The Real Love Boat: Meet the Crew Steering Our Singles to Love

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It’s coming into summer and the smell of new romance is in the air. Is it just me?

If you’re not feeling it, perhaps Channel 10’s newest dating show will help. Set aboard the Princess Cruises ship, Regal Princess, 21 of Australia’s hottest singles with travel the seas, looking for love.

Filled with romantic dates, picturesque backdrops and (we’re pretty sure) a whole lotta drama, The Real Love Boat is the new reality dating show that will get you in the mood to mingle.

Now, we’ve met all 21 contestants. From Paddy the chef/all-round babe, to Paul the muscly French hunk, Katie the romantic comedian and Sally, the boss babe single mum and business-owner — we’re well and truly excited to watch them all on their journey to find lasting love.

But what about the crew that will help them get there?

Just like the original 1976 sitcom, The Real Love Boat has a full-time crew, that will be on board to help guide the singles in the right direction.

See below for the crew members that will be an integral part of The Real Love Boat journey.

Darren McMullen, Host

You’ve definitely seen Darren McMullen before. Whether it was during his stint hosting The Voice and The Voice Kids Australia, his recent major role in the Christmas rom-com Christmas on the Farm or his involvement in the sixth season of Celebrity Apprentice; McMullen has been gracing our Aussie TV screens for years.

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He is the perfect host for The Real Love Boat. With a dreamy singing voice (refer to the video below) and all the charm and wit the host of a new hit dating show could possibly have, we can’t wait to watch him guide the singles through adventure after adventure. Plus, he looks great in vacation attire.

Hannah Ferrier, Cruise Director

You might recognise Hannah from back in 2016, when she led the cast on Below Deck Mediterranean.

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As chief stewardess, Hannah managed the demands of elite passengers and a needy crew week after week. Hannah quickly became a favourite and
continued to steal the show for an epic five seasons.

Hannah is best known for her witty banter and sassy one liners, which will be sure to make multiple appearances on The Real Love Boat. There’s always got to be that one person to cut the tension — or create it.

On board The Real Love Boat as a Cruise Director, we’ll see Hannah transition from cast member to host, on this brand-new reality format.

Daniel Doody, Head of Entertainment

Affectionately known as “Doody” or “Doods”, Daniel Doody burst onto 10’s screen as Studio 10’s charismatic, fun-loving roving reporter, who is always looking for the next feel-good story to pep up your morning.

Whether it’s climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, jumping off a boat in Geelong Harbour or attempting to milk a goat on live TV, Doody ’s warm spirit and kind heart has gone beyond the screen and into the hearts of
Aussie viewers.

Prior to his journalism career, Doody sailed the seas as an entertainer aboard European cruise ships — which is where he met his now wife, Joanne.

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Given his own lived experience in finding love on the high seas, it was a no-brainer for Doody to join The Real Love Boat as Head of Entertainment, delivering memorable experiences while fostering the emotional connections formed with the singles on board.

Paolo Arrigo, Captain

Captain Paolo Arrigo is all set to steer The Real Love Boat to help Aussie find love on the luxury Princess Cruises ship.

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A real life captain, he has plenty of real life experience in the industry, including time spent on The Real Love Boat US, helping singles in America find love on the high seas.

The 46-year-old captain from Italy is a highly accomplished mariner, whose career spans more than a quarter-century at sea. After serving a year in the Italian Coast Guard, he joined Princess Cruises as a deck cadet in 1996.

Safe to say, he is fully qualified for whatever this journey for lasting love throws in his direction!

The Real Love Boat airs weekly at 8.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, only on 10 and 10 Play. Miss an episode? Catch up on 10 Play on Demand.

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