(1:09 p.m. EDT) — A new twist on “The Love Boat” is coming to reality TV this year.
CBS and Australia’s Network 10 have announced they have ordered localized versions of ‘The Real Love Boat’, a dating contest inspired by the popular 70s series The Love Boat that brought cruising glamor to America general public aboard the Pacific Princess of Princess Cruises. 1975.
“The Real Love Boat” will bring singles together for a Mediterranean cruise on an unnamed cruise ship. Destination dates, challenges and surprise singles will test couples’ compatibility and chemistry.
As in the original series, crew members, including the captain and cruise director, will play key roles in pairing and navigating what should be romantically turbulent waters.
“Audiences have really connected with the fun and escapism of ‘The Love Boat,'” said Mitch Graham, senior vice president of alternative programming for CBS. “The iconic series embodied the many opportunities for people to form meaningful new relationships. Reimagining it as a dating show with competition, adventure and romance makes ‘The Real Love Boat’ an ideal choice for our program and our viewers. “
According to the networks, the participating couples will spend almost a month at sea, with only one reaching the final port. Winners will receive an as-yet-undisclosed cash prize, as well as what the press release describes as a one-time Princess Cruises voyage.
Filming begins this summer, with completed episodes expected to air later this year.
“‘The Love Boat’ has been synonymous with the Princess brand for over 45 years since the world discovered the glamor and elegance of the Princess experience,” said John Padgett, President of Princess Cruises.
Borrowing from the show’s iconic theme song, he added, “We look forward to millions climb on board our iconic ships like we are waiting for you on ‘The Real Love Boat.’ “