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The cast of the 1977 to 1987 TV smash The Love Boat — and many of its most beloved guest stars — gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently to christen new cruise ship the 'Regal Princess.'
"'The Love Boat' still gives people things to dream about," Gavin MacLeod (Capt. Merrill Stubing) tells 'Closer.' "Getting on a Princess cruise ship and traveling to worldwide destinations is still a dream."
But it wasn't always smooth sailing for the crew of the 'Pacific Princess.' "We were pounced on by all the critics as a 'mindless TV show,'" recalls Gavin, author of the memoir "This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage."
The cast and its notable guest stars reunited on Nov. 5, 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty)
"And we wound up one of the top shows on television with a 10-year run, plus an international audience in 98 countries."
All the celebs fondly remember their favorite cruises. "I played an episode in drag," reveals impressionist Rich Little. "I didn't make a very pretty woman. Then I did another episode where I kissed Loni Anderson. That was much better."
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So, how has 'The Love Boat' stayed afloat in fans' memories after all these years?
"Because it has so much heart," explains guest star Joyce DeWitt of 'Three's Company' fame. "It's so human. If you have a story that involved the human heart, how can it not be successful?"
To read the full story on 'The Love Boat' pick up the new issue of 'Closer Weekly,' on newsstands now!
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