On Monday, a 200-foot the cruise ship, American Glory was sunk by a contractor adding to the artificial reefs that went dow off Delaware bay. The American Cruise Lines’ vessel was sunk 15 nautical miles off Indian River Inlet.

Unlike the SOS calls when a cruise ship sinks, when this cruise ship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, state leaders and agencies that led the sinking task celebrated. Old ships serve as a nesting and gathering site for fish on the bottom of the sea in this region.

The 49-passenger luxury cruise ship was lying inoperative for two years and used to service inland and coastal routes along the U.S. East Coast. It has not transmitted any AIS signal since December 2017.

Delaware artificial reef sites may not be as legendary as the Great Barrier Reef, but the local government actively promotes reefing allowing sinking of defunct ships and other usable debris in the Delaware Bay as noticed in the news feed from Delaware online.

Why reefing is beneficial

Artificial reefs provide recreational opportunities for divers and plenty of fish make it their habitat. They include species like striped bass, bluefish, and sea bass.

Delaware's famous Redbird Reef has seen hundreds of defunct New York City subway cars going down into its depths as a resting place for marine inmates and enhancing the tourist attraction.

“By adding the structure out here, you’re creating habitat for fish that don’t have a lot of habitats out there,” said John Clark, fisheries administrator for the state Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Adding to Delaware news, John noted that since the boat sits high off the bottom, fish will start swimming in and out from the former windows and make an interesting place to dive on.

The sunken cruise ship’s decks will also become an attraction to both marine creatures and underwater divers. The latter can explore passenger decks as they swim with the fish converging around the new reef element.

The Delaware water gap is also famous. Here the Delaware River cuts through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains on a gap between the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania states.

Victory Cruise releases 2020 itinerary

According to cruise news, Victory Cruise Lines has announced new deployment for the Victory I and II ships, meant for the 2020 cruise seasonfor cruises to Costa Rica, the Yucatán Peninsula, Panama, and the Southeast U.S.

The cruise line by American Queen Steamboat Company will offer 9-day and 15-day cruise deals to customers looking for American Southeast cruise ship trips.

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The Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Sky cruise ship sails out of its port on October 12, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida. Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images