The Global Dream II had the capacity for more than 11,000 passengers, but the world economic crisis and the lack of buyers condemned it to be scrapped.
His future was promising: nothing less than the world’s biggest cruise ship. Fate, however, was not so generous with the Global Dream II, which ended up as an abandoned ship. Instead of starring in the oceans, this titan will make its maiden voyage straight to the junkyard.
With a capacity for more than 9,000 guests and a crew of 2,200, the ship would be the largest cruise ship in the world in passenger capacity.
All the numbers are impressive: 342 meters long, 46.4 meters wide, and 9.5 meters draft. Its construction began in 2018 and has so far consumed US$1.8 billion – or R$9.63 billion (converted values as of 07/07/2022).
Everything looked favorable, until the tide turned completely in 2020, with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dream Cruises, the company responsible for the project, could not withstand the impact of the economic constraints and declared bankruptcy. The German shipyard MV Werften, which handled the construction, also succumbed to the crisis. Since then, no one has been interested in buying the abandoned ship.
From dream to derelict ship
The shipyard was eventually sold to another shipbuilder, who gave an ultimatum: the Global Dream II has until early 2024 to leave the site.
After the “eviction order,” a report in the German magazine An Bord said that the unfinished keel of the Global Dream II will be sold as scrap, and that the accessories and engines are also for sale.
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