The Love Boat was one of the most iconic television series of the 20th century. It ran for nine seasons and featured a large ensemble cast.
The show focused on the lives and loves of the crew and passengers who sailed aboard the Pacific Princess, a real-life cruise ship. But did the Love Boat actually film on a real cruise ship?
The answer is both yes and no. While some scenes were filmed on board the Pacific Princess, most of the show was filmed in a studio at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
The ship was only used for exterior shots and some interior scenes that only required one or two actors. Scenes that required larger casts were filmed in the studio.
The Pacific Princess was originally part of Princess Cruises’ fleet and was built in 1971 by Fincantieri in Italy. She served as a cruise ship until 2002 when she was sold to Caspiy Cruise Lines, who renamed her R One. She then served as a training vessel until 2008 when she was sold again to Star Cruises, who renamed her SuperStar Capricorn and used her for cruises around Southeast Asia.
The Pacific Princess’ time with Love Boat may have been brief, but it left an indelible impression with viewers who watched it every week. Its popularity grew over time, making it one of the most beloved shows of its era.
So while it is true that some scenes from The Love Boat were filmed on board the Pacific Princess, most of them were not – they were actually filmed in a studio at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, this iconic show left an indelible impression with viewers all over the world.