Pullmantur’s Monarch has arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, where the ship will be dismantled and scrapped.
The ship had spent the last few days docked in Marsaxlokk, Malta, where the last remaining valuables and heavy goods onboard were salvaged by Royal Caribbean Group. The ship then began its journey over to Turkey.
Earlier this morning the last remaining non-essential skeleton crew onboard were transferred by tender from Monarch to the awaiting Celebrity Infinity, where they will remain for the time being.
The ship then continued with less than 20 crew members to Aliaga, in preparation for the dismantling process to begin.
Sister ship, Sovereign is currently docked in Malta and will join Monarch at the scrapyard in the next couple of days. Horizon is currently docked in Piraeus and is likely to also follow its former fleet mates to the scrapyard.
In other news, it is rumoured Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration will also shortly begin travelling from the Caribbean to Izmir, Turkey, where they too will be scrapped. Official reports from the Port of Curacao suggest the ships have docked to unload valuables and heavy goods, before making the trip over to Europe to be scrapped.
Carnival has refused to provide details as to the future of these two ships, telling Cruise Radio, “what ships, if any, from the Carnival Cruise Line fleet that may be involved in this capacity reduction have not been identified.”