No longer “exciting and new,” the ship that served as the setting for the popular television show The Love Boat won’t “soon be making another run.” According to Maritime Matters, the 600-passenger M/V Pacific (ex-Sea Venture and Pacific Princess) was sold earlier this month for 2.5 million Euros to the Turkish company Cemsan, which specializes in ship breaking. That means the boat that played a significant role in popularizing the cruise industry as we know it will soon be towed to the scrap yard.
If you’ll recall, The Love Boat, which aired on Saturday nights on ABC from the mid-1970s until the mid-’80s, was set aboard the cruise liner Pacific Princess (though other ships were also used for filming, including sister ship Island Princess). After the series came to an end in 1986, the famous liner continued to serve as a cruise ship—and perhaps a drug smuggling vessel. (In 1998, she was impounded by police in Piraeus, Greece after 25 kg of heroin was found on board, allegedly smuggled by two members of her crew.) However, the onetime Princess has been idle at Genoa’s San Giorgio del Porto shipyard since being seized by the Italian Coast Guard in 2009.