MIRAGE I Is Done

MIRAGE I at Rhodes. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.

MIRAGE I (ex BOLERO, SCANDINAVICA, BOLERO, JUPITER, CRUCERO EXPRESS, SEMINOLE EMPRESS, MAGIC I), the 1973-built former BOLERO was beached yesterday for scrapping at Aliaga, Turkey. The 14,264 gross ton, 800 passenger ship last operated for Yannay Cruises of Israel but had a long and varied career as a cruise ship and ferry for such distinguished operators as U.K.-based Fred. Olsen Line and U.S.-based Commodore Cruises.

Another ship recently sold to Aliaga breakers, the PACIFIC (ex SEA VENTURE, PACIFIC PRINCESS) is currently being inspected by potential buyers who would preserve the iconic vessel as a floating hotel. Although such last minute reprieves tend to spring up with almost every doomed passenger ship these days, perhaps the former “Love Boat” has a big enough following to beat the odds…

With very special thanks to Selim San.

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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