"Party your 'hassel hoff'," ex-Baywatch star David Hasselhoff tells It's The Ship partygoers

David Hasselhoff

The Baywatch actor wants to helm DJ sets and drive the ship as captain of the third edition of dance music festival It's The Ship

Actor David Hasselhoff, captain of party cruise It's The Ship this year, fully intends to take charge in his newfound role as the skipper and is not planning to be just a mascot.

He wants to helm DJ sets, spend plenty of time hanging out with partygoers, and even park the cruise liner when it docks in Penang.

"I'm Captain Hoff.... I wanna do two things - I wanna have fun and I wanna drive the ship," says the 64-year-old ex-Baywatch star in a telephone interview with The Straits Times.

He has even rehearsed his morning captain's announcements.

In a cheery voice, he rattles off a preview: "Good morning, it's Captain Hoff! Are you as hungover as I am? You know what, I'm not hungover because I don't drink anymore. But if I did drink, I'd be hungover and I'd have a beer with David Hasselhoff right now.

"More than anything, I wanna park the ship at port in Penang."

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I'm 100 per cent going to wear them every single day because that's pretty much what I have in my closet. They're like boardshorts, though, not the same ones from Baywatch because those are too short.

ACTOR DAVID HASSELHOFF, who plans to wear his trademark red shorts on party cruise It's The Ship

He is keen to do it after having been allowed to try driving a cruise ship while filming the Season 8 finale of Baywatch, which was set on a cruise in Alaska.

It's The Ship will be held from Nov 4 to 7, departing from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre and making a round trip to Penang. In its third year, the booze cruise features more than 60 acts across multiple stages on the vessel, including headlining ones such as Australian electronic dance music act Knife Party, Moldovan producer and DJ Andrew Rayel and Swedish duo Dada Life.

Not to be outdone by them, Hasselhoff, a self-proclaimed DJ, says: "I've prepared a DJ Hoff set because I see so many DJs on the line-up. I've always wanted to be DJ Hoff."

The actor, who found success as a singer in the late 1980s with the album Looking For Freedom, also name-drops famous DJs he says he is friends with, including Afrojack, David Guetta, Bob Sinclar and the late DJ AM.

He claims he will make an appearance at midnight "probably every night" of the four-day, three-night cruise to perform party sets.

Apparently, he and his music director went into the studio just last week to record a whole slew of singalong songs, including The Proclaimers' 500 Miles, Had- daway's What Is Love and the iconic Baywatch theme, I'll Always Be Here.

"It's a lot more fun performing than walking around the ship trying to be cool. And then we're also going to have a big pool party because we want you to party your 'hassel hoff'," he says cheekily.

He insists that he would rather spend time with partygoers instead of making cursory appearances.

"I'm just going to be around and run the show, and I want to try to make myself available to everybody on the ship," says Hasselhoff, who has two children from his second marriage to actress Pamela Bach. He is currently engaged to Ms Hayley Roberts, 36, whom he met when she was a sales assistant.

Ideally, he would like fans at It's The Ship to show up in full Hasselhoff gear, just like the fans he performed to at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament earlier this year. The get-up includes fake - or real - chest hair and the iconic red jacket that his Baywatch character Mitch Buchannon used to sport on the show.

"I encourage everyone to come dressed as me," he adds with a laugh.

Hasselhoff, who will be making a a cameo appearance in next year's Baywatch film reboot alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, also plans to wear his trademark red shorts during It's The Ship.

"I'm 100 per cent going to wear them every single day because that's pretty much what I have in my closet. They're like boardshorts, though, not the same ones from Baywatch because those are too short."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2016, with the headline 'Come dressed as me, says David Hasselhoff'. Print Edition | Subscribe