A carnival ship named for crashing in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis

(CNN) – The main cruise ship with only 23 years of service is destined for a pile of rubbish amid a coronavirus crash for the leisure shipping industry.

Following the announcement by the shipping corporation Carnival, that it expected the removal of several vessels from its fleet, it was revealed that one of them could be Costa Victoria, a ship with a capacity of 2,394 passengers that debuted in 1996.

Although Carnival has not yet identified any of the ships set up for dismantling, the fate of Costa Victoria has been called into question when the mayor of the Italian city of Piombino, Francesco Ferrari, posted on Facebook that the ship had arrived there to prepare for demolition.

Ferrari said it welcomed ship captain Gianfranco La Fauci to the city on Tuesday morning and celebrated the moment as a step forward in Piombino’s economic recovery.

Costa Victoria was in the middle of sailing when the Covid-19 pandemic hit earlier this year. The 827-foot ship arrived in Civitavecchia, Italy, on March 25, where passengers were quarantined.

Earlier in the voyage, the passenger tested positive for coronavirus and disembarked from a ship in Greece. Another passenger died from Covid-19 upon returning home from Italy to Australia.

‘Negative impacts’

Passengers on the Costa Victoria are waiting to disembark after the ship docks in the Italian port of Civitavecchia, in March.

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“The company already has preliminary agreements to take care of the six ships expected to leave the fleet in the next 90 days and is currently working to reach additional agreements,” the statement said.

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Carneval also discussed the economic impact of a series of canceled cruises in the report.

“The break in guest operations continues to have significant negative impacts on all aspects of the company’s operations. The longer the break in guest operations, the greater the impact on the company’s liquidity and financial position.”

The statement said Carnival expects “a gradual re-entry of its ships, removal of capacity from its fleet and delays in the delivery of new ships”.

To CNN Travel to confirm whether Costa Victoria is one of the ships that should be sold, Carnival Corporation spokesman Roger Frizzell said: “We have not yet released names or any details regarding the six ships.”

When the cruise ships retreat

Costa Victoria in the port of Civitavecchia on March 25, 2020.

Costa Victoria in the port of Civitavecchia on March 25, 2020.

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It’s not the right time for the cruise industry: cruises are canceled over the summer after Covid-19-induced wide-range sailing.

Usually, if a big-name brand like Carnival decides the boat is no longer needed, they will probably sell it to a smaller company that will rebrand the boat. The ship could then sail for years to come.

But in the current climate, crucial companies are not so likely to invest in new vessels.

Embark on a cruise and sea voyage (CMV), a British cruise company that operates several older ships, originally built for other cruisers.

The fleet includes MV Vasco da Gama – which arrived on the headlines back in March, when passengers were quarantined on the Australian island of Rottnest after the pandemic. Vasco da Gama, built in 1993, was previously an American Statendam and P&O cruise in the Australian Pacific.

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The CMV is also operated by a 1965 Marco Polo, plus the MV Astoria, the oldest cruise ship in operation dating back to 1948. The Astoria was due to retire this year.

CMV also operates the former carnival ship MS Magellan, formerly known as Carnival Holiday.

United Kingdom Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) announced Monday that it seized five CMV ships, including Vasco da Gama, Astoria and Marco Polo, for concerns about the welfare of the crew and delays in the payment of wages.

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