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'Love Boat' cast, Princess enshrined with Hollywood Boulevard stars

Jan Swartz with 'Love Boat' cast. From left, Fred Grandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Jill Whelan (Vicki), Gavin MacLeod (Capt. Stubing), Lauren Tewes (Julie) and Bernie Kopell (Doc)
Princess Cruises and the original cast of the 'The Love Boat' were presented a Hollywood Walk of Fame honorary star plaque in recognition of their contributions to the history of television and support for the preservation of the Walk of Fame.

Gavin MacLeod (Capt. Stubing), Jill Whelan (Vicki), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie) and Fred Grandy (Gopher) were joined by Leron Gubler, CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Donelle Dadigan, co-chair of the Hollywood Historic Trust, the superintendent of the world-famous walk; and Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.

The star plaque is located on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the main entrance to the Dolby Theatre.

'The Love Boat' premiered just over 40 years ago (May 1977), set aboard a cruise ship, featuring stories of romance, hijinks and adventure on the high seas that involved characters portrayed by Hollywood’s biggest stars of the day. The show continued for 10 seasons as one of the highest-rated, prime-time television programs in the US.

Millions of viewers exposed to cruise travel

Princess became a household name, and continues to be known as the 'Love Boat' cruise line.

'We are honored to be recognized, along with the original cast of the "Love Boat," as Friends of the Walk of Fame in support of the preservation of this iconic attraction that draws nearly 10 million visitors each year,' Swartz said.

'“The ‘Love Boat’ opened the hearts and minds of millions of television viewers to the adventures of cruise travel by way of the exotic destination our ships visited on the show,' she continued. 'Today, our guests continue to create lasting memories and explore the world on our modern, fleet of 17 premium cruise ships.'