Costa’s Oldest Cruise Ship Sold to Celestyal Cruises

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Celestyal Cruises has confirmed it has purchased the neoRomantica cruise ship from Carnival-owned Costa Cruises.

Celestyal Cruises Buys neoRomantica

Costa’s neoRomantica cruise ship has been sold to Celestyal Cruises which is headquartered in Cyprus and mainly operates cruises in Greece. This is the first Costa vessel to be sold since the suspension of cruises first started in March 2020.

Cruise Hive had already reported the ship has been sold but at the time the buyer was unknown. It comes as no surprise the ship has been sold off as parent company Carnival Corp had already announced that a total of 13 vessels would be disposed of across its cruise brands.

Celestyal Cruises posted the following on social media:

We are delighted to announce the addition to our fleet of the mid-size cruise ship Costa NeoRomantica from Costa Cruises. Built in 1993 and extensively refurbished in 2012, the 1,800-guest ship will enhance the award winning Celestyal experience onboard for years to come.

Costa neoRomantica is currently the oldest ship in the Costa Cruises fleet and began service in 1993. The ship has been refurbished hugely and is fairly modern compared to other ships built around the same year. She’s the seventh vessel to be let go by Carnival Corp due to the impact on the suspension of cruise operations.

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She follows Costa Victoria which was sold and is being scrapped, four ships sold from Holland America Line and P&O Oceana sold from P&O Cruises. There are also rumors of at least one cruise ship from Carnival Cruise Line but nothing is yet official.

The new addition to the Celestyal fleet will help increase capacity and expand the cruise line. She will join Celestyal Crystal which is 25,611 gross tons and Celestyal Olympia at 37,584 gross tons. The Costa neoRomantica has a gross tonnage of over 56,700 and a passenger capacity of over 1,500.

Image Via: Celestyal Cruises

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