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Original The Love Boat star Jill Whelan spreads the love in Australia aboard Royal Princess

Original The Love Boat star Jill Whelan spreads the love in Australia aboard Royal Princess


Ahead of Valentines Day 2024, original cast member of The Love Boat and Princess Cruises Celebrations Ambassador Jill Whelan is returning to Australia to celebrate love at sea.

More than 40 years after her last visit to Australia, Jill Whelan, who played Vicki Stubing in the iconic show, is joining guests aboard Royal Princess for a special event spreading the love with Princess Perfect Weddings.

Her visit comes as more Australian couples choose to have their dream day at sea, with Princess Cruises seeing a 127 per cent increase in wedding ceremony bookings and an 83% increase in the number of ceremonies performed from 2022 to 2023.

“I was lucky enough to star on The Love Boat onboard Pacific Princess from the age of 12, and grew up seeing some of the most amazing love stories play out on the show,” said Whelan. “As the Celebrations Ambassador of Princess Cruises, I am excited to see so many Aussies continuing to experience romance and share the love onboard our cruise ships, just as I did all those years ago.”

Princess Cruises Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, UK & Europe, Stuart Allison, said that in this current high cost-of-living climate, weddings at sea are giving Aussies a more cost-effective way to celebrate their special day.

“Booking a wedding with Princess Cruises has never been more affordable and accessible than it is today,” said Mr. Allison.

“Our Princess Perfect Wedding packages are less than half the price of an Australian wedding, ranging from AU$4,468 to AU$9,689, and include everything you need to make the day remarkable.”

Princess Perfect Wedding Packages have everything couples need to make planning their special day a breeze, with a dedicated wedding specialist who can organise fresh florals, photography, live music, freshly baked weddings cakes and more.

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*Princess Perfect Weddings are priced in USD, values in this media release are the accurate conversion rate at time of publication.


About Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is The Love Boat, the world’s most iconic cruise brand that delivers dream vacations to millions of guests every year in the most sought-after destinations on the largest ships that offer elite service personalization and simplicity customary of small, yacht-class ships. Well-appointed staterooms, world class dining, grand performances, award-winning casinos and entertainment, luxurious spas, imaginative experiences and boundless activities blend with exclusive Princess MedallionClass service to create meaningful connections and unforgettable moments in the most incredible settings in the world - the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England, Antarctica, and World Cruises. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK). 

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