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'The Love Boat' sails its final trip

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'The Love Boat' sails its final trip

<p>The MS Pacific, a cruise ship made famous by its appearance in the popular US 1970s television show ‘The Love Boat’, has sailed its final voyage to a ship-breaking yard on Turkey.</p> <p>Called the Pacific Princess when it was central to the long-running comedy, the iconic 13,500-tonne, 171-m-long (561-foot-) vessel will be stripped for its metal and parts, said Ersin Ceviker of the Ship Recyclers’ Association of Turkey. </p> <p>Aaron Spelling’s ‘The Love Boat’, starring Gavin MacLeod as the ship’s captain, ran on the US television network <span class="caps">ABC</span> from 1977 to 1986. The show was set on board the Pacific Princess, which mainly sailed from California to the Mexican Riveria.</p> <p>Each week passengers and crew members, caught under the Pacific Princess’ romantic spell, engaged in love affairs or humorous encounters during the one-hour show.</p> <p>“This ship has undergone several modifications over its lifespan. It had been decommissioned for five years, and renovation now would have been too costly,” Ceviker said.</p> <p>Turkey’s Izmir Ship Recycling Co. acquired the 42-year-old Pacific for 2.5 million euros ($3.3 million). </p> <p>The vintage cruise liner arrived from Genoa, Italy, at the breakers in the seaside town of Aliaga in Turkey after a difficult trip in a violent storm, Ceviker said.</p> <p>The ship began taking on water and required the help of additional tugboats to make it to Aliaga and arrived there listing on its starboard side.</p> <p><iframe width="480" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/m_wFEB4Oxlo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><span class="caps">REUTERS</span></p>