A Carnival cruise ship named for its demolition during the Covid-19 crisis

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(CNN) – A major cruise liner with only 23 years of service has been set aside for the scrap heap in the midst of a coronavirus downturn for the recreational boating industry.After cruise giant Carnival Corporation announced that it plans to remove several vessels from its fleet, it became apparent that one of them could be the Costa Victoria, a vessel with a capacity of 2,394 passengers. which debuted in 1996.

Although Carnival has yet to identify any of the ships ready to be decommissioned, the fate of the Costa Victoria was questioned when the mayor of the Italian town of Piombino, Francesco Ferrari, announced on Facebook that the ship was arrived there to be ready for demolition.

Ferrari said it welcomed the captain of the ship, Gianfranco La Fauci, to the city on Tuesday morning and celebrated the moment as a step forward in Piombino’s economic recovery.

Costa Victoria was in the middle of the trip when the Covid-19 pandemic struck earlier this year. The 827-foot ship arrived in Civitavecchia, Italy, on March 25, where the passengers were quarantined.

Earlier in the trip, a passenger had tested positive for the coronavirus and had left the ship in Greece. Another passenger died of Covid-19 on his return from Italy to Australia.

“Negative impacts”

Passengers on the Costa Victoria awaiting disembarkation after the ship docked at the Italian port of Civitavecchia in March.

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“The company already has preliminary agreements for the sale of six vessels that are expected to leave the fleet within the next 90 days and are currently working on new agreements,” the statement said.

In the report, Carnival also discussed the economic impact of a series of canceled cruises.

“The pause in customer operations continues to have significant negative impacts on all aspects of the business. The longer the break in customer transactions, the greater the impact on the company’s liquidity and financial condition. “

The statement said Carnival expected “a gradual re-entry of its vessels, the removal of fleet capacity and delays in the delivery of new vessels.”

Contacted by CNN Travel to confirm if Costa Victoria was one of the ships for sale, Carnival Corporation spokesman Roger Frizzell said, “We have not yet announced the names or details of the six ships to this stage. “

When cruise ships retire

Costa Victoria at the port of Civitavecchia on March 25, 2020.

Costa Victoria at the port of Civitavecchia on March 25, 2020.

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This is not a good time for the cruise industry: cruises are canceled during the summer following the widespread cruise shutdown induced by Covid-19.

Usually, if a big brand like Carnival decides that a ship is no longer needed, it will likely sell it to a small company that will rename the ship. The ship could then sail for years.

But in the current climate, cruise lines are less likely to invest in new ships.

Take Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), a British cruise company that operates several older ships originally built for other cruise lines.

The fleet includes the MV Vasco da Gama – which hit the headlines in March when the passengers were quarantined on the Australian island of Rottnest in the wake of the pandemic. Vasco da Gama, built in 1993, was previously Statendam of Holland America and Pacific Eden of P&O Cruises Australia.

CMV also operated the Marco Polo, from 1965, as well as the MV Astoria, the oldest active cruise ship dating from 1948. Astoria was due to retire this year.

CMV also operates a former Carnival ship, the MS Magellan, previously known as Carnival Holiday.

The British Maritime and Coastal Agency (MCA) announced on Monday that it had sequestered five CMV vessels, including Vasco da Gama, Astoria and Marco Polo, due to concerns about crew well-being and late payment of wages.

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