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Original 1972 built ' Pacific Princess ' to scrape yard

Neil

Deckhand
The 1972 built Princess Cruises ship ' Pacific Princess ' was towed away from the port of Genoa on Saturday 27th July 2013.

She is heading to a Turkish ship breakers yard.

She was last operated by the Spanish company Quail Cruises and had also been operated by their parent company Pullmantur cruises with the name ' Pacific '.

She had been laid up at a Genoa shipyard since 2008 as a result of a disagreement over payment for the repairs she required.

Recently her sister ship which had been the ' Island Princess ', and now sails as ' mv Discovery ' for the UK company Cruise & Maritime Voyages, had a major refit in Genoa and it was said that new spare parts still on Pacific had been used for some of her repairs.

Picture of her leaving Genoa under tow below

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Warner Athey

Deckhand
I remember the Pacific Princess from the TV show, Love Boat. I always thought that show was weird. On a British ship why would all the crew have American accents?
You never see an American Cruise Ship. I think they have been pretty much outlawed.
 

bob brown

Deckhand
I am very sad to read of this....the 'Love Boat' show sparked my initial interest in cruising, and the Pacific Princess was my very first cruise ship, back in July of 1991 from Whittier to Vancouver, after a fully escorted Princess Tour of Alaska. Still ranks as the best or one of my favorite cruises from the 20 I have since taken. Even though small by modern standards, the originally named "Sea Venture", had everything most modern cruise ships have today.

As for the crew.....IIRC, the officers were British, the restaurant staff all Italian, and the rest of the crew a mixture. I can't recall whether the Cruise Director was British or American, but the 'Social Hostess', which I guess they no longer have, was American.
There is no law against American crew members, and there are many Americans working on foreign-flagged cruise ships, mostly in the entertainment staff, but also in some other positions. It is true that it is uneconomical to have an American built and registered ship, as union labor expenses are much higher. The only current full sized one is NCL's Pride of America in Hawaii. There are also a few smaller coastal and river cruiseships.

I had hoped to see the Pacific Princess again for nostalgic curiosity, to see my old tiny outside, portholed cabin. Looks like it's too late, now. Maybe I'll check out her 'sister', the former Island Princess, while I can.....
 

Neil

Deckhand
Picture below of the ex Princess Cruises 1972 built Love Boat ' Pacific Princess ' arriving with a list at the Turkish ship breakers yard.

Some of her launches and other boats are stowed on her top decks in the picture ! Many had been on the quayside at Genoa when work on her repairs was stopped due a dispute about who was responsible for payment of her required repairs !

It is reported that she experienced some stormy weather while being towed from Genoa to the Turkish port of Aliaga and had taken on some water.

Extra tugs were required to assist with her arrival.

Still in service of the original three 1970's built ' Love Boats ' is the ex ' Island Princess ' which now sails on cruises from the UK as the ' mv Discovery ' .

Sailing in Thailand waters is the ' Ocean Dream ' which was the original ' Love Boat ' , the smaller ' Sun Princess ' , which first featured in the TV film ' The Love Boats ' which was made before the TV series of shows was made !

Some reports have suggested that the now to be srcapped ' Pacific Princess ' was the original Love Boat but they are wrong !

I was sailing as Maitre d'Hotel on the original 1970's built ' Sun Princess ' when the TV film was made.

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bob brown

Deckhand
Picture below of the ex Princess Cruises 1972 built Love Boat ' Pacific Princess ' arriving with a list at the Turkish ship breakers yard.

Some of her launches and other boats are stowed on her top decks in the picture ! Many had been on the quayside at Genoa when work on her repairs was stopped due a dispute about who was responsible for payment of her required repairs !

It is reported that she experienced some stormy weather while being towed from Genoa to the Turkish port of Aliaga and had taken on some water.

Extra tugs were required to assist with her arrival.

Still in service of the original three 1970's built ' Love Boats ' is the ex ' Island Princess ' which now sails on cruises from the UK as the ' mv Discovery ' .

Sailing in Thailand waters is the ' Ocean Dream ' which was the original ' Love Boat ' , the smaller ' Sun Princess ' , which first featured in the TV film ' The Love Boats ' which was made before the TV series of shows was made !

Some reports have suggested that the now to be srcapped ' Pacific Princess ' was the original Love Boat but they are wrong !

I was sailing as Maitre d'Hotel on the original 1970's built ' Sun Princess ' when the TV film was made.

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Wow! I had forgotten about that pilot movie for the t-v show....you're right, good catch! That film was based on the best-selling novel "The Love Boats", by Jeraldine Saunders, who based it upon her experiences as the first female cruise director.
Here is a link to the IMDB on the film....
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074820/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
 

Neil

Deckhand
Hi Bob

Re the novel I have a copy of the book which Jeraldine signed for me and added ' to her handsome sailing pal ' !

On the original Sun Princess we showed the film in the ships cinema on the first night of most cruises.

The title had been altered and had ' Original ' inserted above the main title of ' The Love Boats '.

Many thanks for the link.

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Neil

Deckhand
Very few cruise ships converted into a floating hotel make a profit for her owners .

The ex Cunard ship ' RMS Queen Mary ' , since being in Los Angeles, has lost millions of dollars over the years.

They also need to be connected up to shore side power, water and sewage facilities.
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