The world’s largest cruise ships are being scrapped – and they hadn’t even set sail yet.
The Global Dream II ship is a 9,000 person passenger ship, but no one wants to buy it.
It is currently located inside a German shipyard waiting to see some of its equipment and engines stripped and sold.
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The rest will be sold for scrap, while the partially finished hull is for sale.
It was built by MV Wefrten, according to German cruise industry magazine An Bord, and can accommodate more passengers than any other cruise ship.
The vessel was owned by Genting Hong Kong, but they went bankrupt earlier this year.
The first Global Dream ship also lies unfinished in the same basin, but time is running out to find a buyer for the pair as the yard will only manufacture submarines from 2024.
Images from Global Dreams II show a modern cruise liner with a water park on the top deck, a huge, swanky cinema inside and enough rooms for 9,000 passengers on 20 decks.
The ship’s exterior was covered in elaborate artwork, including a multicolored astronaut flying around on a jet pack, with a rocket behind him.
The pair of ships are said to weigh around 208,000 tonnes each, which would jointly make them the sixth-largest cruise ship by size, behind Royal Caribbean’s five Oasis-class ships.
Experts from Interesting Engineering said: “The Global Dream II, the first of her class, was due to leave the shipyard in 2021, but when the pandemic hit, demand for cruises plummeted.
“In January, MV Werften filed for bankruptcy and administrators began looking for options to monetize the shipbuilder’s assets.
“The shipyard has been sold to ThyssenKrupp’s Marine System, which plans to build submarines, frigates and corvettes at the site from 2024.
“Before that, the shipyard must be liberated. Global Dream II is part built, with her hull complete with engines.
“The insolvency administrators are seeking to sell the engines and parts of the machine, after which the hull will be sold at scrap value.
“Global Dream is fully ready and can be retired.
“However, as she is being built for Asian markets, the cabin, deck and propulsion system will require considerable modification before it can be used in Europe or North America, a decision that will require more investment in the vessel. .”
The price of Global Dream II, although not officially revealed, would cover what previous owners owed to local governments.
The largest operating cruise ship in the world is actually the Allure of the Seas, which can accommodate around 6,780 passengers.
According to Cruise Critic, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Ecstasy are two cruise ships set to be scrapped before the end of this year after Covid killed demand for cruise vacations.
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