Cruise ships and COVID-19: Giant ships beached at scrapyard in Turkey, set to be broken up
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With cruising all but suspended worldwide, videos have emerged of several large cruise ships being beached in Aliaga, Turkey to be scrapped.
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Link A video shot from the bridge of the MS Monarch shows the ship being beached ahead of its scrapping. Photo: YOUTUBE

The ships include MS Sovereign, formerly Sovereign of the Seas, considered by many to be the world's first "mega cruise ship" when it launched in 1988 with capacity for 2278 passengers.

Two other ships are seen in the videos, MS Monarch and Carnival Fantasy, with one clip showing the latter being driven aground in preparation for scrapping. A fourth ship, Carnival Inspiration, is also reportedly bound for the scrapyard.

The owner of MS Sovereign and MS Monarch, Pullmantur Cruises, declared bankruptcy last month following the collapse of the cruise industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Royal Caribbean Group, which owns 49 per cent of Pullmantur Cruises,…
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