New Love Boat Theme Cruise Is Setting Sail – and They’re Expecting You

The Love Boat Theme Cruise Princess Cruises

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Princess Cruises, whose ships were featured and are forever intertwined with The Love Boat series, has announced an upcoming theme cruise reuniting cast members from the original television show!

If you’re anything like me, your love affair with cruising may have started with the iconic television series, The Love Boat.

I can still recall the theme song “Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we’re expecting you.”

Even though The Love Boat series aired from 1977-1986, the stars of the show remain popular today! So, imagine a chance to sail with Doc, Gopher, Isaac and Vicki Stubing on a Princess cruise ship.

After a successful inaugural Love Boat cruise in 2022, Princess Cruises is doing it again this year. Looking at this year’s schedule of Love Boat themed activities, this cruise is bound to be full of adventure and fun!

Love Boat Themed Cruise

Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises second Love Boat theme cruise will take place onboard Enchanted Princess on August 31-September 7, 2024.

Princess Cruises shared the following details in a press release:

The seven-day Canada/New England Love Boat theme cruise aboard the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess sails roundtrip from New York City and visits Newport, Rhode Island; Boston; Rockland, Maine; Saint John, Canada (for Bay of Fundy); and Halifax, Canada.

Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises Celebrations Ambassador Jill Whelan (aka Vicki Stubing) will join fellow Love Boat cast members including Bernie Kopell (Doc), Fred Grandy (Gopher), and Ted Lange (Isaac). Ezra Freeman, the bartender from the recently aired The Real Love Boat on CBS reality dating series, will join the cast, along with other surprise guests to be announced.

Highly anticipated Love Boat-themed activities, include:

  • Sailaway party introducing the cast
  • Meet-and-greet photo and signing opportunities
  • The Love Boat-inspired guest activities with prizes
  • Cocktail demonstration hosted by Ezra Freeman and Ted Lange – practice the finger point!
  • Symbolic renewal of vows ceremony, officiated by the cast, with commemorative certificate
  • Cast Q&As sharing favorite memories of the show and stories of their careers
  • The Love Boat episodes airing on Movies Under the Stars and in staterooms
  • The Love Boat trivia with the Cruise Director
  • The Love Boat inspired menus and specialty cocktails
  • Themed décor, photo backdrops and merchandise

Super fans may opt for a special Love Boat VIP Package, featuring an invitation to an exclusive cast cocktail party, reserved seating for the cast Q&A in the Princess Theater, front-of-the-line access for autographs and photos, dinner at the Captain’s Table, plus a themed cruise t-shirt and mug. More details on cost and how to book coming soon.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237) or by visiting the company’s website at

Final Thoughts

Would you be interested in sailing on a Love Boat theme cruise? I’m a big Love Boat fan and we had a fantastic time onboard Enchanted Princess last year – this cruise is tempting!

Are you still singing? “The love boat soon will be making another run. The love boat promises something for everyone…”

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Cruising!


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  1. Toni Cockeram
    February 8, 2024 / 2:25 pm

    Hi Ilana. I love watching your YouTube tips! I am also a huge fan of The Love Boat! I’m not sure which I watch more! I seriously watch The Love Boat reruns every day! Excited to follow your FB page!

    • February 8, 2024 / 2:45 pm

      Haha I’m honored! Thanks for following our page & watching my YouTube videos. I agree, I love “The Love Boat”!

  2. Arden Browning
    February 8, 2024 / 4:16 pm

    Ilana, love your You Tube videos!! They are so informative and done really well. My husband and I watch Love Boat every night. You definitely have to go on this cruise! 🙂

    • February 8, 2024 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks so much! Wow, you sound like big Love Boat fans!

  3. February 8, 2024 / 6:27 pm

    I would love to come ! That sounds neat !! I watch your videos everyday ! I would love to meet you it would be an honor!

    • February 8, 2024 / 6:48 pm

      It would be fun! I don’t have plans to be on this cruise, for now, but it does sound appealing!

  4. Nancy L
    February 11, 2024 / 7:27 pm

    I just booked this cruise!! Are you going??

  5. Paulie Christine
    June 20, 2024 / 1:07 am

    Any updates on the VIP package it’s only now lil over 2 months away

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