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Nothing to do with the Pont. But saw this video on YouTube.

such a waste to scrap this one - but the only reason was because of covid. It was cheaper to scrap it then to keep it.

enjoy the video 

 

 

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Sad indeed, even sadder that we have lost Marco Polo this year, I actually can't bear to look at the photos of her in Alang. How many of the former CMV fleet have actually survived? As far as I know it is only Vasco da Gama and Astoria, I've not heard much about the latter vessel recently but I'd have thought she's highly likely to end up on a beach somewhere soon? 

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When the cruise industry recommences services there will be no room for the niche ships that many people valued. They will have gone to the scrapyard prematurely with all their well loved individual characteristics.

In future there will just be the standardised megaships differing only in their internal redecorations. Basically just all inclusive resorts afloat. Such is progress.

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Ah but the big ugly ones can't use the Corinth canal which is a must when on a Greek island cruise.

True, but I just love those submerged bridges that rise from the bottom of the canal at the ends. We detoured to cross them on more than one occasion en route from Athens to the Peloponnese. There is an adjacent taverna from where you can watch the bridge in action.

 

 

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3 hours ago, cvabishop said:

When the cruise industry recommences services there will be no room for the niche ships that many people valued. They will have gone to the scrapyard prematurely with all their well loved individual characteristics.

In future there will just be the standardised megaships differing only in their internal redecorations. Basically just all inclusive resorts afloat. Such is progress.

I think there will still be niche operators. In fact, as the modern cruise industry matures - fragmentation will be inevitable.  

Just two weeks ago, the cruise division of NYK signed off on a new build for 744 passengers with Meyer Werft.

In 20 years time - could their ship (the Asuka II) garner the same following as the Marco Polo - possibly.

Life moves on, so do ships.

https://www.cruiseandferry.net/articles/nyk-cruises-orders-luxury-ship-from-meyer-werft

 

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11 hours ago, zuludelta said:

I think there will still be niche operators. In fact, as the modern cruise industry matures - fragmentation will be inevitable.  

Just two weeks ago, the cruise division of NYK signed off on a new build for 744 passengers with Meyer Werft.

In 20 years time - could their ship (the Asuka II) garner the same following as the Marco Polo - possibly.

Life moves on, so do ships.

https://www.cruiseandferry.net/articles/nyk-cruises-orders-luxury-ship-from-meyer-werft

 

Yes very true. I couldn't help but compare the fate of 'classic' ships such as Marco Polo with other forms of transport once they reach the end of their working days. Whether it is cars, trains or even aircraft in some cases, examples of a similar vintage would generally be preserved these days but of course it is a very different proposition with a ship - what do you do with them? Nevertheless to see such graceful ships meet such an indignified end is pretty heartbreaking. 

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If its any consolation the CMV ships were all in a pretty poor state, according to their latest surveys. The Columbus was running with 2 generators permanently out of action due to age/repair and others had very thin hulls. Although they had spent millions on them it wasn`t enough. I think a lot of the time they were held together by a willing crew. Even without Covid a lot of these iconic but elderly ships would have ended up in the scrappers. The Queen Mary, probably the most iconic of all has, rightly, been preserved for decades, but now it looks like the money is running out..I shudder to think what might happen there.

Time is always against us sadly..

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A few years ago I stayed on the SS Rotterdam which is now a floating hotel in her home city, I wrote a trip review on here at the time. I seem to recall those working to preserve her had to battle for some years to raise the finance, and it was 'touch and go' for some time. They were in the process of renovating certain parts of the ship, but nontheless it was a fantastic experience to stay aboard her, and the optional full tour of the ship is well worth doing. There is a real sense of stepping back to a more glamorous, by-gone era walking around the ship which personally I just loved. 

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9 minutes ago, PGTV said:

Hours of fun

From my experience over the last 12 months, the only thing that having a pool gives you is hours of cleaning. But those do look good. Are they French-flagged?

Ed

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2 hours ago, Cabin-boy said:

From my experience over the last 12 months, the only thing that having a pool gives you is hours of cleaning. But those do look good. Are they French-flagged?

Ed

Maybe thats the one operating Southampton to Le Havre then 😁

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