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Princess Cruises honors Gavin MacLeod from 'The Love Boat'

MacLeod reunited his TV daughter for the special event.

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It's been 30 years since audiences last saw Gavin MacLeod as Captain Stubing on the TV series The Love Boat. Since then, MacLeod has taken his role of captain seriously to become the global ambassador for Princess Cruises.

To honor his impressive 30 years with the company, the city of Santa Clarita, California, where Princess Cruises houses its corporate headquarters, designated July 6 as "Gavin MacLeod Princess Cruises Ambassador Day." 

"In this role, Gavin has truly touched millions of people, sharing and listening to cherished cruise memories," said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.

MacLeod's TV daughter, Jill Whelan, hosted the ceremony. Hundreds of fans and Princess employees were there to celebrate.

"People still come up to me and tell me that The Love Boat gave them something to dream about," said MacLeod at the event. 

The Love Boat filmed on two of Princess Cruises' ocean liners, the Pacific Princess and the Island Princess. Both ships have been retired since the show went off the air in 1986, and subsequent specials were filmed on other ships owned by the cruise line. In fact, the Pacific Princess has quite an interesting history since the series ended. 

MacLeod says plans to continue his role with the company.

"If you've been lucky enough to swap stories with Gavin," said Swartz, "you've been lucky enough to experience his pure passion for cruising and love of life." 

Princess CruisesMacLeod receives his honor with (from left to right) Mayor Pro Tem Dante Acosta, Whelan, Swartz and Mayor Bob Kellar.

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