Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point
On Air
Low Graphics

Sunday, November 29, 1998 Published at 00:31 GMT

World: Europe

TV boat held after drugs seizure

The successful Love Boat series ran between 1977 and 1986

The Love Boat, the liner which mythologised romance on the high seas, has been impounded by Greek police after the discovery of a huge haul of heroin on board.

The ship that shot to fame as the setting for the legendary American TV series, in which lonely passengers found love, had been under police surveillance since it sailed into Greece.

Now Greek officials are saying the Love Boat with its 600 mostly American and British passengers will be barred from leaving the port of Piraeus until an investigation into the heroin find is completed.

The discovery of 25 kg of heroin on board the fabled vessel on Thursday means the luxury cruise ship may have to stay in Greece for days.

Major tool for smugglers

Appearing before a public prosecutor, two Filipino crew members said it was not the first time they had smuggled drugs on the famous boat.

[ image: Each crew member was ready to fall in love (again) each week]
Each crew member was ready to fall in love (again) each week
For years the ship, Pacific Princess, was used as the setting for the legendary Love Boat television series, which contributed to the rise of the luxury holiday cruise.

The drugs were discovered after the ship arrived at the port near Athens from Istanbul, Turkey, as part of a two-week cruise in the Mediterranean.

Now Greek police say there is mounting evidence the luxury liner has become a major tool for smugglers bent on trafficking drugs around the Mediterranean.

Gwyn Hughes, spokesman for the London-based P&O Cruises, which owns the Pacific Princess, said a few passengers had returned home on their own but most were "enjoying their stay in Athens".

"We are awaiting the court process which we expect to be sorted out by Monday morning at the latest," he said from London.

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©

Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia

Relevant Stories

14 Oct 98 | Asia-Pacific
Australia's record drugs haul

10 Mar 98 | EU Enlargement
Crime without frontiers?

Internet Links

The Love Boat - unofficial home page

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

In this section

Violence greets Clinton visit

Russian forces pound Grozny

EU fraud: a billion dollar bill

Next steps for peace

Cardinal may face loan-shark charges

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

Trans-Turkish pipeline deal signed

French party seeks new leader

Jube tube debut

Athens riots for Clinton visit

UN envoy discusses Chechnya in Moscow

Solana new Western European Union chief

Moldova's PM-designate withdraws

Chechen government welcomes summit

In pictures: Clinton's violent welcome

Georgia protests over Russian 'attack'

UN chief: No Chechen 'catastrophe'

New arms control treaty for Europe

From Business
Mannesmann fights back

EU fraud -- a billion-dollar bill

New moves in Spain's terror scandal

EU allows labelling of British beef

UN seeks more security in Chechnya

Athens riots for Clinton visit

Russia's media war over Chechnya

Homeless suffer as quake toll rises

Analysis: East-West relations must shift