‘The Love Boat’ in 1985 devoted two chapters to Barcelona. Fancy think it was that and not what OG put the city on the map of cruise tourism
The Love Boat in Barcelona
2001 had little space odyssey in 1968 foresaw Stanley Kubrick. 1984 was also dystopia published in 1949 George Orwell. Next Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, is another mythical date, in this case the film popping. It is the day of the future that, in the trilogy of Robert Zemeckis, traveling Marty McFly through the condenser fluzo, where he discovers the flying skateboards, 3D without glasses actually shoes that fit alone to walk and Chicago Cubs will win Baseball World Series, something they have not achieved since 1908 and, glups !, seems that this year could get after last Monday beat the Cardinals. A disturbing self-fulfilling prophecy. But as much talk these days of Back to the Future and the prucés (well, maybe not), what comes next is a trip back to 1985, precisely the date from which came the title of Back to future and specifically to something that happened that year in Barcelona, which went unnoticed and then, depending how you look, it could be considered the original sin that led to this city what it is today, the Babylon of the Mediterranean cruise industry.
Most remember Love Boat, one of the most popular series of the 80s with the prospect seriófila Seen today, that was something cloying television product, but the structure was masterful. There was a core of players, but the narrative air ran cool thanks to the boat The Pacific Princess, carrying passage on each port, which gave rise to come onboard famous Hollywood stars, giving good atmosphere to chapters, however predictable they were. That was a Noah’s ark of old glories and young promises. Passed around among many others and caught at random, Lana Turner, Tom Hanks, Andy Warhol, Vincent Price, Lillian Gish, Courtney Cox and even the Village People in full. What matters now, however, they are Chapters 22 and 23 of the ninth season of the series, filmed in Barcelona, with Lorenzo Lamas on the paper’s grandson, of course, a bullfighter.
In most chapters of the action took place on the ship, as one in which, in a television “birlibirloque”, the angelinas Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett solved one of their cases under the command of Charlie, but Barcelona do not. Worth revisit. It is available, however little is look on the internet. Captain Merrill Stubing, the bartender Isaac Washington, Dr. Adam Bricker and public relations Julie McCoy stroll through the pre-Olympic Barcelona and discover what was then this city, a city without tourists. In an early scene he was to see the stern of the ship replica of Christopher Columbus who for years wore docked with swallows the port. The planes of the Rambla and Park Guell are shot to film amateur, with passersby looking into the camera, see what happens. The climax comes with the inevitable display of flamenco: the palm of the left is a then unknown Chiquito de la Calzada.
Natural, given the chapter is immediately suspect that transatlantic shipping companies, which both hurt in the 70s the emergence of gigantic jumbo in commercial aviation, saw Love Boat medium through which to promote your bet for the cruise not as a means of transport but as a destination.
The closest thing to a cruise passenger experience that had Barcelona until 1985 was the arrival from 1951 of the US Sixth Fleet, who did so much green the then withered local prostitution business, even gave him material for a greatest Xavier Theros book. Then came the Olympics, and how comfortable it is to say that was the zero kilometer of converting Barcelona into the undisputed capital of the Mediterranean cruise industry, but what the hell, what I feel is that really was in 1985, when McFlay traveling to The Pacific Princess future and docked in the city.
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