Resorts and companies have purchased many of the furnishings from the ships, together with tables, chairs and room fittings, Mr. Yurttas mentioned, however antiques brokers have their sights set on the baroque lights and wardrobes that weigh almost 100 kilos.
“These will not be common ships; they’re luxurious floating museums with many treasured objects inside,” he mentioned with an excited smile as he sat in his retailer filled with shiny bronze nautical antiques, together with clocks, ornate lighting fixtures and maps. Different brokers within the space have collected articles like life jackets, lamps, sinks and artwork for folks serious about buying cruise memorabilia.
“We now have primarily seen native collectors and prospects this 12 months due to the pandemic, however usually vacationers come right here from everywhere in the world to purchase the objects from the ships,” Mr. Yurttas mentioned.
‘Like a pack of wolves’
Images and movies of the ships’ dismantling have been circulating on social media, and for cruise fanatics it has been onerous to observe, even from a distance. At 30 years outdated, the Carnival Fantasy is the oldest vessel within the Carnival Cruise line fleet, and was common amongst older folks for its smaller scale and familiarity.
“I used to be heartbroken to see the ships bought off and scrapped like that,” mentioned Maggie Hetherington, 74, a retired nurse from Norwich in southeast England who has taken a number of cruises on the Fantasy and its sister ship Inspiration. “They seem like they’ve been attacked by a pack of wolves.”
Ms. Hetherington mentioned she understood the financial concerns of the cruise corporations however believes there’ll nonetheless be a requirement for older ships as soon as the pandemic is over.
“Not everyone seems to be into the large new high-tech ships, as spectacular as they could be,” she mentioned. “The Fantasy’s décor could also be a bit of dated, however there’s something interesting about strolling right into a smaller ship, hanging your hat and figuring out your approach round,” she added. “There’s additionally the factor of nostalgia.”