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Topic Reading-Vol.3106-10/12/2020

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2020/10/12 Topic Reading-Vol.3106-10/12/2020

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Cruise ships torn apart after coronavirus sell off

A cruise ship is like a floating and sailing luxury hotel that offers all-you-can-think-of entertainment facilities and activities. It is designed to accommodate hundreds to thousands of passengers for days to weeks without boring them a second. The cruise ship industry enjoyed rapid growth and became a major part of the tourism industry with over 300 such cruise ships in operation in the last decade. Those ships brought millions of passengers to popular tourist destinations like the Bahamas, Cozumel, Virgin Islands, and Jamaica each year. However, those luxury cruise ships are just floating in the seas without passengers, just like grounded passenger aircraft because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since there are hardly any investors in the travel and tourism industries, the number of cruise ships that are forced to retire earlier is increasing at an unprecedented and unexpected pace. Once retired, the only value they can produce is their body itself and the materials inside. Those retiring ships make their final voyages to ship breaking yards in Turkey, India, and Pakistan to be completely torn apart. How do they look in their graveyard?

Enjoy seeing the photos of the last moments of once-luxury cruise liners.

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