Former CCL-Carnival Cruise Line ship Carnival Fascination to serve as a floating hotel

   December 25, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Less than a year ago, CCL-Carnival Cruise Line ship Carnival Fascination was sailing Caribbean voyages out of San Juan Puerto Rico. However, the liner was taken out of service and sold off to help the company weather the worst financial storm they had seen in nearly 50 years of operation.

Over the summer months, the ship was laid up in a shipyard in Cadiz Spain until her fate was decided.

In October 2020, Carnival Fascination was sold to Century Harmony Cruise Ltd. A month later, the name of the vessel was changed to Century Harmony. There were job postings seeking staff members and cooks through different agencies.

Carnival Fascination is reportedly slated to be used in Asia as a floating hotel.

The liner is still in a cold layup in Spain, together with Carnival Radiance, which was in the middle of a USD 200 million drydock refurbishment when the industry shut down in March.

Carnival Fascination cruise ship

Fascination is one of 8 Fantasy-class ships built in the 1990s. 4 of them were sold during the shutdown in order to boost the liquidity of Carnival Corporation and help it stay afloat during the Coronavirus crisis. Imagination, Inspiration and Fantasy are currently being dismantled at Aliaga scrapyard (near Izmir Turkey).

As of late 2020, Carnival has cancelled sailings through February 28, 2021, and plans a phased-in return to service in March.

Recently, the line brought both Carnival Breeze and Carnival Horizon back to Miami Florida to prepare them for the eventual return to service.