The Love Boat soon will be making another run … to a scrapyard in Turkey. The original Pacific Princess — which appeared in the hit TV series of the 1970s and ’80s and sailed for Princess Cruises until it was sold in 2002 — has been bought by demolition specialists, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica. It’s an ignominious end for the Love Boat, which introduced millions of viewers to the joy of cruising. After a post-Princess stint in South America, the ship was supposed to spend its golden years sailing the Mediterranean for a Spanish company. But the new owners never paid for much-needed repairs and refurbishment undertaken by a shipyard in Genoa, and the ship was laid up. It will soon be towed to Turkey and scrapped. Where’s the love now?
You can still enjoy the Love Boat — via Netflix DVDs or by taking a cruise on Voyages of Discovery’s Discovery (formerly Island Princess, a sister ship to Pacific Princess that also appeared as the Love Boat in the show). Or reminisce about your Love Boat memories in the comments section below.
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