This follows an announcement by Pullmantur Cruises, which had been operating the cruise ship since 2013, that it had filed for bankruptcy on 22 June.

The company put Monarch and its sister ship, Sovereign, up for sale, but no one bought them. Therefore, the ships were taken to Aliaga, Turkey, where they are due to be dismantled soon.

Last week, the Monarch arrived in Turkey and on 22 July it was beached. Sovereign had arrived on 20 July.