Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Burning Ships.

In the news this week was the fire on board the former Cunard Countess, which was laid up at Chalkis in Greece under the name Ocean Countess.  A fire on board an empty ship is not as big a disaster as a fire on board a fully laden one, but it can often be the end of a career for the ship. 

Generic postcard of one of the sisters under Cunard
I have not sailed on this particular vessel, but did do a short cruise on her sister ship Cunard Princess when she was operating as Rhapsody for MSC in 1996, and I do recall that the ship did not really do much for me. She wasn't really spectacular, but wasn't a tub either, Its just that she was forgettable. 

Rhapsody approaching Durban
At one point a decision will be made as to the disposition of the vessel, and I would not be surprised if she isn't declared a constructive total loss, which is really a death warrant for most ageing cruise ships. The irony is that when Royal Olympia went under she was in South Africa, and ended up under arrest in Durban. 

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