On the beach, once-gleaming vessels lie dilapidated, their innards exposed, barely recognizable from their seafaring glory days.
These huge ships were previously the pride of cruising fleets including Carnival Cruise Line. Now they’re shells of their former selves — beached at Aliaga shipyard in Turkey, mid-demolition and ready to be sold for scrap.
When a cruise company decides a ship is no longer needed, and no one wants to buy it, that often means a one way final voyage to Aliaga, or similar ship breaking yards such as Alang, India or Gadani, near the Pakistan port of Karachi.
In Aliaga, business is up 30% this year in the wake of the pandemic, reports Reuters.
Drone photographs of of the shipyard depict zombie cruise liners — half impressive vessel, and half skeleton and debris.