Though what happened to the RMS Titanic certainly is tragic, there are many people now concerned about its fate as a historical relic. While there’s a good chance that it’s probably not going to get raised back to the surface anytime soon from the ocean depths it sank to, some companies have proposed ideas for raising it or even sold pieces of it on the market much to the unhappiness of historians and the relatives of those who survived the tragedy. In fact, there’s even a successor vessel dubbed Titanic II that’s currently being developed. But imagine if the Titanic didn’t sink. Would anyone care about it then?

Probably, given that it was the largest ship built at the time and therefore considered an impressive feat of engineering. Yet if the Titanic continued to stay in service long after the incident when it sank, there are several possibilities for what might have happened to it by now. At best, the ship would’ve gone through several renovations and eventually been decommissioned after getting too old. Though other potential fates include being taken to a ship scrapyard, or any another disaster that might have caused it to sink in a different way. Such are the fates that these other cruise ships share, who are either scheduled for renovation being decommissioned or torn apart for scrap metal.

24 Tropicale - A Ship for Peace

Better known now as the Ocean Dream, this was the first cruise ship that was custom made for the Carnival Cruise Line according to Cruise Fever. After being constructed in the 1980s, it along with many other ships helped reignite interest in cruises which had been in decline due to naval disasters like the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the RMS Lusitania three years after. Then after 19 years of service, Cruise Fever states, the Tropicale was “Sold to Costa” and is now part of Peace Boat, a humanitarian group that seeks to raise awareness through voluntary cruises.

23 Monarch of the Seas - Given a Different Name

Built in the early 90s, this was one of three ships that were built around the same time by Royal Caribbean Cruises. Known collectively as the Sovereign Class, they were the world’s earliest “Mega-Ships” which is an informal name for improved versions of regular cruise liners that became more common later on. But what makes the Monarch of the Seas particularly special is that it was “The first major cruise ship to be captained by a woman” as stated by Cruise Fever. For reasons such as this, this ship is still in operation now known as the MS Monarch.

22 SS United States - Stuck in Limbo

Though the RMS Titanic was the largest ship built at the beginning of the Twentieth century, the SS United States is reputed to be approximately “100 feet longer than the Titanic” according to Fox News. Constructed in the 1950s, it was one of America’s most prominent cruise ships due to being the largest one built in the country. Nowadays, it’s sitting in a shipyard on the shores of Philadelphia rusting away. While there is a conservation group that’s trying to raise money in order to properly restore the ship and make it seaworthy again, there’s no certainty this will happen.

21 USS Constitution - Saved by the Copper

Affectionately called “Old Ironsides,” this is considerably “The world’s oldest commissioned warship” that’s still floating to this day according to NBC News. Though every couple of decades, it has to be docked in Boston for repairs. First commissioned by George Washington, NBC News states, it was launched in the year 1797 and became famous for the victories it accumulated in the War of 1812. While it was launched with several other vessels of a similar model, this is the only one left around. Then during last year’s repairs, the Constitution was lined with “2,200 new copper sheets” says NBC News.

20 SS Delphine - Restored

Having made its debut in 1921, this is considered to be “The largest steam yacht built in the US” as claimed by SuperYacht World magazine. Plus, it was originally owned by one of the co-founders of the Dodge car company. While it was privately owned for the most part, the ship did get claimed by the US Navy to be used during WWII and miraculously survived according to SuperYacht World. Then it was sold for scrap in the 90s, before undergoing major restoration in Belgium. Afterwards, new owners acquired the ship which looks the same as before.

19 SS Catalina - Sitting Around for Years

Also known as the Great White Steamer, it served as the main method of transportation between the Wilmington neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles and the offshore Santa Catalina Island (where the city of Avalon resides) for several decades. That is, until smaller ferries entered the picture giving this ship tough competition. Then after the ship retired, it “Sat unused for two years” according to the Los Angeles Times before eventually being taken to Mexico for scrapping in 2009. This was despite attempts to save the ship, and even turn it into a tourist attraction, which ultimately fell through.

18 MS Insignia - Scheduled for Renovation

Built in 1998 according to USA Today, this ship was originally part of the Renaissance Cruises line of ships. Then after Renaissance Cruises fell under, it was sold to Oceania Cruises and given the name Insignia (though its original name was MS R One). While it has remained in service to this day, there was an incident that put its future in jeopardy. This happened in December of 2014 when an engine room fire occurred on the ship as stated by the Cruise Arabia & Africa blog. Despite a few casualties, the ship was repaired and is now undergoing major renovation.

17 MS Marco Polo - Up for Sale (Maybe)

Originally called the Aleksandr Pushkin, after a Russian poet of the same name, it was built in 1965 by the Baltic Shipping Company as stated by CruiseBe. The original intention for this ship, and many others like it, was to not only be a passenger ship but also to carry troops if need be given that the ship was built at the height of the Cold War. Yet “20 years later,” CruiseBe says, the ship was significantly renovated and renamed the Marco Polo. After going through different cruise companies, this ship was supposedly put up for sale on the web.

16 Saga Sapphire - A Final Voyage to the Fjords

Though it was originally built in the 1980s, this vessel has gone through multiple name changes after being sold and owned by several companies. Five, to be exact. So as one might imagine, the ship would presumably have five different names. But it’s actually had six, as it was renamed twice under one company. Namely, Star Cruises where it was called SuperStar Europe and then SuperStar Aries. Currently, though, it’s called the Saga Sapphire and owned by Saga Cruises. Yet in a recent article posted on Cruise Industry News’ website, the Saga Sapphire final voyage will happen in 2020 to Norway.

