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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Love Boat goes to the breakers

The famous cruise ship Pacific Princess IMO 7018563, which was the backdrop for 1970s and 80s television
program "Love Boat" is to be sent to the breakers.

The 376 metre vessel, renamed Princess in 2002, was sold to Turkish demolition company
Cemsan, Italian newspaper has reported.

The sale of the Princess came after its owner failed to pay an Italian company six million euros
for asbestos removal and refurbishment, and also the cruise ship had been the centre of a law suite
for fraud in a US court.

The "Love Boat" was shown on American television in the 1970's and early 80's.

About the ship:
The Pacific cruise ship was built in 1971 by the North Rhine steel plants in Emden as the "Sea Venture" for
Flagship Cruises. Between 1975 and 2002, she went to Princess Cruises as the "Pacific Princess" where it
acquired fame as the setting for the TV series Love Boat.

The launching of the ship took place on 9th May 1970, built for Norwegian Cruise Ships - 14 May 1971
the ship was handed over to Flagship Cruises and renamed "Sea Venture" and used for cruises between
the U.S. and Bermuda.

The name of the ship goes back to the English sailing ship Sea Venture, which ran aground off Bermuda and
its survivors populated the island. In April 1975 the ship was sold along with its sister ship to Princess Cruises Iceland venture.

The two pacific cruise vessels were renamed Pacific Princess and Island Princess. The Pacific Princess was sold in 2001 by
Abbey National Leasing (Princess Cruises), but still charted by the end of 2002.

At the end of 2002 the ship went to a Spanish cruise line and renamed Pacific. In 2003 was the ship
Was once again "Pacific Princess".

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