Kari Reinikainen over at Cruise Business has in interesting rumor:
Carnival Corp & plc, the world’s largest cruise shipping group, may sell some of the older vessels in its fleet as newbuildings enter service, Chairman and CEO Micky Arison said.
Among major vessels built before 1995 in the Carnival Corp & plc fleet are all three ships of P&O Cruises (Australia); Costa neo Romantica and Costa Classica of Costa Crociere plus Grand Celebration of Iberocruceros. The eight Carnival Fantasy class vessels of Carnival Cruise Lines were built from 1990 to 1998, but the design dates back to the late 1980s.
Its only a matter of time now before Carnival starts sending the Fantasy class of vessels off to a new owner. I’d be shocked if they would be scrapped, but a smaller line in Europe or Asia would make a fine home for them.