Cruise Radio: Long before Carnival Cruise Line thought about putting a roller coaster on top of a ship, they toyed with the idea of a monorail. Although the Carnival Pinnacle never came to pass, elements of the ship clearly influenced the direction in which the company — and indeed, the industry itself — would soon be heading.
Cruise Radio: Carnival Fantasy is officially on the rocks. The 30-year-old Carnival Cruise Line vessel was beached in Aliaga, Turkey on Wednesday morning and now awaits the deconstruction process. The ship will be cut up into pieces with the raw materials recycled.
Cruise Radio: Carnival Fantasy ended her final voyage Tuesday morning when she arrived at her final resting place. After months of speculation about the ship’s fate — and only days after Carnival Cruise Line confirmed it had been sold — the Fantasy dropped anchor one last time in Aliaga, Turkey in the Aegean Sea. Aliaga is home to one of the world’s leading cruise ship scrapyards.
World of Cruising: 2022 may seem like a long way off, but with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic having put a stop to the majority of cruises in 2020 and beyond due to the global suspension of sailings, Carnival Cruise Line has taken this opportunity to plan ahead for its 50th birthday. To mark this impressive milestone, the US-based cruise line, which has become well-known for its playful and fun-loving spirit, is planning a series of events and commemorative sailings featuring special entertainment and itineraries.
Cruise Radio: Although Carnival Cruise Line initially issued a statement saying they would neither confirm nor deny the Carnival Fantasy‘s fate, the writing on the wall could not be clearer: The ship is currently sailing across the Atlantic, headed for Izmir, Turkey, home to one of the world’s largest scrap yards for maritime vessels. A week later, the cruise line confirmed the sale of the vessel on July 23, 2020.
Cruise Critic: The Fantasy Class ships were built between 1990 and 1998 and launched Carnival into the modern era of Fun Ship cruising. Originally dubbed “SuperLiners”, these vessels were iconic Carnival, complete with their ‘love-it-or-hate-it’ over the top décor designed by the line’s long-term designer, Joe Farcus. As with the departure of Holland America Line’s four vessels earlier this month, Cruise Critic readers gathered on the message boards to share remembrances of these classic Carnival vessels.
CIN: Carnival Cruise Line today announced it had sold the Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration. A buyer was not named. Meanwhile, the Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination will move to a long term lay-up status, with no specific timeline identified for a return to operation. The company also announced that its second Excel-class ship will join the fleet in November 2022 from Meyer Turku and sail out of PortMiami as previously announced.
Travel Agent Central: In new photos released today, Carnival Cruise Line showed that construction on its new 5,282-passenger Mardi Gras is progressing at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The 180,000-ton ship is scheduled for a February 2021 debut. Carnival said workers have installed nearly 800 feet of suspended track for BOLT, the cruise industry’s first roller coaster at sea.
Long Beach Post: The Carnival Inspiration, one of three Long Beach-based cruise ships operated by the Carnival Corporation, could be en route to a scrapyard in Turkey, although the destination remains unconfirmed by the company. Industry news website Cruise Radio was the first to report two days ago the Inspiration had filed a voyage plan for Izmir, Turkey, near the site of a major ship scrapyard and recycling facility. Online tracking website Vessel Finder shows the Inspiration is expected to arrive in Izmir on Aug. 3.
CIN: Carnival Cruise Line is in the final stages of repatriating its crew and nations across the Caribbean and Latin America have played a critical role in helping shipboard personnel return home, the cruise company said. Countries across the region, including The Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Curacao, Mexico, Panama, St. Maarten and Nicaragua, have assisted in the repatriation effort through seaport operations as well as helping to facilitate the safe and efficient transfer of crew via chartered and commercial aircraft and as ground transportation.