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New Channel 10 dating show brings “The Love Boat” back to screens

Australians looking for love can apply for a new reality TV show, The Real Love Boat inspired by the much-loved series, The Love Boat, which was set on the now-retired, MS Pacific Princess.

CBS and Network Ten are behind the show, set to take place on a Princess cruise to the Mediterranean  – with the “captain” and “cruise director” playing important roles in the matchmaking process.

There won’t be any intruders but similar to Big Brother – surprise singles will join the cruise to test the couples’ “compatibility and chemistry”.

After close to a month at sea, one couple will make it to the final port and take home a cash prize and a once-in-a-lifetime trip courtesy of Princess Cruises.

The Love Boat made huge stars for the cast, and when “Captain” Gavin MacLeod  visited Australia, he was treated like a rock star.

Pacific Princess Love Boat
Pacific Princess Love Boat

The Love Boat was produced by Aaron Spelling, whose company was later purchased by Viacom — eventually leading to the “Love Boat” IP being owned by CBS Studios. CBS and Network 10 are now Paramount Global brands.

Love Boat captainParamount Australia and New Zealand executive vice president and chief content officer, Ms Beverley McGarvey said: “The Love Boat was synonymous with exotic locations, glamour, excitement and of course, romantic connections underpinned by wonderful comic tales.

“The Real Love Boat will encompass all of this and more. A dating show showcasing suspense, exhilaration, humour and love as it sets sail for romantic adventures.”

CBS senior vice president, alternative programming, Mr Mitch Graham agreed: “The iconic series embodied the many possibilities of people making new, meaningful connections. Reimagining it as a dating show with competition, adventure and romance make The Real Love Boat an ideal fit for our schedule and viewers.”

“The Love Boat has been synonymous with the Princess brand for more than 45 years since the world was introduced to glamour and elegance of the Princess experience.

“We look forward to millions coming aboard our iconic ships as we are expecting you on The Real Love Boat,” concluded Princess Cruises president, Mr John Padgett.