To Be Broken Up

Covid has been responsible for a number of changes of ownership of ships in the cruising industry, and has also been the harbinger of doom for a number of ships and cruise operators as they make their final voyages to the breakers or supposedly to be repurposed as “floating hotels of accommodation ships”. We all know how that ends so I will probably end up adding those in here too. The big problem is that many ships have had multiple name changes over the years so and trying to untangle them is difficult, but I will be using the name that they were originally built with wherever possible. I will try to keep some sort of running list on this page of the many casualties of covid. 

Amongst the first casualties of covid was Sovereign of the Seas and her sister Monarch of the Seas. They were two of three sisters of what would be known as the Sovereign Class built for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Sovereign entered service on 16 January 1988 and Monarch on 11/11/1991. Both were transferred to Pullmantur Cruises and went into cold layup when Pullmantur filed for  “financial reorganization” following the covid-19 pandemic. They were both sent Turkey for breaking up in July 2020 under the names Sovereign and Monarch

Sovereign of the Seas at Nassau, Bahamas. Image by ymvf

Image by ymvf, Sovereign of the Seas Nassau Bahamas (244161813) (cropped), resized and renamed, used under CC BY 2.0. Image date 12/06/2016

Monarch of the Seas anchored infront of Coco Cay. Image by Sparrowman980

Image by Sparrowman980, Monarch of the Seas, resized and renamed, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 Image date 08/05/2012

Carnival Fantasy  was the first of the Fantasy Class of 8 ships built for Carnival Cruises and entered service in 1990.  She was beached in Aliağa, Turkey for breaking up on July 29, 2020. Ships of the class are: Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation,  Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination,  Carnival Inspiration,  Carnival Elation, and  Carnival Paradise. 

Carnival Fantasy Docked at Charleston, July 2012

Image by Ron Cogswell, ‘Carnival Fantasy’ Docked at Charleston (SC) July 2012, resized and renamed, CC BY 2.0. Image dated 10/07/2012

Carnival Inspiration: one of the Fantasy Class of ships built for Carnival Cruises. She  entered service on 22 March 1996, and was beached in Aliağa on August 5, 2020. Ships of the class are: Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation,  Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination,  Carnival Inspiration,  Carnival Elation, and  Carnival Paradise. 

Carnival Inspiration at the port of Tampa, Florida.

Image by Matthew Baker , Carnival Inspiration at the port of Tampa, Florida April 28, 2011, Resized, CC BY-SA 3.0, dated 28/04/2011

Carnival Imagination One of the Fantasy Class of ships built for Carnival Cruise Lines. She entered service in mid 1995, and she arrived at Aliağa on September 14, 2020. (No image available) 

MV Horizon Built for Celebrity Cruises, she entered service in 1990. From 2017 till 2020 she operated under the Pullmantur Banner. Along with other ships of the Pullmantur fleet she was sold when Pullmantur filed for  “financial reorganization” following the covid-19 pandemic. Expected to be broken up. 

AstorBuilt as a replacement for the 1981 Astor operated by SAFmarine she was originally meant for the Southampton-Cape Town service.  In 1988 she was acquired by The Black Sea Shipping Company and operated with them until resold. She was acquired by Cruise & Maritime Voyages in 2014 and renamed Astor once again.  Cruise & Maritime Voyages entered administration in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ship was sold at auction 15 October 2020 for breaking up.

Cruise ship MS Astor at Helsinki Katajanokka 27.4.2019

Image by Kahvilokki, 20190427 MS Astor, resized and renamed, CC BY-SA 4.0, dated 27/04/2019

MS Noordam Built 1984 for Holland America Line, she was in operation with Marella Cruises as Marella Celebration from 2017 until sold for breaking up in April 2020.

MarellaCelebration docked in Argostoli’s port 2018

Image by Kefalonia2015, MarellaCelebrationArgostoli, resized and renamed, CC BY-SA 4.0, dated 17/09/2018

Celebration: The last of the 3 Holiday class of ships built for Carnival Cruise Line in 1986, she entered service in March 1987 until 2008. From 2008 till 2014 she sailed with Ibero Cruises and then briefly for Costa before entering service with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line as MS Grand Celebration until sold for breaking up in 2020. 

Grand Celebration Rhodes 2012

Grand Celebration photo was taken by Przemysław Jahr / Wikimedia Commons, Grand Celebration Rhodes 2012 (2), resized, CC0 1.0 image dated May 2012. 

Azerbaydzhan:  the 3rd of five sister ships of the Belorussiya class  (Belorussiya, Gruziya, Azerbaizhan, Kazakhstan,  Kareliya) she was built in 1975/76 by Wärtsilä Turku shipyard as Cruise Ferry from 1975 till 1996. She then sailed as Arkadia (Arkadiya) from 1996–1997, Island Holiday from 1997–1998 and finally Enchanted Capri from 1998–2020. At the end of 2007 Enchanted Capri was totally owned by the Mexican company Demar Instaladora y Constructora and in use as an accommodation  ship for workers on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. She is to be scrapped in Coatzacoalcos.

Sister ship Belorrusiya under the name Kazahkhstan II in Durban 1994

Crown Princess. Completed from Princess Cruises and entered service on 08/07/1990. She operated under a number of names and operators, her final operator being Jalesh Cruises from early 2019 under the name Karnika. Jalesh Cruises suspended operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ship was put up for sale. Final disposition not confirmed

One of the two Princess ships designed by Renzio Piano. Image by Hugh Knapton

Carnival Fascination to be converted into floating condominiums

The three former Royal Viking sisters (Royal Viking Sea, Sky and Star) have all been sold , reportedly for further operation as floating hotels. 

Royal Viking Sea. Durban 1986. Last operated as Albatros

Black Watch. Former Royal Viking Star

Boudicca. Former Royal Viking Sky

DRW 2020 – 2021. Created 03/11/2020, updated 14/11/2020

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