Costa Victoria cruise ship sold to San Giorgio del Porto shipyards

   June 14, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Costa Cruises announced it had sold the cruise liner Costa Victoria to San Giorgio del Porto Group (part of the holding Genova Industrie Navali). The vessel would have been sold to Genova Trasporti Marittimi, controlled by the Genoa shipyard. No official mention has been made by Costa's parent company Carnival Corporation.

Entering service in 1996, Costa Victoria is a relatively "young" ship and it could still sail several years with another owner. However, the pandemic reduced the chances of finding a buyer.

Even before the pandemic, Carnival Corporation announced the exit of some older vessels from its global fleet and the choice of Costa Victoria seemed obvious because the ship's schedule was planned only through October 2020. 

Costa Victoria cruise ship

The hypotheses about the vessel's future are two - dismantling at a shipyard certified for demolitions (scrapped) or drydock conversion into a floating hotel for housing workers employed at the industrial sites that are currently managed by San Giorgio del Porto Group (SGdP).

In the meantime, Costa Victoria should be moved from Port Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy), where it is currently docked, to Port Piombino (Tuscany, Italy).

Costa Victoria is the last cruise ship in the fleet conceived before Costa Crociere joined Carnival Corporation.