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Luxury Cruise Ships Are Being Dismantled In Turkey Due To The Coronavirus. Take A Look At The Tragic Pictures

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Multiple cruise ships are being disintegrated at Turkey’s docks as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sink the industry. Sea travel was certainly one of the industry hardest-hit by the lethal covid-19 pandemic. With travel bans all over the world, shipping companies had to lay off employees, cut down budgets, and resort to new schemes in pursuit of gaining traction. In some cases, companies have even cut their budgets by reducing the number of their transportation vessels: ships have been dismantled so that their scrap metal can be put on sale. Docks in Turkey, have in particular become hotspots for breaking down luxury cruise ships, as several British, American, and Italian steamers are being pulled apart there.

An exclusive report from Insider has shared a rather tragic glimpse at the disassembly of a few luxury vessels at the Aliaga ship-breaking yard in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey. According to the report, at least five massive cruise ships are being decommissioned at Aliaga, in an operation that involves 2,5000 scrapyard workers. Among the liners being decommissioned at Aliaga is the Carnival Fantasy a recently refurbished cruise ship from the Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival Cruise auctioned Fantasy, and five other ships due to the Covid-19 pandemic after reporting a loss of $4.4 billion.

Take a look at the pictures of the Carnival Fantasy, along with other luxury cruise ships, being dismantled below.

Now look at the nostalgic views of the Carnival Fantasy liner from its days of glory

Devastating indeed. 

The five ships at Aliaga, however, aren’t all the vessels that will be dismantled. There are 3 more ships expected to join, as ongoing pandemic restrictions, including travel bans and social distancing rules, remain in place.

Before the pandemic, Aliaga was a bustling zone for trade and cargo activity. But with the coronavirus outbreak taking over the world, cruise ships changed course towards Aliaga in a very significant way. Aliaga is, however, now trying to change the crisis into an opportunity. Scrapyard workers are being employed at an increasing rate, and they are stripping ships’ walls, windows, and railings to make whopping amounts in deconstructed steel trade.

The pandemic has been particularly deterrent to cruise ships. With multiple outbreaks occurring onboard worldwide, liners have been abandoned off-coast, laid-up in docks, or dismantled completely as with the case of the ships at Aliaga.