No Valentine’s Day Sale For “The Love Boat”

MV PACIFIC (ex SEA VENTURE, PACIFIC PRINCESS) at Genoa in 2010. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.

The 1971-built PACIFIC (ex SEA VENTURE, PACIFIC PRINCESS) has been idle at Genoa’s San Giorgio del Porto shipyard since being seized by the Italian Coast Guard last year. The 19,903 gt, 600 passenger ship was to be auctioned today for a minimum bid of Euros 3.4 million to repay outstanding shipyard fees owed by last owners, Templeton International of Nassau but the Italian court has pushed off the sale for at least another week. PACIFIC last operated for Spanish-based Quail Cruises but she was originally built for Flagship Cruises New York to Bermuda cruise service as the SEA VENTURE. Between 1975 and 2002, she was Princess Cruises’ first PACIFIC PRINCESS and rose to fame as the official “Love Boat” on the television series that ran from 1976 through 1986. The “Love Boat” and the PACIFIC PRINCESS are largely credited for stimulating international interest in cruising into what it is today. With thanks to Simone Bandini.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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