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Costa Victoria To Be Scrapped

June 27, 2020
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(Image courtesy Costa Cruises)

From the Maritime Executive:

In recent days the Italian media had been reporting that one of Carnival Corporation’s lines, Costa Cruises, had already sold its ship the Costa Victoria to become an accommodation ship at one of Italy’s shipyards.

However, in a surprise announcement, the mayor of Piombino, Italy Francesco Ferrari, announced that the ship had arrived at the Tuscan port to be dismantled. Introduced in 1996, the 75,000 gross ton ship had been an active part of the Costa fleet up until cruise operations were suspended in March…

The full Maritime Executive article – HERE

Malcolm says: This is no surprise really. The cruise lines will want to offload old tonnage in this difficult financial environment, caused by the Coronavirus, but who would want to buy a second-hand cruise ship at the moment?

Contrary to what the article says ‘Costa Victoria’, at twenty-four years old, cannot be regarded as ‘modern’. The big lines often don’t tend to operate ship much older than this. She is 75,166 gross tonnes, so medium sized by today’s standards – but hardly small. She  accommodated up to 2,394 passengers.

Did you know that Victoria is a sister of NCL’s ‘Norwegian Sky’ (1999), which was built for Costa, but re-assigned before delivery. ‘Sky’ is currently still in service with NCL.

I believe P&O’s Aurora may be next on the hit list, at twenty years old. (See HERE)