Love for Sail

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Dating reality show on a cruise ship is milder than some.

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Positive Messages

Women are trying to meet men that they can potentially build a serious relationship with (or maybe they just want to be on TV). There is some competition between women for the men.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast is from various backgrounds and most behave appropriately, though there is some mild cattiness.


The women often get into quiet, catty disagreements about the men they prefer to be with, but nothing major.


Plenty of sexual innuendo and discussion, including brief conversations about people's sex lives (or lack thereof). Kissing, hugging, flirting, and touching people's body parts (men's bare chests, women's bottoms) is frequent. Women are often shown in skimpy bikinis and tight, cleavage-revealing dresses.


Words like "bitch" are sometimes audible; occasional curses like "s--t" are bleeped.


The show takes place on ships belonging to Norwegian Cruise Lines; the company's logo is occasionally visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some adult social drinking (cocktails, champagne, etc.).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love for Sail is a dating series featuring lots of flirtatious behavior, sexual innuendo, and discussions about adult relationships. It is more subdued than many similar shows, but contains some catty behavior and drinking. The series takes place on ships belonging to the Norwegian Cruise Line.

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What's the story?

LOVE FOR SAIL is a reality series featuring women who have set sail on the open seas in hopes of finding love. Each episode features four women boarding a luxury cruise liner bound for the Caribbean to meet a group of men specifically chosen for the occasion by cruise directors Carmen Palumbo and Jonathon \"Bucko\" Buckley. After selecting which men they'd like to spend more time with, each of the ladies spends some one-on-one time with their picks on the ship, and later, out at a port of call. On the final evening, each woman invites the man that she is attracted to the most to escort her to the farewell dinner. Thanks to some unexpected twists and a lack of chemistry, some women don't find true love (surprise, surprise!), but they use the experience to learn more about themselves and what they want for their future.

Is it any good?

The show features the flirting, romancing, and sexual innuendo one expects from this sort of reality series, but gives it a tropical twist by having it take place on board a luxury ocean liner. However, the over-the-top drama is kept to a minimum thanks to this uniquely contained -- albeit very public -- environment.

Thanks to its mature themes, the series is best suited for an older audience. But viewers able to handle it may find the insight the women gain during this journey interesting. Others may simply find the various exchanges and awkward moments voyeuristically amusing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality dating shows. What kinds of messages do they send about finding partners and/or serious relationships? Do you think the people appearing on these shows expect to find a lasting relationship?

  • What do participants stand to gain by being on this show? Is there any potential downside to being on a show like this?

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 10, 2012
  • Network: Lifetime Television
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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