The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

LAUREN Tewes may not be a house­hold name but her char­ac­ter of perky blonde cruise di­rec­tor Julie McCoy from se­ries was one of the most recog­nis­able faces on tele­vi­sion in the late 1970s and 80s. Tewes (pic­tured sec­ond from left with the orig­i­nal cast of the show on a visit to Syd­ney in 1983) is cruis­ing again this weekend on a quick coastal hop aboard Sea Princess from Syd­ney to Bris­bane. She’s launch­ing Princess Cruises’ 2014 sea­son, in­clud­ing new round-trip op­tions from Bris­bane, as well as cel­e­brat­ing her 60th birth­day this week. Tewes and fel­low stars of (ap­pro­pri­ately togged up in nau­ti­cal at­tire) were cho­sen as ‘‘god­par­ents’’ to launch Dawn Princess at Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, in 1997. When fans of meet Sea Princess in Bris­bane on Mon­day, per­haps they’ll take the op­por­tu­nity to quiz Tewes on the where­abouts of Gavin MacLeod (aka Cap­tain Mer­rill Stub­ing), that smooth sil­ver fox of the seas, also ru­moured to be Aus­tralia-bound with Princess Cruises next year. More: princess.com.

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