The passenger liner Carnival Fantasy ended its final voyage Tuesday morning, July 28, when the vessel arrived at its final resting place.
Following months of speculations about her fate and only days after CCL-Carnival Cruise Line confirmed it had been sold, Fantasy dropped anchor for the last time at her grave at Aliaga Ship Recycling Facility (near Izmir, Turkey).
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).
Carnival Fantasy will be beached onshore and dismantled. In the coming days, everything will be removed as the first stage of the scrapping, which during recent interviews Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald insisted be referred to as “recycling”. On 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.
The steel that has been cut away from the vessel will be sold to scrap metal dealers.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Fantasy was the first of the Fantasy-class Fun Ships. CCL’s official announcement last week revealed that 4x Fantasy-class ships (Fantasy, Fascination, Imagination and Inspiration) would be leaving the fleet.