Each week, four women are chosen to cruise on a Norwegian ship. In the premier episode, it was the Pearl, but subsequent episodes will feature the Epic and Star as well. (Although the Epic was featured in many helicopter shots this week.) Their purpose is to find love with one of the six guys chosen for them by cruise directors Bucko and Carmen. A few "freestyle" meets are set up for them to get to know the guys a bit before they choose which ones they want for private dates. There were three of these private dates, and the girls could pick different guys each time. There is no prize at the end or anything except for the prospect of love, and of course, the free cruise that I assume Lifetime television just provided for them.
From a ship-lover point of view, there was a lot to see. The girls appeared to be in suites, while the guys were in tiny inside staterooms. The Haven was heavily featured, with the largest suite as a backdrop for a cocktail party. The pool deck, poolside bar, a specialty restaurant and grand staircase also made an appearance. The promenade deck below the lifeboats was the location of all those "diary" shots and several nighttime strolls. I look forward to what they will show on the Epic.
From a viewer's perspective, this show is pure guilty pleasure (or not as the case may be). The guys are unbelievably "attracted" to women that they would likely not date in real life. They constantly compete with each other for the ladies' affection, which makes you wonder what exactly the producers told them to do. (Including laughing off and making light of an incredibly embarrassing drunken come-on by one of the women.)
Entertaining? Yes. A show I would recommend? No, I can't bring myself to stand behind this silly piece of hysterically funny fluff. Will I keep watching? Yes, but only for the ship views. (yeah, right)
"Love For Sail" is on Lifetime Television at 10/9 central on Tuesday evenings, and is available to watch online here.