Published: September 18, 2020 - 12:01 AM
Number of Ships At Turkish Shipyard Expected to Grow as Other Ships For Scrapping Are Revealed. Pictured Mare (ex Marella Celebration).
In a effort to raise much needed cash and prepare for a much different cruise industry, Carnival Corporation has announced further fleet reductions. Having funded an aggressive multi-decade expansion program, acquiring other cruise lines, building new ships and leading the industry, Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise company in the world, was left in a difficult position when the unprecedented pandemic hit. The Company is now in a position where it needs to raise cash and eliminate inefficient ships to deal with a virus that has wreaked havoc on the cruise industry. Remember these ships were profitable before the pandemic, sailing at full capacity and driving fleet expansion due to unprecedented demand. This demand totally vaporized overnight in March/April when the Coronavirus struck.
The Ship Breaking Yard in Aliaga Turkey has released a slide which shows that additional ships are expected to arrived and be dismantled at their facilities in late September / October. The ships shown in the PowerPoint slide shows the Carnival Imagination, Carnival Fascination, Marella Celebration (under the name Mare - Formerly Holland America's Noordam) and Pullmantur's Horizon (ex Celebrity Cruises' Horizon).
The Marella Celebration is currently laid up in Elefsis, Greece (anchorage) along with the Horizon. The two ships may me tied up side by side along with 2 floating oil refineries - probably all destined for the Beaches of Aliaga for scrapping.
The Carnival Imagination arrived in Aliaga Turkey September 13 and was beached on 9/16/2020 next to the Carnival Fantasy. The Carnival Imagination for several years has been based in Long Beach, operating three-and-four-night cruises to Baja Mexico.
The Carnival Fascination remains tied up in Cadiz, Spain but expected to move into the Med later this month/early-mid next month. The 1994-built Carnival Fascination had home-ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it sailed 7-day voyages to the eastern and Southern Caribbean. While a buyer wasn't announced, it is expected the ship was sold to ship breakers in Turkey.
Already in Aliaga and partially dismantled are the Sovereign (ex Sovereign of the Seas), Monarch (ex Monarch of the Seas), Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration.
Here is a video on Twitter that shows the beaching of the Carnival Fantasy at Aliaga Turkey - Carnival Fantasy Beaching Aliaga Turkey
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