These Luxury Cruise Ships Are Being Sold for Scrap Metal

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From afar, the cruise ships in these photos almost look like toys, perhaps LEGO models being taken apart for new creations. But these are not toys; they're real cruise ships. They're being broken down for scrap metal as yet another casualty of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has docked ships...
These Luxury Cruise Ships Are Being Sold for Scrap Metal

across the globe.

These Are Not Toys, They're Real Ships

With the global coronavirus pandemic pushing the multi-billion dollar cruise industry into crisis, some cruise operators have been forced to cut losses and retire ships earlier than planned. (Photo: Chris McGrath, Getty Images)

As many of you probably know, it wasn't always like this for cruise ships. Life pre-coronavirus, which seems like ages ago, painted a picture of a very vibrant industry (even though it's actually rotten to its core.) According to CNN, the cruise industry had 30 million passengers in 2019. It was a $US150 ($207) billion industry that employed 1.2 million people. This rosy tale of success came to a screeching halt when the coronavirus started appearing on ships and spread like wildfire.

And They're at This Shipyard Because of the Pandemic

The cruise industry has been one of the hardest hit industries with public confidence in cruise holidays plummeting after a series of outbreaks occurred on cruise liners as the pandemic spread. (Photo: Chris McGrath, Getty Images)

Some of the earliest images we have of the health apocalypse we're currently living in are from cruises. Then there were horror stories of ships, some with and some without passengers, being stranded at sea and not being allowed to dock at their destinations. On March 14, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention issued a "No Sail Order" for cruise ships because of covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, which suspended passenger operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250…
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