Princess Cruises has announced the cast of The Love Boat as godparents of new ship, Regal Princess

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Princess Cruises has announced that Regal Princess will be named by the original cast of US TV show, The Love Boat at its christening on 5 November this year.

The newest ship, a 3-560 guest ship that first set sail in May this year, will be christened  in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and officially launch Princess Cruises’ golden anniversary celebrations The line, which began sailing in 1965, will mark five decades of operation from the end of this year and throughout 2015. 

The cast will then serve as ‘godparents’ as the ship begins its maiden season of Caribbean cruising.

The Love Boat was a romantic comedy show from 1977-1987 that was mostly set on board Princess Cruises ships. It was one of the highest rated and longest running programmes on US television.

The main six Love Boat cast members will reunite to christen Regal Princess: Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher the chief purser), Ted Lange (Isaac the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship’s doctor), Lauren Tewes (Julie the cruise director) and Jill Whelan (Vicki the Captain’s daughter). 

Paul Ludlow, Princess Cruises’ managing director UK and Europe, said: “It’s fitting that Regal Princess will be named by The Love Boat cast as the event will perfectly mark the past and future of Princess Cruises. The show was key to our success and the cast are a great choice to help kick-start our anniversary celebrations.”   

Regal Princess is sister ship to Royal Princess, which was launched last year by HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge.

Read our review of Regal Princess here.

For more information visit www.princess.com/holiday or call 0843 374 2402.

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