MV Oceana which is operated by Carnival-owned P&O Cruises will be leaving the fleet this month after being sold.
Oceana Has Been Sold
We already know the fate of the Costa Victoria which is being scrapped after becoming the first Carnival-owned vessel to be disposed of due to the impact of the suspension of cruise operations around the globe. And another vessel will be leaving this month from P&O Cruises.
The British cruise line has confirmed on social media that MV Oceana will be leaving the fleet this month for the final time. The ship has apparently been sold and is not heading to be scrapped. That makes sense as the vessel is fairly new and was built in 1999. P&O did not detail who the buyer was at this time.
As a result of the ship being sold guests booked on future sailings have been impacted. As a result, the cruise line is offering a 125% Future Cruise Credit which will automatically be applied.
Parent company the Carnival Corporation has already announced that six vessels would be sold or scrapped before the end of 2020 and possibly even more after that. The company owns a total of nine cruise brands and P&O Cruises is the largest one of those which is based in the UK.
Oceana is the second smallest vessel in the fleet but will be the largest to date if the offload is true. This comes as the UK cruise line will soon welcome its giant P&O Iona cruise ship, the largest ever constructed for the UK market.
It does make sense that the cruise line would sell off one of its smaller vessels now that a new ship is about the join the fleet. Iona was originally scheduled to sail her maiden voyage from Southampton on May 14 but due to the global crisis, the ship has been delayed.
Oceana is 77,500 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 2,000 at double occupancy along with over 800 crew members.
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