'The Love Boat' Returns to the Open Sea as Cast Reunites

by 5:48 PM PST, November 06, 2014
Playing 'The Love Boat' Returns to the Open Sea as Cast Reunites

We are with the cast of The Love Boat in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as they reunite for the first time in nearly 10 years.

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The cast met up to celebrate Princess Cruises' 50th anniversary by christening a new ship. The original six cast members -- Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher, the chief purser), Ted Lange (Isaac, the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship's doctor), Lauren Tewes (cruise director Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki, the captain's daughter) -- as well as guest stars like Florence Henderson, Doris Roberts and Loni Anderson were on hand for The Regal Princess' naming ceremony, which was hosted by Tori Spelling, daughter of series creator Aaron Spelling.

During the show's run, anybody who was anybody in the acting world found themselves guest starring on the program.

"It was a world of Academy Award winners," says Bernie Kopell. "We had Shirley Jones, Helen Hayes ... Tom Hanks' opening line was, 'Hey Gopher!'"

Fred Gandy revealed to The Talk last year that most people were shocked by the show's success.

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"I didn't even think we'd get through the pilot," Grandy said. "The critics hated it. They said it would sink like the Titanic."

The Love Boat proved Grandy and the critics wrong when it started beating out the competition in the ratings wars and went on to become one of TV's most iconic shows ever.

In the middle of The Love Boat reunion we also had a mini Brady Bunch reunion with Christopher Knight and Florence Henderson. Florence appeared on The Love Boat a whopping 10 times.

"I had so many husbands on The Love Boat that I can't even remember," said Florence.

Watch the video to see Fred and Lauren relive their steamy kiss live in front of our cameras.