Which Cruise Ships Will Be Scrapped Or Taken Out of Service Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Yet that is precisely what is beginning to happen, due to the coronavirus pandemic.  On June 25, Francesco Ferrari, mayor
(Updated 3:44 p.m. EDT) -- Faced with declining revenues and a lack of passengers during the global COVID-10 pandemic, some cruise lines are taking an unpopular but necessary step: Selling off older vessels for scrap.

Most modern cruise ships have service lives of 40 years or more. While it is not uncommon to see cruise ships built in the 1970's and 1980's go to the breakers, older vessels are usually transferred first to another, smaller cruise operator -- a market that is often referred to as "secondhand tonnage."

It's more unusual is to see relatively young vessels head to the breakers. Yet that is precisely what is beginning to happen, due to the coronavirus pandemic. On June 25, Francesco Ferrari, mayor of Piombino, Italy revealed that Costa Cruises' Costa Victoria, built in 1996, had arrived in the city for demolition.

On July 10, Carnival Corporation stated that 13 ships would be sold off and removed from service. With the exception of Costa Victoria and P&O's Oceania, it is unknown which other vessels will leave the fleets in the next 90 days. Four of these 13 ships are sales that were previously announced.

Because cruisers can form strong attachments to their ships, Cruise Critic is not speculating on which ships could be retired or scrapped in the future months to come. Instead, only confirmed fleet departures will be posted here as they are announced.

Carnival Fantasy (1990-2020)

What Made It Special: Carnival Fantasy was revolutionary when it first debuted in 1990. It was the lead ship in Carnival's eight-vessel strong Fantasy Class that would be introduced from 1990 to 1998, becoming the largest group of passenger ships built to the same specifications at the time. Its whimsical Joe Farcus-designed interiors were wild, bright, and vibrant, and wholly unique from Carnival Fantasy's later sisters. The ship helped to spark a newbuild competition with competitor Royal Caribbean that continued until recently.

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