Sun sets on Love Boat

Mega cruise ship Crystal Serenity on a flat sea making passage to Cannes
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The former cruise ship Pacific Princess, which starred as 'The Love Boat' in the hit 1970s and 80s television show has been sold for scrap.

After languishing at a dock in Genoa, Italy for more than a year, the ship is heading to a Turkish demolition company, Cemsan which reportedly bought the ship for just over 2.5 million euro, or about US$3.3 million.

Built in 1971 for $25 million for Flagship Cruises as the Sea Venture, the ship was originally built for New York to Bermuda cruise service. It sailed between Bermuda and US ports for three years, before it was sold to Princess Cruises in 1974 and renamed 'Pacific Princess'.

The 600-passenger ship is small in comparison to today’s behemoths, but it enjoyed as stellar career between 1977 and 1986. After that, the ship returned to sail for Princess Cruises until 2003.

The show, which attained cult status and is still the stuff of rerun fodder, was hailed as a key factor in raising the profile and popularity of the cruise industry of the era.