‘The Love Boat’: Was Show Filmed on an Actual Boat?

by Joe Rutland

You may remember Saturday nights in the 1970s and 1980s watching “The Love Boat” on ABC. Some people wonder where the show was filmed.

Most television shows are filmed on studio sets. Yet “The Love Boat” was set on a cruise ship, taking passengers away for an hour-long trip filled with, well, love.

A lot of the show’s scenes featuring Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Lauren Tewes, and other cast members were filmed on soundstages.

‘The Love Boat’ Producer Used Two Different Cruise Ships

But executive producer Aaron Spelling was able to secure the use of two different cruise ships, The Pacific Princess and The Island Princess, according to CheatSheet.com.

It’s funny because, in some scenes, actual vacationers aboard the ships were used as extras. While listening to singers Jack Jones or Dionne Warwick perform the theme song, you can see a cruise ship in the opening.

Using them gave “The Love Boat” a little extra touch of realism. Imagine that: A touch of realism in order to make viewers believe each episode took place on an actual boat.

Spelling put on a number of hit shows for ABC, such as “Family,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and “Hart to Hart.” That’s quite a run for the man who gave Capt. Merrill Stubing (MacLeod) a chance to lead his crew around blue waters.

Julie McCoy Actress Says Her Role Was About ‘Hook-Ups’

Meanwhile, what about all that lovin’, touchin’, and squeezin’ going on in those episodes?

Tewes, who played cruise director Julie McCoy, says her job wasn’t really about love. Tewes says it was all about getting people together for free sex.

Wait a minute. You mean there was more bed-hopping activity going on than wholesome love stories on that show? Color us shocked.

“Now people remember the show in a whole different reality than it really was,” Tewes said on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” in 2014, TODAY reports.

“Which I think is funny because they remember it being this sweet, lovey show,” she said. “And I remember people giving us trouble for, you know, being all about sex and free sex.”