As part of the corona pandemic and its consequences, Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company and parent company of nine cruise brands, has already sold 15 cruise ships. It was announced last year that a total of 18 ships would be sold. After the fourth quarter figures were released, Carnival Corporation announced that the 15 ships that have already been sold will be followed by four ships. This brings the sales to 19 cruise ships.
Carnival has not mentioned which ships will be disposed of. “After the hiatus in operations, the company accelerated the removal of ships in fiscal 2020 that previously should have been sold in subsequent years,” Carnival said.
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The company now plans to decommission 19 ships, 15 of which have already left the fleet.
Among other things, four cruise ships of the Fantasy Class (watch video) of Carnival Cruise Line and four cruise ships of the Holland America Line have already been sold. AIDA Cruises, which also belongs to the Carnival Corporation, has not yet been affected by the ship sales of the American parent company.
The 19 cruise ships that have been / will be sold are believed to represent a total of 13% of the fleet’s capacity and 3% of the company’s operating income. Before the pandemic began, the Carnival Corporation brands still owned over 100 cruise ships in total.
Although the departures are now reducing capacity, it should be noted that the ships sold were cruise ships with comparatively low capacity. If you take a look at the upcoming new buildings, the capacity will increase again relatively quickly in the next few years.
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