One of the most famous cruise ships of the modern era, the former Pacific Princess, has made a final voyage to a scrapyard in Turkey.
The 42-year-old vessel, recognizable to millions of Americans as the “Love Boat” of 1970s and 1980s television, will be dismantled for its metal and parts.
Tiny by today’s standards, 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.
Built in 1971 for Flagship Cruises as the Sea Venture, the ship was renamed Pacific Princess in 1975 after joining the Princess fleet. It gained worldwide fame over the subsequent decade as the backdrop for ABC’s The Love Boat television series, which aired from 1977 to 1986.
Without the LOVE BOAT series there would be no cruise industry as we know it today. It created billions of dollars for what was a dying relic from liner voyages.
Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Stubing and Fred Grandy as Gopher, the hour-long comedy depicted fictional passengers and crew involved in adventures and romances at sea.
A new Pacific Princess joined the Princess fleet in 2002 and continues to sail for the line. The original Pacific Princess’ name was changed to Pacific after it left the Princess fleet.