Giant 9,000-person cruise ship sent to scrap heap – before it’s ever set sail

The world's largest cruise ships is getting scrapped – and it hadn't even set sail yet.

The Global Dream II ship is a 9,000 person passenger ship, but nobody wants to buy it.

It is currently located inside a German shipyard waiting to have some of its fixtures as well as its engines ripped out and sold.

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The rest of it will be sold for scrap, while the partly-finished hull is for sale.

It was built by MV Wefrten, according to German cruise-industry magazine An Bord, and accommodates more passengers than any other cruise ship.

The ship was owned by Genting Hong Kong, but they filled for bankruptcy at the start of this year.

The first Global Dream ship is also unfinished in the same dock, but time is running out to find a buyer for the pair as the shipyard is going to make only submarines from 2024.

Images of Global Dreams II show a modern cruise-liner with a water park on the top deck, a huge posh cinema inside and enough bedrooms for 9,000 passengers across 20 decks.

The exterior of the ship was covered in elaborate art, including a multi-coloured astronaut flying using a jet pack, with a rocket ship behind him.

The pair of ships would have weight around 208,000 tons each, making them jointly sixth largest cruise ships by size, behind the Royal Caribbean's five Oasis-class ships.

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The experts at Interesting Engineering said: “The Global Dream II, the first of its class, was scheduled to leave the shipyard in 2021, but when the pandemic struck, the demand for cruises collapsed.

“In January, MV Werften filed for bankruptcy, and the administrators began looking for options to monetize the shipbuilder's assets.

"The shipyard was sold to ThyssenKrupp's Marine System, which plans to build submarines, frigates, and corvettes at the site starting in 2024.

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“Prior to that, the shipyard needs to be vacated. Global Dream II is partly constructed, with its hull complete with engines.

"The insolvency administrators are looking to sell the engines and machine parts, after which the hull will be sold at scrap value.

“Global Dream is quite ready and can be tugged away.

"However, since it is built for the Asian markets, the cabin, deck, and propulsion system will require considerable changes before it can be used in Europe or North America, a move that will require more investments into the ship.”

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The price for Global Dream II, while not officially revealed, is thought to cover what the former owners owed to local governments.

The worlds biggest working cruise ship is actually the Allure of the Seas, which can accommodate around 6,780 passengers.

According to Cruise Critic, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Ecstasy are two cruise ships due to be scrapped before the end of this year, after Covid killed demand for cruise holidays.

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