hong Kong and called Golden Princess and not to be confused with DFDS's Pearl of Scandinavia), Royal Viking Sky (now Fred.Olsen's Boudicca) and Royal Princess (now M.S. Artemis for P&O Cruises).
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That's fun because a Love Boat episode started my interest in fiance and the stock market. I remember that episode so clearly, the house wife managed the budget and her husband was a postal worker who had just retired. Through the years she had taken a small bit of their money are bought shares of stocks. Starting with A and going through the alphabet. Because she had done this for the 30 years he was working they were millionaires and he didn't know it.

I later find out what she was doing was called dollar cost averaging. I do it now with an exchange traded fund based on the S & P 500. When the stock market dropped I just figured I was getting the stock shares on sale. I don't retire for at least 15 to 20 years so no need to panic. About 5 years or so before retirement I will start moving my money out of stock. So thank you to the Love Boat for helping me with retirement planning around age 10.
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I started cruising in 1973 .My first cruise was to Bermuda .I took the cruise because it began and ended in Manhattan and I was living in Brooklyn at the time so it was very convenient .It was a 7 day cruise .When I got back my wife and I spent the next 7 days driving through Massachusetts and stopping in various cities.
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Ahhhhh, memories!

I was a big fan of The Love Boat! The first time I stepped foot on a ship was the Pacific Princess, when it was in port in Acapulco, in 1975. Don and I were in Acapulco for a few days, during the Thanksgiving holiday. We simply walked aboard, to look around. It certainly didn't dawn on me that I wouldn't be welcome to do so, and no one stopped us! I was blown away be how beautiful the ship was! We had so little money, I just assumed that cruising was WAY out of my league, without ever pricing one.

My first cruise was January 1982. An instructor at the college put together a group cruise (5 night cruise) out of Miami on Pacquet Cruise Lines Dolphin. Inside cabin and airfare from Houston was $500 pp. We had sold a house, and had a little profit from it, so as I told my DH, with part of my half of the profit, I was going to take a cruise, and I would love nothing better than for him to go with me! Boy, was I presumptious!

Had to wait a while (2002) until my next cruise. Our son had graduated college and was married. I decided it was my time! And it has continued to be my time ever since.

We have taken 16 cruises since 2002!
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Issac was my hero Lola Falana for a love interest one week, Jane Kennedy the next...another beautiful woman every week...

he never swiped a sign and sail card to charge for his drinks and never had to pool his tips
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