Watch: Cruise Ship MS Monarch Arrives at Turkish Breakers

Mike Schuler
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July 22, 2020

Screen grab from the video below shows the MS Monarch’s beaching in Aliaga, Turkey.

In what is a sure sign of the times amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 1991-built MS Monarch has arrived at a Turkish shipbreaking yard for dismantling.

With cruises around the world suspended due to the pandemic, the former Royal Caribbean ship was sold for scrap along with the MS Sovereign and MS Horizon. All three were part of the fleet of Pullmantur Cruises, a Royal Caribbean subsidiary.

The MS Monarch was built in 1991 as Monarch of the Seas. It sailed up until earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, halting cruises across the globe.

The video of the Monarch’s “beaching” is seen below from two different angles (second angle starts at 2:55 mark):

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