The 20,000gt Pacific Princess used as "interior decoration" in the TV show The Love Boat will finish its career in spare parts. The fans have not found sufficient treasure buried beneath the ocean to save the 40-year-old cruiseship. The Pacific Princess has been moored for two years in the port of Genoa. Its current owner could not pay the costs of the asbestos removal required, preferring to yield to a Turkish company offering EUR 2.5 million to dismantle the vessel during an auction.
The ship was built in 1971 and named Sea Venture, which was later changed to Pacific Princess when Princess Cruises bought the ship in 1975. The ship then passed through several owners and its name was shortened to Pacific along the way.
Yet, no scene was ever filmed on the Pacific Princess. Some views of her simply appear in the credits of The Love Boat. Frederica Grappasonni, an Italian designer, was the only one aboard, who then reproduced it exactly in a Hollywood studio.
A sad end to the vessel that made millions of people in the 1970s want to take a cruise.