These ships are currently worth more for their parts than they are as luxury voyages.
This month, a drone captured aerial photos of five decommissioned ocean liners being broken down for scrap metal in Izmir, Turkey. The images, taken on Oct. 2 at the Aliaga ship recycling port, are a visual illustration of the desecration caused to the once-profitable, multibillion-dollar cruise industry as a result of the coronavirus.
Although the proliferation of COVID-19 has caused widespread economic fallout, the cruise industry has been among the hardest-hit industries. As a result of the pandemic, some cruise operators have been forced to put ships into early retirement as they cut their losses.
The Aliaga port has been significantly busier than usual as a result, with a 30 percent increase in business this year compared to 2019.
The travel and hospitality industries have been hard hit by the pandemic as a result of people wary to travel for fear of both contracting the virus and having to deal with closed borders. The cruise industry, additionally, is reeling from its reputational fallout after staff complained of egregiously mishandled quarantine protocols that left them stranded at sea for months.