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Pacific Princess is Born






In 1974 P & O which by 1960 had become the world's largest shipping company, with 320 oceangoing vessels, acquired Princess Cruise Lines. The first ship they acquired was Island Princess (formally Island Venture). From my job as Assistant Purser on SS Oriana I was sent over to America to help complete the take over from Flagship Cruises.


In April 1975 I was flown to Newport News Virginia where Sea Venture was undergoing transformation to Pacific Princess, we were undergoing dry dock in a navel shipyard, which was rather interesting as we were only allowed in certain areas in the shipyard and any deviation from these area we were likely I recently came across the following Press Kit. to get picked up by the Military Police.




In 1965 Stanley B. McDonald charters Princess Patricia and forms Princess Cruises.

When he sold Princess Cruises to P&O in 1974, he remained President until 1980.

During our time spend in dry dock, Stanley McDonald spent quiet a time on the ship getting to know the ship’s officers and crew. On one occasion he took all the Purser’s staff to Colonial Williamsburg. Unfortunately for me on this occasion I had to stay behind on the ship and man the office singlehanded until the rest of the team arrived back late in the evening rather high on” Mint Juleps”. Until this day l have never visited Williamsburg, but It is defiantly on my wish list.



The first Captain on the newly converted Pacific Princess was John Crichton, in my time at sea he was the most approachable Old Man I sailed with.


Sometime later Pacific Princess was used for filming “The Love Boat”. The deck shots were filmed on the ship, but the interior shots were filmed ashore in a studio. The purser in the series was called "Gopher” but really did not resemble any of our crew on board.









The original Purser's team on Pacific Princess with Captain Creighton and for some reason the Chief Engineer


Gareth Hopes, Annette Moore, David Stott, Katey Shallcross, Jonathan Booth


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John Martin
John Martin
05. Apr. 2022

Remember Jonathan Booth. Not sure which ship/s I came across him 1982 - 1986. I am sure he was a DP at that time.

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Salty Seadog
Salty Seadog
06. Apr. 2022
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Jonathan Booth was SAP when i sailed with him on PP. I saw him a few years later after l left the sea, but not since then. I think he was living in Brighton then as was I


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miltonchapman13
miltonchapman13
30. Okt. 2021
I was a musician on the P.P. beginning in July 1977 out of San Pedro. First we did the remaining Alaska season then Mexico then L.A.-Australia and ports in between.I was on and off the ship for ten years. Captain Crichton would deliver a lovely welcome aboard speech but his fairwell speech was classic: Ladies and Gentlemen, giving this speech is like a love affair: Any fool can start one but it takes a genius to end it. These years were the height of the Love Boat Craze. Miss Beryl Davis was a star performer then and I was in her backup band. 
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Salty Seadog
Salty Seadog
08. März 2022
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I remember Beryl Davies well, I believe she was on and off Pacific Princess from the start. Chris Chapman Cruise Director would remember more details than i can. Was Lesley John on there are the same time.

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