Originally Built as the Island Venture For Flagship Cruises.
Original Love boat Arrives at Alang India for Scrapping.
12/2/2014 - It is with deep sadness that I announce the end to a cruising tradition. The last of the original Love Boats - the ex. Island Princess arrived in Alang, India on December 1st. Now named Amen, the ship is sitting just off the breaker's beach.
Island Princess - Princess Cruises Love Boat.
The ship was originally christened on December 14, 1971 for the upscale cruise line - Flagship Cruises as their Island Venture. The Island Venture was an identical sister to the Sea Venture which later became the Pacific Princess 1974.
The Island Venture and Sea Venture were fixtures on the New York Cruise Scene. Reports indicate that under Flagship Cruises ownership, the pair never made a profit and the offer to purchase the ships from Princess Cruises was welcomed in 1974.
The Island Princess (and Pacific Princess) became incredibly popular in the late 1970's mainly due to the television series - "The Love Boat",
m/v Discovery for Voyages of Discovery.
After sailing 25 years for Princess Cruises, mostly in the Pacific and Med, the Island Princess was sold to Hyundai Merchant Marine of South Korea. Renamed Hyundai Pungak her role was to transport South Korean pilgrims to religious sites in North Korea. The ship was later renamed the Platinum but this too was short lived. After only abut 4 years in Asian waters, the ship was sold to British Interests - Voyages of Discovery. After a refit the ship became the Discovery and quickly established a very loyal following. For the next 13 years the Discovery sailed world wide itineraries. Late in 2013 it was announced the ship would be removed from service in November, 2014. For her last year the ship was joint marketed with Voyages of Discovery and Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Her final cruise ended on October 9th 2014. Shortly thereafter she was renamed Amen.
The Island Venture and Sea Venture (which was scrapped in Turkey last year), have a special place in my heart. These ships were the ones that peaked my interest in cruise ships in the early 1970's. I vividly remember their introduction and the excitement around their introduction. It is very sad to see them go.
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