Most of the cruise ships Americans know enjoy a second or even third life sailing under the banners of lesser-known, foreign cruise lines as the big cruise lines upgrade to more modern ships. They’re repainted and re-named and can sail for many more years.
But we recently learned the fate of the Queen Elizabeth 2 that’s been languishing in Dubai for about six years. An investment group is going to spend $90 million to refurbish it at a Chinese shipyard and park it at an as-yet-unnamed Asian country for use as a hotel, much like the Queen Mary that’s permanently anchored of Long Beach, CA.
Remember the “Love Boat”? That former queen of the Princess fleet has been tied up at the port of Genoa in Italy—it was renamed the MS Pacific by the Quail cruise line. But the 42-year-old vessel has been purchased by a Turkish company that will strip it for its parts.
Lots of that difficult, dirty, and dangerous work, by the way, is done by cheap labor in India or along the coast of Africa where the big ships are beached and disassembled.