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    Carnival group may sell older vessels

    Carnival Corp & plc, the world’s largest cruise shipping group, may sell some of the older vessels in its fleet as newbuildings enter service, Chairman and CEO Micky Arison said.

    The addition of new tonnage is expected, to some extent, to replace existing capacity reductions from possible sales of older ships, he said in a statement last week that was issued in connection with an order for a new ship for both Holland America and Carnival Cruise Lines.

    David Dingle, CEO of Carnival UK that operates Carnival Corp & plc brands in the UK, has noted that vessels built before the mid-1990s have significantly weaker fuel economy than more modern vessels and some of these vessels might be sold. He did not elaborate.

    Among major vessels built before 1995 in the Carnival Corp & plc fleet are all three ships of P&O Cruises (Australia); Costa neo Romantica and Costa Classica of Costa Crociere plus Grand Celebration of Iberocruceros. The eight Carnival Fantasy class vessels of Carnival Cruise Lines were built from 1990 to 1998, but the design dates back to the late 1980s. The stern of two last units of the class was redesigned for Pods. The four Statendam class ships of Holland America Line were introduced from 1993 to 1996.

    By Kari Reinikainen, Cruise Business Review

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    We’ve sailed a few ships more than once, but always because of the itinerary or a great deal – never just to sail that ship again. It’s kind of sad knowing that several of the first ships we sailed on are gone now, but we don’t feel like we missed anything by not getting to sail them again. We know people who never want to sail the same ship twice – so getting rid of the old to make way for the new is perfect for them. I guess as long as it’s good for the cruise industry we’ll never have any trouble finding our next trip!

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    I can truly understand that some of the older ships are not as efficient as the newer ones. But it is sad to think that they will no longer be "in service by Carnival". This all will be very interesting to see what becomes of these vessels.

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