Luxury vessels left to rot in cruise ship 'graveyard' amid COVID-19
A cruise ship graveyard is growing off the coast of Turkey as the multi-billion-dollar industry grapples with the impact of COVID-19.
Cruise ships were notoriously involved in the spread of the deadly virus around the world – including the Ruby Princess in Sydney.
Now, cruise lines are dumping unneeded ships off Turkey's east coast, where the luxury liners are stripped for spare parts and left to rust.
Tourism operators in Australia are hoping to get back out to sea soon, to avoid the same fate.
Cruises have returned to Europe, but with many safety measures.
In Italy, he MSC Grandiosa was the first cruise liner to return to the Mediterranean following the global shutdown.
The voyage was characterised by COVID-19 testing, social distancing, hand sanitising and temperature checks
MSC Cruises wouldn't confirm exact numbers, but the Grandiosa was operating at about 60 per cent of its 6300 passenger capacity.