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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for September 2020 ~ ~ Empress of the Seas & Majesty of the Seas ~                                ~ Calling at Southampton ~ 
Which ships will Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd (RCCL) send to scrap in the current crisis? Following the restructuring (financial administration) of Pullmantur Cruises in June, their ships were returned to RCCL. Sovereign & Monarch were both beached at the Aliaga scrapyard in Turkey during the last week of July. Horizon sailed to Greece and all indications are - she is to be scrapped.  Who could be next? The two oldest ships remaining in the RCCL fleet - Empress of the Seas (1990; gross tonnage 48,563) and Majesty of the Seas (1992; 74,077) - have been in Southampton & Dorset waters much of the summer until Empress sailed south to Greece in late July and is now anchored in Souda Bay, Crete. Majesty of the Seas departed UK waters bound for Malta on 24th August. Royal Caribbean Group continue to reassure enquirers that neither ship is to be scrapped. 

Empress & Majesty of the Seas

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Image of the Month for August 2020 ~ ~  Valiant ~ Swash Channel outbound ~ Poole Harbour 

Alderney Shipping Group’s MV Valiant, which has been moving freight between Poole, Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney for about eight years undertook her last rotation in March 2020. Valiant, at nearly 30 years old, had a difficult winter with the weather.

MV Valiant - Alderny Shipping