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.
It was announced that the 1965 built Marco Polo would be sent for breaking up at Alang and was due to arrive near to mid January. Originally built as Aleksandr Pushkin by Mathias-Thesen-Werft, East Germany as for the Soviet Union’s Baltic Shipping Company. After major alterations and additions, the ship sailed as Marco Polo for Orient Lines from 1993 to 2020 for a variety of owners, she had a loyal following and was a very popular ship. The collapse of Cruise and Maritime Voyages in 2020 put an end to her very successful career. She will be sadly missed.
The 1981 built Tropicale was sold to breakers and beached on 1 January 2021 at Alang. From 2008 till 2020 the ship was under the name Ocean Dream for Pulmantur and Peace Boat. She will be remembred as the first newbuild for the fledgling Carnival Cruises.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Astor. Built 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.
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.
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.
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
The view of Aliaga from space courtesy of Google Earth, Image from September 2020.
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.
DRW 2020 – 2021. Created 03/11/2020, updated 14/11/2020