with decreasing revenues and a lack of passengers during the global COVID-19
pandemic, some cruise line operators are taking an unpopular but necessary
step: selling off their ships or taking them out of service and recycling them.
Most modern cruise vessels have service lives of 40 years or more. It is not uncommon to see cruise ships built in the 1970s and 1980’s go to the breakers. Older vessels are often sold first to another, smaller cruise operator — a market that is often referred to as “second-hand tonnage.” However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can see now relatively young vessels to be sold or scrapped, as the cruise lines are looking to trim operational costs.
Carnival Cruise Line announced last week its
plans to gradually resume cruising in North America in August, nearly five
months after it stopped operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sailings will begin on August 1 with eight ships setting off from Galveston, Texas; Miami; Port Canaveral, Florida. The company noted they decided to resume operations at these ports as the majority of customers can easily drive to them.
According to Carnival’s website, the cruises will
sail to destinations including the Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico.
Carnival Cruise Line’s
largest ever cruise ship, Mardi Gras completed a construction milestone yesterday
when she touched water for the first time.
After Mardi Gras floated out of the dry dock, the vessel was repositioned to a new location at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland to finalize its interior and exterior outfitting, including the installation of the first roller coaster at sea, dubbed BOLT, part of the Ultimate Playground outdoor recreation area.