Pacific was a cruise ship owned and operated by the Brazil-based
Viagens CVC. She was built for Flagship Cruises in 1971 by the
company Nordseewerke in Emden, West Germany, and named Sea Venture.
She operated cruises between the United States and Bermuda, which
had been settled by the survivors of the wreck of the original Sea
Venture in 1609. Between 1975 and 2002 she sailed for Princess
Cruises as Pacific Princess, becoming famous for appearing in the
romantic comedy anthology TV series The Love Boat.
In 2008, Pacific was chartered by the newly established Quail
Cruises to operate cruises out of Valencia, Spain, but was retired
from service when renovation work proved more expensive than had
been anticipated, and was sold in 2012 to a company specializing in
ship breaking. After that sale fell through, she remained laid up in
Genoa for an extended period before being towed to Aliağa where she
arrived on 6 August 2013 for breaking. Before she was dismantled, on
10 August 2013, there was a fatal accident in which there was a
flood in the compartment below the engines. While electrical pumps
were operating, two men were killed and nine injured from toxic
The ship began operation in 1971 with Flagship Cruises, under the
name Sea Venture. In April 1975, she was sold to P&O's newly
acquired Princess Cruises along with sister ship Island Venture. The
pair were renamed Pacific Princess and Island Princess, the latter
now operating as Discovery.
As Sea Venture, Pacific Princess came to the rescue of RMS Queen
Elizabeth 2, after the latter had major engine trouble.
Princess Cruises agreed to have their cruise ships featured in the
television romantic comedy anthology series The Love Boat, which
debuted in 1976 as a made for TV movie and as regular show in 1977.
The ship featured in nearly every episode of the series (which was
filmed primarily on sets in a production studio) was Pacific
Princess, although other ships also appeared, including Island
Princess. The term "Love Boat" was heavily used by Princess Cruises
in their marketing, and became synonymous with Pacific Princess. The
success of the up-beat television show, which remained on the air
until 1987, is largely credited with the increase in popularity of
cruise ship travel in North America.
In 1998 Pacific Princess was impounded by police in Piraeus, Greece
after 25 kg of heroin was found on board, smuggled by two Filipino
crewmen. According to police sources quoted in the BBC report at the
time, there was evidence the ship had become a major tool for drug
smugglers in the Mediterranean.
Pacific Princess was sold in 2001, but was leased back and continued
to operate as part of the Princess fleet until 2002, when the former
Renaissance Cruises R3 replaced her and took her name.
Pacific Princess made her final voyage with Princess Cruises in
October/November 2002, sailing from New York City to Rome, Italy.
She then began operating for Pullmantur Cruises of Spain as Pacific,
sailing in the Caribbean. Pacific was later chartered to and
operated by CVC in Brazil during the Southern summer and by Quail
Cruises in Spain during the Northern Summer.
Pacific was seized by the Italian Coast Guard in 2008 for a repair
bill owed to Genoa's San Giorgio del Porto shipyard by her former
owners Templeton International Inc. The debt was much lower than
reported, however, and had nothing to do with the ship's current
In order to satisfy the debt, Italian authorities tried to sell
Pacific at auction three times between 2010 and 2011, but no bids
were received. In March 2012 the ship was sold for 2.5 million to a
ship breaking company, Cemsan Ship Breaker of Izmir, Turkey, but
Cemsan defaulted on its payment and in May 2012 the ship once again
went up for sale. Pacific Princess remained laid up in Genoa for
several months, but on 27 July 2013 the ship was reported as being
under tow for demolition. On 6 August 2013, she arrived in Aliağa to
be dismantled by the Izmir Ship Recycling Company, which acquired
her for 2.5 million. On 10 August 2013, two employees dismantling
the ship died from the inhalation of toxic fumes, and an additional
ten others were hospitalized.
Name: 19711975: Sea Venture
19752002: Pacific Princess
Owner: 19711975: Flagship Cruises
19752002: Princess Cruises
20022012: Viagens CVC
Operator: 19711975: Flagship Cruises
19752002: Princess Cruises
20022008: Pullmantur Cruises/Viagens CVC
2008: Quail Cruises
Port of registry: 19711975: Oslo, Norway
19752002: London, UK
20022012: Nassau, Bahamas 20122013: Lomé, Togo
Builder: Nordseewerke, Emden, West Germany
Cost: US$25 million
Yard number: 411
Launched: 9 May 1970
Christened: 14 May 1971
Acquired: 14 May 1971
Maiden voyage: 8 May 1971
In service: June 1971
Out of service: August 2013
Identification: Callsign: C6SB5
IMO number: 7018563
MMSI number: 311245000
Status: As of August 2013: In Turkish breaking yard for disassembly