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IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says one of the world’s most-recognisable cruise ships is rapidly becoming no-more: TV’s famous 1970s and ’80s Love Boat is fast being reduced to scrap-metal at a wrecker’s yard in Turkey.

Launched in 1970, the Love Boat sailed as Princess Cruise Lines’ Pacific Princess from 1975 until 2002, with 249 episodes of the TV sitcom being shot aboard between 1977 and 1986… massive audiences world-wide apparently unable in that time to get enough of Captain Stubing, Doc, Gopher, bartender Isaac, Cruise Director Julie, photographer Ace and the rest of them.

Pacific Princess was sold in 2008 to budget-holiday company Quail Cruises that operates out of Valencia, but was finally deemed too old and costly to keep pace with liners of the modern age, and in 2012 was sold for a last time and towed to the Turkey scrap yard – only just making it there after taking-on water and an unhealthy list during the tow.

She’s now being rapidly reduced into the proverbial razor blades, making for a sad ending to an illustrious cruising and TV career.
David Ellis, ellispr@bigpond.net.au

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