As we get ready to sail from Fort Lauderdale on Princess Cruises, I feel like a guest star on the old TV show, “The Love Boat.”
My ship, of course, is not the Pacific Princess, the vessel I first cruised on, in 1983, between Acapulco and Los Angeles, during filming with actors Gavin MacLeod as Captain Stubing, Bernie Kopell as the doctor, Ted Lange as bartender Isaac, Fred Grandy as Gopher the purser, and Lauren Tewes as cruise director Julie.
That ship has been scrapped. But the old crew has not.
The “Love Boat” cast, invited back as godparents for the naming ceremony Wednesday on the newest Love Boat, Regal Princess, is here in Fort Lauderdale.