Cruise Ship Changes & Movement 2020
Updated July 21st, 2020:
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) was placed into administration on 20 July 2020. P&O Australia Pacific Dawn & Pacific Aria were scheduled to transfer to CMV as Amy Johnson & Ida Pfeiffer. CMV had five second-hand ships in operation, some of them, such as the Vasco da Gama - a former Holland America & P&O Australia - ship might find a suitable buyer. Some other might be heading to a scrapyard. According to a company statement, "at present the Administrators are evaluating SQTL’s financial position." All future sailings for the company have been canceled.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, a subsidiary of TUI Group has stated that “The conditions on board [MS Bremen] currently do not allow the applicable social distancing and hygiene rules to be implemented. So, it's goodbye,”.
The table below has been updated.
As the Cruise Market received 2020, financial expectations for all carriers were high as it was expected for the industry to keep the growing trend it had had so far. However, back in February, when Diamond Princess had the first significant outbreak of COVID-19 outside of China, the unfortunate situation that the industry would face was still uncertain. The situation continues to be unpredictable, affecting cruise lines globally. While this was unforeseen, cruise lines are taking this opportunity to redesign their products, and there has been significant movement in the cruise ship market recently.
The first Cruise Line to potentially disappear due to the Pandemic is the Spanish subsidiary of RCCL - Pullmantur. Back in June, they filed for insolvency and sent their three ships to a shipyard in Italy where the crew has reported that the valuables - such as equipment, furniture & decorations - are being removed to move the vessels to cold lay-up. Once in cold lay-up, the ships will most likely be scrapped. There are some speculations out there claiming that RCCL will take full ownership of the Cruise Line; however, this is still unconfirmed. If Pullmantur survives, RCCL will likely transfer ships from its other brands - Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara, or Silversea Cruises. Royal Caribbean announced last October that Grandeur of the Seas would move to Pullmantur for the summer 2021 season. It is important to note that Pullmantur has been removed from the RCCL Corporate website.
The second most affected Cruise Line is Holland America Line, which sold four out of its fourteen ships in pairs. Amsterdam and Rotterdam are scheduled to transfer to Fred Olsen Cruises during the fall of 2020 and will be named Bolette & Borealis accordingly. Maasdam and Veendam were sold to an undisclosed buyer who might be either Azamara or Oceana; this is still unconfirmed as well. Holland America States that the line has a bright future ahead, and the inaugural voyage of Ms Ryndam is scheduled for June 1st, 2021.
Costa Cruises had already announced that Costa Victoria would be leaving the fleet. The first speculations indicated that the ship would be used as a hotel for contractors in a shipyard in Italy; however, as the vessel arrived at Piombino on June 23rd, it was confirmed that the ship would be demolished. On July 16th, it was announced that Costa neoRomantica would leave the fleet as well, with a more promising future than Victoria as she is scheduled to join the Greek Cruise Line, Celestyal Cruises. All details regarding the date and new ship's name yet to be announced.
On the other hand, Carnival Fantasy & Carnival Inspiration are likely to be scrapped as they have been spotted offloading valuable equipment in Curaçao. Carnival's new flagship, Carnival Mardi Gras, originally scheduled to join the fleet on August 31st, 2020, will now debut on February 6th, 2021. Mardi Gras will be the first vessel to feature a roller coaster at sea.
P&O UK announced earlier this month that P&O Oceana, a sun-class vessel built in 2000, has been sold to an undisclosed buyer and will leave the fleet. On a statement, P&O UK states that "Whilst we will all miss Oceana, her departure allows us to focus on our remaining ships and the delivery of Iona, followed by Iona's sister ship scheduled for 2022."
P&O Australia had already planned for Pacific Dawn & Pacific Aria to leave the fleet and were sold to CMV. Pacific Dawn, the former Regal Princess, will become CMV's new flagship and will be named Amy Johnson. Pacific Aria, the former Ryndam, will become CMV Ida Pfeiffer. P&O Australia announced recently that both ships will be leaving the fleet earlier than scheduled. Pacific Dawn's final cruise will be on February 8th, 2021, and Pacific Aria's last cruise will be on April 9th, 2021. The transfer of Golden Princess and Star Princess to P&O Australia appears to remain as originally scheduled. Pacific Adventure - now-former Golden Princess - will set sail as Pacific Adventure on October 2020, while Pacific Encounter, - currently sailing as Star Princess - will join P&O on November 2021 as Pacific Encounter.
The below table updated as of July 21st, 2020 summarizes these movements
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