‘Love Boat’ Cruise Ship Makes Final Trip, Will be Scrapped in Turkey

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 8, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The “Love Boat” cruise ship–the ship used by the 1970s TV show “Love Boat”–sailed its final trip to Turkey, where it will be turned into scrap, according to reports.

The 42-year-old vessel, dubbed the MS Pacific, arrived on Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast, said a shipping group on Wednesday. While there, it will be stripped of its metal and parts, according to Reuters.

Ersin Ceviker of the Ship Recyclers’ Association of Turkey said that the “ship has undergone several modifications over its lifespan. It had been decommissioned for five years, and renovation now would have been too costly.”

The ship appeared on “Love Boat” from 1977 to 1986, and it was called the Pacific Princess. While on the ship, characters in the show would engage in romance and humorous encounters.

Cruise industry executive say that the ABC show’s popularity helped bolster the cruise industry for several years in the 1980s.

The ship was built in 1971 for Flagship Cruises and was called the Sea Venture, reported USA Today.

The Izmir Ship Recycling Co. bought the bought in 2012 for $3.3 million to turn it into scrap, according to Waste & Recycling News.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.