The ‘Phoenicia’ – Hannibal Gaddafi’s luxury cruise liner with live sharks on board
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The ‘Phoenicia’ – Hannibal Gaddafi’s luxury cruise liner with live sharks on board

Tripoli : Libya | Mar 17, 2012 at 7:59 PM PDT
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Hannibal, the 4th son of Col Gaddafi, was a man with an affinity for water. A trained seaman, he was the in-charge of Libya’s Maritime industry.

36-year old Hannibal Gaddafi was planning to own a dream luxury cruise liner 'Phoenicia' which would be capable of carrying 3500 passengers and also have sharks on board. Live sharks that would keep the guests amused.

These sharks would be swimming in a 120-tonne chamber of salty seawater water. There would have been two each of sand tiger sharks, white sharks and blacktip reef sharks.

The unique tank would be flanked by marble pillars, gold-framed mirrors, giant statues and four full-time biologists would be on duty 24X7 to attend to the sharks.

There would also be a dedicated food source in the liner itself.

However, with Hannibal Gaddafi fleeing into Algeria, the playboy cruise liner has been bought by MSC Cruises – this is one of the largest cruise liner operators in the world.

The new name of the ship would be MSC Preziosa and it would be deployed to take tourists on tours around Greek Islands from March 2013 – but, the shark tank would not be there.

That has been dismantled.

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