Massive £840m quarantine cruise ship left to rot after police auction fails

The future of a huge 150,000 megatron ship is in doubt after it failed to sell at a police auction.

For the last 12 months we have been reporting how £900million the Global Dream ship had been sitting inside a German shipyard before it was saved from the scrapheap by Disney, alongside one of its sister ships Global Dream II – and third sister ship World Dream.

Global Dream II was waiting to have some of its fixtures as well as its engines ripped out and sold – as it had already been decided that it would not be worth selling whole.

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But the Global Dream ship was still clinging on for dear life, with bosses welcoming bids over the next few months – which Disney came through on.

It was built by MV Wefrten and accommodates more passengers than any other cruise ship.

The ship was owned by Genting Hong Kong, but they filed for bankruptcy at the start of this year.

It was eventually bought by Disney to add to its Disney Cruise line.

Initially, it was reported the price was thought to be in the region of £1.4billion by the time repair works and redecorating had taken place.

It was later revealed the giant ship had been picked up for a ridiculously low price of just £40million.

But now another sister ship – the World Dream – is sitting in a dock with its future hanging in the balance.

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The ship hit the headlines in 2020 when it was nicknamed the “quarantine cruise” after three passengers on board tested positive for Coronavirus.

This saw all 3,800 passengers and crew on the 150 megaton cruise forced to quarantine in their rooms, effectively trapped on the giant ship.

They were eventually released, but it took around three weeks to happen.

The ship first set sail in November, 2017, and was owned by Genting Hong Kong.

But when the company went bust, all of its ships not on loan to other companies were seized by officials.

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And now the giant World Dream ship is sitting in a Singapore dock owned by the Sheriff of Singapore after an auction to try and flog it failed to do so.

British firm V Ships Leisure was rumoured to be in the market for it, but the auction finished with no bids being made.

Its fate now hangs in the balance, and could be set for the scrap heap within the next year if it remains unsold.

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