Say It Ain’t So: Farewell to the ‘Love Boat’

March 12, 2012 | By | 16 Comments

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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    16 Responses to “Say It Ain’t So: Farewell to the ‘Love Boat’”

    1. Tom in long beach
      March 12th, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

      Sad to see this classic go. Saw the Pacific Princess many times in the Port of Los Angeles. My first cruise was on the fleet mate Sun Princess.

    2. smartytour
      March 12th, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

      Goodbye love boat.

    3. casavaha
      March 13th, 2012 @ 12:05 am

      I would like to see Princess buy the ship back.
      Bring it to LA, use it as a promotion for
      Princess etc. Three million is not much for
      the ship especially in the condition that it is
      in. Go to utube and catch “Angels on a Cruise”
      to see the ship now.

    4. Tom H
      March 13th, 2012 @ 5:56 am

      Will miss the Love Boat. We were on a back to back on the Golden Princess in 2003? out of San Juan and saw it in 3 or 4 of the ports. It was great fun to see it from the top deck. In one port saw a crew member fishing off the aft of the promenade deck.

    5. Dave Morris
      March 16th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

      It may seem corny in this day and age but I admit enjoying The Love Boat with it’s non-offensive humor and light entertainment. When
      I finally got to cruise to Puerto Vallarta, I said to my wife “this is where Captain Stubing went on the Love Boat…”. We still cruise Princess (in a small part) due to that show. {*_*}

    6. ken T
      March 16th, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

      This ship was nice…visited vancouver on the alaska run for many years. I believe she had a previous name spirit of london .sailed for p and o line………..Same era as the lovely sitmar ships. In those days all the proceeds from the bingo game were donated to charity,,,,,,,,,,ken

    7. Misty
      March 17th, 2012 @ 1:33 am

      So sad to see it go :( such wonderful oun memories

    8. Clem M
      March 17th, 2012 @ 10:16 am

      We went on her in 1972 when she was the Sea Venture to Bermuda (our first cruise) and again just before Princess sold her. A wonderful ship.
      so dad to se her go

    9. Ken S
      March 17th, 2012 @ 10:24 am

      I’m confused? We were on the Pacific Princess World Cruise in 2010. Was this another Pacific Princess? The article says it was sold in 2002?

    10. Randall
      March 18th, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

      So glad one of our 8 cruises was with Princess. The Caribbean Princess, actually. Ordered ‘Loveboat Dream’ cake several times during cruise!! Wonderful TV series.

    11. Fancy
      March 19th, 2012 @ 9:28 am

      Sad to see her go!

    12. Marion Marchetto
      March 21st, 2012 @ 11:18 am

      To Ken S – there is a second Pacific Princess that took the place of the original.

      Loved the Love Boat. The ship was a real gem. It is sad to see such a lovely lady being treated in so callous a manner. What a lovely idea from “casavaha” to use this aging lady for promotion purposes. She could also be used as a floating restaurant/hotel in another port city. Or how about a learning vessel for the maritime trades?

    13. john moon
      April 9th, 2012 @ 6:53 am


    14. Donna
      August 10th, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

      Its so sad when I was young I use to love watching it.And now I go on cruises every year,that show did it to me.Good bye Love Boat it was a good run.

    15. brian wisdom
      August 10th, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

      i worked on the PP foe 2 years in 1990 as BRS what a great time and ship

    16. Elizabeth
      August 11th, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

      It was a fun show to watch as an older kid. I always wanted to go on a cruise and did the first one for my honeymoon. It’s a shame they can’t bring her back to the states.

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