“Love, exciting and new … Come aboard. We're expecting you” won’t have the same bouncy, happy ring it used to after you see photos of the poor Princess of the Pacific, otherwise known as the Love Boat, being towed to the wrecker’s yard in Turkey last August.
Sadly, two Turkish workers were killed and two were seriously injured during operations to drain the engine room, which had flooded en route.
We were never really fans of “The Love Boat,” which ran from 1977-86, epitomizing the corny pop culture of the time and making Aaron Spelling a very wealthy man. Still, the comedic drama was such a staple of the era, and the Pacific Princess’ lines are so much prettier and humbler than today’s cruise ships, that even those of us averse to a laugh track and Capt. Merrill Stubing’s white bermudas with knee socks feel a wee twinge of nostalgia.
A modest 550 feet, with a beam of about 81 feet, the Pacific Princess carried 626 passengers.
If “The Love Boat” were made today, it would probably be a reality TV show filmed aboard a 1,000-foot ship with a 200-foot beam and 6,000 passengers. Julie, Doc and the rest of the crew would have their hands full with outbreaks of norovirus, mysterious disappearances at sea, rogue waves and massive mechanical breakdowns, accompanied by panicked passengers.
Kind of makes us want one of Isaac’s cocktails.