Love Boat captain to visit Sydney

Posted February 24th, 2012

Captain Merrill Stubing will be onboard the Pacific Princess when it sails into Sydney this weekend. Actor Gavin MacLeod, who played the captain the Love Boat television series, is set to delight fans when he sails into the harbour on Sunday, 26 February 2012.

The Princess Cruises ship is the namesake of the original Pacific Princess, which starred in the filming of the popular Love Boat series in the 1970s and 80s. Since the show ended in 1986, MacLeod has continued as a spokesperson for the cruise line.

He joined the world cruise as a guest speaker from Auckland to Sydney, sharing tales of the original Pacific Princess and the cult series which made him a household name around the world. Regarded as a catalyst for the cruising boom, the Love Boat was broadcast for ten seasons from 1977 to 1986 and is still in syndication in 92 countries worldwide including Australia.

Princess Cruises' passengers were often cast as extras. According to the company's commercial director Stan Birge, Princess has always welcomed Captain Stubing back on board.

"The Love Boat is a colourful part of our history and we love being able to bring such a cherished era of television and cruising back to life with Gavin's help," Birge said. Captain Stubing fans can share their memories of the program and cruising onboard the original "Love Boats", Pacific Princess and Island Princess, on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #loveboatinsydney.

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