Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

The Years When Cruising Stopped

10 May at 11.00 am - 12.00 pm


Cruising had enjoyed unparalleled growth worldwide, with 2019 seeing more cruise ships enter service than ever before. But the COVID-19 pandemic brought the cruise industry to a standstill, leading to significant difficulties as over 300 cruise ships were laid up worldwide.

Trace the story of the global cruise shutdown with Maritime History Author, Chris Frame. From the initial interruptions caused by border closures to the global cruise pause and mothballing of the world’s fleet of cruise ships, the lecture explores how cruise ships were deactivated and where the ’empty’ ships were stored. It looks at the numerous ships that were scrapped during the shutdown. We also explore what happens behind the scenes aboard a deactivated cruise ship – and who is aboard to keep the ship safe and ready to resume cruising in the future.

Chris was working as a guest lecturer aboard Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 when the cruise pause commenced in March 2020, and will be sharing some first-hand experiences in this lecture.


10 May
11.00 am - 12.00 pm
Event Categories:


Seville Grove Library
78 Champion Drive
Seville Grove, Western Australia 6112 Australia
+ Google Map
08 9394 5800
View Venue Website