Global Dream II: The world’s largest cruise ship is scrapped before the voyage

The Global Dream II has cost £1.2bn to build so far - around £200m under budget (Image: PA/Getty Images)

The Global Dream II has cost £1.2bn to build so far – around £200m under budget (Image: PA/Getty Images)

One of the largest cruise ships of all time is in danger of being scrapped before it even lands on the high seas.

Global Dream II could have carried 9,000 people and has so far cost £1.2bn to build – around £200m less than its budget.

The 20-deck ship features a deluxe onboard cinema and an outdoor water park.

German-Hong Kong shipbuilder MV Werften had almost completed construction when the company filed for bankruptcy in early 2022.

A buyer has yet to be found for the 1,122-foot vessel, meaning it could end up being scrapped.

Structurally everything is fine, although some equipment and passenger facilities still require further work.

The giant ship’s sister line, Global Dream, is also on the market but is not scheduled to be discontinued at this time.

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The 342m long and almost completed cruise ship Global Dream is pictured in the main assembly hall of shipbuilder MV Werften in Wismar, Germany, January 26, 2022. - One of the world's largest cruise ships lies unfinished in a windswept Wismar dock on Germany's Baltic Sea coast after the manufacturers filed for bankruptcy in January. - TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Florian CAZERES (Photo by Gregor Fischer / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Florian CAZERES (Photo by GREGOR FISCHER/AFP via Getty Images)

The Global Dream and Global Dream II are stored at a shipyard in Wismar, Germany (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

A water slide is pictured in the main assembly hall for shipbuilder MV Werften's 342m long and almost finished cruise ship Global Dream in Wismar, Germany, January 26, 2022. - One of the world's largest cruise ships sits unfinished in a windswept dock in Wismar on Germany's Baltic Sea coast after the manufacturers filed for bankruptcy in January. - TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Florian CAZERES (Photo by Gregor Fischer / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Florian CAZERES (Photo by GREGOR FISCHER/AFP via Getty Images)

A waterslide is pictured in the ship’s main assembly hall (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

CEO of shipbuilder MV Werften Carsten Haake stands in front of the nearly completed cruise ship Global Dream in his company's main assembly hall in Wismar, Germany, 26 January 2022. - One of the world's largest cruise ships lies unfinished in the wind - Wismar port swept on Germany's Baltic Sea coast after manufacturers filed for bankruptcy in January. - TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Florian CAZERES (Photo by Gregor Fischer / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Florian CAZERES (Photo by GREGOR FISCHER/AFP via Getty Images)

Carsten Haake, CEO of shipbuilder MV Werften trying to find a buyer before it’s too late (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Both boats will be stored at a shipyard in Wismar, Germany while the company searches for a buyer.

The shipyard was sold to ThyssenKrupp’s naval unit to build military ships, MV shipyard administrator Christoph Morgen said.

That means the two cruise ships must be out of the yard by 2023, meaning the company is running against the clock.

There’s still some hope for Global Dream II’s future, as Stena may be interested in buying it for the Chinese cruise market.

However, cruise operators, along with the rest of the global travel industry, have been hit hard by the Covid pandemic.

Industry expert TradeWinds said: “The Global Dream would have no trouble finding a buyer in a strong cruise market.

“Given the tight deadline Global Dream has for hauling it off the building dock by the end of 2023, recycling the ship in Turkey is a last resort Tomorrow hopes to avoid.”

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