A CRUISE ship due to be scrapped before launch has been salvaged by Disney, it has been reported.
The Global Dream II is a 20-deck floating city that includes an outdoor water park and a swanky cinema, and is priced at £1 billion.
German shipbuilder MV Werften had almost completed construction of the ship when Hong Kong-based Genting Group, which commissioned the ship, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.
The huge ship was supposed to be scrapped, but now, according to NDR, Disney Cruise Line is said to be interested.
Insolvency administrator Christoph Morgen has drawn up a plan according to which the ship will now serve the US cruise market instead of Asia as originally planned.
The ship is now 75 percent built and the plan is for work to resume at its current location under the supervision of another shipyard.
Since the ship is designed for the Asian market, major modifications would reportedly be required if it were to serve North America.
The cabin, deck and propulsion system would reportedly need major changes before the ships would be suitable for use in North America or Europe.
The 1,200-foot, 208,000-ton behemoth will be able to carry 9,000 guests, making it the largest ship ever built by passenger capacity.
Its sister ship, the first Global Dream ship, is also currently on the market but is not scheduled to be cancelled.
In terms of passenger capacity, both ships would have been the largest cruise ships in the world.
Cruise experts TradeWinds had previously said they were optimistic the ship could avoid the scrapyard.
“The Global Dream would have no problem finding a buyer in a strong cruise market,” they said.
“Given the tight deadline for hauling Global Dream out of the building dock of late 2023, recycling the ship in Turkey is a last resort tomorrow hopes to avoid.”
The Royal Caribbean liner Wonder of the Seas is the current title holder with a capacity for 6,988 passengers.
When scrapped, cruise ships are taken to specialized “cemeteries” to be dismantled.
Despite the value of the ships, the Covid pandemic has hit the cruise industry to the extent that it is more economical to sell them for scrap.
From start to finish, it takes about a year to dismantle a cruise ship, about twice as long as it takes to tear down a cargo ship.
All parts are stacked separately and resold with the equipment to places like restaurants and hotels, while the steel is melted down and used in industry.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/20144120/inside-cruise-ship-never-launched-saved-disney/ Inside £1BILLION cruise ship that NEVER launched as floating city could be saved from the scrapheap by Disney