It was one of the first effects of the pandemic, and still shows no sign of waning.
The ship was built at the German AG Weser shipyard in Bremerhaven in 1969 as a Skyward on behalf of Norwegian Cruise Line and was the second of the units ordered in Germany by the company, together with the Starward.
The ship remained in the NCL fleet until 1991 when it was sold to Johnson Sembawang Shipmanagement and, under the new name of Shangri-La World , began sailing in Southeast Asia with departures from Singapore.
In the following years it often changed its name: Asean World in 1992, Fantasy World and from 1993 and until today Leisure World. It was acquired by Queenstown Investments Ltd in 1995 and refurbished in Jacksonville. She stayed with the company for 5 years and since 2000 has been part of the New Century Cruise Line which used it as a floating casino in Penang, Malaysia.
The Skyward was the last of the NCL ‘great classics’ to date, after all the others were dismantled in the past few years.
Leisure World alang scrapping