A major cruise ship with only about 24 years of service has been set for demolition, a sign of the industry-changing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, cruise giant Carnival Corporation announced that it had preliminary agreements to dispose of six ships as a way to cut costs.
While the company has yet to name any of the ships, the mayor of the Italian town of Piombino shed some light on the issue.
Earlier this week, Francesco Ferrari announced on Facebook that the Costa Victoria, a Carnival-owned ship, had arrived in Piombino to be prepared for demolition.
“This morning I went to welcome this sea colossus [Costa Victoria] and his captain, Gianfranco La Fauci, to the city before the ship is embarked on the process of preparing for demolition,” he wrote in Italian.
“The port of Piombino and its industries represent an enormous potential for the development and relaunch of the city’s economy, and the arrival of this ship is another important confirmation,” he added.
In an interview with the travel news site The Points Guy earlier this month, Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald hinted at the future of some the company’s vessels.
“I’d go so far as to say it’s highly probable that you are going to see some ships actually scrapped as opposed to just moving to secondary or tertiary markets,” he said.
The Costa Victoria is a 2,394-passenger ship that features a panoramic Concorde Plaza, an indoor pool, an ultramodern Pompei Spa, and seven-deck Planetarium Atrium.
Completed in 1996, the Costa Victoria is still considered a young ship.
“A passenger ship’s design life is normally 30 years,” naval architect and ship expert Atle Ellefsen, explained to travel guide Frommer’s. But some can last a lot longer, with proper care and maintenance.
The fact that the Costa Victoria is going to be dismantled shows how much the COVID-19-caused financial crisis is affecting the cruise ship industry. It also puts an end to months of highly troubling waters.
Earlier this year, the ship, which was operated by Italian cruise line Costa Grociere, had just left Dubai when a 63-year-old female passenger tested positive for coronavirus.
After she was taken off the ship in Greece, 726 passengers had to be placed in lockdown in their cabins.
Another passenger, a 69-year-old woman, later died of coronavirus after arriving home in Australia.
Passengers were only allowed to disembark about four weeks later, when the ship docked in Civitavecchia, near Rome, on March 25 — despite the mayor saying that no passengers from the ship “will be allowed in my town,” the Agence France-Presse reported at the time.
Source: NY DAILY NEWS