Pacific (ship)

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Pacific Princess off the US West Coast
Pacific Princess off the US West Coast
Name: 1971—1975: Sea Venture
1975—2002: Pacific Princess
2002—present: Pacific
Owner: 1971—1975: Flagship Cruises
1975—2002: Princess Cruises
2002—present: Viagens CVC
Operator: 1971—1975: Flagship Cruises
1975—2002: Princess Cruises
2002—2008: Pullmantur Cruises/Viagens CVC
2008: Quail Cruises
Port of registry: 1971—1975: Oslo,  Norway
1975—2002: London,  United Kingdom
2002—present: Nassau,  Bahamas[1]
Builder: Nordseewerke, Emden, West Germany
Cost: $25 million[2]
Yard number: 411[1]
Launched: 9 May 1970[1]
Christened: 14 May 1971[1]
Acquired: 14 May 1971[1]
Maiden voyage: 8 May 1971[1]
In service: June 1971[1]
Identification: IMO 7018563
Status: In service
General characteristics (as built)[1]
Class and type: Sea Venture class cruise ship
Tonnage: 19,903 GRT
Displacement: 3390 DWT
Length: 167.74 m (550 ft 4 in)
Beam: 24.59 m (80 ft 8 in)
Draught: 7.40 m (24 ft 3 in)
Installed power: 4 × Fiat C420,10SS diesels
combined 13240 kW
Propulsion: 2 propellers[3]
Speed: 20 kn (37.04 km/h) (service speed)[3]
21.5 kn (39.82 km/h) (maximum speed)
Capacity: 626 passengers
General characteristics (as Pacific)[2]
Class and type: Sea Venture class cruise ship
Tonnage: 20,636 GT
Decks: 8
Capacity: 640 passengers (lower berths)
750 (all berths)
Crew: 350

MS Pacific is a cruise ship owned and operated by the Brazil-based Viagens CVC. She was built in 1971 by Nordseewerke, Emden, West Germany as Sea Venture for Flagship Cruises. She operated cruises between the USA and Bermuda, which had been settled by the survivors of the original Sea Venture. Between 1975 and 2002 she sailed for Princess Cruises as Pacific Princess, famous for appearing in the romantic sitcom The Love Boat.

Between April and October 2008 the Pacific will be chartered to the newly-established Quail Cruises to operate cruises out of Valencia, Spain.[4]


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 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 America.

In 1998 the Pacific Princess was impounded by police in Piraeus, Greece after 25 kg 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[5].

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 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 by CVC in Brazil during the Southern summer and by Quail Cruises in Spain during the Northern Summer. According to the cruise ship industry blog MaritimeMatters the Pacific Princess has been seized by the Italian Coast Guard for a repair bill owed to San Giorgio di Porto Shipyard[6]. The debt is much lower than reported, however, and has nothing to do with the ship's current owners[7].


The Pacific is 168.8m long and 24.7m beam and was built at Nordseewerke, West 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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Asklander, Micke. "M/S SEa Venture (1971)". Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. p. 468. ISBN 981-246-739-4. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Miller, William H. Jr. (1995). The Pictorial Encycpedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994. Mineola: Dover Publications. p. 117. ISBN 0-486-28437-X. 
  4. Newman, Doug (2008-01-24). "Quail Cruises Unveils 2008 Program". At Sea With Doug Newman. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  5. BBC (1998-11-29). "TV boat held after drugs seizure". Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  6. "MaritimeMatters". 
  7. "Quail Cruises dice que el 'Pacific' aún se está reparando y que la deuda es de sólo 112.000 euros". 

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