The Love Boat Cruise Ship Sails For The Final Time

One of the most famous cruise ships, The Love Boat, has made a final voyage to scrapyard in Turkey.

Reuters reported that the MS Pacific, known as the Pacific Princess when it was on the long-running TV show The Love Boat, will be stripped for its metal and parts.

USA Today reported that the 19,903-ton, 600-passenger ship has been languishing at a dock in Genoa, Italy for several years.

“The vessel last sailed for Spanish-based Quail Cruises after changing hands a couple times since sailing for Princess Cruises from 1975 until 2002.”

The ship was built in 1971 for Flagship Cruises as the Sea Venture. The ship was then renamed Pacific Princess in 1975 after joining the Princess fleet.

The Pacific Princess gained worldwide fame over the years as the backdrop for ABC’s The Love Boat television series, which aired from 1977 to 1986.

Ersin Ceviker of the Ship Recyclers’ Association of Turkey told the Huffington Post that following:

“This ship has undergone several modifications over its lifespan. It had been decommissioned for five years, and renovation now would have been too costly.”

Ceviker continued on to say that the vintage cuise liner arrived in Aliaga in Turkey from Gennoa, Italy, late Tuesday after difficult trip in a violent storm.

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The ship began taking on water and required the help of additional tugboats to make it to Aliaga.

Many still fondly remember the ABC television series. The show was set on board the Pacific Princess, which mainly sailed from California to the Mexican Riviera according to Reuters.

“Each week, passengers and crew members, caught under the ship’s romantic spell, engaged in love affairs or humorous encounters during the one-hour show.”

Do you have some fond memories of the hit show, The Love Boat? If you do, how do you feel about the Love Boat cruise ship’s final voyage to a ship scrapyard?

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