For the first time ever Santa Clarita, California-based Princess Cruises will have its own float in Pasadena’s annual Rose Bowl Parade which takes place on Jan. 1, 2015. The entry will mark the commemoration of the cruise operator’s 50th anniversary and feature the six original cast members from the popular and industry-changing TV show, “The Love Boat.”
Besides honoring the television show that skyrocketed Princess Cruises to one of the most famous names in cruising, the Rose Parade float will depict the line’s newest ship Regal Princess symbolically sailing through the world’s fascinating destinations and iconic landmarks that guests have experienced with Princess for the past 50 years.
“Since the theme of this year’s Rose Parade is ‘Inspiring Stories,’ we can think of no more perfect opportunity to launch our 50th anniversary year celebrations,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “For the last five decades of our guests sailing with us to amazing places, they’ve returned with inspiring memories that have lasted a lifetime, and we want to celebrate this on the very first day of 2015.”
She added that because The Love Boat played such a distinctive part in the company’s history, including the cast members on the Rose Parade float was fun opportunity to pay tribute to the television show that introduced Princess Cruises and modern-day cruising to millions of Americans for ten years from 1977 to 1986.
The beloved ”Love Boat” actors who will board the float include Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Chief Purser Gopher), Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie) and Jill Whelan (Captain’s daughter Vicki. On November 5th of this year the repertory group will christen the Regal Princess in Miami before she makes her Caribbean season debut.
Just like e the ‘Love Boat’ helped popularize cruising, the Rose Parade continually attracts transplants to Los Angeles because the weather always seems to cooperate making visitors from cold climes immediately want to get out of Dodge and into SoCal.
Princess Cruises float, which is being designed and built by Phoenix Decorating Company and measures 60 feet long and 24 feet high, and will be covered by more than 24,000 thousand flowers and natural materials.
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.
Watch the video for a preview of the Rose Bowl Parade.