Princess celebrating the late Gavin McLeod on Love Boat-themed cruise

Princess Cruises will host a Love Boat-themed cruise this February, featuring the original ensemble cast and celebrating the late Gavin MacLeod.

McLeod, who played Captain Merrill Stubing on the long-running TV series, died in May at the age of 90. 

The seven-day cruise on the Majestic Princess will sail roundtrip from the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera from Feb. 26 to March 5.

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Jill Whelan, who played captain’s daughter Vicki Stubing on the series and is a Princess Cruises celebrations ambassador, will be joined by fellow Love Boat cast members Cynthia Lauren Tewes (cruise director Julie McCoy), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship’s doctor), Fred Grandy (ship’s purser Gopher) and Ted Lange (bartender Isaac). 

The cast will share their favorite memories from the show, participate in various guest activities and celebrate MacLeod, who served as brand ambassador for Princess Cruises for more than 35 years. 

“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,” said Whelan in a statement. 

The voyage will coincide with MacLeod’s birthday, Feb. 28, and sails on the Mexican Riviera itinerary that was prominently featured during the TV show’s 10-year-run from 1977-1986. Princess ships were the featured vessels of the series. 

Passengers will visit Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. 

Love Boat-themed activities will include:

• 1970s-inspired Love Boat Disco Deck Party. 
•  Renewal-of-vows ceremony, hosted by Whelan and the cast on the top deck.
•  Q&A with the cast, sharing favorite memories of the show and MacLeod.
•  Birthday celebration honoring MacLeod.
•  Love Boat episodes airing on Movies Under the Stars and in cabins.
•  Love Boat trivia with the cruise director.
•  Cast photo opportunities.
•  Love Boat-themed menus and specialty cocktails.
•  Themed décor, photo backdrops and merchandise. 

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