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'The Love Boat' cruise ship may be headed to the scrap yard

March 12, 2012 |  1:48 pm

The Love Boat

The Pacific Princess, the cruise ship that was the model for the hit ABC series "The Love Boat" and featured in its opening credits, may be headed to the scrap yard.

According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the ship, which has been idle at a port in Genoa, Italy, for more than a year after its owners failed to pay an Italian company for asbestos removal and refurbishment, was recently sold for $3.3 million to the Turkish company Cemsan, which specializes in demolishing ships.

The Pacific Princess provided the name of the fictional "Love Boat" and appeared in the opening credits for the show's run from 1977 to 1986. It was built in 1971 and originally named the Sea Venture but was sold to Princess Cruises in 1975 and had its name changed.

It made its last run for Princess in 2002 and sailed for other cruise lines for several years after.

Producer Aaron Spelling's drama was a huge hit for ABC and featured a lengthy roster of guest stars every week as passengers on the ship. The regular crew included Gavin MacLeod as "Your Captain" Stubing, future Congressman Fred Grandy as "Your Yeoman Purser" Gopher and Ted Lange as Isaac the bartender.

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Photo: The "Love Boat" crew played by, from left, Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Lauren Tewes, Ted Lange and Bernie Kopell. Credit: ABC

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