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The £1.2 billion Global Dream II is scrapped ahead of its maiden voyage.
With the capacity to carry 9,000 passengers, the Global Dream II was going to be an incredible sight and the largest cruise ship in the world in terms of passenger capacity.
It beats the Wonder of the Seas, which currently holds the record for the largest cruise ship.
In terms of capacity, the Wonder of the Seas can accommodate an impressive 6,988 passengers on board.
However, if Global Dream II were to go ahead, just over 2,000 additional people could board it.
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The reason this huge ship is scrapped is because of its gargantuan cost.
It would have cost £1.2bn to build, but even £200m under budget.
The ship was built by German-Hong Kong company MV Werften, which filed for bankruptcy in January 2022, just as the ship was nearing the end of construction.
The cruise industry has unsurprisingly been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic.
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The first Global Dream ship could also suffer the same fate if not recovered.
Both Global Dreams are currently in storage at a German shipyard, but have recently been sold.
The shipyard will instead be used to build military ships, so Global Dream and Global Dream II must be purchased before 2023.
According to Auto Evolution, the first Global Dream ship is in a better position to be purchased as construction began in 2018, a year before her sister Global Dream II.
But why are buyers reluctant to buy the two cruise ships?
They were previously designed for the Asian cruise market.
This means that they would have to undergo major modifications in order to be used in Europe or North America.
Auto Evolution also suggested that while the Incredible Ships will hopefully gain a buyer and operator, demand for cruise liners has plummeted.