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.


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