CCL-Carnival Cruise Line's vessel Carnival Fantasy (1990-built, 30-years-old) has been sold for scrap. The ship is currently on a 14-day Transatlantic crossing from the Caribbean to Europe (Mediterranean) heading to its grave at Aliaga Ship Recycling Facility (near Izmir, Turkey).
Also for scrapping was sold the fleetmate (and sistership) Carnival Inspiration (1996-built, 24-years-old) - soon to join CruiseMapper's saddest page - Scrapped Cruise Ships. Both vessels were recently docked in Willemstad (Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles) offloading heavy equipment and items of value. Both liners filed plans for Izmir. Carnival Inspiration (currently en-route to Europe) filed its plans for Izmir Friday afternoon (July 17) with a planned arrival in Turkey on August 1.
Aliaga (north of Port Izmir, Turkey's Aegean Sea coast) is currently ranked Europe's largest and the world's 4th-largest shipbreaking yard - following Alang (India), Chittagong (Bangladesh) and Gadani (Pakistan).
Last Friday, July 10, the shipowner Carnival Corporation's CEO revealed that its 9 brands would remove 13 ships from their fleets in 2020 to cut operational costs.