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Where are they now? Recent cruise ship sales/buyers

From left, Sun Princess is going to Peace Boat, Bremen to Scylla for VIVA Cruises and, among ships at the breakers, Carnival Fantasy in Turkey, alongside a Pullmantur vessel
Given the flurry of recent cruise ship sales, Seatrade Cruise News presents this tally of sellers and buyers.

Ships from a dozen brands have gone to a variety of buyers. Some are to begin new chapters under service for operators like Celestyal Cruises, China joint venture CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping, Dreamliner Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Peace Boat, Seajets and VIVA Cruises. Others will become accommodation vessels, and some are meeting their end at the breakers, being recycled.

This list has 17 of the ships from Carnival Corp. & plc in what the company recently said would amount to 18 ships exiting, including four announced prior to fiscal 2020.

As well, the vessels of insolvent Cruise & Maritime Voyages, going to auction in October, are included here.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Fantasy (1990), Inspiration (1996), Imagination (1995) to the breakers in Turkey. Fascination (1994) fate unclear.

Costa Cruises

Costa Victoria (1996) to San Giorgio del Porto, fate unclear; Costa neoRomantica (1993, Costa Romantica) to Celestyal Cruises, renamed Celestyal Experience.

Costa Atlantica (2000) transferred to CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping, a joint venture between Carnival Corp. & plc and China State Shipbuilding Corp. Costa Mediterranea (2003) is going to this venture, as well. 

Holland America Line

Amsterdam (2000) and Rotterdam (1997) to Fred. Olsen, renamed Bolette and Borealis, respectively. Maasdam (1993) and Veendam (1996) to Seajets as Aegean Myth and Aegean Majesty, respectively.

P&O Cruises

Oceania (2000, Ocean Princess) to Seajets, renamed Queen of the Oceans.

P&O Cruises Australia

Pacific Dawn (1991, Regal Princess) to an undisclosed buyer. Pacific Aria (1994, Ryndam), fate unknown. Both ships were to go to Cruise & Maritime Voyages as Amy Johnson and Ida Pfeiffer prior to CMV's insolvency; subsequently a new buyer was found for Pacific Dawn; no update on Pacific Aria.

Princess Cruises

Sun Princess (1995) to Peace Boat and Sea Princess (1997), buyer unknown.


Sovereign (1988, Sovereign of the Seas) and Monarch (1991, Monarch of the Seas) to the breakers in Turkey. Zenith (1992) to Peace Boat.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Bremen (1990, Frontier Spirit) to Scylla AG for VIVA Cruises as Seaventure.

FTI Cruises

Berlin (1980) to Royalton Investment for Dreamliner Cruises.

Fred. Olsen

Black Watch (1972, Royal Viking Star) and Boudicca (1973, Royal Viking Sea) to Turkey as accommodations vessels.

Magna Carta Steamship Co.

Lord of the Glens (1985, Victoria) to HP Shipping Ltd. for Hebridean Island Cruises.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (Global Maritime Group)

Astor (1987), Columbus (1989, Star Princess), Magellan (1985, Holiday), Marco Polo (1965, Alexandr Pushkin) and Vasco da Gama (1993, Statendam) are to be auctioned in October.

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