The mass-market cruise company Costa Cruises by May 2021 will sell 5 of fleet's oldest ships, including two Europe-based vessels and 2 Costa Asia ships. Costa Mediterranea leaves the fleet in May 2021. The cruise ships will be replaced with more efficient ones such as the new 4300-passenger Costa Smeralda.
Costa Mediterranea and the 2112-passenger Costa Atlantica will be transferred to China State Shipbuilding Corporation. The 1680-passenger Grand Classica starts operations from homeport West Palm Beach Florida to Nassau on October 12, 2019, for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.