The weekly series, The Love Boat ran between 1977 and 1986. It was, actor Gavin MacLeod described, "very much like a travelogue."

"It's on once a week in prime time in the States and wins," producer Douglas S. Cramer pointed out in 1980. "It's on 5 times a week during the day in repeats and wins. It is a very popular show."

"The show," Gavin stated, "is seen in 85 foreign countries, so everyone is glad to see us."

"The first year we were limited to short runs between Los Angeles and a few Mexican resort towns," Gavin made known. "Each year since, we've traveled to more exotic ports."

"This year," Gavin revealed in 1984, "the ship will be putting in to Scandinavia, Paris, London, Russia and Holland. When we get back we'll spend another 18 days in the Caribbean."

The following year, Gavin informed, "We got an early start filming this season because of the cruise to Portugal, Spain and Egypt."

The Love Boat, Gavin enthused, had set sail to "so many places: Australia, Fiji, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Scandinavia, Russia, France, Italy, Turkey, Germany."

Of its popularity, he concluded, "I think when life gets heavy, people look for an escape. We're an escape. We have happy endings."

Joan Fontaine guest starred in 1981. She shared, "Hollywood isn't what it was during the golden era which I mark from the beginning of the talkies to the end of the Second World War."

"It was," Joan insisted, "a rare time in the history of show business and we will never see anything like it again. For better or worse, the world has changed."

"I arrived in Hollywood in 1935," Joan disclosed. "If I'd come along today, I would never have been able to make it. That's true. I simply couldn’t be believable in blue jeans, T-shirts and working in waitress scripts....There is no room for ladies on motion picture screens today."

"Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo wouldn’t have made it in movies either if they’d come along in the 1970s," Joan believed. "Can you imagine Garbo playing Maude in the television series?"

On reflection she also conceded, "There is no elegance left on the screen and there never was any in television. Come to think of it, there's little elegance left in our culture or society."

Of The Love Boat, it was "9 years of," Gavin MacLeod observed, "seeing the world."

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