Marella Cruises' ship Marella Dream sold for scrap

   November 17, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

The operated by Marella Cruises UK ship Marella Dream has reportedly been sold for scrap and will be heading to the Aliaga Ship Breaking Yard (near Izmir Turkey). 

According to a weekly report released on November 16 by Anchor Shipbroking Inc (Greece), Marella Dream is among the vessels listed for demolition. The report says that the liner had been sold to a Turkish scrapyard for an undisclosed price.

In October, Marella UK announced it was retiring the 34-year-old Marella Dream (fka Thomson Dream) from its fleet after 10 years of service but the fate of the ship had been unknown. The liner joined TUI Cruises (Marella's parent company) in 2010 as "Thomson Dream" and later was renamed "Marella Dream" following the Thomson Holidays' rebranding.

Marella Dream cruise ship

The 1986-built Marella Dream was a leased vessel (operated under charter). The ship was originally named "MS Homeric" (built for the now-defunct Home Lines) and in 2010-2020 was operated under a long-term charter (expiring in 2021) by the UK company Marella Cruises (fka "Thomson Cruises").