Working to reduce capacity growth in Southern Europe, five ships will leave the Costa Cruises fleet by May 2021, according to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call on Thursday, 26th September.
Donald said that two Europe based ships will leave the Costa fleet in 2020, and he added that two ships will leave the Costa fleet in Asia in 2020. In addition, he confirmed the COSTA MEDITERRANEA will leave the fleet in May 2021. The ships will be replaced with more efficient capacity in the new COSTA SMERALDA.
Carnival’s CEO did not mention which other ships would leave the fleet, but based on other Carnival Corp. vessel transfers, these would most likely be the line’s older and less efficient vessels.
“Some are being sent to China; some are being sent to other markets where we have strength,” Donald said, noting some would also leave the fleet. “When we sell them, we don’t sell them into competing markets.”
Both COSTA ATLANTICA and COSTA MEDITERRANEA are expected to transfer to Carnival’s joint venture in China with China State Shipbuilding Corporation, but the timeline is behind previously announced goals.
All images are at Valletta, Malta – COSTA MEDITERRANEA (Top Ones) leaving on 13th November 2014 and these 3 above of COSTA ATLANTICA are leaving on 2nd May 2008.
Costa Crociere are represented in Malta by SMS Shipping – www.sms.com.mt
Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos – www.maltashipphotos.com