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.
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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