Although it cost $2 billion to construct, the world’s largest cruise ship, the Global Dream II, may be sold for scrap before it ever sets sail.
The German-Hong Kong owner MV Werften went bankrupt at the beginning of the year, so the Global Dream II construction was halted. The ship was supposed to have room for 9,000 passengers.
Since that happened, no buyer has stepped up to acquire the 20-deck, 341.99 m-long monstrosities. That implies it’s officially headed for the junkyard. The Mail says Global Dream II also features an outdoor waterpark and a movie theatre.
The capacity of this ship blows the second largest ship, the Wonder of the Sea, which is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean. The maximum number of passengers who may sail aboard the Wonder of the Seas is 6,908.
Even though $US1.4 billion were spent on its construction, the massive vessel still requires maintenance costing over $US230,000,000. It appears to be finished structurally, but there is still work on the passenger facilities and equipment.
This is the Global Dream II, so there is a Global Dream already which has not been given the axe for now.
This is the Global Dream II, so there is a Global Dream already which has not been given the axe for now. However, that yard will soon be used to produce military warships, necessitating the departure of the Global Dreams before the end of 2023.
Stena may be interested in purchasing the vessel for the growing Chinese cruise industry, so there is still time for a sale to be finalised.
Recycling the ship in Turkey is the last alternative that needs to be avoided as much as possible, given the short timeline to bring the Global Dream out of its constructing dock by the end of 2023.
The pandemic has negatively impacted the cruise industry and the wider travel sector, leading to shipyards constructing cruise ships and suspending their operation