of one of the most famous cruise ships of the modern era, the former
Pacific Princess, has begun on a tragic note, according to several press
Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News says
two workers at the Turkish scrapyard where the 42-year-old vessel
arrived last week for disassembly were killed by toxic gas in its engine
Recognizable to millions of Americans as the "Love Boat" of
1970s television fame, the 19,903-ton ship is being taken apart for its
metal and parts.
by today's standards, the 600-passenger Pacific, as it is now known,
arrived at the scrapyard in Izmir, Turkey, on Wednesday after
languishing at a dock in Genoa, Italy, for several years. The vessel
last sailed for Spanish-based Quail Cruises after changing hands a
couple times since sailing for Princess Cruises from 1975 until 2002.
in 1971 for Flagship Cruises as the Sea Venture, the ship was renamed
Pacific Princess in 1975 after joining the Princess fleet. It gained
worldwide fame over the subsequent decade as the backdrop for ABC's The Love Boat television series, which aired from 1977 to 1986. Take our 'last look' photo tour of the ship's interior.
industry executives often credit the top-rated show for igniting a
multi-year boom in cruise bookings. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain
Stubing and Fred Grandy as Gopher, the hour-long comedy depicted
fictional passengers and crew involved in adventures and romances at
A new Pacific Princess joined the Princess fleet in 2002 and
continues to sail for the line. The original Pacific Princess' name was
changed to Pacific after it left the Princess fleet.