15 MS Vistafjord - Repainted Time and Again

Also known as the Norwegian America Line (or NAL for short), this was arguably one of the last traditionally built cruise ships according to Maritime Matters. As a result, the amount of passengers it could carry was relatively limited compared to the much larger modern ships that started cropping up following the Vistafjord construction in the 1970s. So it passed from company to company, falling under different names and being repainted multiple times. The ship in the above picture, for instance, was when the Vistafjord was renamed the Saga Ruby before it retired in 2014 as stated by Maritime Matters.

14 SS Norway - Recycled from An Older Ship

Renamed The Blue Lady before being turned into scrap metal, this ship was actually the refitted version of another ship called the SS France. At the time of its construction in the 1960s, the SS France was “The third largest vessel in service” and “The longest ocean liner ever constructed” according to Traditional Boats & Tall Ships Magazine. Then after a decade of service, it was sold to a different company and called the Norway. While it was still considerably popular, an onboard explosion that occurred in 2003 forced the ship to quickly retire afterward Traditional Boats & Tall Ships Magazine states.

13 Oriana - An Unceremonious End

Before it was whittled down, this ship had quite the history. Launched in 1959, according to Seadogs Reunited, the SS Oriana’s name was meant to be an allusion to Queen Elizabeth I (who was coronated exactly four hundred years prior to that date). It was a nickname given to her by Renaissance poets, and the name of a character in Amadís de Gaula, a chivalric romance from Spain. As for the ship, she was one of P&O Lines most prominent ships before being converted into a hotel and then a tropical storm in 2004 caused significant damage to it.

12 Mardi Gras - Carnival’s First Ship

When this ship first set sail in 1972 from Miami, Florida, the Mardi Gras actually “Ran aground on a sandbar” according to Cruise Fever. While this could be seen as a novice mistake, it might have to do with the fact that the Mardi Gras was actually the updated version of another vessel called the Empress of Canada which had been built roughly a decade earlier and sold to Carnival Cruise Lines. Yet even after 21 years of service, Cruise Fever says, the Mardi Gras was sold to yet another cruise company before being converted into scrap metal in 2003.

11 Princess Daphne - False Alarm

Though it was rumored to be heading back into service at some point, this ship was officially taken to an Indian scrapyard in 2014 according to Maritime Matters. But before that, the Princess Daphne was originally a cargo ship called the Port Sydney. Built in 1955, Maritime Matters says, she went through several different companies before being converted into a medium-sized cruise ship called Daphne. Then after many name changes, it was renamed Princess Daphne after being bought by Classic International Cruises (or CIC for short). When CIC went broke, though, the Princess Daphne was brought to Alang, India.

10 Song of Norway - A Gambler’s Heaven

While it has undergone multiple name changes in all the time it’s been in service, which spans over 40 years, this ship is more famously known for one thing: being the “Very first cruise ship” that was built for the Royal Caribbean Cruises according to Cruise Fever. Yet after almost 30 years of serving in the Royal Caribbean fleet, it was sold to a variety of different companies which in turn led to the multiple name changes. Then towards the end, Cruise Fever says this ship served as “A gambling ship” for several years before ultimately being turned to scrap.

9 Achille Lauro - Hijacked

Of all the cruise ships discussed in the article thus far, this one has definitely been through quite a lot. In the late 40s, for instance, it was “Used to carry passengers and cargo back and forth from the Netherlands to the East Indies” according to HISTORY. Then it was turned into a cruise ship during the 60s where it acquired its name. Afterwards, several incidents occurred around this vessel including a famous hijacking in 1985 and then it caught fire almost ten years later sinking “To the bottom of the sea near Somalia” HISTORY states. Talk about bad luck!

8 MS Marella Dream - Could Use Some Cleaning

While this vessel is still in service to this day, it’s definitely starting to show its age. Originally launched in 1986, according to CruiseMapper, it was passed through many companies and thus had its name changed a lot. The ship was also lengthened considerably and refurbished around the early 2000s. In fact, the company that currently owns it recently changed its name from Thomson Cruises to Marella Cruises. British in origin, this company is said to hold “1% market share of worldwide cruise industry” as stated by CruiseMapper making it a significant player in the global market of cruise liners.

7 Queen Mary - Slowly Deteriorating

Known for being haunted, this floating hotel was once a functioning boat that operated for several decades. Built during the Great Depression (aka the 1930s), it was originally going to be called the Queen Victoria but the name was changed right before its maiden voyage according to TheQueen Mary’s official website. Then after it retired in the 1960s, there have been more people onboard compared to when it was active. However, a recent survey reports that the Queen Mary has significantly deteriorated to the point where “Any major flooding could actually cause it to sink” as summarized by Curbed LA.

6 TSS Duke of Lancaster - Stuck on a Beach

Located in Wales, this permanently beached vessel was once a passenger ship that operated from the 1950s to the 70s. Then in the mid-80s, there were plans to turn it into a dry-docked “Fun Ship” according to North Wales Live. However, this ultimately didn’t come to fruition so it’s been docked for many years getting covered in graffiti. Then as the above picture shows, the graffiti was covered up in black paint which occurred last year. But the strangest part is “Neither the ship’s owner John Rowley, nor Flintshire Council” know who was responsible North Wales Live states.

5 MS Henna - Losing Money

Created by a Chinese shipping company, it was considered to be “The first and the largest luxury cruise liner in mainland China” since its launch in the 1980s CruiseMapper states. Yet throughout its history, this ship was losing money for the various companies that owned it. This was due to several external factors, such as a storm that injured many guests in 2008. But the main reason it lost money was because it couldn’t compete with the “2015 arrival of more (newer and bigger) ships entering China cruising market” according to CruiseMapper. So last year, the ship was unfortunately scrapped.