The Antares Experience, formerly known as Costa neoRomantica and Celestyal Experience, is being scrapped at the Pakistani Gadani Ship Breaking Yard.
The ship was originally launched as the Romantica in the 1990s and was renamed the neoRomantica after Costa gave it a € 90 million upgrade in 2011-2012 adding two half decks, cabins and additional balcony-equipped accommodations.
Celestyal Cruises received the ship in the summer of 2020 and renamed it the Celestyal Experience. The 1,800-guest ship immediately became the largest in the company’s fleet but sadly never set sail.
It was expected to begin its services on March 5, 2022, with the itinerary of the Three Continents of seven nights, with a stopover in Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Cyprus. However, those operational plans were quickly scrapped as the pandemic showed no signs of stopping, and Celestyal released a statement regarding the sale of the ship , at the time to an undisclosed buyer. The vessel briefly resurfaced as the Antares Experience.