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The ship began operation in 1972 with Flagship Cruises, under the name
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 the Discovery.
Princess Cruises agreed to have their cruise ships featured in the
television romantic sitcom The Love Boat, which debuted 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 the Pacific Princess. The success of the up-beat
television show, which remained on the air until 1986, is largely
credited with the increase in popularity of cruise ship travel in North
In 1998 the Pacific Princess
was impounded by police in Piraeus, Greece after 25kg of heroin was
found on board, smuggled by two Filipino crew men. 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.
The 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. The Pacific Princess made her final
voyage with Princess Cruises as The Love Boat in October/November 2002,
sailing from New York City to Rome, Italy. She then began operating for
Pullmantur Cruises of Spain as the Pacific, sailing in the Caribbean. Pacific is currently operated year round by CVC in Brazil.
The Pacific is 168.8m long and 24.7m beam and was built at
Nordseewerke, Germany. She is propelled by four medium speed Fiat
diesel engines with a combined power output of 18,000 shaft horsepower.
The engines are individually clutched and geared in pairs to each of
the two shafts which drive controllable pitch propellers. This enables
one or more engines to be shut down and declutched as required. As the Pacific Princess her tonnage was
20,636 GRT and she carried 646 passengers at a top speed of 21.5 knots,
cruising at 20 knots. As the Pacific, her capacity has been increased
to 780 passengers and cruising speed reduced to 18 knots. Country of
registry is the Bahamas.
of Alan Mackenzie
divided postcard illustrating the three ships of the Princess Fleet.
of Alan Mackenzie
showing Pacific Princess in unknown port. Mid-1970s.
of David Quixley
took this great shot of the PP in Venice, autumn '97. He asked the watch
officers to turn on all the external lights and used a 10 minute exposure,
came out great.
of Martin Reed
PP moving off the moorings at
Greenwich during the 250th Anniversary celebrations in 1987.
of Jim Ross
Patter from Wed Oct 24 1979. Click on the individual pages to read.
of Alan Williams
Alan Williams has sent in the official blackout procedure for the PP which can be seen by clicking here.