Carnival Cruise Line Confirms Fate of Two Fantasy-Class Ships

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Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed the fate of two Fantasy-class cruise ships and one of them is already being scrapped.

Two More Carnival Ships Have Gone!

Carnival Cruise Line has provided a new fleet update that includes the confirmation that Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination are leaving the fleet. It was also announced that four Carnival ships won’t be resuming sailings until Spring 2021, you can read more about the delays right here.

Carnival had previously announced that the two Fantasy-class vessels would be put into a long term cold lay-up but that was just a way to allow more time to finalize details on the ships being let go.

Carnival Imagination

We already knew that Carnival Imagination was being scrapped after the vessel was docked in Curacao in August to offload all important items. At Cruise Hive we’ve covered the ship extensively as she sailed across the Atlantic and now beached at the Aliaga ship breaking facility in Turkey.

Carnival Imagination will be missed by many loyal Carnival cruisers and she now awaits workers to begin cutting. The ship made her debut in 1995 and is 70,367 gross tons with a guest capacity at over 2,000 at double occupancy. Before being scrapped and the suspension of cruise operations the ship was deployed to the U.S. west coast.

Carnival Fascination

With Carnival Fascination also in a long-term lay up there was speculation the ships would follow her sister ship’s fate. Today Carnival confirmed she’s been sold and it’s likely to be scrapped at the same facility near Izmir, Turkey.

Related: 10 Reasons to Cruise on the Carnival Fascination

Right now, Carnival Fascination is rusting away at the shipyard in Cadiz, Spain and she’s being stripped of anything important. In the coming days, we’ll likely see her begin her final journey to Turkey and then beached for scrapping.

The ship made her debut in 1994 and just like Carnival Imagination is 70,367 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 2,000 along with 920 crew members. Before the suspension, the Carnival Fascination was offering Southern Caribbean cruises out of San Juan Puerto Rico.

Also Read: Which Cruise Ships are Being Scrapped or Sold Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

More Ships Being Sold

Parent company Carnival Corporations is offloading a total of 18 cruise ships across its nine brands including Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Inspiration, and Carnival Imagination are already being scrapped in Aliaga along with two former Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Some ships are also being sold from other lines as Carnival aims for more efficient fleets ready for when operations resume.

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