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‘Love Boat’ sold for scrap

Turkey – The 19 000-ton ‘Pacific Princess’, which enjoyed centre stage during its run on Aaron Spelling’s hit television show ‘The Love Boat’, has been purchased by Turkish demolition company and shipbreaking specialist Cemsan.

The 40-year-old cruise ship was sold for Euro 2.5 million after fruitless attempts by its owners to auction off the entire vessel. It had been sitting idle in a dock in the Italian city of Genoa for nearly two years awaiting payment of a repair bill, reports Italian newspaper ‘La Repubblica’.

Built in 1971 for Flagship Cruises, it was originally called the ‘Sea Venture’; however, the vessel was renamed upon joining the Princess fleet. This new name was restored when ‘The Love Boat’ left TV screens in 1986.

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