Cruise ships dismantled for scrap metal as coronavirus pandemic sinks industry

Cruise ships are being dismantled and sold as scrap metal due to the coronavirus pandemic all but destroying the global cruise industry.

Earlier this month, aerial footage shot by drones showed workers stripping walls, windows, floors and railings from several vessels docked in Aliaga, a town 45 kilometres north of Izmir on Turkey’s west coast.

Three more ships are set to join five already being dismantled.

Chairman of a ship recycling industrialists’ association, Kamil Onal, said before the pandemic Turkey’s ship-breaking yards typically handled cargo and container ships.

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“But after the pandemic, cruise ships changed course towards Aliaga in a

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Chairman of a major cruise line says ships will be safer than own neighborhood

The chairman of a major cruise line, Richard Fain, says cruise ships will be made safer than your own neighborhood. Cruise lines are stepping up their effort to get back in business, even as more jobs are lost and more ships are scrapped. Royal Caribbean cruises, one of Port Canaveral’s mainstays, plans to make its ships a COVID-free zone. “We intend to make our ships an environment – a bubble, if you will – that actually presents less risk of transmission than in their home communities on land,” Fain said. Under the cruise industry’s plan, 100% of passengers and crew would be tested before each cruise. No one testing positive would be allowed onboard. Ships would cruise with reduced capacity. They’d have more medical staff and isolation areas for the sick. The industry’s ships are idled by a Centers for Disease Control no-sail order issued March 13. Local businesses that … Read More

Demand for cruises on small ships jumps in wake of COVID pandemic



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Is a cruise on a smaller ship the safest way to go in the era of COVID-19?

A growing number of cruise fans apparently think so, judging from the high number of bookings that are coming in for 2021 sailings at cruise lines that specialize in small ships.

In session after session this week at Seatrade Cruise Virtual, an online version of the cruise industry’s annual meetup, small-ship cruise line executives said bookings for the coming year were booming, thanks to a newfound interest in smaller vessels.

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“They’re huge guys. They really are,” Susan Shultz-Gelino, vice president for trade relations at small-ship specialist American

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Princess Cruises’ Ships in UK/Europe for 2021 Season

Princess Cruises reveals its plan for its 2021 UK – Europe programme. The cruise line company will base three Royal-class ships in Europe.

One of the three ships will be the newest addition to the line’s fleet – Enchanted Princess, sailing on a series of voyages to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, British Isles and Canada & New England.

Sky Princess and Regal Princess will be based in Southampton whilst Enchanted Princess will sail out of Rome. Guests can enjoy an enhanced Medallion-class service and new experiences onboard the three ships.

The newly completed Enchanted Princess was delivered on September 30 from the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy and is due to officially join the Princess fleet later this year. With the arrival of this 145,000-ton, 3,660-guest ship, Enchanted Princess expands the Princess Cruises global fleet of MedallionClass™ vessels.

Enchanted Princess will spend May to September sailing roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia)

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Royal Caribbean trials ‘cruises to nowhere’ with ships sailing in circles from Singapore


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Royal Caribbean International and Genting Cruise Lines, two of the world’s largest cruise lines, will start sailing again out of Singapore, but instead of whisking passengers to faraway lands, guests will pay thousands of dollars to go around in circles.

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Ships have now been given the green lights to sail from the city-state’s port, after permission was granted by authorities in Singapore.

Cruise holidays already restarted in some countries from August, but the development in Singapore will be seen as a big boost because its port is a major travel hub in Asia.

Read: Check in, but don’t fly? Airlines launch ‘flights to nowhere’

The development will be welcome news for Royal Caribbean (RCL) and Genting (SG:G13) who have been hit hard, along with other holiday operators, by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tourism.

Cruise ships had been a particular focal

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Cruise ships worldwide with more than 250 people will test all passengers, crew for COVID-19 – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

Cruise lines around the world have committed to testing every passenger and crew member for COVID-19 before boarding, the industry’s leading trade group, Cruise Lines International Association, said Tuesday.

“CLIA ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100% testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons – with a negative test required for any embarkation,” Bari Golin-Blaugrund, vice president of strategic communications for Cruise Lines International Association, told USA TODAY in a statement.

“The global policy applies to ships capable of carrying 250 or more people, which is consistent with the policy in place as it relates to ships sailing from U.S. ports,” Golin-Blaugrund said.

The CDC’s “no-sail” order bars ships that can carry at least 250 passengers from cruising in U.S. waters until Nov. 1. The testing requirement is “effective immediately worldwide,” Golin-Blaugrund said.

CLIA’s member lines carry

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American Cruise Lines Execs Talk New Ships, Booking Trends and More

“This has been quite a year for the cruise industry, and we are all ready for the promise of next year,” Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, told reporters attending the line’s press conference at Seatrade Cruise Virtual this week.

While the U.S.-flagged line is still hopeful that it could possibly cruise the lower portion of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis in 2020, that’s not yet known. If the sailing schedule would need to be pushed into 2021, the line would begin American river sailings in February with voyages continuing through December 2021.

2021 Booking Trends

Also participating in the briefing was Susan Shultz-Gelino, vice president of trade relations, American Cruise Lines, who said she’s learned from her chats with travel advisors that “2021 is going to be absolutely huge. People are ready to travel. They want to get

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Cruise ships torn apart after coronavirus sell off

On the beach, once-gleaming vessels lie dilapidated, their innards exposed, barely recognizable from their seafaring glory days.



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Cruise ships pictured mid-destruction at Aliaga, in Turkey.

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.



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Drone photographs of of the shipyard depict zombie cruise liners — half impressive vessel, and half skeleton and debris.

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PHOTOS: Cruise ships broken up in Turkish port show COVID-19 impact

  • Photos show rows of deluxe cruise ships waiting to be dismantled in a sea dock in Turkey as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sink the industry. 
  • Around 2,5000 scrapyard workers are currently working to pull apart five cruise ships for scrap metal sales.
  • Among them was the Carnival Fantasy, a newly-refurbished cruise ship that was recently sold by Carnival Cruise Line.
  • “We are trying to change the crisis into an opportunity,” Kamil Onal, chairman of a ship recycling industrialists’ association told Reuters.
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British, American, and Italian cruise ships are being dismantled in a sea dock in Turkey as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sink the industry. 

Five hulking cruise ships are currently being pulled apart for scrap metal in the port of Aliaga, a town 30 miles north of the Turkish city Izmir.

Among them was the Carnival Fantasy, a newly-refurbished cruise ship

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Cruise ships’ return to Hawaii remains in muddy waters

Come Nov. 1, larger cruise ships could return again to Hawaii’s waters — but it’s probably not going to be smooth sailing at first for the floundering cruise ship industry.

In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory saying U.S. citizens, particularly those with underlying conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. Then, the CDC issued a “no-sail” order for vessels with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

The CDC had wanted the order, which was due to expire on Wednesday, extended to keep cruise shops docked until mid-February. However, the White House intervened, and the order was only extended through Oct. 31, a date that most of the industry had voluntarily agreed to honor anyway.

It’s still unclear how many cruise ships might return to Hawaii this year or what the state’s public safety plan is

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