The cruise line that started it all is celebrating one of television's best-loved romantic comedies. The Love Boat was "appointment" TV back in the 70s and now you can absorb yourself in the classic comedy on a seven-day Princess Cruise to Puerto Vallarta.

In 1977 television was in the midst of a cultural change. As wholesome TV was shifting into a thing of the past, grittier, sexier shows were becoming popular in America's households. From procedural detective shows to biting satirical comedies to racy sitcoms, it was the beginning of a new era in network home runs.

This was also the birth of "jiggle TV" where female leads wore revealing costumes and showed off their scintillating curvatures. Among the fray of these popular shows was "The Love Boat," an anthology of sorts where three storylines about the travails of love played out over an hour.

Starring Gavin MacLeod as the straight man captain against a cast of comedic regulars including Lauren Tewes as your cruise director and Bernie Kopell as the ship's horny Dr. Bricker, the sitcom sailed into the top of the ratings every week where it stayed afloat for nine seasons.

Sadly, in May of 2021 MacLeod passed away and classic TV lost one of its most cherished actors.

In honor of MacLeod and his iconic role as Captain Stubing, the Princess Cruise Line is having a special themed seven-day cruise hosted by Jill Whelan to Puerto Vallarta on February 26, 2022.

Whelan portrayed Stubing's daughter on the show as a budding cruise director. She was only nine years old at the time.

Back then, the setting was aboard the Pacific Princess a ship that has since been retired.

For this cruise, fans and passengers will enjoy the Majestic Princess, the newest sister ship to Royal Princess and Regal Princess.

This excursion will make some stops familiar to fans of the show. The port of call is in Los Angeles and from there, passengers will travel to the Mexican ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta then back to Los Angeles.

Can't you just hear the familiar theme song?

Staterooms start at only $449 per person (double occupancy).

Whether you're a fan of the show, or just want a week-long getaway to the colorful shores of Mexico, this is a reasonably priced trip away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. And who knows, you may find a love of your own or rekindle the one you already have.

All the details for this "Love Boat" themed voyage can be found HERE.

*Header photo: The Love Boat -- Paramount

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The Dobbs decision, otherwise known as the court case that overturned Roe v. Wade, has resulted in confusing medical situations for many patients. On top of affecting access to abortions for straight, cisgender women, it presents heightened risks for LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole. Flipping the switch on reproductive rights and privacy rights is a far-reaching act that makes quality care harder to find for an already underserved community.

As the fight against the Dobbs decision continues, it’s important to shed light on the full breadth of its impact. We’ll discuss specific ways that the decision can affect LGBTQ+ healthcare and offer strategies for overcoming these challenges.

How the Right to Bodily Privacy Affects LGBTQ+ Healthcare

When the original Roe v. Wade decision was made, the bodily privacy of people across the United States was protected. Now that bodily autonomy is no longer guaranteed, the LGBTQ+ community must brace itself for a potential loss of healthcare rights beyond abortions. This includes services like feminizing and masculinizing hormone therapy (particularly for transgender youth) that conservative lawmakers have been fighting against this year, as well as transition-related procedures. Without privacy, gender-affirming care may be difficult to access without documentation of sex as “proof” of gender.

As essential services for the LGBTQ+ community become more difficult to access, perhaps the most immediate effect we’ll see is eroding trust between healthcare providers and LGBTQ+ patients. When providers aren’t working in the best interest of patients — just like in cases of children and rape victims denied abortions — patients may further avoid preventative care in a community that already faces discrimination in doctor’s offices.

The Dobbs Decision Isn’t Just a Women’s Issue

While the Dobbs decision is often framed as a women's issue — specifically, one that affects cisgender women — it impacts the transgender and non-binary community just as much. All people who are capable of carrying a pregnancy to term have lost at least some ability to choose whether or not to give birth in the U.S.

For transgender and non-binary individuals, this decision comes with the added complexity of body dysmorphia. Without abortion rights, pregnant trans men and some non-binary people may be forced to see their bodies change, and be treated as women by healthcare providers and society as a result.

The Dobbs decision also opens up the possibility for government bodies to determine when life begins — and perhaps even to add legal protections for zygotes and embryos. This puts contraceptives at risk, which could make it more difficult to access gender-affirming care while getting the right contraceptives based on sex for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Overturning Reproductive Rights Puts IVF at Risk

Queer couples that dream of having their own children often have limited options beyond adoption. One such option is in vitro fertilization, or IVF, which involves implanting a fertilized egg into a uterus.

While IVF isn’t directly affected by the Dobbs decision, it could fall into a legal gray area depending on when states determine that life begins. Texas, for example, is already barring abortions as early as six weeks. To reduce embryo destruction, which often occurs when patients no longer want more children, limits could be placed on the number of eggs that can be frozen at once.

Any restrictions on IVF will also affect the availability of surrogacy as an option for building a family.

How Can LGBTQ+ Individuals Overcome Healthcare Barriers?

While the Dobbs decision may primarily impact abortion rights today, its potential to worsen LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole is jarring. So how can the community be prepared?

If you’re struggling to find LGBTQ+-friendly providers near you, using telemedicine now can be an incredibly effective way to start developing strong relationships with far-away healthcare professionals. Telemedicine eliminates the barrier of geography and can be especially helpful for accessing inclusive primary care and therapy. Be sure to check if your insurance provider covers telemedicine.

If you’re seriously concerned about healthcare access in your area — especially if the Dobbs decision affects your whole state or you need regular in-person services that may be at risk — it may be time to consider moving now. While not everyone has the privilege to do so, relocating gives you the ability to settle in areas where lawmakers better serve your needs. However, this decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, so preparing and making progress on a moving checklist now can help you avoid issues later.

The Dobbs Decision Isn’t LGBTQ+-Friendly

The Supreme Court of the United States has proven the power of its conservative majority with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. However, the effects of the Dobbs decision don’t stop at affecting cisgender women’s abortion rights. In states with bans, it also leads to forced birth for trans men and non-binary individuals. Plus, the Dobbs decision increases the risk of other rights, like hormone therapy and IVF, being taken away.

Taking steps now, whether it’s choosing a virtual provider or considering a move, can help you improve your healthcare situation in the future.