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Huge 9,000-passenger cruise ship sent to scrapyard before it even sets sail

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The Global Dream II was designed with a water park on the upper deck, a huge swanky cinema inside and enough sleeping quarters for 9,000 passengers across 20 decks – but she never left the dock

The world’s largest cruise ship is being scrapped – and it hadn’t even set sail yet.

The ship Global Dream II is a passenger ship for 9,000 people, but no one wants to buy it.

It is currently in a German shipyard awaiting some of its fittings and engines to be ripped out and sold.

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The rest is sold for scrap while the partially completed hull is for sale.

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

The ship was owned by Genting Hong Kong, but it filed for bankruptcy earlier 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 yard will only make submarines from 2024.

Images of Global Dreams II show a modern cruise ship with a water park on the upper deck, a huge posh cinema inside and enough sleeping space for 9,000 passengers on 20 decks.

The ship’s exterior was covered in intricate art, including a multicolored astronaut flying on a jetpack, with a rocket ship behind him.

The pair of ships would each weigh around 208,000 tons, making them the sixth largest cruise ship by size behind the five ships in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class.

Interesting Engineering experts said: “The Global Dream II, the first in its class, was due to leave the shipyard in 2021, but when the pandemic hit, demand for cruises plummeted.

“In January, MV Werften filed for bankruptcy and administrators looked for ways to monetize the shipbuilder’s assets.

“The shipyard was sold to ThyssenKrupp Marine System, which plans to build submarines, frigates and corvettes there from 2024.

“The shipyard has to be cleared first. Global Dream II is partially built, with hull complete with engines.

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

“Global Dream is pretty much done and ready to move.

“However, as it is being built for the Asian markets, the cabin, deck and propulsion system will require significant modifications before it can operate in Europe or North America, a move that will require further investment in the ship.”

While the price for Global Dream II will not be officially announced, it is intended to cover what the former owners owed to local governments.

The largest functioning cruise ship in the world 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 set to be scrapped before the end of this year after Covid ended demand for cruise vacations.

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