Love Boat Reaches Its Final Destination

The cruise ship made famous by the TV show The Love Boat will end up in a scrap heap on the Turkish coast. A ship recycling company in Turkey bought the cruise liner for a little more than $3 million and will strip it for its parts and metal.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Our last word in business takes us from the road to the sea.

(SOUNDBITE OF "THE LOVE BOAT" THEME SONG)

JACK JONES: (Singing) The love boat, soon we'll be making another run.

MONTAGNE: No more runs for the Love Boat. It has made its very last. The cruise ship made famous in the 1970s and 80's TV show was know as the Pacific Princess.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

In reality, the ship is the MS Pacific. It served as the backdrop to all sorts of cheesy story lines.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE LOVE BOAT")

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

FRED GRANDY: (Gopher Smith) Sir, please, isn't there anything you could do about Julie? She's driving me crazy.

GAVIN MACLEOD: (as Capt. Merrill Stubbing) Gopher, try to understand. This isn't an ordinary cruise to her. It's her high school reunion and she wants everything to be perfect.

LAUREN TEWES: (as Julie McCoy) Oh, good morning. Good morning. I can't afford any mishaps. If you could recheck your cabin assignments. And are you sure that you made enough punch for the welcome alumni party?

TED LANGE: (Isaac Washington) Oh, well, I would've made a bigger batch, but I didn't want to leave a ring around the pool.

(LAUGHTER)

WERTHEIMER: The pool has been empty since those dear dad days. Yesterday, the Love Boat reached its final destination, a ship breaking yard on the Turkish coast.

MONTAGNE: A ship recycling company in Turkey bought the cruise liner for a little more than $3 million and will strip it for its parts and metal.

WERTHEIMER: But for many of us, Capt. Stubbing, Julie, Gopher and Isaac will live on.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION for NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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