Kamil Onal stood at the edge of a parking lot overlooking the Aliaga shipyards on Turkey’s Aegean coast and made a grand gesture to signal the destruction below. Crammed together on the docks were the crumbling remains of five cruise ships, each at least 10 stories high and over 850 feet long.
Last year, these ships reportedly carried thousands of passengers across the globe, entertaining them with glitter-studded dance performances and pumping them full of cocktails at a variety of idyllic locations. Now, after the ravages of the cruise industry by the coronavirus pandemic, they are “retired,” as it is euphemistically called in the industry: stripped and sold for parts.
“We give all the pianos as gifts,” said Onal, the president of a