The "Love Boat" was given an honorary star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [VIDEO], and the cast reunited for the occasion. In spite of what some critics thought at the time, the "Love Boat" not only survived, but also flourished during its nearly decade-long run. It's still around on syndication, and even has a game. The show's star is an honorary one, which means that it's not on public property, and was presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. It is located near the Dolby Theatre, and honors the show, its cast, and Princess Cruises for their contribution to television, and their continued support of the preservation of entertainment history.

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The "Love Boat" made some history of its own, since it was filmed on actual cruise ships -- the Pacific Princess and Island Princess.

Only Gavin MacLeod, Ted Lange, and Bernie Koppel appeared in all of the 250 episodes of the show. While Joan Collins, Janet Leigh, and Betty White all made guest appearances on the show, Florence Henderson of "Brady Bunch" fame set sail on the "Love Boat" the most -- nine times in total. "Charlie's Angels" did a crossover episode once, which managed to fit in a few of the regular "Love Boat" cast members in between the typical bad-guy busting "Angels" scenes. Fans from shows like "Little House on the Prairie" took to social media to celebrate the honorary star for "Love Boat," offering photos of stars when they made their individual crossovers to the high seas.

The ship that didn't sink

But, Jeraldine Saunders was the woman who started it all.

She was the author of the 1974 book "Love Boats," that was the basis for the show. Saunders' book was a tell-all about the cruise ship industry from the perspective of the first female cruise director. She may be 96 now, but she apparently has plans for another book in the near future, titled "Confessions of a Cruise Director." While Saunders wasn't included with the actors receiving the honorary star, she was in attendance when they received it.

Cast members on hand to receive the honors were Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Koppel (Dr. Bricker), Jill Whelan (Vicki), and Lauren Tewes (Julie). Jan Swartz, the Princess Cruises president, was also in attendance. The "Love Boat" cast members had to share the space a little bit, since the Dolby Theatre hosted the premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" on Thursday evening. A model of the Millennium Falcon was near the location of the show's star.