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It all began in the mid-70s when television producer Douglas S . Cramer , who had created the popular television series “ Love American Style ,” decided to shift his popular comedy vignette series from its studio setting to the decks and vacation venues of a ( then ) modern cruise ship . The resulting television show , “ The Love Boat ,” has been widely credited with introducing millions of viewers to the concept of contemporary cruise vacations and leading to a dramatic expansion of the industry and its global success .

Originally , in searching out a location for the movie pilot of what was to become his “ Love Boat ” television series , Cramer found the ideal setting with a cruise line known globally today as Princess Cruises . After the 1977 pilot show , which was shot aboard the line ' s original Sun Princess in Mexico , Cramer teamed up with top television producer Aaron Spelling and the rest is history . “ The Love Boat ” went on to realize phenomenal success , continuing for 10 seasons as one of the highest-rated prime-time television shows in the country .
Princess Cruises soon became a household name as the primary setting and ocean-going co-star of the popular series and continues to be known as the " Love Boat " cruise line to this day . With ships Pacific Princess and Island Princess as the original floating stars of the show , “ The Love Boat ” was filmed aboard many Princess ships in exotic destinations around the globe . The show often was the catalyst for introducing American viewers to destinations like the Sydney Opera House , the Great Wall of China and the Acropolis in Athens , Greece .
In 1997 , 10 years after the show ended its original run , all six original “ Love Boat ” cast members — Gavin MacLeod (“ Captain Stubing ”), Fred Grandy (“ Yeoman Purser ”, “ Burl ‘ Gopher ’ Smith ”), Ted Lange (“ Isaac ‘ The Bartender ’ Washington ”), Bernie Kopell (“ Adam ‘ Doc ’ Bricker ”), Lauren Tewes (“ Julie McCoy , Your Cruise Director ”) and Jill Whelan (“ Vicki Stubing , the Captain ’ s Daughter ”) — reunited for the first time in more than a decade for the official naming ceremony and christening of Dawn Princess in Fort Lauderdale , Florida .
The original cast also came together again in 2014 to kick off the 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises by officially naming and christening the new Regal Princess cruise ship in a star-studded event featuring 25 guest stars from the show , including Charo , Florence Henderson , Marion Ross , Doris Roberts , Diane Ladd , Loni Anderson and Jamie Farr , to name a few . The cast continued to celebrate the golden anniversary of Princess and cruised down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena , California , on the bow of a modern Princess cruise ship float in the Rose Parade on New Year ’ s Day in 2015 .
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" The Love Boat " Original Cast
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