WidebodyPTV wrote:ArchGuy1 wrote:The Carnival Fascination was beached at Gadani Ship Breaking Yard in Pakistan under the name Century Harmony in mid February. The Fascination was built for Carnival in 1994 and sailed until the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The ship was then sold to Century Cruises in China, which planned to operate her in the Asian market. There were also plans to use the ship as a floating hotel along the lines of the Queen Mary in Long Beach or the QE2 in Dubai. The ship wad then sold to a trading company in Singapore, who then sold the ship for scrap. This is a ship with about 15 years of life left that was scrapped because the Delta and Omicron variants prolonged the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.cruisehive.com/former-carni ... lity/66225
Even before COVID, the cruise industry was suffering from overcapacity. For example, Out of Long Beach (and previously San Pedro), Carnival has operated a 3-night weekend / 4-night weekday cruise to Ensenada (the 4-day adds a stop at Catalina Island) ever since I can remember. In the mid-90s, the starting price was $250pp (based on double occupancy) plus $99 per child (up to four people per cabin). Discounting in that era was extremely rare. In recent years, the starting price of that exact same cruise has been $99pp, with frequent promotions in which the third and fourth person travel free. So while the cost to travel has swelled beyond inflation over that past 25 years… the cost of cruising has dropped, and that’s not even considering inflation.
Pre-COVID, it was obvious that Carnival’s 8 Fantasy-class ships were on borrowed time; they simply could not generate enough revenue to cover the cruise line’s swelling costs. Would those ships have found homes with other operators? Maybe some of them, but again, the industry has suffered from overcapacity, and not only were budget start-up cruises faltering, but the industry’s attempt to expand into Asia has largely been too much too quickly.
So now, COVID didn’t shave 15 years off the ships life.
Many ocean liners and cruise ships built from the 1950's onward sailed 40-50 years before being scrapped. This is despite the fact that about half of the 1950's liners were scrapped during the oil crisis of the 1970's. The list of 1950's liners that sailed to the 2000's is still too large to list off the top of my head. Most of the 1960's liners sailed 40-50 years before being scrapped and the same with the late 1960's and 1970's purpose built cruise ships. Many of the early 1980's purpose built cruise ships have sailed for over 40 years.