The legendary “Love Boat” was launched in 1970 at Nordseewerke Ship Building in West Germany as “Sea Venture” for the Norwegian owned Flagship Cruises. During her time with Flagship Cruises the “Sea Venture” sailed between New York and Bermuda, fulfilling a contract between the line and the government of Bermuda. In April of 1974 “Sea Venture” played a crucial role in the rescue of 1,600 passengers from the “Queen Elizabeth 2”. Following a boiler failure and subsequent turbine shutdown which left the great Cunarder adrift for three days.
She would eventually be sold to P&O in the mid-1970s and subsequently transferred to Princess Cruise Line in 1977. That same year Princess Cruise Line executives agreed to allow the ship to be used in a new ABC sitcom “The Love Boat”, produced by Aaron Spelling. During the series run from 1977-1986 “The Love Boat” sailed into the homes, and hearts, of millions around the world as she carried viewers to exotic destinations each week. The effect of the series on the cruise industry endures to this day.Suddenly the average couple from Kansas or Montana, who would have had no previous exposure to cruising, were booking a cruise as their next vacation. Following 25 successful years with Princess Cruise Line the “Pacific Princess” retired in 2002. Her latter years as the “Pacific” were far less glamorous and eventually lead to scrapping on the sands of a Turkish beach in 2013.
So just to make if official, I AM BUILDING THE LOVE BOAT!!! Yet another maritime icon is being forever immortalized in virtual reality with the production of a model in honor of the great ship, “Pacific Princess”!
“The Love Boat soon will be making another run!!!”