Also known as Murray on MTM and long-time Princess ambassador

Princess Cruises captain Stubing passes away

Gavin MacLeod on Ruby Princess (Pietschmann phto)

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

It is with heavy heart that I write about the passing of Gavin Macleod.  Among his acting achievements were the role of Captain Merrill Stubing on the hit TV show “The Love Boat.” He also played the real role of Princess Cruises global ambassador for 35 years.

A kind and gentle man

I had the privilege to meet Gavin many times. One of the most memorable was on a Princess Cruise with my Mom. She was so excited to meet him. And Gavin couldn’t have been nicer to her. Not only that, he would ask about her every other time we met on a ship.

Saddest email of the day

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Photo courtesy Princess Cruises

I learned of sad news of Gavin’s passing from a Princess Cruises email today.  And I just had to share what they wrote:

It is with sadness felt to the depth of the oceans that we mourn the passing of actor Gavin MacLeod our beloved global ambassador, dearest friend and treasured member of the Princess Cruises family for more than 35 years. 

From his 10 seasons staring as Captain Merrill Stubing on the hit TV show “The Love Boat” (1977 to 1986) and for more than three decades following the show’s final season, Gavin enthusiastically shared his passion about the joys and adventures of exploring the world while cruising. He always reminded us that – like the popular TV series, “cruising gives people something to dream about.” 

Gavin, who celebrated his 90th birthday in February, officially became Princess Cruises’ global ambassador in 1986, appearing in a vast array of advertising campaigns and countless public and media appearances for the company. His role for Princess continued until his passing.

All of us at Princess Cruises and our loyal guests around the world whom, to this day, remain avid fans of Gavin’s, send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Patricia (Patti) and his entire family who have lost a loving husband, father and grandfather. We offer our sincerest gratitude to them for sharing Gavin with all of us for so many years.”

A long and lustrous career

Of Gavin memorable roles one was head writer Murray Slaughter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show for  168 episodes over seven years.  But he is mostly remembered as Captain Stubing for 249 episodes on The Love Boat. 

All of us at Pavlus Travel send our sympathies to Gaven’s family, friends and of course Princess Cruises.





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