Original cast members of hit television series The Love Boat reunited to launch Princess Cruises’ new ship on 5th November. The naming ceremony of Regal Princess in Fort Lauderdale was a double occasion, as the famous cruise line also celebrated its 50th anniversary on the seas. A very special day in Princess Cruises’ history, it was a nostalgic and exciting affair.

Regal Princess christening

Star-studded naming ceremony

The Love Boat was set on the Pacific Princess and Island Princess when it first hit our screens in the 70s. Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Ted Lange (Isaac), Lauren Tewes (Julie), Fred Grandy (Gopher), Bernie Kopell (Doc) and Jill Whelan (Vicki), came together again to take on their role of godparents to the Regal Princess. The gang pulled the lever to smash a record breaking 50 champagne bottles against the ship’s hull, an event followed up by the smashing of a giant bottle on the deck to signal a spectacular firework show.

President of Princess Cruises Jan Awartz commented: ‘The Love Boat put Princess Cruises on the map, bringing the romance and adventure of our cruise vacations into millions of viewers’ homes for the decade it was on air. So it was fitting that the cast was selected as godparents for Regal Princess as we begin our 50th anniversary celebrations.’

Regal Princess

On-board the Regal Princess

This is the 18th addition to the fleet and during the winter season for 2014 – 2015 she will sail on Caribbean itineraries such as the Eastern Caribbean Getaway (Fort Lauderdale, Princess Cays and Grand Turk), the Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Island of Cozumel) and the Caribbean Islander (New York, St. Thomas, Antigua and Aruba).

So what are the Regal Princess’ highlights? A multi-story atrium for one!  Acting as a social hub for the ship, you can enjoy dining at the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar and take in the piazza entertainment.

The glass-bottomed SeaWalk is another impressive addition, extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship and inviting you to take a stroll. Afterwards, head to the Princess Live! TV studio where broadcasts of comedy and interactive cookery shows plus live music performances will take place.

Food on board is another great feature with The Pastry Shop being the biggest bakery out at sea. For dinner, you can sample the steak and seafood being served at award-winning Crown Grill or the Italian fare at Sabatini’s.

When it’s time for a drink, head down to Crooner’s Lounge and Bar and order one of the 70 martinis before rounding off the evening with some blissful star gazing inside the Night Sky Lounge.

Princess Cruises at sea

Princess Cruises won Best Cruise Line at the Cruise Awards 2014, so it’s no wonder that passengers and guests are in such high spirits, especially with this wonderful new addition to the fleet.

Regal Princess will make further sailings around Scandinavia & Russia in the new year, calling in at Berlin, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg and Tallinn. Talk to a CruiseDeals expert today to find out more and make a booking.

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