johns624 wrote:ArchGuy1 wrote:There are over a hundred museum ships worldwide of varioud types and they are in some cases highly profitable. So, I could see some cruise ships built since the early 1990's, in addition to the ocean liner Queen Mary 2 snd up being preserved as hotel and museum ships.
1. Most are much smaller than a cruise ship or ocean liner. Therefore, they are less expensive to run.
2. They were preserved due to widespread notoriety. Most ships that you suggest for saving aren't well known at all.
3. Many are either government owned or a government/private partnership. I don't see a government getting involved with a cruise ship.
4. There are many hundreds more that were preserved until interest faded and they were quietly towed to the shipbreakers. Along with steam locomotives, airplanes, etc.
The size and notoriety is the biggest obstacle, I would think. Big ship takes big resources. They have to be interesting ships too. Warships do well because there's weapons, planning rooms, technical areas etc etc. A cruise ship is 10-15 decks of essentially the same thing.
No cruise ship from the 90s will fit that bill. They are not interesting, they're not historic, they have are a waste of resources