Love Boat making another run no more

2013-08-10_0012The MS Pacific, previously known as the Pacific Princess and TV’s very own Love Boat has made its final voyage to a ship-breaking yard on Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast.

The 13,500-tonne, 171 metre-long vessel will be stripped for its metal and parts.

Aaron Spelling’s The Love Boat, starring Gavin MacLeod as the ship’s captain, ran from 1977 to 1986 with endless guest stars in soapy romantic plots.

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

This ship had undergone several modifications and was decommissioned for five years, with renovation now considered too costly.

Pacific Princess made its final voyage with Princess Cruises in 2002, but continued as a cruiser in the Caribbean, also sailing from Brazil and Spain before it was seized by the Italian Coast Guard for a repair bill. Italian authorities tried to sell Pacific at auction three times between 2010 and 2011.

The final voyage from Genoa, Italy, was buffeted by stormy seas and the ship began taking on water before tugboats assisted it to Aliaga, Turkey.

The Love Boat‘s Season 5 premiere was filmed in Australia.

Gavin MacLeod, who played’ Captain Merrill Stubing’ is now a spokesperson for Princess Cruises.

Source: Reuters


  1. Yeah it was corny & scmaltzy but reruns at 2am on channel 11 were a welcome change from informercials & its amazing how good a show like that seems after a heavy night out 😉

  2. I hated that show when I was a kid. I thought it was so cheesy and fake, full of grinning Americans and corny cliches. And the theme song was schmaltz. I can’t believe it actually took off in this country, but then again it was the era of The Brady Bunch, The Waltons and other saccharin American family fare which viewers here couldn’t get enough of.

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