A love of cruising has led to a remarkably creative version of  Princess Cruises’ famous “Love Boat” – Pacific Princess – as reincarnated in LEGO  by a fan in Melbourne, Australia.

Measuring 10.5 feet long and nearly 5 feet high and made from more than 250,000 LEGO  bricks, the extraordinary model took six months to build and is the largest single project ever undertaken by professional LEGO  builder, Ryan McNaught.  Images of the LEGO  Love Boat can be seen on www.flickr.com/photos/ryanmcnaught.

The son of Melbourne travel agent Lyn McNaught, the 36-year-old McNaught was inspired by the many cruises he has enjoyed over the years.

He also recently built a giant Airbus 380 LEGO  model, so he decided the time had come to tackle a ship.

“I wanted to do something with character so I chose the original Love Boat, Pacific Princess, and studied photos and deck plans to capture her features and her beauty,” McNaught said.

While one side of the model features the exterior of the famous ship, the other side is an open cutaway revealing all the action inside -- from chefs in the kitchen to passengers working out in the health club.

McNaught has also brought the cast of the famous Love Boat TV show to life with LEGO  models of the legendary Captain Stubing, Gopher and cruise director Julie, along with some of the show’s most famous guests such as David Hasselhoff.

Flashing LED lights for the disco and tiny motors powering the propellers and elevators complete the picture.

McNaught (www.thebrickman.com) is one of only 12 certified LEGO  builders in the world.

Having shown his Love Boat model at Australia’s LEGO  Convention – Brickvention – in Melbourne this month, he now plans to move it to Chicago for Brickworld.  Held in June, Brickworld is one of the largest LEGO  conventions in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors and featuring 700 exhibitors.