CBS has announced three Crew members and twelve Singles joining The Real Love Boat hosts Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell on a luxury Princess Cruises ship through the Mediterranean. Read on to learn more about the crew and singles and you’ll find the trailer below as well.
The series premieres Wednesday, October 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., PT/ET) on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
The ship’s Crew members — Captain Paolo Arrigo, Ezra Freeman (Bartender) and Matt Mitcham (Cruise Director) — play pivotal roles in the matchmaking and navigation of the romantic yet sometimes turbulent waters, just like the beloved original scripted series The Love Boat.
With over 40 combined years working in the industry, Arrigo, Freeman and Mitcham bring their real-world expertise to help the Singles look for love in this adventure of a lifetime.
Singles experienced in the ups and downs of romance come together on The Real Love Boat to find a true love connection while visiting and competing in some of the world’s most beautiful cities, including Barcelona, Marseille, Rome, Santorini, Athens and more.
A shoe designer, firefighter, nurse, teacher and landscape architect are among the men and women setting sail on the romantic adventure. From divorce and broken engagements to terrible online dating experiences, being unlucky in love has not discouraged these Singles from seeking true romance.
Throughout the season, Singles embark on destination dates and compete in challenges to test couples’ compatibility and chemistry, while earning valuable rewards. The romantic waters will be tested when new Singles come aboard, and those who don’t find a match will “Shove Off” and be left behind at port.
After nearly one month at sea, one winning couple will dock in the final port and take home a cash prize plus a once-in-a-lifetime trip courtesy of Princess Cruises (Book Now), the series’ exclusive cruise line partner.
The Real Love Boat is produced by Eureka Productions in association with Buster Productions. Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening, Eden Gaha and Jay Bienstock serve as executive producers for Eureka.
Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell serve as hosts and perform the vocals for the iconic song featured in the CBS series’ opening credits.
THE REAL LOVE BOAT CREW
Name: Paolo Arrigo
About: A highly accomplished mariner whose career spans more than a quarter-century at sea, Captain Paolo Arrigo joined Princess Cruises as a deck cadet in 1996 after serving for a year in the Italian Coast Guard.
Name: Ezra Freeman
About: For Ezra, matchmaking is a passion, and romance is her weakness. She believes there is no better place to have an intense romantic experience than aboard a cruise ship surrounded by beautiful views and beautiful people. Ezra has been with Princess Cruises since 2019.
Name: Matt Mitcham
Crew: Cruise Director
About: For 14 years, Matt lived the real-life version of “The Love Boat” making vacation dreams come true as a cruise director. He even met the girl of his dreams onboard in 2016, and they are now happily married. Matt is a total romantic who jumped at the opportunity to help people find what he has.
THE PREMIERE SINGLES
Name: Alisa Shah
Home: San Diego, Calif.
Name: Brett De Laura
Home: Dana Point, Calif.
Name: Brooke White
Home: Los Angeles, Calif.
Name: Daniel Cooper
Home: Atlanta, Ga.
Name: Emily Stone
Home: Colgate, Wis.
Name: Forrest Jones
Home: Houston, Texas
Name: Jordan Malabanan
Home: Windsor, Ontario
Name: Marty Hassett
Home: Charlotte, N.C.
Name: Michael Gonzalez
Home: New York, N.Y. / Los Angeles, Calif.
Name: Nathan Kroger
Home: Cincinnati, Ohio
Name: Nicole Wong
Home: Vancouver, British Columbia
Name: Shea-Lynn Noyes
Home: Toronto, Ontario