Empty Russian Cruise Ship (Sorta) Lost at Sea
Is it a bit like The Shining at sea?
The Russian cruise ship Lyubov Orlova is currently adrift in the North Atlantic—with no passengers, or even a crew, aboard. The 237-passenger ship—named after a Russian movie star from the 1930s and '40s—had languished in the harbor for two years at St. John's, NL, after a cancelled cruise and a lawsuit led to its falling into disrepair, and gradually becoming a Love Boat for rats. Perhaps as a result, the ship's new owners had decided to sell the ship for scrap in the Dominican Republic, but the trip to the D.R. was doomed by a series of tow boat snafus—the last being on Jan. 24 when the tow line broke in rough seas.
Transport Canada, while had been in charge of moving the ship, doesn't want to try again, given the risk to the towboats and crews. "The vessel has drifted into international waters ...and it is unlikely that the vessel will re-enter waters under Canadian jurisdiction," read a statement from the department. The ship is reportedly moving northeasterly.
Ironically, before the ship had been put out of service, it was scheduled to go on another Arctic tour. Looks like the empty ship has perhaps decided to go ahead with that plan anyway, passengers or not.
Our question to any ship-spotters out there: where do you think the Lyubov Orlova might come ashore? Any bets on how long it would take?
Katrina Brown Hunt is a regular contributor to TravelandLeisure.com.