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Wednesday 4 January 2017

Ships we'll never see in 2017 - or ever again

While we mourn and lament the passing of movie stars and artists in 2016, let us spare a moment to remember the cruise ships we will never see again.

Just like every year, the old must make way for the new and a fleet of ghost ships sets sail for the world’s scrap yards.

Which ships did we wave goodbye to and will never see in 2017?

The Pacific Sun has finally set.

Beginning life as Carnival Jubilee in 1986 and spending seven years as Pacific Sun in Australian waters, time is up for this 1500-passenger liner. It spent its final years as Henna for HNA Cruises in Asian waters. A notable event was In July 2008, when 42 passengers were injured in a storm near New Zealand. Her Holiday-class sister ship sails as Magellan with CMV.

Unloved: Pacific Princess awaits dismantling

The famous Pacific Princess which starred as The Love Boat in the famous 1980s TV series of the same name is under the torches in Turkey after being struck off in 2013.

The sun has finally set on this former P&O funship.
Infamous for its unwitting role in the unfortunate death of Dianne Brimble, the former Pacific Sky ended its days at Aliaga in Turkey like so many beautiful ships. Notable for being one of the very last steam turbine-powered ships.

Kong (King) Olav looking anything but regal in Burma

One of the sadder losses, is the vintage, former Hurtigruten vessel, Kong (King) Olav. After a struggle to recover and preserve the historic vessel from Burma, it appears that battle is now lost and the darling ship is destined to be converted to razor blades or some such.

Coming apart at the seams: Costa Concordia

Dismantling of the famous - for all the wrong reasons - Costa Concordia continues in Genoa, Italy.

QE2 languishes with other derelict vessels at Mina Rashid, Dubai.

Questions hang over the fate of the QE2, still laid up in Dubai. Efforts were made to bring the famous ship back to its birthplace in Scotland, but campaigners are resigned that will never happen.

Container ships are being scrapped at record rates.

In a world suffering from overcapacity in the freight and container sector, 2016 is expected to see about 150 vessels scrapped, some barely ten years old.

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