What happens when a cruise ship is scrapped

In the wake of the existential crisis caused by the pandemic, several major cruise lines have found themselves in uncharted waters. To stem the decline in income from their fleets languishing in ports and anchorages around the world, they took the decision to turn ships, many still in their prime, to the yard for demolition.

In 2020, the Grim Reaper wielded his scythe on: Ocean Dream; Pacific Dawn; Astor; Monarch; and Sovereign, while Carnival Corporation – the world’s largest cruise line – consigned its Fun-Ships: Fantasy; Imagination; and Torch Inspiration from Steel Cutters.

No less than nine cruise ships in 2021 were consigned to the rendering site. The first victim was Costa Victoria, quickly followed by Grand Celebration; Albatross; and Celestial Experience. Several popular British ships were also ‘recycled’, including: Marco Polo; Magalán; and Columbus from the failure of CMV cruises. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca met the same fate.

Already this year, the hourglass has passed on no less than 10 ships, including: Superstar Libra; Starfish; Filoxenia salamis; Celebrity Cruises‘ former Horizon; as well as British stalwarts: Black Watch and Marella Dream.

However, no maritime industry expert could predict that a cruise ship, destined to be one of the largest and most important in the world, will set sail for the scrapyard before even embarking on its maiden voyage. .

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