Originally posted by MV Augustus:
You must realize that when NCL supposely claimed to have owned the SS United States, they wanted to replace the entire engineroom with a new disel plant, which would wipe out the ship's history. So far, they haven't done anything to the Big U. They never will.
You comparing the Big U to a warship, which it's not. If the ship can be refurblished into a 5-Star Hotel and Museum in NYC, It'll do very well because the hotel portion of the ship would generate revenue, as well as a small maritime/hotel/cullunary training academy onboard.
As you might have seen, most of the steamships are going to the scrapyard, because its much cheaper to build a new ship at the moment than to maintain an old one, thanks in part to the easy access to new fiancing(loans). But I have a feeling that all the building of new ships that we've seen will slowly come to an end because it'll cause an over stuation in the market, and some of the cruise companies will have a lot of debt that they can't pay off on time. Because they will be too many ships going after the same type of passengers, their profit margins will decline or stagnate.
I'll agree about financing being available for for new cruise ships. The financial instutions, be it banks or investors, anticipate many years of operating profits to pay off their loan, as do the cruise lines. So why will they not raise the resources for a ship being preserved? I suggest the main reason is that none have ever made a profit, nor paid its way financially without major government support, not even the venerable Queen Mary in Long Beach. It's owned by the city as are all the other ships on this list are owned by some form of local government supported financially by the taxpayers.
I don't think you'll ever find enough private financing to preserve a ship. That's the reason I have continued to suggest putting the SS Norway or the SS US back into commercial service in some form. A stationary floating casino and hotel should be able to pay for it's upkeep and conversion. But then, wouldn't converting a barge into one be cheaper, generating more profits? Therefore, I continue to suggest placing both back into service as cruise ships, with propulsion capable of sailing to many islands. A thing a barge can not do.
What NCL plans are for the SSUS I don't know. I think it would be a tradegy if they removed its boilers. They removed half the boilers from the SS Norway, and now it sits on an Alang beach. I wonder what NCL would have done if the boilers removed in 1980 were still available for use in 2003?