Two Carnival Fantasy class ships are set to be scrapped, according to media reports Monday.
The Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration are both currently docked in Willemstad, Curacao, according to a report in Cruise Hive which said that heavy equipment is being unloaded from the ships ahead of their being scrapped.
Cruise Radio meanwhile reported that the Carnival Fantasy’s had been sold and that its next destination after Curacao will be Izmir, Turkey, not far from Aliaga, a center of the ship-scrapping business.
A Carnival spokesperson told Cruise Radio: “Our parent company, Carnival Corporation, said in its quarterly earnings call last Friday that the company was going to remove 13 ships across the corporate fleet. What ships, if any, from the Carnival Cruise Line fleet that may be involved in this capacity reduction have not been identified.”
The statement added that Carnival was not “in a position to confirm, deny or comment on speculation or rumor.”
Carnival cutting costs after heavy losses
Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said in an earnings call on Friday after the company reported a massive loss of $4.37 billion for the second quarter that the company would aggressively cut costs.
“To reduce our cash burn and have a more efficient fleet once we do resume cruising, we have aggressively shed less efficient ships,” Donald told analysts.
Last week, we reported that Spanish cruise line Pullmantur’s MS Sovereign is headed for the scrap-yard after the Spanish company – 49% owned by Royal Caribbean Group – filed for bankruptcy last month.
With a capacity of 2,850 passengers, the 73,192-ton Sovereign of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world when it sailed on its maiden voyage for Royal Caribbean on January 16, 1988 from Miami.
Carnival Fantasy which launched the Carnival Fantasy class ships – the oldest ship in the Carnival fleet
The Carnival Fantasy which launched in 1990 the Carnival Fantasy class ships in 1990 is the oldest ship in the Carnival fleet. With a capacity of 2,056, the Fantasy Class flagship was last in dry dock in 2019 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2016.
The Carnival Fantasy sailed out of Mobile, Alabama and was due to be replaced there by the Carnival Fascination in January 2022. No new port had been announced for the Carnival Fantasy.
The Carnival Inspiration, also part of Carnival’s Fantasy Class fleet, made its maiden voyage in 1996, and like the Carnival Fantasy was built in Finland. The 2,054 passenger ship, sailing out of Long Beach, California made short duration trips to Mexico. The ship was refurbished in November, 2018.