Among the latest Carnival Cruise Line cruise ships to be sold were the sisterships ‘Carnival Fascination’ (pictured) and ‘Carnival Inspiration’.
This move is part of Carnival Corp’s plan to shed 18 less efficient ships across its brands.
Launched in 1994 and 1995 respectively, they were both put into long-term lay-up when the Covid-19 pandemic forced Carnival to halt operations last March.
They followed the sale of ‘Carnival Fantasy’ and ‘Carnival Inspiration’ in July, which have ended up at a Turkish recycling yard at Aliaga. They were recently joined by the ‘Carnival Imagination’.
‘Carnival Fascination’ was at Cadiz early last week where she had arrived from Mumbai.
“While we are sad to see ‘Carnival Fascination’ and ‘Carnival Imagination’ leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodations for our guests,” Christine Duffy, CCL President explained.
Carnival will also delay four ships from returning to service until they have undergone scheduled drydockings in the first half of 2021. These are the ‘Carnival Magic’, ‘Carnival Paradise’, ‘Carnival Valor’ and ‘Carnival Spirit’.
“This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we’ve had to reschedule required drydocks,” Duffy added. “As we continue to work through issues related to our eventual return to operations, we are committed to providing our guests and travel agent partners with certainty where we can, although we regret disappointing our guests. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them back on board soon.”
Carnival brand Princess Cruises has also confirmed the sale of the ‘Sun Princess’ and ‘Sea Princess’, to undisclosed buyers.
It was rumoured that one of vessels, possibly the ‘Sun Princess’, will join Japan Grace, the owner and operator of the Peace Boat organisation, to replace the ‘Ocean Dream’ and ‘Zenith’.