The last of the two original Love Boats used on the legendary TV show has sailed its final voyage for Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV). Where the one-time Island Princess goes now is uncertain, and fans fear the 1971-built vessel will meet the same fate as its more-famous sister, the former Pacific Princess, which was sold for scrap.
The former Island Princess, now known as the 700-passenger Discovery, operated for CMV under a joint venture with All Leisure Group, the ship's British owner. In February, All Leisure put the ship up for sale, saying it was losing money.
The Discovery completed its final voyage on Oct. 6 in Bristol, England. All Leisure Group declined to say where the ship was heading, and there are rumors that it will be sold for scrap although fans are holding out hope that a cruise company will rescue it.
"We have received many e-mails, phone calls, social media messages and letters giving us compliments from passengers who have enjoyed their experience on this fine classic vessel," Mike Hall, head of marketing at CMV in the U.K., said in a press release.
The Discovery is the sister ship to the better-known Pacific Princess, which had the starring role on "The Love Boat" TV show from 1977 to 1986. Island Princess was used as a stand-in on the TV show since the two ships were structurally identical.
We'll keep an eye on the situation and post an update when we can confirm its fate.
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