“Stop the engines.” The final command words used to officially ‘kill’ Pullmantur’s Monarch on the beaches of Aliaga, Turkey.
In videos filmed by workers both on the ship and in the scrapyard, we can see the final moments unfold as the once mega-cruise ship charges up the beach before grinding to a halt, all while the ship screams through her horn.
We can hear one of the officers say she is a strong ship; confirmation that the 1990-built ship is being scrapped prematurely due to the current challenges the cruise industry is facing.
Sister ship, Sovereign has also now been beached next to Monarch this morning. She too will be stripped for parts and scrap.